Not all that surprising given that three of the four national American carriers are pushing Android hard with no iPhones to sell. Also unsurprising is that three of the five phones listed in the press release are Verizon exclusives, and one is Sprint's flagship phone.Riding the wave of new handset introductions and wide carrier distribution in the second quarter (Q2), the Android smartphone operating system (OS) continued its upward climb in the U.S. consumer mobile phone market, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company. For the first time since the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007, RIM fell to second position, as Android took the lead among operating systems in handsets sold to U.S. consumers. NPD’s latest wireless market research reveals that Android accounted for 33 percent of all smartphones purchased in Q2, ahead of RIM (28 percent) and Apple (22 percent).
I wonder if this will add pressure on Apple to expand carrier options for the iPhone. Also of interest will be how long before we start to see major App releases coming to Android first.