Android Phone Sales Surpass iPhones For The First Time

The Nielsen Company is reporting that in Q2 2010 new sales of Android-based smart phones in the US surpassed those of the iPhone for the first time. Global sales are increasing, as well, with Canalys estimating an 866% uptick worldwide from Q2 2009. The increase in sales is being attributed to the maturation of the platform, as well as media hype for phones such as Verizon’s Motorola Droid X and Sprint’s HTC EVO.

The Nielsen report also indicates that the iPhone remains the most desired smartphone in the market, despite the recent Antennagate fervor which focused attention on the iPhone 4 dropping calls when the users’ hand covered the antenna.

For more details on these stories, check out these articles:

Android Sales Overtake iPhone in U.S. (GIGAOM)

Android sales surge, surpass iPhone (ZDNet)

Android sales outpacing iPhone (Yahoo!)

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