People usually don’t expect Apple to respond to media reports. But, a report saying Android is outselling the iPhone should have worried the company. Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison told John Paczkowski of Digital Daily:
This is a very limited report on 150,000 US consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide. IDC figures show that iPhone has 16.1 percent of the smartphone market and growing, far outselling Android on a worldwide basis. We had a record quarter with iPhone sales growing by 131 percent and with our new iPhone OS 4.0 software coming this summer, we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.
As long as the iPhone continues to grow at 130% per year worldwide, Apple won’t be much worried. One thing to be noted – iPod touch is not a smartphone. They might have add the a million of iPads, sold in a month, in the list though.
Some even accuse the Android success: “… drastically reduced pricing, and aggressive buy-one-get-one-free offers from wireless providers create a false sense of success.”
It is nice to know that they at least are worried. We, as consumers need competition. It doesn’t matter whether it is Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM, or Palm (HP I mean).