Move on over Palm and watch out Motorola because there is a new king being crowned as the largest domestic phone manufacturer that's taking the coveted top spot with only one major phone that's been brewing for over three generations. Previously, Motorola held on to the crown and had a good run during their reign, but after reporting a drop to 8.5 million phones being shipped this past winter, they've opened up the gates for their competitor to snatch up the title from underneath them. Apple reportedly was able to beat out Motorola by shipping out 8.75 million iPhones to move past both Motorola and Palm. Even though HP has recently purchased Palm,
they will still have a bit of work ahead of them after just moving 408,000 webOS phones during the same period. With the strength of HP behind them, we wouldn't doubt a strong resurgence in the coming years to make them competitive again to give Apple a run for their money. Apple's taking of the crown was expected due to the fact that Motorola focused much if its attention on smatphones like the DROID and CLIQ as opposed to their usual mix of flip-style phones they've traditionally been known to produce. Despite those healthy sales from the DROID, Motorola basically let go its grasp in the overall phone market share as they moved away from feature phones to smartphones.
On another note, the Apple iPad is chugging along steadily as it was able to achieve its very first major milestone by selling over 1 million iPads in 28 days since its launch. At the same time and looking past the hardware sales, there just isn't any shortage of customers downloading stuff for it – over 12 millions apps and 1.5 million ebooks being downloaded. Steve Jobs was quoted saying, “One million iPads in 28 days—that's less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone. Demand continues to exceed supply and we're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.” With no visible competitors to challenge Apple in this new segment, it looks like they'll also be holding onto the top spot firmly for quite some time.
& PR Newswire