It seems that Google’s Nexus One might not be having quite the massive impact that many predicted it would when it was first announced. Initial reports put the number of devices sold in the first week of availability around the 20,000 mark.
While there aren’t any official figures out yet, the folks at Flurry have compiled a report. Flurry monitors very closely indeed the number of both Android-based smartphones and Apple’s iPhones in circulation, and seems to have arrived to the figure of around 20,000 Nexus Ones in the field fairly quickly and accurately indeed. The word from Flurry is that,
“To estimate first week sales totals for the Nexus One, myTouch 3G, Droid and iPhone 3GS, Flurry detected new handsets within its system, and then made adjustments to account for varying level of Flurry application penetration by handset.”
If nothing else, it seems a relatively solid way to question (in a relatively rough way) just how many of a particular handset that any of the bigger smartphone companies have managed to push out. Still, the number of Nexus One handsets that Google has managed to get into people’s hands is looking a little slim, especially when compared with the first week sales of some of the other devices that Flurry tracks.
The myTouch 3G managed to shift fully 60,000 units in its first week, while Motorola’s far more successful Droid sold 250,000. Of course, all of that doesn’t quite measure up to the iPhone 3GS’s 1.6 million units, but given the popularity built up by the iPhone brand that’s fairly understandable.
Still, 20,000 phone, with the popularity of the Google brand behind it, seems a little thin.