Although there are no “official” numbers out yet for Nexus One sales in the first week, the estimated number floating around the internet right now is not looking good.
According to Flurry, who monitors usage of more than 10,000 developers’ apps on the iPhone and Android platforms, the Nexus One only has an estimated first-week sales figure of only 20,000. Yes, I typed that correctly.
Here is a breakdown on how the wonderful folks at Flurry came up with that number:
“Flurry monitors usage of more than 10,000 developers’ applications on iPhone and Android platforms. In total, Flurry tracks applications on approximately four out of every five iPhone and Android handsets in the market, generating over 25 million end user sessions per day. 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 levels of Flurry application penetration by handset. Flurry additionally crosschecked its estimates against Apple actual sales, released for iPhone 3GS, which totaled more than one million units over the three days, June 19 – 21, 2009. Flurry first week sales estimates can be found in the table below.”
Yikes! That means the Nexus One was outsold by the Droid by more than 12 times. And people complained that the Droid had bad numbers!
There is a lot of speculating going on as to why the numbers are not looking good. First, there was confusion about the true cost of the Nexus One for existing T-Mobile customers. Most people went to purchase the phone expecting to pay $180, not the $279 or even $379 they were presented with. Also, there was really not a lot of advertising going on for the Nexus One through Google or anyone else. There was a ton, and still is, for the Droid. One of my favorite commercials is a Droid commercial. Racehorse duct-taped to scud missle fast, LOL.
There has also been a ton of complaints about support for the Nexus One from users. Google has recently tried to clarify that hardware issues should be supported by HTC, who manufactures the Nexus One. But, with some of the issues surfacing with the Nexus One, sometimes the lines can get blurry as to who to call. Who do you call when your phone constantly switches from 3G to EDGE? Is it an issue with the handset or with the carrier? I applaud Google for trying to be innovative and change how we purchase our cell phones, but it also caused confusion because now the users are technically dealing with 3 companies instead of 1.
Of couse, these are just estimations on how many were purchased. We will have to wait and see when the actual numbers are released.