iPhone 4’s arrival on Verizon Wireless effectively sustained the iOS’s share of the US smartphone market by nine percentage points successively in the first quarter of 2011. However, Verizon’s actual iPhone 4 sales for the quarter reached only 2.2 million units, far below industry watchers’ earlier estimates of 3-4 million units.
Verizon’s lower-than-expected iPhone 4 sales indicate that it was only a temporary problem for Android. It is believed that Android will resume its growth path in the US starting the second quarter.
Reports predict that around 13.5 million iPhones will be shipped in the current second quarter of 2011, still below Apple’s planned sales of 18 million units. In addition, with more Android-based devices hitting store shelves in the second half of 2011, the Google smartphone OS will widen its gap with iOS even more, thanks to its more complete ecosystem.