Motorola’s new Android based “Droid” launched last Friday and is reported to have sold 100,000 units in the first weekend. This unit is set to target Apple’s iPhone head on.
Bloombery reported earlier that Broadpoint AmTech and Verizon had around 200,000 Droids in stock for launch sales and that most stores had already cleared about half of their stock. More phones are set to be released this quarter based on the Android mobile operating system and Motorola are estimated to sell 1 million units before the end of 2009 and 10 million in 2010.
Analyst Mark McKechnie said “There seems to be pretty good demand — they’ve taken the right steps and picked a good partner with Google on the Android side.”
During the summer the iPhone 3GS sold over one million units in the first three days of sale and this was an astounding result, even for Apple, especially when you consider it took 74 days for the original iPhone to hit this figure.
The Droid and other Android based phones are estimated to have a very positive effect for Motorola who have been struggling this year to reach good profitability. Figures show that Motorola have 5.6% in the cell phone marketplace in the second quarter of 2009, which is down from around 10% this time last year.