Trying to track the news on Android sales can be challenging. A recent spate of reports on disappointing Nexus One sales (Google’s Android phone) had some folks scratching their heads. But this morning, Barron’s reports that BroadpointAmTech sees Android sales climbing.
BroadpointAmTech analyst Mark McKechnie lifted his 2010 forecast on Motorola’s Android phones from 1.7M to 1.9M. But McKechnie noted that this is still a problem for vendors of older phones, such as Motorola, because sales of Motorola’s older, “legacy” phones are declining faster than Android phones are ramping.
Just a few days ago, mobile analytics company Flurry said that Google’s Nexus One phone sold only 135,000 units in the first 74 days, compared with Motorola Droid’s 1.05 million and Apple iPhone 3GS’ 1 million units. That was deemed disappointing by many Android-watchers.
Randy Giusto, an independent analyst who is also a contributing analyst to the Rayno Report, says its too early to make big judgments about the success of Android or the Nexus One.
“Goldman Sachs went crazy and said they would do 3M units, so that got everybody’s expectations a little high,” says Giusto. “[It’s an experiment to push the envelope, the question is whether other phone suppliers will adopt Android, which would be great.”
However bullish Goldman Sachs was in the beginning, they’ve backtracked now. The firm recently slashed the sales forecast to 1M.