NPD released a report for Q2 of 2011 showing that Android phones continue to lead in market share with 52% new sales in the quarter. Apple followed with 29% and RIM with 11%.
Extrapolating on these figures, SplatF points to a small detail in the report, which notes that the the iPhone 4, which is over a year old, is still the top-selling smartphone in the US. Following the iPhone 4 is the iPhone 3GS- a dive that is 26 months old at this point.
Apple, and to a lesser extent AT&T have both continued to push the aging devices, and it seems to have paid off. For instance, six month after the iPhone 4 was introduced, Apple rolled out the device on the Verizon network. A full nine months after the iPhone 4 was announced, Apple rolled out the white version (even if it was delayed).
Additionally, the iPhone 3GS was selling for $99, then it was dropped to $49, and on days like today one could pick one up for nothing at all with a two year agreement. All of this has culminated into persistent momentum for two devices that are now “old” by previous release cycle standards.