Google’s superphone and iPhone alternative, the Nexus One, has succumbed to the kryptonite of market pressures where competing against your smartphone manufacturing partners for retail sales didn’t prove as successful as Google hoped.
The Nexus 4 has been pretty hard to come by and, if LG is to be believed, Google’s terribly inaccurate sales predictions are the biggest reason. According to Cathy Robin, head of mobile communications for LG France, demand has been 10 times higher than what Google expected.
As previously reported, Google and Samsung are preparing a solution to work around the recent ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh. The halt on sales of the device is a result of a preliminary injunction granted as part of a lawsuit filed by Apple against Samsung.
Carrier Verizon’s stores (VZ) generate more than half of U.S. retail smartphone sales but big boxer Best Buy (BBY) and mass merchants such as Target (TGT), Costco (COST) and Walmart (WMT) have become significant rivals, together accounting for some 25 percent of retail smartphone sales.
The NPD Group says U.S. sales of Android smartphones have surpassed Apple's iPhone to take the second spot behind Research in Motion (RIM), with 28 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Sprint has joined Verizon in turning its back on Google's Nexus One, says eWEEK....