Despite an onslaught of hype, the Nexus One “super-smartphone” from Google failed to impress in its first week, selling just 20,000 units in its first week according to the market analytics firm Flurry.
Flurry monitors the usage of more than 10,000 developer applications on iPhone and Android platforms. It tracks over 25 million end user sessions per month. From that, it was able to figure out the first week sales for the Nexus One as well as prior phone launches such as the myTouch 3G, Droid, and iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS sold more than a million units over the first three days of sales in June, 2009. The Droid, an Android phone built by Motorola and launched in November, sold 250,000 units in its first week, more than 12 times as much as the Nexus One.
To be fair, a straight comparison between the Nexus One and another device like the iPhone doesn’t make a lot of sense given that the device is only available directly from Google’s website and, for the time being, only works on the T-Mobile network. Also, the Nexus One hasn’t enjoyed the same level of marketing push seen by other Android models such as the Droid and myTouch 3G.