With the fact that the Nexus One is only available through Google’s online store and only in four countries so far, it’s not surprising that Google was able to sell only 20,000 units of the phone. The report was made by Mobile-ent.biz basing from data it obtained from app analytics Flurry and covers the first week of Nexus One’s availability.
Comparing this with the sales performance of the iPhone 3GS which stands at 1.5 million units, it is easy to say that Google may have failed on this one. Even the Motorola DROID, beats the Nexus One big time, with its 250,000 units first week sales.
So, what went wrong? Did Google fail this time? Â The numbers certainly don’t lie. But then, aren’t we supposed to put into consideration several variables first before comparing the first week sales of the Nexus One, iPhone 3G, Motorola DROID and even MyTouch 3G, the first Android phone.? Most certainly.
First things first, all mentioned smartphones were released with their own mobile carriers releasing and distributing them. In the case of the Nexus One, Google is the sole distributor of the unit. And besides, it is only available in four countries – U.K., U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore. A significant number of mobile phone users, who may be eager to purchase could not do so because the Nexus One was not available in their countries.
Hopefully, once Google make the Nexus One in more countries, the figures will improve.
But if not, then that’s the time when we could say that Google failed. But only on its first mobile phone venture. Not the whole Android phone business per se. Because, certainly there will be another Google phone, perhaps the Nexus 2 or Nexus 3 and so on.
Saying that the Nexus One failed because its first week sale was too low is still an unfounded conclusion.
What is clear however, is the fact that Google will no longer be able to reach its target of selling 5 million Nexus One be the end of 2010. It’s a very high goal. Â Google needs to lower Â the numbers a bit.
And yes, Google please make the Nexus One available in more countries. There are definitely more mobile phone users in my part of the world who want to purchase the phone. Unfortunately, they are not as determined as I am to have a Nexus One the soonest time possible. So, unlike me, they will just wait until the Nexus One becomes available in our country.