Google’s complete balls up of its entry into the mobile phone market has gone from bad to worse with figures showing dismal sales for the Nexus One GPhone.
According to data released by Flurry, Google only managed to sell 20,000 Nexus One phones in the first week following the phone’s release.
Now 20,000 might not sound terrible, but Flurry compares it to other well hyped phones (see chart above.) The iPhone 3GS sold 1.6 million units in its first week, the Droid managed 250,000, and even the abysmally bad HTC MyTouch managed 60,000 units.
It’s not the end for the phone quite yet, but given the massive hype surrounding the Nexus One, and Google’s “revolutionary” sales platform (not my description of it,) 20,000 units is a complete and unmitigated disaster. Add to the mix the negative publicity for the phone at the end of its first week on sale, and you can’t see sales increasing any time soon. Indeed, if all they could manage is 20,000 units in the first week with positive publicity, how few will they sell now that those considering the phone know about the non-existent customer service, and the phones multiple faults.
We’re predicting the phone will be replaced by a new phone by the end of June, and the only reason Google won’t pull it sooner is because they’ll have already manufactured a significant number of the phones that they’ll have to offload. Short term, expect a price cut by maybe mid-February as Google starts getting desperate to rid itself of Nexus One stock.