updated 05:35 pm EST, Fri November 13, 2009
Moto Droid sales may have accelerated
A new set of extrapolated data from location network developer uLocate suggests that active users of the Droid may have more than doubled in the first week of sales. Third-party estimates indicated that Verizon may have only sold 100,000 launch units, but uLocate says it will have detected about 25,000 new Droids on its network by Saturday. As uLocate's information usually represents about 10 percent of the actual user base of a phone when it's new, the figure would translate to about 250,000 total Droid users.
A related map also shows the regional bias for the phone. Obvious major city centers are the largest adoptees, with 12 percent of Droids located in New York; 6 percent are in Los Angeles while Washington, DC has 5 percent.
The data is likely to vary significantly from actual numbers but hints at a positive trend for Motorola's phone. Both Motorola and Verizon are depending heavily on the Android hardware to carry their holiday season and have large marketing campaigns tied into the device. Droid numbers are just a fraction of iPhone numbers but, if reflected in the uLocate numbers, are faring significantly better than the reception to the Palm Pre, whose numbers declined shortly after it began shipping in June.