While the sheer number of available Android devices has resulted in the platform surpassing According to NPD, the and 3GS continued to hold the top two positions in U.S. smartphone sales during the third quarter, leading a series of Android phones in the rankings.’s in popularity, ’s limited portfolio of devices remained popular even as customers looked forward to updated hardware that arrived last month in the form of the 4S.
Led by continued steady sales for Apple’s iPhones, the top five best-selling mobile phone handsets in Q3 were as follows:
3. HTC EVO 4G
4. Motorola Droid 3
5. Samsung Intensity II
The ranking follows an identical showing for Apple during the second quarter, despite the iPhone 4 having been introduced in June 2010 and the iPhone 3GS launch dating all the way back to June 2009.
Even with the introduction of thelast month, Apple is continuing to sell the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS as low-end devices, with an 8 GB iPhone 4 being offered for $99 on contract at all three major U.S. iPhone carriers and AT&T offering the 8 GB iPhone 3GS for free on contract.