Not everything Google touches turns to gold after all.
A new report shows that the search giant has sold only 135,000 of its Nexus One smartphones since its debut more than 10 weeks ago. To quantify that, Apple sold 1 million iPhones in the 74 days after they first went on sale nearly three years ago — and that was at a price of $600, about three times what the Nexus One is going for. More recently, more than 1 million Motorola Droids were sold in the first 74 days after they became available last fall.
Skeptics are pointing to all kinds of reasons why the Nexus One seems to be failing. First, until today, you could only get it online and through T-Mobile. But that might not be a valid excuse when you consider all of the hype leading up to its announcement. Long before it went on sale, the smartphone was touted on Google’s home page – the busiest Web site in the world.
And it’s not like things are getting better. The new report says Nexus One sales have been dropping since its debut, selling 80,000 in its first 30 days and just 55,000 since. Just this past weekend, Apple took more than 150,000 pre-orders for its iPad, which doesn’t even let you make calls.
The future remains unknown for the Nexus One, but Google hopes to get a boost from a new sales agreement with AT&T. Ma Bell started selling the smartphone today. A similar agreement with Verizon Wireless is said to be pending.