Apple's spokespeople have made a rare comment regarding the smartphone survey which placed Android's sales at 28 per cent for the first quarter in the US—7 per cent more than iPhone sales.

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The NPD Group's smartphone survey was based on over 150,000 completed surveys undertaken online each month in the US, of the first quarter of 2010. It put BlackBerry's sales at 36 per cent, Android at 28 per cent, and iPhone sales at 21 per cent. Despite the iPhone 4 expected to launch this June, giving enough reason for consumers to hold off buying a new one until then, Apple's spokesperson Natalie Harrison brushed off the figures:

"This is a very limited report on 150,000 U.S. consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide."

Fair enough Harrison, but iPod Touches aren't considered smartphones, are they? And NPD's research was confined to the US market—taking into account sales made purely in the first quarter. According to Reuters, Harrison referred to the IDC research published last week which had iPhone market share at 16.1 per cent worldwide, with BlackBerry and Nokia sales ahead in second and first spots.

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Defensiveness is not a character trait that suits you well, Apple. [Reuters]