The rumors of an iPhone 4G being released in the summer of 2010 will not go away, the news has slowed a little as the U.S. awaits the first shipments of the iPad, followed by other countries in May. However, the new iPhone will be all what tech people will talk about again, something that could affect sales of other handsets, such as Android.
When Google first launched its Android based smartphones they had hoped to take the fight to Apple and its iPhone, this never went the way the search engine giant planned. However, since the release of the Nexus One at the start of the New Year, sales figures have started to look promising.
We recently explained that Android handset sales have now started to increase, with iPhone sales slowing. There is a good reason for this – those wanting to purchase a new iPhone would rather wait for Apple to launch its 4th-generation model.
If and when the iPhone 4G is released we can expect to see Android handsets, such as the Nexus One and Droid slump. Google must have anticipated this; one would presume that they are already working with HTC or maybe another cell phone maker on the next Android smartphone.
For Google to keep taking chunks out of Apple’s cell phone market share, then a new handset is needed, so what features will it need to have any chance with the iPhone? The Nexus One is a great handset with powerful hardware, but it just seems to lack that wow factor that the iPhone has.