Tales of Android beating iPhone miff Apple

Apple has been whining about figures that show Google's Android powering more mobile phones than there were iPhones sold in the US in the first quarter of this year

Phone counters at research group NPD reckoned smartphones using Android accounted for 28 per cent of U.S. unit sales in the period, while Apple lagged behind at 21 per cent. Both were beaten by Research in Motion's BlackBerry which led the pack with a 36 per cent share, NPD said.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison told Reuters that the figure failed to tell the whole story "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," she said, confusing the Touch with a phone and confusing the United States with the whole world.

She claims the iPhone beats Android when you consider the global market.

"We had a record quarter with iPhone sales growing by 131 per cent and with our new iPhone OS 4.0 software coming this summer, we see no signs of the competition catching up any time soon," Harrison said, ignoring the facts as presented.