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No One Wants the Google Phone Verizon Won’t Sell

Here’s one possible explanation for Verizon’s decision not to sell the Nexus One: Consumers don’t want it.

The phone — built by HTC, with lots of guidance from Google, which sold it directly from its Web site — created just two percent of all the wireless traffic generated by Android handsets in March. That’s according to new numbers from mobile ad company AdMob.

The mobile ad company doesn’t hazard a guess as to the Nexus One’s actual sales. But the puny market share does sync up, at least directionally, with an earlier report from Flurry, which guessed that Google (GOOG) had sold a mere 20,000 units in its launch week in January.

And as VentureBeat’s Paul Boutin notes, it’s hard to accuse AdMob of an anti-Google bias, given that it’s going to be a Google-owned company if the feds cooperate.

AdMob does say that Google’s Android OS now accounts for 25 percent of all smartphone traffic, up from 19 percent in December. And it says Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone OS is at 37 percent — down a bit from the past few months but a point ahead of its December numbers.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik