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Nearly as many smart phone buyers now want an Android phone as want an iPhone.

Android has posted incredible growth since last year.

Google's OS also rivals the iPhone's iOS in satisfaction these days, as well.  (Source: (All graphs in this article are from Changewave))
Android is winning consumers' hearts, has now pulled neck-and-neck with Apple

When the iPhone 4 went on sale people were wildly enthusiastic after hearing about the stunning new display, inclusion of video chat, and a host of other new features at Steve Jobs' keynote introduction of the device.  As the phone launched with a slew of quality issues including antenna and proximity sensor problems and began to face superior hardware Android competitors, that enthusiasm has been waning.

According to a new study by ChangeWave, the number of smart phone buyers  intending to buy an iPhone dropped from 50 percent in June to 38 percent in September.  Meanwhile Google Android surged from 30 percent to 37 percent, pulling roughly into a tie with the Cupertino gadget maker.

The news is a huge victory for Android, which two years ago was virtually unknown, with only 1 percent of smart phone buyers in June 2008 saying they wanted an Android handset.

Google is also doing well in satisfaction.  While Apple's fans have long been unquestioningly loyal, leading to sky-high satisfaction numbers even when the company's products have problems, Google is seeing increasing enthusiasm among its customers as well.  Apple's smart phone OS ranked first with a 74 percent customer satisfaction rate, while Google's Android was close behind with a 65 percent satisfaction rate. 

Both operating systems are far ahead of Palm OS/webOS (32 percent) and RIM OS (31 percent) (commonly found on BlackBerry handsets).  And Windows Mobile showed a rock-bottom 24 percent satisfaction rate, showcasing how desperate the company needs its new Windows Phone 7 OS.

Overall the ChangeWave study shows no real major surprises.  Rather, it's just one more measure that shows that Android is surging towards surpassing Apple (and competitors RIM and Symbian) as the most popular and best-selling smart phone in the world.

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Shocking News!
By KeithP on 10/1/2010 12:51:29 PM , Rating: 3
...the number of smart phone buyers intending to buy an iPhone dropped from 50 percent in June to 38 percent in September.

Wow, this is ground breaking news! So they are saying, right before the initial release of the iPhone 4, there were a lot more people intending to buy it then there were are 3 months after it came out.

As DT points out, I am sure the cause of this was all those iPhone 4 problems and not that a bunch of people went out and actually bought the phone and therefore no longer had any intentions of buying one.

But the bigger picture is Apple's tiny share of the personal computer market. Combine this with the iPhone market share shrinking Apple is certainly headed for financial ruin.


RE: Shocking News!
By sviola on 10/1/2010 1:40:28 PM , Rating: 2
The study was done with people that intend on buying a smartphone. Not people that already bought one.

So, yes, the interest on the iPhone is diminishing. But you can feel happy and know that most of the current owners of iphones will probably get a new one when their plans are over.

RE: Shocking News!
By farquaid on 10/4/2010 10:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
The study was done with people that intend on buying a smartphone. Not people that already bought one.

Yes but the market for people who intend to buy an iphone off course has declined drastictly since a big percentage of the ones who buy an iphone does so at release date.


So, yes, the interest on the iPhone is diminishing

It doesnt prove the interest for iphone is diminishing. It might have diminished, this study just doesnt prove it. This is an apple to orange comparison. Android phones gets released all the time during the year by multiple companies. Iphone is made by one company and is released at one time every year.

When it comes to iphone you have compare it to something else, like a release of a huge anticipated pc game. Just an example:
blizzard is releasing an expansion for WOW called cataclysm. I believe there are 11million peoples playing WOW atm. Lets say at release 80 percent of those people buy the expansion. 3 months later there are ~8 million people less who has any reason to buy the expansion. People will still buy it but clearly not as many. Does this mean the interest for the expansion has diminished?

RE: Shocking News!
By Tony Swash on 10/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Shocking News!
By Tony Swash on 10/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Shocking News!
By AssBall on 10/1/2010 3:53:56 PM , Rating: 5
Wow. I think you left a little bit on there on your chin...

RE: Shocking News!
By amanojaku on 10/1/2010 7:35:54 PM , Rating: 5
As a person who once owned a PowerBook G4 I have this to say to Tony Swash:

Six years ago, they assimilated me into their collective. I had their iDevices implanted throughout my house. I was linked to the AppleTalk. Every trace of Flash erased. I was one of them. So you can imagine, my friend, I have a unique perspective on the Appleites and I know how to fight them. Now if you'll excuse me I have work to do. (Installs an unscreened 3rd party application)

I will not sacrifice the Open Source. We've lost too many bars; too many dropped calls. They invade our offices and we fall back. They assimilate entire coffee shops and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they've done. (Makes a perfectly normal phone call)

RE: Shocking News!
By acer905 on 10/1/2010 8:35:10 PM , Rating: 2
... Yup... reference understood... And now i have to go watch... something <.< ... >.>

RE: Shocking News!
By themaster08 on 10/2/2010 2:32:23 AM , Rating: 2
If you can really invest that much time, effort, love and affection to support a company that does nothing more than provide you with consumerable goods and a few shares, it's time to start re-evaluating your life.

I feel sorry for you, sincerely.

RE: Shocking News!
By wushuktl on 10/4/2010 6:47:39 AM , Rating: 1

RE: Shocking News!
By hiscross on 10/1/2010 10:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
Keith P,

Spoken like a true socialist. I'm Apple, whos market cap is the second largest in the world is going to shutdown anyday now. Of course Barry and his smart advisors have gotten the economy back on track because he uses a blackberry (think about that for a moment). Next is Afgan because afgan sounds so much like andriod.

RE: Shocking News!
By mindless1 on 10/2/2010 4:21:38 AM , Rating: 2
Do you realize you look like a douchbag when you sign your posts?

Really. Your thoughts ARE NOT THAT SMART OR WORTHY of bothering to type more.

RE: Shocking News!
By retrospooty on 10/3/2010 9:18:30 AM , Rating: 2
hmm... I could tell he was a giant douche long before I got the end. That was just the douche icing on the douche cake.

RE: Shocking News!
By robinthakur on 10/4/2010 4:57:12 AM , Rating: 2
Please stop signing your posts, it makes you look retarded. The iPhone4 sales figures paint it as a massive success, and this product will likely be on the market for close to a year, so your post shows a lack of insight into the way Apple's product cycles work. Yes they dropped the ball at a very bad time in the way they dealt with the issue, but I think the issue is dealt with now and were somewhat blown out of all proportion by media hysteria.

Apple's share of the PC market is actually growing, as an aside, but the number you need to focus on are Apple's relative profits which as a percentage are far higher than Dell's.

Apple operates in a highly profitable niche market even in the phones sector pocketing 39% (I think) of the profits in the entire mobile industry due to being rather more savvy with their business negotiations with carriers than their competitors. Until Android starts to impact on that figure meaningfully, expect little to change in the status quo. Apple are not big volume box shifters by nature, they are high profit low volume, and that strategy is working for now. When it becomes high profit/high volume that's just the icing on the cake for them, though they do not need it to survive.

RE: Shocking News!
By chrish89 on 10/4/2010 5:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
I triple guarantee you, there are no iPhones being sold."

Apple is achieving nothing; they are suffering from casualties. Those casualties are increasing, not decreasing.

Let the Apple infidels bask in their illusion.

Android is winning!

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