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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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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
quote:
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.

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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?


"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer














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