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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: Development
By FITCamaro on 10/1/2010 1:41:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm currently working on an Android app. Development isn't too bad. I'll say Microsoft definitely has the best development tools out there. But that's what they excel at.

Hence why 360 development is far easier than PS3 development.

RE: Development
By Chaser on 10/1/2010 6:55:06 PM , Rating: 2
Hence why 360 development is far easier than PS3 development.
Maybe to some, which has done nothing to inhibit PS3 development. Come on Camaro. Let's leave 2007 behind us. That horse died a long time ago.

RE: Development
By Reclaimer77 on 10/2/10, Rating: -1
RE: Development
By Alexstarfire on 10/2/2010 8:24:31 AM , Rating: 2
Dude, the Wii sold more consoles this year so far. Seems the 360 is passing it in weekly sales ATM though. 360 could overtake it by the holidays, but who knows. Wouldn't be a huge surprise since Wii has sold so much more over its lifetime.

RE: Development
By Reclaimer77 on 10/2/2010 11:18:35 AM , Rating: 2
Well my point was that the 360 far outsells the PS3. I guess I could have just stated that without bringing the Wii into it. But several articles like this one claim that since the Xbox redesign, it's been the top selling console on a monthly basis.

RE: Development
By robinthakur on 10/4/2010 4:43:02 AM , Rating: 2
No...your point was deliberately vague as to imply that the 360 has outsold the Wii in total. It is in reality nowhere close and the current bump in sales is due to Halo Reach, Kinnect about to flop...ahemm...I mean launch...and the availability of the slim. I own all three consoles so this is not an issue of bias, but give Nintendo their due as winning this generation when purely talking sales.

RE: Development
By mcnabney on 10/4/2010 9:57:19 AM , Rating: 2
The Wii did not win this generation. It is not part of the same generation as PS3 and Xbox360. It is a prime example of something new from the previous generation beating out something new. The novel controller and the appeal to consumers outside of the typical market was key to this.
I am a good example of this. My household got a Wii and the wife and kids like to play on it. FYI, this is the first console I have owned since the Atari 2600. PC all the way, baby. But the non-gaming members of the household wanted it because it was a)trendy and b)not typical gamey.

RE: Development
By Reclaimer77 on 10/4/2010 7:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
No...your point was deliberately vague as to imply that the 360 has outsold the Wii in total.

That's clearly not the case because I specifically wrote "THIS YEAR". What part of "this year" implies "total" to you?

RE: Development
By nikon133 on 10/3/2010 6:29:30 PM , Rating: 5
Are you sure about that? Aside from the Blu-Ray capability, the PS3 went about 3 years before releasing a game title that was worth a damn.

I tend to disagree here - MGS4, Killzone 2, Uncharted 1, R&C: Tools of Destruction etc. were all released within the first 3 years of console life. And much more.

To this day when it actually comes to exclusive game titles, you HAVE to say the XBox simply trounces the PS3 on that front.

Jeez, you are making your personal opinion a fact. When I was looking at consoles end of last year, I actually liked PS3 exclusives more than Xbox 360. While I wouldn't mind having Halo, Forza and GOW on PS3, I realised I don't want to miss on Killzone 2, Uncharted 1 and 2, God of War 3, MAG, Gran Turismo... even more than 360 exclusives. All matter of taste, would you not agree?

Microsoft dethroned the Wii this year, placing as the top selling console. And we already knew that the Xbox has ALWAYS had more game sales than the PS3. So I really don't see where you are basing your opinion.

You do realise there is console market outside of US, right? Last numbers I have seen were 41 million of Xbox 360 and 38 million of PS3 sold worldwide. Considering 1 year head start for 360, that is not much of advantage to brag about. In fact, all predictions I could see on the web were expecting that PS3 will overtake 360 during 2011 in worldwide sales.

RE: Development
By cjohnson2136 on 10/4/2010 3:47:21 PM , Rating: 1
Hey all of you a**holes I was just trying to state what I do development wise with these products if you dont have anything to say about the actual development of android, iphone, or win 7 then shut up nikon133 this is not directed at you but everyone who posted comments not relevant to what i said

RE: Development
By nikon133 on 10/4/2010 5:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
Point taken - we did stray a bit.

You could told us that in a bit more civilised way, though.

Peace, bro.

RE: Development
By cjohnson2136 on 10/5/2010 9:07:27 AM , Rating: 2
yeah i know i was having a bad day yesterday

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