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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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By W00dmann on 10/1/2010 3:34:03 PM , Rating: 0
Congrats to Google, Android is doing well. I have to say I'm not at all sure what this "plunging" of interest in iPhone users is supposedly all about. In my area, the iPhone is still completely sold out, and this is months after its release! Not only that, but people go to line up at 7am in front of stores that might be receiving iPhone supplies that day. Seems to me the phone is hotter than ever; I'd like to see a more in-depth analysis of those stats to see what conclusions can be drawn, as they don't appear to match reality. Ie. did they survey the same batch of smart phone buyers in September as they did in July? Or different ones? And did they survey people who had already bought a smart phone, or were still in the market to buy one?

As for Jason Mick, I see he is up to his usual petty sensationalism. "iPhone interest is plunging!" scream his headline, and yet even he concedes "Overall the ChangeWave study shows no real major surprises.". Bravo Jason. I expect nothing less (and certainly nothing more) of you.

RE: "Plunging"??
By cyberserf on 10/2/2010 2:52:19 AM , Rating: 2
its more hate for Apple by Dailytech.
maybe Apple didn't give them a free Iphone.
Apple needs partner with other carriers now. They have been with At&T for too long.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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