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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 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 <.< ... >.>


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