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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 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.

http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/it-business/32...


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
quote:
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?


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