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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: lol
By Donkey2008 on 10/2/2010 2:26:34 PM , Rating: 0
Hear hear! Well said.

I am sitting here on a break watching Trailer Park Boys the movie on my iPhone 3G (iOS 3.1.3) with the NetFlix app (streaming over 3G none the less). My coworker is playing Red Card Rampage, an exciting puzzle game, on his Android.

Maybe I will play a litle Hero of Sparta 2. My coworker might play some Jewellust, another exciting puzzle game!

At lunch I may get a call to disable an employee account (a lot of that going on the last 2 years), so I'll fire up my iPhone RDP app and login to the DC to do it. My coworker will do it too, but his Remote RDP app keeps crashing over and over, so he sits and stares at me while he is eating his Taco Bell and fires up Hangman while I work.

After doing my work I play some Nations Hockey 2010. So does my coworker. "Take that Russians! 5 to nothing skunk! How are you doing?" I say. "I got one game in and then the app crashed. A lot of people with this Android phone have problems with that game" he says.

So you are correct - only a retard would want an iPhone.

RE: lol
By kyith on 10/2/2010 10:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
these data will only show about US concentration. Around the world, where all telcos are equally competitive, iPhone wins easily because it is easy to use and not as hard to manage as an Android phone.

HTC Desire user and iPod touch user.

RE: lol
By retrospooty on 10/3/2010 9:21:58 AM , Rating: 2
Well that one example out of many millions.

The truth is iphones have their share of technical issues too. I am sure you must be aware of that fact.

RE: lol
By robinthakur on 10/4/2010 5:08:17 AM , Rating: 2
The actual (and slightly disturbing) truth is that even with the minor antennae issues, the iPhone4 somehow manages to be the best smartphone out there...Having said that, his anecdotal evidence would reflect that nobody checks Android apps in the same way that iOS apps are checked before they go on the market, so its not exactly surprising. I have yet to find a reputable iOS app which crashes in the Appstore.

The quality and quantity of apps, the Retina display, overall usability, the speed of the OS and iTunes are what keep me with the iPhone4. If any of these things starts to fall behind, I would simply buy something else instead. Speaking from anecdotal experience though, other than Googles own apps which are fab, there is nothing which seems that interesting on the Android app store.

RE: lol
By retrospooty on 10/4/2010 8:20:01 AM , Rating: 2
"I have yet to find a reputable iOS app which crashes in the Appstore."

um...Apples own OS updates might just brick you or make your phone slower than dirt...

RE: lol
By Pirks on 10/4/2010 9:11:07 AM , Rating: 1
Apples own OS updates might just brick you
If you jailbroke

Such a pathetic attempt from a PC fanboy, har har

RE: lol
By kyith on 10/5/2010 7:53:27 PM , Rating: 2
the thing is that even with those issues, their upside is much appealing to the magic that android can do. i have used both device and simplicity is a really powerful feature lol.

around our neck of the woods, we have so much android devices out already and are on cheaper plans compare to iPhone 4 yet all everyone wants is iPhone iPhone.

it has created a cult following. those that have iPhone 3G or 3GS will still go back to them.

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