For every child born in the U.S., 30 Android devices are activated
From the launch of the G1 to the release of the "worlds most powerful smartphone"-the Motorola ATRIX 4G-Android has come from nowhere to reach its current heights. As we reported, according to Nielsen, from November 2010 through this past January, Android held a leading 29% share of the U.S. smartphone market, 2 percentage points ahead of iOS and BlackBerry.
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2. Crucial (unregistered)
Well, I am not gonna buy any Android devices. I don't like the feeling of malware. Since it is open source, sooner or later we will have to face the same frustration as windows. =="
5. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Agreed. At first the Android platform seems awesome but after all the technical issues show up it feels a lot like Windows all over again :(
If I want system crashes, freezes, viruses ect I'll just jump on my PC. I shouldn't have the same problem with my phone! Anyone is a fool to think "its not that bad". If the iOS had the same problems there'd be a mass exodus. I work for a living, pay bills, and have plenty of resposibilities...I shouldn't have to spend my free time monitoring my phone to make sure it's working and clean of malware.
6. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
I am sure your inability to get along with android is the result of a PICNIC. That's okay though, iOS was designed for simple minded folk who enjoy a simple list of shortcuts for an OS.
8. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
I found Android easy to use. I also find Windows easy to use. I'm not a basic user. I just don't think it's practical to have to filter through bugs and glitches on a phone. Again, I got tired of that with the PC environment. If there wasn't Windows-like issues on Android I would find it #1 in my book. I like iOS for the high quality apps, solid OS and it's more secure. Not the ease of use.
10. Slammer (Posts: 1497; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I have found that those who root or jailbreak their devices, are more likely to suffer the pain of fragmentation. I don't EVER recommend either of these modifying practices. I have owned the Evo since it was launched. I have experienced very few minor issues.
Friends that have jailbroken their iphones have not been immune to fragmentation. In fact, they have commented on how stable Android has become. Don't alter the function of the OS, and chances are you will experience less issues. Those I know that have not modified their devices, experience far less issues.
The OS on a mobile device is designed to function under a certain binary communication implementation. Fracture the design, and you end up with headaches. Yes, I understand the interface on devices having carrier preferences that lock down the potential of an OS. However, I don't think it is worth bypassing the restrictions. This is one of the reasons carriers won't insure a modified device. Carriers spend huge dollars to not only develop a UI, but also integrate filters within the UI to help deter problems from unauthorized applications not designed for the operating aspects of the OS.
These devices are miniature PCs. Download things you're not supposed to, and say hello to instability.
16. jgcaap (Posts: 38; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)
I have another view for this. I have now a windows phone 7 , i had android, and the diference wich i get is the pleasure of a great aplication/game (morely game) , the fast UI and very fluid market/internet/bing/maps search. An experience wich i didnt had on my android. The UI is simply something wich i love :)
I do miss some android apps. But it gave me so many headaches, such as making an important call and lagging for secounds. Well i had an HTC magic, but my friend with a Galaxy S had sometimes this issues, he had to apply the fix, but even with that happens those issues.
I do prefer android as open source ideal, and the possibily of personalising as i want. But becomes tiring when comes the lag and bugs ahead.
WEll is my opinion. I dont consider inability, but i consider it a feature when comes to quality.
I do hope android becomes better . Maybe i'll come back one day :)
9. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Honestly, if you're still getting those problems on a PC after XP, you're clearly doing something wrong and technology isn't for you.
I mean I have friends that aren't tech-savvy but at least when they get such problems, they know what they did wrong.
For OSX and iOS, you're in a closed environment and somebody is limiting you of such. Much like a baby still needing protection from it's parents. Apple caters to those that are new to this kind of stuff. I mean if you're at that stage it's fine to use Apple's OSs. As time goes on and technology booming, you're going to have to play catch up.
14. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
Getting malware on your Android device is not the OS's fault it is your own for being too dumb to know what your downloading.
Also you can not be further from the truth, if iOS had a malware attack a mass exodus would not occur at all!!! People buy the iPhone because its a successful, cool and highly advertised phone. A "Mass Exodus" would defiantly not occur, and I have no idea why you would think this.
To add to it you have obviously never used an Android device, Monitoring your device all day are you serious?!?! Hell Google fixed everyones phone within a couple days! Maybe your right, a Mass exodus might occur in apple because apple probably wouldn't have cared to fix the problem or do it as effective as google has.
7. tedkord (Posts: 7962; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I've been using Windows for many years, ans since XP I have had ZERO frustrations. If you have a small amount of know how, Windows is as easy to use as OSX, and you can do more with it. Same goes for Android vs. iOS.
3. cyborg (unregistered)
This is only applicable in the US and the smartphone market. To be honest with you guys, not everyone lives in the US or wants a smartphone.
4. Mayank Chadha (unregistered)
it's really awesome...
11. Shanism (Posts: 19; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
Round 354 of the android fan boys and the Apple whores
12. snowgator (Posts: 3452; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I do wonder at what point we hit a "saturation" point of smartphone users. I have read from this site and PC mag's site recently that about 86% of Americans own cell phones, I am really not sure what percent of THAT is smartphones, or what kind of growth remains among those who do not own cell phones (economically not able to afford it, geographically not offered any service like in the mountain regions of the west, ect.) That obviously is only the U.S. Market. Over seas, while the growth rate is potentially higher due to emerging markets, there still have been some reports that these rates will slow (I am referencing a MSNBC report and a similar write up in Forbes about a year ago, I believe) due to economical conditions. The numbers on this report are amazing, and they are just Android. I am just wondering at what point does this market become about competing for the SAME dollars as opposed to NEW dollars, especially in the U.S.?
13. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
sooner rather then later. The cell phone companies are now just trying to take each others customers because there just isn't anymore new customers.
17. MrJazzPurr27 (unregistered)
Boo don't believe that one bit, like why would you even try to find that out lol