Google Maps causes a spike in iOS 6 updates
0. phoneArena 19 Dec 2012, 13:26 posted on
We were very curious to see whether or not this would happen, and it turns out we were right to wonder. When we first heard Apple announce the iOS 6 update, we made sure to warn users that if they didn't want to lose Google Maps, they should wait on updating (this was even before Apple Maps was found to have so many problems.) It turns out that a lot of people had the same concerns, and delayed updating their iOS devices until Google Maps was released, and that has caused a spike in the iOS 6 adoption...
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35. tedkord (Posts: 3418; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
If the Lord rode from the heavens in a fiery chariot drawn by four golden Pegasus' as a choir of angels sang His praises , and proclaimed that Google Maps was better than Apple Maps and was the reason for the spike, you still would claim there was no proof, and would declare Him a fandroid.
Would you care to posit an alternative reason for the spike? I could use a chuckle.
42. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 673; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
3% is a coincidence. 30% is a correlation.
3. chemhaz (Posts: 145; Member since: 04 May 2012)
Well Apple users if you love G.maps so much you should try the Android OS as is the complete package. You will not miss your ball and chain known as iOS
6. Mozarrt (Posts: 285; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
Never again will I move to Android. Damn that was a crappy experience after being used to Windows Phone.
13. eisenbricher (Posts: 923; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Haha! Exactly. Android users need to spend a couple of days using WP8 phone, to change their stubborn bias. Especially those bashers.
14. blingblingthing (Posts: 328; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
I take it that too many options make any experience crappy.
21. skymitch89 (Posts: 926; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
The Android experience all depends on what Android device you use. If you use a lower end or older Android device, your experience will suck; but if you use a higher end or newer Android device, your experience will be better. I started off with the Samsung Moment and that experience sucked. I wanted to go to iPhone or WinPhone, but then I broke my phone and got the HTC Hero. It was A LOT better and kept me with Android. Now I have the Evo Shift (have for almost 2yrs) and it's a good device, but now I want a Note 2.
25. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
I have used Symbian, Android, WP7.5 (current), and sporadic iOS. I liked Android ecosystem the most and will be switching back to that in the near future. I really like WP but it needs more growth in the ecosystem before I could switch to it long term. Symbian was nice and capabilities ahead of it's time. iOS is fine and I'm not sure why there's such a fuss made about it. It's a stable and well labelled OS.
Also, is it just me or has anyone else noticed that Apple only makes one iProduct, just with varying screen sizes and connectivity? What are the big leaps between iPod, iPhone, iPad Mini, and iPad?
40. tedkord (Posts: 3418; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Kinda makes you wonder if the rumored Apple HDTV is going to have a big, round home button on one end, doesn't it?
16. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
The first semi-smartphone I got was a 4th gen iPod touch, and it felt like a whole new world (came out of using the LG cookie). Then I got a GALAXY Note and my iPod felt like the LG Cookie (for those who don't know what an LG Cookie is, it's a 3-inch phone, resistive touch, 400*240 resolution and a 3mp camera, and no android or wifi or 3G.)
7. theBankRobber (Posts: 631; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Not bad, but alot of apple users have spent massive amounts of money on the app store and iTunes. So why switch to android and have to purchase everything again, that's one of the main reasons why people are brand loyal.
8. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)
because equivalent better applications are free on Android. the bank robber is ios.
12. sudbury78 (Posts: 120; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
I disagree completely with this. I find ios apps are WAY smoother and work better than android. Most games have complaints constantly that they are wondering why the ios updates dont come to android. As a new android phone user, I am happy I still have my ipad for lots of apps.
18. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
A non-biased statement, something we don't see so often here :P But yeah I felt let down and somewhat betrayed when I saw all the apps that I have on my Note that are better on my 2 year old iPod touch. Battleheart, as an example, didn't get the latest updates on android, and those updates were crucial to me. Thank goodness I have an iPad for that kind of stuff.
9. cripton805 (Posts: 756; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
That's why I only buy a couple things I actually use. If I lose them, I know I only spent like $20 bucks on the apps.
15. blingblingthing (Posts: 328; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Apple fans must hate the game of poker
27. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
I don't count that as "loyalty" but chalk it up to "locked in". Why would someone switch if they have put a lot of money into it? They would lose their investment only if they failed to procure or keep an iProduct to stay connected to the Apple ecosystem.
38. tedkord (Posts: 3418; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
That was the reason my friend at work stuco with iOS so long. Then he found out that other than the apps, he could port his entire iTunes content to an Android phone. And, for all the apps, there were Android versions that worked just as well.
Two weeks ago he put his iPhone down and picked up the Galaxy Note 2, and he is thrilled. The iPhone is staying down.
11. rusticguy (Posts: 2707; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
So "Fragmentation" is reducing on iOS as a reult of GMAPS ?
22. ultimatebatman (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
So 29% of iOS users are completely dependent on Google services. Why are these people even still using an iPhone at all?
28. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
I don't understand why people use an iPhone but use almost all Google productivity apps. That's only half of the experience.
39. tedkord (Posts: 3418; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I can tell you what my sister in law said when she was complaining about her iPhone doping calls constantly and I suggested she try a Verizon smartphone (this was back before big red had the iPhone)
"But it's not an iPhone."
She only uses it for calls, texts, a few games and Facebook. I showed her my smartphone could do all her iPhone does, plus it never dropped calls.
"But it's not an iPhone."
I gave up. She has always been one to worry more about fashion than function. Had to have the expensive designer clothes, shoes and purses.
34. MC1123 (Posts: 1210; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
lol...why not try here maps of nokia!! more superior that google maps!
41. lubba (Posts: 1309; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Penetrate the enemy with your most popular and wanted app and destroy from within.
43. JunkCreek (Posts: 374; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Sure. Everyone must waiting this GMaps to roll in iOS 6, because of it's awfull AMaps. Compared to the Map on browser, a complete 3rd party app Maps should have known better. So there was the spike.
45. fatTony (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)
Oh oh, this could get ugly soon. Google is infiltrating Apple's fortress, Samsung is now ahead of Apple, and Android continues to gain market share while iOS didn't meet expectations in China. I'm looking forward to seeing some killer ads/commercials. Get your boxing gloves, Apple. Will it be some Apple vs the industry ads or more lawsuits? Get your pop corn and kick back, folks, this could get interesting.