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The Street says Android users know nothing about their phones

0. phoneArena 24 Jun 2012, 00:31 posted on

Wall Street blog The Street says that Android users are clueless when it comes to their phone, citing a comScore study from April that said that 70% of Android users don't know how to access Wi-Fi with their Android smartphone...

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posted on 24 Jun 2012, 18:31

153. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


correct. we dont constantly buy a new device just because its an "xxx". Android users dont look for status symbols, they look for something functional for their lives. shallow people look for status symbols.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 18:48 1

166. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Interesting considering the average android user can't activate wifi or browse the web.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 22:42

206. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


android users can't activate WiFi and browse the web:

we use third party browser

android is soooo smart, it does the job of turning wifi on/off automatically when we are connected to previously saved network..
yeah, bro, it's the real "smart"phone..

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:44 1

223. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats the best you got? an idiot comment based on a blogger's OPINION and not fact?

keep proving to us that we are valid in thinking that your the biggest moron on the site.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 14:57

227. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Interesting considering ios users are too goddam simple to look outside to see if it's raining and need a machine to tell them.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:05 18

7. Lousclues (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I can always tell when something is written by Alan F. Just by reading the title lol.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:12 12

8. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


to say ALL android users are not tech savvy is wrong. i use my wifi, i use e internet, i update my phone and etc.. how can they say ALL when it is the minority? were they conducting their surveys on grandparents?! this right here is just bull s**t. The Wall Street Journal must have been paid by Apple to come up with such utter rubbish.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:19 5

9. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


Can't wait for Apple fans what to say about this one.. :)

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:16 5

29. HTCFreak (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


Oh no, they won't offend anyone, it looks like we just feel offended by this article. But just because we are android geeks, doesn't mean that all of the android users are tech-savy. Most of the users are women, young kids, older people. We are just that small 30%

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 04:21 2

43. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


How are old people using android I thought it was too complex. Stupid blog if u ask me

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 04:14 4

41. wendygarett (unregistered)


android was for geeks and now is for derp :)
who afraid of lose to the apple product :D

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:24 6

10. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 347; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


I can say that majority of android users are not tech savvy......but those who visit sites like PA, engadget, theverge, etc are tech savvy.
Don't get me wrong

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:25 7

11. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 347; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Not a Apple fanboy, i hate iproducts they are always overpriced

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:06 3

25. HTCFreak (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


And again, last year's ipad costs $399 and last year's Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 costs $499. So it isn't ALWAYS overpriced :)

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 09:40

61. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Actually, last yearsipad cost that THIS year and was 500 dollars (+) last year. The samsung galaxy tab can justify that price MAYBE because android offers more functionality than ios.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 10:14 2

70. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The only justification for price is if the consumers will pay it.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 03:09 1

38. btbotimtim (Posts: 147; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


you should also mention XDA!!!! lol

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 08:08 1

54. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly....the the majority of Android users are the general public. The majority of the general public aren't tech savvy.

I read the article....and to me...nothing in there says anything about them not bring tech savvy..or am I reading it wrong?

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:27 5

12. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


This doesnt mean anything. it is also a fact that people who know most about how phones work and processors and gpu's and rooting, modding and flashing kernels and roms are android users. All kinds of people use android as its the most popular smrtphone operating system. You can also say that more dumb people use windows whereas the the number of dumbdumb people as well as smart people using windows might be more than total no. of people using macos etc. the sheer volume of people using the os causes this. I know the article states percentage but its more of a reflection of the percentage of common people who know about smartphones rather than amdroid. Though i agree that because of the low prices of android people move from feature phones to smartphones who dont know much about smartphones but i believe that android is making those people smarter. thumbs up to thegreen robot.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 13:57 1

95. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Actually every study shows iPhone users are more tech savvy including this one.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 14:28

104. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This is not a study, it's a blog. Were anyone to do a study based on this site, they would conclude from your posts that iPhone users can't even find the on button.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 17:38 1

135. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Read the blog and they got the statistics from studies. Your state of denial is amazing where you block out all facts you don't like.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 20:27 1

189. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I've explained this to you numerous times, but you're sticking your fingers in your ears and shouting, "I can't hear you..."

The stats he used have nothing to do with users abilities. He's taking stats that show Android users don't use WiFi as much, and extrapolating thatch mean they don't know how. I could just as easily use the high numbers of iOS users using WiFi to mean their iPhones just can't hold a signal from the carriers. So, this data clearly shows that the iPhone has inferior radio and antenna components.

Of course, I wouldn't make that connection, because I have a bit more integrity than you.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 18:27

151. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Tech savy! What a joke.... Type i$he?p in Google and ule find out... More like computer illiterate.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:28 2

13. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I always have that Android is used by people that want a free phone or just want to have a hihg end phone but dont even root those thigs,,wtF?? and of course the 1% geeks

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 08:26 2

56. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


if they choose to root the phone or not, it is up to them. not some chicken like you

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 14:30 1

105. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So, what you're saying is that when given the choice of a free or cheap Android phone, or a free 3GS and $50 4, people still overwhelmingly choose the Android phone. I wonder why?

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 14:32

107. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


While your written skills are improving, you have a long way to go before you are even on a 4th grade reading level gallito. But you've stopped with the idiotic elipses after every word, so it's a start.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 18:32

155. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Unlike ur cheap shattering glass, and overpriced midrange restricted low spec phone. Go and show of ur iphone and pose with it. Good for nothing phone.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:35 2

14. cybervlad81 (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


My 4g is faster than the crappy internet offered for my home, same down but extremely better up. I also still have my unlimited data, so dangit I am going to abuse it. There are two reasons for lack of wifi use.

Every thing I would need to use a browser for almost always has a specialized app that does it better. Being I have had Android for over 2 years now, I have gathered up that collection nicely organized for easy access.

Lastly, I have seen very few budget Android device in use out in public. Most are the mid to high range devices.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:48 5

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


certainly doesn't apply to me. ;)
people being dumb isn't exactly breaking news.
give those people an iPhone and i'm sure they'd keep up the same habits unless they were faced with a situation where they had to use Wi-Fi like Alan mentioned however i'm sure most of the tech savvy individuals have Android. it's a statistical inevitability with the immense amount of Market Share Google has with Android worldwide.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:54 3

16. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Or maybe some Android users, such as myself, have 4G Lte phones and find that most wi-fi networks are much slower than their 4G Lte connection.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:56

18. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


typically they are but i pull a good 40mbps at home so i usually have my Wi-Fi on whenever i'm home.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:02

22. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


See I only get 2mbps at home, but on 4G Lte I will usually get about 6x that.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:04

24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


daaamn, i bet you're on your phone a lot.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:12

26. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


It's actually not as bad as it sounds, if there is absolutely no traffic on the network I can manage to stream 720p video. But when it comes to my phone, I never connect to the home wifi. Btw you've probably downloaded a large game on your phone and it recommends that you connect to wifi, I laugh every time I see that message. It would take me 6x as long if i downloaded it that way.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:17

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i hate when that happens while i'm out. >>

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:26

32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


How are you getting 40 Mb/s?

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:30

33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that's the top speed Bright House offers and i have a really good router.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:38 1

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u499/kingkurogiii/?action=view¤t=Capture.jpg

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 11:39 1

73. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Daaayuuum. I was thinking 20 Mb/s was nice. Some of the smaller downloads might get clicked twice, cause they happen so fast.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 18:33

156. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I miss cable modems.. lol. I am stuck on this slow arse DSL with no way of getting anything else.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 13:51 1

91. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


No it says they DON'T KNOW how to access wifi lmao. So much for the bs argument android users are tech savvy.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 14:18 1

99. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Many android devices come with the Wi-Fi toggle on the home screen. So how accurate do you think that statement is? The fact that all of the top selling android phones are high end and more expensive than iPhone (gs3, razor maxx, one x, optimus HD) that kind of puts the "cheap" argument to bed. Wall Street analysts also predicted 90% market share for iPad 2, said Siri was great, said iPhone would re-take the market share lead from android (android has only increased it). Apple has always been the darling of wall street. ....the same people who thought the housing bubble wouldn't burst and in spite of Lehman Bros, AIG, Enron--keep pushing for less regulation. Remember the source.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 14:24

102. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


because there's no incentive for these people to learn about how to access their Wi-Fi. most tech savvy people use Android but the same also goes for the opposite being that Android has sooo much more market share than Apple or anybody in the Smartphone Market for that matter.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 14:50

111. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They didn't survey these people. They don't know if they have the tech knowledge to set up wifi. This blog post is just looking at raw numbers, and using them to make his own point.

You can't use browser stat numbers, since so many of us on Android show up as other browsers, due to our user agent mods.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 17:39 1

136. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Sure man keep back pedaling.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 18:39

159. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Android Fandroids don't back peddle.... Its u animal users who follow us... Go and enjoy ur restrictions and closed eco crap junk system! ur the ones who is not us. We are in the future. Ur animals are following us...

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 20:38

191. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You really don't know what that word means, do you?

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 18:35

157. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Look Apple copying Android. They finally added 4G what's next 4inch screen... Then widgets. Then live wal-papers. And drop down notification. Copycat Xerox....

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:56 5

17. davidneary01 (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Nov 2008)


i'll be honest, i think that 7 out of 10 figure may be right..i can not tell you how many people i have had to explain about the wi-fi feature..i show them a video on my EVO and they are always like "mine is always choppy and buffering, why does yours works so well..and after a 15 minute tutorial on everything from swype, wi-fi, google play store they are usually pretty excited..i do think the average iphone user may be a little more phone savy then the average android user BUT i think there are more android users who know every in and out about there phone if that makes any sense...it's too bad leaving wi-fi on all the time burns so much battery cause any feature that you have to toggle will quickly be forgotten by a number of people..

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 01:58

19. Luuthian (Posts: 217; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I only partially belive this. While there is certainly a segment of Android users who are using the platform simply because they upgraded to a cheap Droid, most people using high end sets must be more tech savvy than the rest. Someone who actively sought out a Galaxy S II or a Galaxy Nexus would likely know SOMETHING about the phone.

I think the bigger issue here though is the lack of ICS on most handsets. ICS is far more intutitive and easy to use than Android 2.3 ever was. 2.3 is cumbersome and often slow, so it would only stand to reason that someone without much tech know-how would be able to operate the phone very well.

I can see why these statistics exist, but I agree with Phone Arena that there are a far larger number of reasons for them than a simple explaination that Droid users don't give a crap about Droid or their phone.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:02 1

20. BattleBrat (Posts: 1093; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Where is REPUBLICAN with some snippy boaderline racist comment?

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 19:44

184. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


He's banned...

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:02 12

21. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1947; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Actually apple I-phone users, don't know about their phones... they think , they get "new" features every new update. ..

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:04 2

23. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


90% of the population couldn't program the clock on their VCR either. BetaMax still lost the battle.

There are MANY reasons that would contradict the article's conclusions. Many different browsers are available for Android. 4G is fast enough to nearly eliminate the NEED for wifi. And again, updates just aren't available for older hardware since Android phones are advancing the technology by leaps and bounds.

yes, the is a transparent attempt to manipulate and skew statistics to make their Apple products look better. I would bet dollars to donuts nearly everyone at 'the Street' uses Mac and iPhone.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:12

27. gwhyte01 (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


Its true, I know a lot of android users who know nothing about their phone.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:15 3

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Well, I'm no computer scientist, but I like to think myself as tech savvy. I know that RAM is important, clock speed for processors isn't everything as there are different architectures and multi-core devices, megapixels don't always matter, etc. All the necessities to tell a good device. I usually have my Wifi on, only turning it off when I leave the house. I hardly ever do browsing on my phone, considering most of the time I have access to a computer, but when I do browse on my phone I use Dolphin, not the stock browser. I check my phone for updates every now and then, the problem isn't that Android users don't update, it's that they CAN'T update because no updates are being rolled out, especially in the U.S. since we're still waiting on ICS for the GS2 (except for T-Mo's). And even then, I know plenty people with iPhones still running iOS 4 because they either don't want to update because they think it is a sort of scam, don't know there is an update, or don't know HOW to update. I was actually asked to update my friends' iPhone 4 for them. People being oblivious (or just plain dumb) isn't anything new.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 02:18 2

31. smartphonelover (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


What's considered tech savvy? Because I bet there's a lot more Android users that know the specs about their phone, and how to root them, compared to the iPhone users who know the specs about their iPhone, and how to jailbreak them. If I go up to a ton of iPhone users and a ton of Android users, and ask them what GPU their phone has, I bet you that more Android users will know that about their phone rather than an iPhone user. I know that most people won't know the GPU in their phone anyway, but it's just an example. Usually the top of the line Android phones are about specs, while the iPhone is about being simple to use with a good camera.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 13:52 1

92. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Apparently not. You guys don't even know how to access wifi. So much for that widget.

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