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Almost half of US mobile subscribers have smartphones, iOS closes the gap on Android

0. phoneArena posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:48

Almost half of US mobile subscribers have smartphones at the end of February 2012 as smartphone adoption continues its steady growth…

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posted on 30 Mar 2012, 11:58

66. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

it all depends on what apps u want. iOS leads in gaming but u can't beat android for navigation and search integration functions. no one beats Google at information sorting and usage and that is directly reflected in the quality of the Google suite of apps for android. yea other OSs Get a version of the apps but they are always stripped a bit... or a lot.
for me that's more important

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 18:45

70. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Android has built in navigation so its not like an app is really needed anyway. I was thinking about it and I have actually found a reason why individual phones sales are important. Second hand parties are going to make more accessories for phones that sell well. Since the iPhone sells so well its not surprising to see all the accessoiers it has such as cases, speakers, ihomes, screen proctors, and so much more. Even this is minimal though so again I raise the point does sales really matter besides for the company?

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:37

24. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Yes, but I see a lot of upset people this year who just upgraded to the 4S and are now locked into a two year contract. I don't think they will want to pay $600 for a new phone.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 16:39

36. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1737; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

They wont care a lot paid the early upgrade charge or just flat out paid full price. If its an Apple product, they wont care

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:21

60. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

i would love to get my hands on a Nokia Lumia 800/900 running WP7...but unfortunately i don't think Verizon will take the plunge & pick that device up. i've been there done that w/Android, webOS, iOS & Blackberry. i've never really dove into WP7.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:19 3

4. redmd (Posts: 1355; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I agree with remix on the Android paradigm. The closing in of iOS on the gap was expected with the release of iPhone 4S. We can expect the same when the 2012 Android flagship hit shelves. I'm rather hopeful on the Nokia WP outcome this year.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:24 6

5. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

Android is so strong that it didnt even budged by iOS' growth..

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:30 3

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Yea....Blackberry and Others are suffering from iOS growth. Apple and Google have to be pretty happy these days.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:30 5

6. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Its funny how android has like 100 different phones and iOS only has 5 and they are doing more or less the same.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:31 4

8. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Whats even funnier is that before Android even came out Win Mo had 100 different phones...look where they are now.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:37 8

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Why is that amusing? Android is an OS not a phone builder, so a snide comment from your obvious lack of knowledge makes you looks stupid instead of funny.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 16:40 3

37. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1737; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Hes a sad panda...

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:49 5

10. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

With the increasing popularity of the non-contract carriers which all now have mid range smartphones. I am not too surprised by this. I am assuming a big chunk of the increase is due to the more affordable ways to get a smartphone now. Probably a good thing though. I used to be anti-smartphone (mostly because of the ridiculous plans the big two offer) but with the increasing non-contract smartphones its a good deal for people who dont want to pay more than $50 a month for phone service.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 11:34

13. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

agree 100% and i believe this is why android has such a stronghold in "smartphone operating system share"... there are many different android phones on many different carriers. While people hate contracts they can still get a smartphone(android) from these non-contracted carriers.

makes sense...

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 12:53

17. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

With the growth of the pre-paid market and with phones from Huawei and ZTE setting a blazing trail, Android's share is only going to increase strongly.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 11:24 1

12. shamataa (Posts: 240; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Like i said before Android is number #1 choice in terms of OS platform. :)

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 11:34 6

14. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

no its the most "available" choice...

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 04:14

73. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

how is the iphone less availible? Its even on small rural carriers now. If your talking about Tmobile, unlocked iphones are so common on tmobile that they have their own tech support department.

people love choice, and when push comes to shove, they chose the benefits of android over ios.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 12:04

16. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

With Samsung galaxy s3, htc one series, sony xperia, zte and huawei trying to ship more androids. ......android soon will be miles ahead of ios.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 13:25 1

18. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

As a Fandroid here that owns everything Apple, but not the iCrap iPhone. I believe I BIG reason Apple is gaining traction over Android. The new Android trend is building them just like iPhone, with no removable battery, no expansion slot. The main reason why people hate the iPhone and buy Androids. So I believe if only having those option in the up coming market selection. Well I hate to state this, but it's a no brainier to just get the iPhone because of the great ecosystem and I already as many Android user own a Mac Computer. So mark my words, this will be the down fall of Android in moving behind iPhones.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:02 2

21. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

These aren't sole reasons why people buy Android devices, so the exclusion of them will have minimal effect, IMHO. I definintly thought the lack of a removable battery would be a big issue and I even said I would never own one...few months later, here I am with the Droid Razr. I think it will be the same for expandable memory as well. I hate the idea of no memory card. That's part of the reason why I picked the Razr over the Galaxy Nexus, but if the phone is that good I'll just have to bite the bullet. I honestly don't think Apple has a "Better ecosystem", it's just different. Some parts of it work better, some...not so much. Apple will be the number 1 OS eventually, but not because its better. For years to come ungratful little brats will be b*tchin' on there little facebook and twitter accounts how their parents bought them some stupid car instead of the white iphone because its still just going to be the "Cool" phone to have. I don't care if Android slips to number 2, as long as I know I have the best OS on the market, that's all that matters to me. And for me, Android is simply the best.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:33 2

22. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Well as an Android owner and iCrap iPhone hater, I will bite the bullet as well, However Apple is the better ecosystem hands down. I am and will never be an easy customer. I want what I want for reason. But if force, it's a no brainier to just move onto the best ecosystem. I hate cloud storage, once again I will if only if I had, I pray that I DON"T have to. But is is best with the cloud. But lord please let the HTC One X have what I want and need. That is all I'm say.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:55 1

32. hepresearch (unregistered)

I can see it, too. I think there are still quite a-plenty reasons to buy an Android over an iPhone, but it is true... imho... that the newer Androids are trending toward acting more like and looking more like, and taking design cues from, Apple's new iPhone offerings. It is natural for others to follow the trend cues of the clear leader, otherwise they could not truly compete with the leader (in this case now, Apple). I don't think they will really get to the point of being severely identical, but it is enough of a fact that Apple has taken notice and fought back with all that awful patent litigation that we generally all detest. But then again, Apple does expect the truly- and properly-competing Android tablet to very much resemble the LeapFrog LeapPad... =8-P

If you think about it, though, Android follows Apple in what Apple does so well to snag more customers... I mean, who wouldn't want more customers? The bottom line is that devices sell better if the operator/owner doesn't have to think very much when they work their device. Apple's devices take much of that need for thought away from the smooth operation of their products... and while Android owners often enjoy taking the time to think about operations and customization and coding and all sorts of awesome stuff they like to do that iOS users would rather not think about, Google still has to cater to more users in order to maintain their bottom line.

As more people stop feeling the need to think much if they don't absolutely have to or want to, Apple will pick up market share, and Google will redesign Android to become more like iOS in order to compete better in a market that has more thought-avoiders, hipsters, and convenience-users than ever before... and less and less thinkers day after day...

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 15:48 2

34. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

I simply don't want to be like those iPhone user, that have to bring their iPhone to a apple genius bar when they have battery issue, or run around like crazy people looking for a plug to juice up, I LOL at those people, Now I will sadly be one of those peeps. LOL! . It's like this, If a shoe store starts telling their customer that the shoelace will now be preeminently attach, However please bring it is for a fee so we can change it for you or any other shoelace related problems. Since when did we need help with our shoelace, So why do we need help changing our own battery?, why do I have to be force to use cloud service? Where is the option? Soon it's just gonna be like you say, everything is going to be like an iCrap iPhone. I love Apple ecosystem, but hate the iPhone.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 17:03 1

38. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Lol! Few good points there. The fact that my battery could go bad in the 13th month of owning this phone makes me nervous. There is no Motorola store for me to go to and VZW doesn't fix phones in store. And I love my Mac and hate the iPhone as well. The Eco system looks great, but I don't like the "my way or the highway" feeling I get from every other iProduct within the ecosystem. Syncing iProducts take too long, but when I connect my phone to my Mac...it's just drag and drop. And Apple nickel and dimes you more than carriers. The word "free" is usually accompanied by the word "lite" when your looking for apps. People can say that the apps for the iPhone is better, but Bump, Angry Birds, Osmos, World of Goo, Shadow gun and many other games and apps look identical to me on both to me, with a few exceptions. But it's not enough for me to give up what feels like a more complete ecosystem with Google.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 17:19 1

39. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

I'm am not and will never be an app hoarder. I'll pay for thing that are worth it. My only smartphone has been so far Android, never ever own a iCrap iPhone. But I'll be dammed if I have to hand over my phone Android or iPhone for something we've been doing ourself since the begining of time. OPTION! PLEASE! Not everyone care about the longest battery life in the planet, I get longer battery life hands down with my extra tiny battery in my pocket any day again someone with an iPhone and a BIG plug in their pocket. I don't even have to stop my life to do so. I have to however disagree, I hate saying this but it's true. Apple ecosystem hands down is far better than Android. However Android is try to get it right slowly but surly.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 17:23 1

40. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Plus Identity Theft has been a big problem, over 70% Identity Theft happens in companies. Why do I want to had over my phone to someone I don't know. So many disgruntle people. The expansion slot will allow me to remove my PRIVATE stuff off the phone, if I did have to hand it over and mail it in for tech support. The Big Picture!!!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:46

26. hepresearch (unregistered)

Well, Nielsen is usually pretty decent with their stats... if this is true, then all the folks who laughed at me when I said Android could get eclipsed by iOS in the next three years here in the states have now lost their #1 reason for calling me out on my analysis... they always laughed at me and told me that Android activations are sooo much more numerous than iPhone activations. Looks like that has been changing quickly in the last three months... they are now closing the gap with Android for new activations. Now whether this is just because of the iPhone 4S/"the New iPad" releases has yet to be seen, but if this trajectory pattern holds, I just may yet prove to have been right-on in my analysis last summer... even as much as I hope I'm not right after all. Personally, I'd much rather be wrong on this one.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:52

30. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I dont really care who has more marketshare or more profit. IMO there is enough pie for at least 3 mobile platforms to survive.

I wanna see Android, iOS and WP7. Maybe cuz those are the only ones I'm interested in....lol. I really wanna see Blackberry merge with Android or iOS.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 15:14 1

33. hepresearch (unregistered)

Last I ran the current stat numbers through my Markov-chain model, I got iOS at 76% marketshare, Android at 16% marketshare, Windows Phone at 7% marketshare, and feature phones still clinging to 1% by the year 2018. Doesn't take into account major market disruptions, though, since it cannot predict when a newer product release could occur or even how successful it might be until it is fairly imminent.

Personally, I'd rather see BlackBerry 10 take off well and keep them in the game... the more choices, the better! Three ecosystems alone are just not enough to satisfy my need to feel that I have many choices.

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