Apple closing in on Android says Nielsen
posted by Alan F. / Jan 19, 2012, 4:48 PM
Strong demand for the Apple iPhone 4S following the launch of the latest iteration of the device allowed the handset to grab 44% of stateside smartphone sales in December, just 2% shy of the market share tallied by Android models. Whenever a new Apple iPhone model is launched, there is a rush to buy the device, even by smartphone newbs. For example, the percentage of buyers in the U.S. whom selected an Apple iPhone 4S over an Android or BlackBerry model doubled sequentially from the September quarter (when there was no new Apple iPhone model) to the December period which includes the unit's launch in October.
Apple's closing of the gap between itself and Android seems more impressive than one might think considering that there were few new features between the Apple iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. The A5 dual-core processor, 8MP camera and Siri are the most prominent changes between the two models. The figures suggest that Android's claimed 700,000 daily activations are not enough to run away from Apple. the gap might even close more when the Apple iPhone 5 is released. The latter is rumored to be redesigned and there is speculation that it will come to market with a 4 inch screen, a quad-core A6 processor and LTE connectivity. If this does pan out, the Apple iPhone 5 will bring the handset closer to an equal playing field with Android models, many of which already have screens over 4 inches and offer LTE connectivity.
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Oh boy. Here we go again. *braces for impact*
posted on Jan 19, 2012, 4:49 PM 10
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It seems to be a matter of flavor of the moment. FIrst an article gets posted about how WP is going to beat iOS. Now we have an article being posted about how iOS is going to unseat Android. I am waiting for an article to be posted saying that WP is going to beat Android. Whatever. Meanwhile Oracle is claiming that Google is banking $10 million/day from Android activations.
posted on Jan 19, 2012, 7:42 PM 2
i Honestly dont think that those news are shocking at all. It is stating that iOS preference doubled over this quarter.Well, there is a new iPhone and 50 million customers in Sprint, that did not have access to the iPhone. However, the market share for SALES this quarter increased only 12%, which means that Android as well is having an incredible growth during the quarter. From a 28% regular SALES market share to a 44% SALES market share, it does seem obvious, and not that impressive.
posted on Jan 19, 2012, 11:00 PM 5
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Suuuper suck a$$! as an avid iphone hater.... i dislike it: Firstly: because people feel if they have an iphone that they won't smell while going to the bathroom And Secondly and Mainly: because customizations sucks shift+4 its just like the similarities between macs and pcs of the 90s. I tried my friends Mac book or wutever and i swear i had no clue what the green red yellow buttons did. Its sad to see people still ingnant to the toils of apple... NOT to mention ITUNES sucks Ashift+44 i feel like i'm going insane or in jail of sorts using an apple product.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 12:45 AM 6
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Could the Lumia 710 actually be proving to be a hit with T-Mobile?
posted on Jan 19, 2012, 5:44 PM 0
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I bet the next iPhone will have the same 3.5" screen, probably a little thinner, better battery life, faster processor, probably on a few more carriers... Oh and no LTE connectivity, they passed on it with the iPhone 4 for Verizon, they passed on it again with the 4S and they'll pass on it again with the next one to come out. We won't see an LTE iPhone until 2014 as the refresh of this years model that comes out next year won't have it either.
posted on Jan 19, 2012, 6:33 PM 9
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I will disagree with the NO LTE. Given when iPhone 5 launches both AT&T and VZW will have very large LTE Networks in place. I also think a 4" screen version is coming as well.
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 7:00 AM 0
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Technically the iPhone 5 would be the iPhone 6, but because AT&T is just starting to roll out LTE, Apple may hold back on it until it's in more markets. 2007: iPhone - 1st gen, No 3G although it should of had it 2008: iPhone 3G - 2nd gen, 3G but no MMS or video recording, new form factor 2009: iPhone 3Gs - 3rd gen, MMS and video recording implemented, slightly better specs than it's predecessor 2010: iPhone 4 - 4th gen, Finally given multitasking, new form factor 2011: iPhone 4s - 5th gen, Finally given proper notifications, making it a full functioning smartphone, slightly better specs than it's predecessor, Siri added in 2012: iPhone 6 - 6th gen, New form factor, no LTE due to AT&T's slow roll out 2013: iPhone 6s - 7th gen, Slight better specs than it's predecessor, no LTE as it's not a major upgrade 2014: iPhone 8 - 8th gen, New form factor, LTE as it's more widely available That's been Apple's MO since the 3G and I don't see them planning on changing as they are very resistant to change
posted on Jan 20, 2012, 4:56 PM 2
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Urm okay whatever, I won't buy an iPhone unless they update their clumsy OS.
posted on Jan 19, 2012, 8:41 PM 4
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