At least 10 million have left Android for an Apple iPhone?

At least 10 million have left Android for an Apple iPhone?
Phones powered by Android are the most widely used in the world (although Apple makes the most money when it comes to selling smartphones). Both Google and Apple say that there are always people switching from one platform to the other. According to an app in the Google Play Store, at least 10 million Android users have switched to iOS in the last couple of years.

This figure is based on an app called Move to iOS. The app helps Android users switch from an Android powered handset to an Apple iPhone by easily moving content and apps from an Android phone to one powered by iOS. We should point out that Apple developed the app, hoping that by making it easier to move apps, contacts and photos from an Android phone to an iPhone, more people would switch platforms leading to more iPhone sales.

By October 2015, 1 million to 5 million Android users had installed the app. Less than a year later, that figure was up to 10 million to 50 million. Now, we can't assume that everyone who installed the app swapped to an iPhone. Nor can we assume that the actual number of installations of the app equals the high number in the range. Even if we use the minimum figures, that would indicate that at least 10 million Android users have made the switch over the last one and a half to two years.

Obviously, this is not a scientific study. Still, it might be worthwhile for Apple to monitor the numbers as a quick and dirty way to see if iOS is gaining new subscribers at Android's expense.

If you're considering a move to iOS from Android, you can make the switch much easier by downloading and installing Move to iOS; all you need to do is simply click on this link.


source: BGR

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77 Comments

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Title should have read, "....left Samsung for an Apple iPhone?". Android wasn't the problem...just saying. Don't be casting a negative cloud over Android because Samsung screwed up.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So the article said, 10M users over a time of 2 years So you saying Samsung messed up 2 years in a row? Because while everyone else was losing sales, Samsung was the only one gaining sales until the Note 7. The vast majority of Note 7nowners to the tune if 70%, took an S7. Remember 90% of the original Note ow ers took a Nite 7 replacement. 70% took a S7 model after the second recall. With the moves theyvare doing now more S7 are going to sell and surely the S8 and the Note 8 too. What you going to say then with egg on your face?

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Jumped straight to the comment section without even reading the article...my bad lol. Thanks for sparing me a 3 page response. :)

25. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Rule of thumb: Read the article first before complaining or commenting.

6. tangbunna

Posts: 464; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

that survey is still in drolling-mid-dream

7. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

The latest report that Android gain 10.2% in expense of iOS which decrease -5.3%. So who is switching?

31. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

I love Android but these figures doesn't mean that they are switching Simply apple sold less phone compared to the whole market " which has increased" compared to Android For example apple sold 50 million iPhone and the whole market is 100 million phone , then apple figures would be 50 % The next quarter apple sold 50 million iPhone and the whole market is 150 million phone , then apple figures mean it has 33.3% So it doesn't mean there are switchers

33. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

That's not indicative of market share changes. It just means Android is selling in a higher percentage of devices.

50. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Those numbers include new users. But even if those 10 million were true, that's less than 1% of the installed base and does not account for people using both, nor people switching the other way around (including those changing their minds about the switch to iOS). That together would be a far more telling picture.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Took 2 years for 10M to move to iOS and those all came back last quarter and then some at 10.2%.

12. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Is this article equating downloading an app to using an app? I'm sure lots of people did use it, but I double it's a 100% use rate.

14. shnibz

Posts: 508; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I switched and got a 5s followed by 2 defective 6+ models in row. One from the carrier and in from Apple store. I'll never go back again. S7 now V20 soon

15. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

arent PA just covered a news that 'Android' took over 88% of the market??

21. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

i-phonearena is doing damage control at best.

28. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

it seems that the PA journalists are divided into two types : those who simply giving out news and those who have apple market share lol

16. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

And how exactly did the purpose of the app work out? iOS market share still went down since the app was released. Lol.

17. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

with the fall of shamesung around the corner. those numbers will only increase

52. aegislash

Posts: 1465; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

"The fall of Shamesung around the corner"...your ignorance gave me a brain tumor.

65. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

In your dreams, in your dreams lol Pretty sure you might have already had one.

55. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And when they don't, and Samsung is back at number one next year, you'll predict it again. Maybe one day you'll be right. Probably not.

61. aegislash

Posts: 1465; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

The funny thing is...even if Samsung were to take a drop in smartphone sales, it would barely affect them, because they have profits coming in from the thousands of other products that they make, as well as huge profits from other OEMs buying chips, screens, and such from them. The same can't be said about companies where their smartphone sales account for the majority of their profits.

18. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

A tech expert says, uh never mind. He's here. Get ready.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why would you use BGR as a source? They're Apple sycophants with no sense of objectivity and the post is filled with speculation.

23. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

That's not how math works.

26. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And how many went from iOS to Android

27. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

How did 10m users switch from Android to iOS when Android just gained market share at the expense of iOS. And the source quoted is BGR?? Lmao!! Quit with the bogus articles PA.

34. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Because it sold a higher percentage of devices than previously. Doesn't mean anyone is switching.

39. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's what I was saying. No one is switching. This article is bogus.

66. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Oh I am sure some have but also sure some have switched to Android too.

29. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

Damage control at its finest.

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