Survey: Loyalty in the OS business is nearly non-existent
posted by Alex I. / Nov 29, 2010, 9:57 AM
The research shows that due to the growing diversity in the high-end smartphone market, only 25% of the people who participated in the survey say that they will definitely continue to use the OS they are currently using. When it comes to loyalty, Apple is absolute leader with 59%. RIM is second with 35%, while a little bit surprisingly, users who stated that they will stick with the green Android robot are only 28%. Nokia's Symbian OS and Microsoft's mobile platform are at the bottom with 24% and 21% respectively.
Of course, things are bound to change as Nokia has a new CEO making changes and Microsoft has a new mobile OS. Yet, what do you make of these figures? Does it seem strange to you that RIM has such a high percent of loyalty around the world? Is it true that Android is lacking a loyal fanbase? Tell us now with your comments.
Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009
Lets see, own an iphone. Spend money on apps, have few problems with phone. Why would you leave it? Own android, maybe spend money on apps. Get a phone made by one of a dozen companies. The company you pick makes a bad phone, blame android. Your company does not update your phone to latest android OS, again blame android.
posted on Nov 29, 2010, 10:46 AM 1
Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010
SO TRUE. it is not GOOGLE or ANDROID that prevents your phone from being updated... it is the manufacturers and carriers that is very lazy to program the firmware updates... they dont care about us end users... well theyve got the moneys.
posted on Nov 30, 2010, 8:50 AM 1
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Apple may have a boring OS, but they have a central concept for how their OS is going to be applied with devices as well as a marketing plan. They also have demonstrated they have a plan for the future of their products. Android on the other hand(due to the open source aspect of the OS), has scattered philosophies with each phone company doing a poor job of personalizing their OS. I can't blame all the phone manufacturers for wanting a peace of the pie and riding the coat tails of Google. I have a Droid X that's rooted with Stock Android 2.2. It's the way it supposed to be in my opinion. I love the freedom I have to choose my OS version. I know everyone isn't tech savvy enough to enjoy my setup, but it's better than Steve Jobs telling me what I should like. Show me 10 things your iphone can do, I will show you 10 things your iphone can't do because "The Man" says NO!
posted on Nov 29, 2010, 12:24 PM 0
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Agreed. the major problem with fragmetaiton may not be actually created by Google but the carriers... they waist precious time creating tweaked UI instead of just making an app that the user can decide not to install.... its my only complaint about android, and its not actually and android problem at all, if the carriers go and add theirs apps in the market or as a package the user can install will see more loyal people. but even if android is far form perfect its some nice OS getting better and better, i just hope the caries realize that... or have Google talk about that a little
posted on Nov 29, 2010, 5:27 PM 1
Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 21, 2009
It's funny to me that Apple users call modification of an iPhone "Jail Breaking". It's obvious the end user wants more say in how their phone works. With Android you have the opposite problem, so much freedom has lead to fragmentation of the UI appearance & performance. At the same time it has enabled a new burst of innovation. Apple is scrambling to stay in front of competitors, which is my main principle for sticking with Android. Competition is necessary to promote innovation. Do you honestly think windows 7 would be as good as it is without Apple? Microsoft's Windows division reported record growth and profits this last quarter. Thank you Apple!
posted on Nov 29, 2010, 5:45 PM 0
The main problems I see with Android are 1) multiple versions of OS (1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 soon), 2) with possibly no upgrade to newer versions. 3) Custom UI's - If you go from HTC to Motorola (both with Froyo) you have a different look and feel and that could deter some from Android. Give the option, without root, to go to stock Android. There are more problems, but these are some of the more troublesome that I can think of. Fragmentation IS a major issue with Android. Blackberry is high due to fact that businesses are RIM's strong holds. Businesses don't change platforms quickly or easily. Some businesses are still running XP for there OS simply because they know it works and their apps run effectively.
posted on Nov 29, 2010, 1:56 PM 0
This servey is kinda wack. Personally I would say that most android users want the iphone but they hate att service. Iphone users are ignorant and dont have an open mind to what other OS's are out there. Of course this doesn't apply to all users but I could tell you a majority of the users. BB users would also be ignorant if they don't use it for email services, that would be the only reason i would personally ever get another bb
posted on Nov 30, 2010, 4:26 PM 0
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