Survey says: 39% of U.S. smartphone buyers will pick an Android model

Survey says: 39% of U.S. smartphone buyers will pick an Android model
Nearly 4 out of 10 people in the U.S. planning on purchasing a smartphone in the next 6 months will be walking out with an Android model. That is the result of a survey of 15,000 people in the States surveyed by the Yankee Group. To be precise, 39% of those asked responded with Google's open source OS as the platform they will choose. Next came the Apple iPhone, which was the answer chosen by 25% of those asked.

The third most popular smartphone choice was RIM which will be the device of choice for those purchasing a smartphone in the U.S. within the next half year. 9% said they will buy a Windows Phone model, while less than 2% selected Symbian or webOS.

According to the survey, 47% of Americans already own a smartphone while 58% say that there next phone will be a smart one. The Yankee Group's Katie Lewis, associate analyst and author of the report, said that now is a critical point for many platforms and those not at the top need to fight for survival. "Opportunities within the smartphone market abound, but we’ve reached a critical point where graves could be dug for several OS vendors," she added, "decisions made in the next three years are likely to seal the fate, good or bad, of many OSs. Now is the time for these vendors to fight for survival."

source: YankeeGroup via eWeek

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40 Comments

35. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Green Robot got Knock out by something

34. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Wow, this is a first. Good for android.

23. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Im like the article but I was kind of surpise seen Rim on the Picture. I was expecting Android Iphone and then Windows RIM placing among the ones with lowest OS like bada. I guess it could go either way between first and second place but this shows how good android has become... Hands down to Android

22. ilia1986 unregistered

Bah. The more I try to make my iPhone 4 closer to Android - by searching Winterboard themes, dreamboard themes, tweaks, widgets, etc etc - the more I find out that it's all in vain.

21. thelegend6657 unregistered

It's all personal choice , don't need to be pissed just because somebody likes iOS more than android . It's just that for me I just like it more .

31. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Finally an intelligent comment on this thread. It's personal preference people. I'm a huge tech head (I build my own computers etc.). I simply love my iPhone more than any other phone i've ever had (which includes a Galaxy S II), simply because it never has any issues. It's reliable, and I never get frustrated by it. It's all personal preference. When I want to do crazy things and do coding, I just use one of my computers. I don't need my phone to allow me to code java on the go. If you do, then clearly Android is what you need. There's no need to bash on an operating system just because it's not your preference.

20. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Noob heads like ios, absolutely. its like liking the macs and pcs of the 90s... to some the layout is so simple aka simple people....and to other it is like jail...people that like freedom of thought....(or along that line)! aaaarrrgqq it preturbs me when people say ios is fantabulous.... I think people like the iphone for its warranty...which is a apt selling point. wow does iossuck

14. thelegend6657 unregistered

Webos , symbian and bbos7 really sucks Os of my choice 1st iOS 2nd wp7 3rd android I bet people will thumbs down this post because anything negative about android will be thumbed down and mist people here are Fandroids

18. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

You might as well ask for it with that last statement.

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

then go to a anti android site! problem solved

28. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I just don't know why people are thumbing him down .. He did not rank them .. he just said those are his choices ..

30. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

is not them... is their faulty Android OS...so please excuse all of them that thumb this good man down

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

your comments are boring :) move on

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Kinda sad that this old school rock lover recognized a breakdancing Android before all of you. :p Count me in that 39 percent. I love my Atrix, but the siren call of the Razr/Maxx is hard to ignore. If I can figure an inexpensive/affordable way to get it in my hands I'll be back on an employee plan and rockin' the Razr. :)

13. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Unlike Sniggly, I would get the same Moto Razr that they sell in mainland China -- the ones with 4.5" display and 13 MP cameras. I never understand why Moto would supply better phones in some other part of the world and hope the US consumers don't find out that the US phones are inferior.

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, Ardent, I don't need a 4.5 inch display or a 13 megapixel camera on my phone. 8 megapixels was awesome on my Droid X, and so was the 4.3 inch display. Plus, we're talking about procuring what's commercially available for an affordable price here in the States *right now*. Also, here in the U.S. the carriers are king. Motorola especially has to deal with what the carriers want it to do-hence why there are no unlocked bootloaders on Verizon Motorola phones.

19. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

LOL @ "U.S. carriers are king"

37. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> 8 megapixels was awesome on my Droid X, and so was the 4.3 inch display. Snigg, that puts you in the minority -- the majority would like to buy the phone with the best spec's available at time of sale. All I was doing was showing how Moto doesn't treat its US customers well.

38. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh yeah? The amount of people who go for the iPhone wherever it's available kind of disprove that not jumping for the absolute best is a minority action. Also, the best that's commercially available in the US IS an 8 megapixel camera-screen size being a completely subjective preference. Also, as camera comparisons go, megapixel count doesn't always guarantee higher quality images. If you should always go for the absolute best in quality, that means you should never espouse prepaid carriers or their phones again. I mean, you basically think that people should go for the Triumph, but it's not even close to the best phone Motorola has released this year. And just because Motorola didn't cram a higher megapixel camera into the US Verizon version of the Razr doesn't mean they're mistreating their US customers. Aside from megapixel count, the US Razr is every bit as kickass as the Chinese version. Stop trying to find things to bitch about, ardent.

17. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Because US consumers typically don't do research on a good phone. It's usually through word of mouth, cheap price or/and flashiness of the device.

10. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Also why such a bad android pic....if is was iphoe would you show an upside down apple.... or an apple with a bite out of it. lmao ..... whats happinin to media today... Screw PIPA!!

9. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Lol peeple still picking iphones....is it for warranty purposes mostly???

4. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Sounds kind of right.. I was debating on iphone 4s or Bold 9900,

3. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i swear its a new, very different number every time..

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Yeah those numbers change quite a lot and I would really like if someone would put them together and tell us how the OS's are doing compared with last year

15. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The 39% number makes sense given how Apple has been able to reverse Android's dominance in the US smartphone market. source:http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-01-09/tech/30606530_1_new-iphone-android-sales-verizon-customers Here are some important factoid from the original article: "Android enjoys an installed base of 39 percent in the United States, with 39 percent of respondents vowing to buy an Android handset in the next six months. Currently, 25 percent of respondents own an iPhone, but 35 percent of respondents said they are leaning toward purchasing an iPhone in the next six months." "Noting that RIM and Microsoft are having a hard time coaxing their existing customer bases to buy new phones, Lewis said 20 percent U.S. consumers own a RIM BlackBerry, but only 12 percent intending to buy a smartphone in the next six months will purchase a BlackBerry handset. Of the 14 percent of consumers who own a Windows Mobile-based device, only 9 percent of those asked said they would pick up a phone based on the new Windows Phone OS."

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oooh.. dr. negative! you know what i LOOOOVE about these surveys? Normally they have iphone at the top of the heap but it never translates to direct sales. Why? Because people that dont have a cell have no idea what any of them are so they pick the one theyve heard about.. the iphone. When they get to the store they see the different choices and go android. Now finally, android is leading these surveys... so that spells a spot of trouble for apple who's conversion from "im going to buy" to "i bought" has always been lower than android's.

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

do you even read what I said? what I said is simple las year I remember the iPhone having the biggest preference rate among regular consumers with over 30% of people willing to buy an iPhone yet android kept groin through the entire year now we have a chart saying over 30% of users will prefer android this is not a market share stat this is not a sales chart simply android awareness seems to have grown and customers preference on the OS too but again there are lots of things that need to be taken to account when checking this. now I don't see iOS holding back android as I expected sales to be reduced in the quarters the iPhone gets released, numbers like going up and down

33. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Hehe... Groin...

36. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> do you even read what I said? And did you read my response. I just add to your comment. All I did was to suplpy you some statistic like you asked. Normal people would call this having a discussion.

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