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

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Is the android robot dancing or something? Also I would like if someone would pile up year comparisons between those numbers. Like customer satisfaction and consumer awareness of a device or platform compared with previous year. That would be great

2. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Headspin or "helicopter"

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It looks weird

7. Ronref95

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 23, 2011

I think it's having a seizure

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Though it was epilepsy

11. awkward11598k

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

i like how som1 disliked wat u said

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it was just born, and dropped on its head!!! woopsie!! lol

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

dont worry people the Android robot has a virus... already LooKout is on their way..lol

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.

39. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

1-You've already posted this as a reply to my comments 3 times in different posts if I'm not mistaken 2- what I mean is that every year the same group or person do a similar poll asking people what OS they like and what OS they plan to buy. I would like to see that crunched together on a post on the site. Its what I mean.

40. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Now let me go an explain this a bit further with a small perception of Android to some average people and fanboys I'll arrange it by how I think they go in order From lower to higher. 1. What's Android? 2. Copy of iOS 3. Poor guys iPhone 4. The phone for geeks and complicated stuff 5. A Droid? 6. A nice OS it has its bad moments 7. A phone I can rely on As I think Android has grown from being a not known os to something people talk about to something people like and in the future (if done right) something people love to the core. Now people opinions are tricky because depends on so much what type of people you ask. Yet would be nice to see how is Android doing compared with how it was doing last year in terms of people accepting it

4. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

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

9. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

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

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!!

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.

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

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