Apple leads smartphone growth, Android draws 1st-timers
New statistics suggest Apple’s iPhones are the top-selling smartphones in the U.S., but more first-time smartphone buyers are opting for an Android device.
Overall there were more Android devices sold, compared to iOS phones, with Google’s mobile operating system claiming 48 per cent share. But of the first-time buyers, people who couldn’t yet be bothered to get a smartphone, Android had 57 per cent market share.
While a faster processor and a better camera drew customers to the iPhone 4S, Android was helped with its competitively large app selection and availability on practically all the carriers.
Android is still incredibly popular and the top two selling Android handsets are from Samsung, but Android doesn't have the same following Apple's iPhone does, as made fun of in this hilarious Samsung Super Bowl commercial.
The news isn’t so good for other smartphone platforms.
Combined, the others, including RIM and WP7, squeezed out 9 per cent of the market share.
If you’re counting your pennies, the statistics don’t bode very well either. The average cost of a smartphone went up by $8.
The future is as exciting as a roller coaster ride. Nokia is rolling out more phones running the Windows Phone platform, while RIM is forging ahead to release better all-around phones.
Who do you think will be leading next time around?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets