According to PhoneArena, a recent quarterly survey of 500 smartphone buyers conducted over a full year showed that more Android users are switching to the Apple iPhone than vice versa. While the survey is US-based and so skewed towards US realities, and while I am for anything that dilutes the stranglehold that Android has on the global smartphone market, I doubt that these results translate to Android losing market share to iOS in the grand picture. The US smartphone market is no longer the prime determiner of global trends that it once was. The new determiners are China and emerging markets. And there is no way in heaven or hell that Android is losing users to iOS in those markets.
Taking into cognisance the local focus of surveys and trends is important in getting an accurate picture of the situation. For example, despite the huge noise about smartphones taking over the world, that is far from the reality on ground in many countries. In most regions, feature phones still rule unchallenged. Taking the trends in the US and attempting to run on them in Nigeria, India or South Africa will amount to an exercise in futility. So, if there is any truth to Android losing users to iOS in the US, it certainly is not true in most other places and Android continues to choke the smartphone market.
Also interestingly, the survey results indicate that the average Apple iPhone user is wealthier and more educated than the average Samsung user, and also that iPhone owners tend to be younger than Samsung users. Well….
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with HDML/WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.