Skip to comments.Report: Android, iOS Vie for Late Adopters
Posted on 09/02/2011 12:53:29 PM PDT by bigbob
Those yet to pick themselves up a smartphone are an indecisive lot, as well as the next target market for Google and Apple, according to a report released yesterday by Nielsen.
Among likely smartphone upgraders, it is the "Late Adopters" who are most likely to say they are "not sure" which operating system they'd like in their next smartphone. According to Nielsen, fully 30 percent of late adopters are not sure which mobile OS they're targeting when they make the leap to a bigger, better device.
However, among those who say they are usually the first to embrace new technologies, a segment that Nielsen calls "Innovators" (one step above the "Early Adopter"), Android leads as the "Next Desired Operating System." Fully 40 percent of Innovators chose Android compared to 32 percent who said they've got their sights set on an iOS device.
Overall, among those who say they are likely to get a new smartphone in the next year, approximately one-third said they want their next smartphone to be an iPhone and one-third say they want an Android device.
According to Nielsen data from July 2011, 40 percent of mobile consumers over 18 in the U.S. now have smartphones. Of those, Android is the most popular operating system, with 40 percent of mobile consumers reporting they have a smartphone with an Android OS. Apple's iOS is in second place, with 28 percent.
The mother ships for our devices are Windows driven laptops..
wifey has turned down Apple road, she has progressed thru a few iPOds the last few years to a iPhone4 this summer and uses iTunes occasionally, no problems.
I have gone down the Android path ditching the old nokia for a Samsung Infuse 4G and a 16GB wifi tablet w/ SD, usb and hdmi ports. so far, OK... and no shortage of free apps to check out at the apps market.
Got a $99 TouchPad from HP last week. Best OS I have ever used.
I own an android and love it. That said, I’ve seen iOS phones and really consider android an “also ran”. Is it just (the grass is always greener” or is there a reason a “better” operating system is less popular?
Then again, price is what keeps Apple computers from dominating. If they were the same price as comperable PC’s, speed wise, they would be pretty much the dominant system by a wide margin. The only thing that keeps me from even seriously consider them is their price. I also like two buttons on my mouse. I use them both a LOT.
I just bought my first smartphone last week and I thought I wanted an iphone but all the carriers were discouraging buyers and pointing them toward android. They said it was because they could not service iphones. With the new technology on iphone not coming out until October and with a two year commitment to a new phone, I opted for a Samsung Charge. I’m happy with it.
How big is it?
innovators: aka beta testers (who actually pay for the privilege of finding the bugs in new tech products)
Mytouch slide 4g is amazing! My wife uses it at our home as our wi-fi hotspot. No more comcast or DSL.
When I’m home BOTH our computers use it. And it’s a stinkin $39 a month unlimited plan from the pink company.
I can use my Samsung galaxy S as well, but we only need one hotspot at home.
$39 = $49. Oops.
Cheep = cheap
I may have to do this all night. 8->
And you’re happy with the results? Man, I have to say that I don’t get it. I have a MT4G myself, and even with 4G speeds, I hate to be away from my home wifi. 4G has a theoretical limit of around 12mbs but you’re damned lucky if you’re getting 6. I have about 10 times that bandwidth at the house.
How do you deal with the large market apps that are wifi only because they’re too large a download for 4G?
It’s faster than comcast.
I go to youtube using only the phone as my connection and watch videos in HD, end to end, with no buffer stops.
So far, anyway...
It may depend on how many other people around you are trying to use the same tower for the same stuff.
I still don’t like using the phone for internet access. My comments are all about using it as a wi-fi hotspot for my “real” computers.
—How do you deal with the large market apps that are wifi only because theyre too large a download for 4G?—
Haven’t come across anything like that. I should let you know that I’ve had androids for years and never actually paid for an app. If it ain’t free, I don’t get it. Even when they’re only a buck or two. It’s a weird insanity on my part, I admit. But knowing your crazy is the first step to recovery.
Yea, but if Apple products were the same price as the other run of the mill PC’s they’d be a pile of crap, just like the other run of the mill PC’s. :-/
As for the mouse, with Lion and gestures, you don’t need no stinking buttons. If you want a right click, use a two finger tap anywhere on the pad. With the preceding Magic Mouse, it knew which side of the device you were clicking on. Physical buttons and wheels are so 20th century.
I really don’t consider “pc’s” to be piles of crap. I’m STILL using a pentium II for one application and a five year old tower as my main system (with minor upgrades which are easy and cheap - like 4 gig of memory).
Regarding the mouse, the no button thing is nice, but I prefer buttons. I hate my touch screen phone to the point that I got a mytouch slide just so I could FEEL the stinking buttons.
I think apple products are great, but I do think they are overpriced. But then, so are BMW’s, but they do have their advantages. And if you have the money...
Uh... “Whichever one is cheapest from the ISP?”
FWIW, this little tip. And I’m not sure this is any better for iPhones...
If you lose your phone or leave it somewhere, anyone can easily root it - no password necessary. Once thatis doen, they can look for the wpa_conf file and see, in clear text, your username and password for any network you access.
So, if like most people, you use the same credentials over and over, you are... toast.
Your online banking, brokerage, etc...
Think about it.
These things are quick to market and have lots of flashy apps, but they are hideously insecure.
Fortunately, the only password protected things I use from my phone are my email accounts.
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