Mobile Users Prefer Android Over iPhone

MediaPost, 3/22/11

When it comes to choosing their next phone, mobile users would opt for Android phones over the iPhone by a two-to-one margin, according to a new global survey. The study commissioned by multiplatform app store GetJar found that about 40% of respondents would switch to Android when they buy their next handset, compared to 18% that want the iPhone.

The findings appear to underscore the growing popularity of the Google mobile operating system — which pushed ahead of BlackBerry in January to become the top smartphone platform in the U.S., with 31.2% market share, according to comScore.

A separate survey by ChangeWave last fall found that a growing proportion of consumers wanted an Android phone as their next device — about the same share that wanted an iPhone (37% versus 38%). The iPhone had a 24.7% share. Recent data from ABI Research, however, showed the Apple device still dominates app downloads, racking up 5.6 billion in 2010 against 7.9 billion total from all app stores.

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