Earlier this week, an article by Beatweek Magazine (source) was posted concerning Verizons need for an iPhone due to the lackluster performance of it’s Droid and Droid X, both of which the carrier has sunk millions into advertising.
However, as much fun as it would be to sink to a similar level of making outlandish claims, – without any kind of proof, might I add – it is another article cited in Beatweek’s article that caught the eye.
Goodbye talk of the Droid X evolving as a major long term iPhone competitor, with CNN now reporting that an astounding eighty percent of current Android users have said they won’t buy another Android phone.
Now this seems completely ridiculous when compared to Google’s claim that they activate 160,000 Android handsets a day worldwide. However, we must look at the source material for such a claim. Well, reading the CNN article they referenced, I see something quite different;
The iPhone is also the gift that keeps on giving: 77% of iPhone owners say they’ll buy another iPhone, compared to 20% of smartphone customers who say they’ll buy an Android phone.
Now, what I gather from this is that 77% of iPhone users are happy with their device, and will continue to enjoy the iPhone when they decide to get another handset, and that 20% of smartphone users are considering an Android based phone as their next device. What these two have to do with each other is up to your interpretation.
**UPDATE**: Apparently CNN’s original version of the story read “…20% of Android users who say they’ll buy an Android phone.”
However, Beatweek wasn’t finished putting their foot in their mouth, and marched on waving a white flag they made for Google;
While Google’s own Android-based Nexus One phone has been canceled due to lack of interest, Verizon’s Android-based Droid has been selling quite well (though not nearly as well the platform’s most overenthusiastic users would like you to believe). But it doesn’t matter how many units you’re selling or how many new customers you’re acquiring if eighty percent of them are so dissatisfied with the platform that they’re already plotting their escape. It’s too soon to predict how many of the Android escapees will end up landing on the iPhone, but what is clear is that most Verizon customers who bought a Droid did so because they wanted an iPhone but weren’t willing to switch to AT&T, and so they settled for the closest thing to an iPhone they could get their hands on. Apparently not close enough, however, as the Android has now been revealed to be the fastest-sinking technology platform since, well maybe, ever.
This is quite a different interpretation CNN’s blurb concerning Google’s Android, especially considering the article was centered around iPhone users migrating to newer iPhones and / or Android devices. Touching on the bolded areas;
“eighty percent of them are so dissatisfied with the platform that they’re already plotting their escape.”
Nowhere was this said, nor is there any viable proof anywhere. As an Android owner myself, I can say I was not polled, as I’m sure millions upon millions of other Android users can attest to. So how could Beatweek make such a claim?
“what is clear is that most Verizon customers who bought a Droid did so because they wanted an iPhone but weren’t willing to switch to AT&T, and so they settled for the closest thing to an iPhone they could get their hands on.”
Well, this is just wrong in several different ways. Out of the many Android devices available, HTC’s Sense UI brings an experience closer to the iOS than the Motorola Droid does, at least in this editors opinion. Either way, all interpretations of Android, be it Samsung, Motorola, or HTC, are very different from Apples iOS. It’s like comparing Apples and Eclairs. (aha!) Not to mention the physical make up of the devices themselves differ so much from the very basic design of the iPhone that even the visually disabled could easily tell the difference by holding the devices for half a second.
“Android has now been revealed to be the fastest-sinking technology platform since, well maybe, ever.”
This particular statement is the one that gets the blood boiling the most, because there is no credentials whatsoever. If we look here at Google’s overall stocks, the stocks have dipped in July, to a whopping price of (at this editors viewing) $497.10/share. If we look at Apples stock, even with it’s huge rise this summer, it only sits at $262.70/share. (again, at the time of this editors viewing) Unless the rules of the stock market have changed, a company is as strong as it’s investors, and right now it looks like Google is giving Apple noogies on the playground. Of course, the stock price includes all of the companies ventures – from search engines to iPods to computers, but it’s still an impressive difference.
Regardless, Android has NOT been revealed to be the fastest-sinking anything, and if Googles claim of 160,000 new subscribers a day is anywhere close to truthful, I believe that would make it the fastest growing technology platform since, well…ever.
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Hamilton, Ontario, born and raised. I’m the oldest of two, really into the tech scene. Like my Macbook, Live for my Xbox 360, and LOVE my phones. I work for a large Canadian Telecomm company by day, and a Gizmo Ninja editor by night. I’ve jumped around every mobile OS I can get my hands on, including Symbian, Windows Mobile, WP7, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, etc. Current devices include the HTC Desire Z, HTC Desire HD, Motorola Milestone, HTC HD7, LG Optimus Quantum, and my daily device is my Motorola Atrix.