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Nielsen: Future Smartphone Buyers Now Prefer Android Over iPhone, 50% of Recent Acquirers Go Green

Android phones have now become the cool thing to have according to the latest 2011 numbers out of Nielsen.  After surveying a number of people from January-March of this year, the numbers show that 31% of future smartphone owners plan to buy one running Android, which slips past the iPhone (30%) for the first time.  They also found that 50% of recent smartphone acquirers purchased Android phones, with iOS devices coming in at only 25% and in second.  And of course, Android maintained its grasp on the overall market share, controlling 37% of it.

Not that we need to point this out, but this includes almost 2 full months of Verizon iPhone 4 data.  So much for it killing off Android.     

Via:  Nielsen

  • Anonymous

    How about Widgets, Flash Player, Giant Screens (or Small), Free Navigation, Gmail, Extended Batteries, Expandable Memory, No iTunes, TRUE Multi-Tasking, Keyboards (or not), Free Wireless Tether, Pull-Down notifications, Live Wallpapers, etc. What does your Why-Phone do that mine doesn’t do? Oh yea, it’s coming out in White

  • Anonymous

    Android = Winning

  • Whatever

    So android has an army of stupid phones and apple has 1… what kind of victory is that? Sad

    • http://profiles.google.com/apostrafee Luke Johnson

      a smart one

  • Anonymous

    Yes. The battery sucking, too many watered down versions of android, we don’t know when you will receive the update to the latest os, apps are shit, plastic hardware, android phones rule the world.

  • Anonymous

    Market share means iOS vs. Android, activations = money; so android having so many activations per day shows they are dominating..

  • DanSke

    Green = Money. They were born to win.

  • EC8CH

    I love it how the android portion of pie charts is always a lovely shade of green :-)

  • EC8CH

    I love it how the android portion of pie charts is always a lovely shade of green :-)

  • http://www.gollyjer.com Jeremy

    Time for WebOS or Windows Phone to become the underdog. Soon everyone will be hating on big bad Android.
    Just the other day I read someone using the term “Evil Empire” in reference to APPLE! I bet Microsoft misses those days.

  • http://www.gollyjer.com Jeremy

    Time for WebOS or Windows Phone to become the underdog. Soon everyone will be hating on big bad Android.
    Just the other day I read someone using the term “Evil Empire” in reference to APPLE! I bet Microsoft misses those days.

  • Cjreyes666

    i wonder if the ios was offered in different platforms such htc or motorla the #s would be different.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      It doesn’t matter if it would, because Apple would never, ever let that happen, which is part of their problem.

  • C Wilson5301

    Apple drove the market and made competitors step up. Now apple has to compete, which drives innovation. Consumers-Winning.

  • Fyrenzy

    It took apple years and years to get where they are(mainly cause they had no really good competition.). Andriod comes along and now has done this? In less than two years? And with a major company to compete against? Wow. glad i chose android last year when i took the smartphone(dumbphone) plunge.

  • Princesation

    Just like Crapple having an apple on their products , Android should have an … android .

  • http://profiles.google.com/apostrafee Luke Johnson

    This is great, im sure iOS/Apple fans will come up with some sort of deperate excuse as to why this isnt true. The fact is Google wants to rule the world so does apple. the difference is apple wants to tule the world by forcing people to use only their stuff, they dont like to work with others. Google wants to rule the world by giving people options and free stuff(apps and such not phones) i think if apple plans to compete they need to ask for help, they cant do it by themselves.

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      Google is an advertising company. Check the numbers they don’t make shit from Android. Please tell me you don’t believe Google is some benevolent company bent on “giving people options and free stuff”

      • http://profiles.google.com/apostrafee Luke Johnson

        i dont think you quite understood what i was getting at jeff. theres no benvolence involved its simply the way android seems to be going about things. but no matter what anyone says you will be correct because YOU have an iphone, and people who have iphones are always right and the best at everything and the most open minded people in the world

  • WormDoes

    This is awesome news for all us Android lovers! In the words of Johnny Drama, VICTORY!

  • Anonymous

    Wait, so now they don’t even have “mindshare”!?!?

    Now how are the Apple fanboys going to argue?

    • Anonymous

      What?!!

  • cowdog

    I’m not personally vested or interested in either or. Competition is good for everyone. Android phones and the iPhone each have pros and cons: Pick what works best for you. The harder choice, it seems to me, is picking among the android herd.

    That said, Apple seems to have lost their phone mojo recently. Obviously android upped the game, but Apple hasn’t (yet) responded. This should be an interesting year.

    Now please, Verizon, can I have a nexus phone? Due to geography, I am mostly stuck with you, so let’s make the most of it. OK?

    • Anonymous

      Amen brother. In South Dakota, it’s bad Sprint service or Verizon. I would totally jump on a Nexus S if it were available.

    • EC8CH

      Exactly… now that there’s a VZ i*hone it’s only fair to offer a Nexus phone for their more intelligent customers :-)

    • Anonymous

      You know it’s getting ugly when you watch the new iPhone commercials that say, “If you don’t have an iPhone, then you don’t have an iPhone.” They have realized they are not the “cool” thing anymore and are trying to grab that title back by making it sound like you aren’t cool if you don’t have one. It’s silly really.

      • EC8CH

        I want a t-shirt that says:

        “I don’t have an i*hone”

        the apostrophe is important too :-)

        • JT

          Or as the Nielsen ratings show us, “If you don’t have an iPhone, you probably have an Android….and a life”

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        I habitually talk back to those commercials. Mostly it’s just counterpoints to each sentence (about how I can do such-and-such better/easier than on the iphone) but if I’m especially tired or irritable I have been known to yell at the tv, “No, I don’t have a f*cking iphone!” My wife laughs at me a lot.

    • Anonymous

      Not trying to troll but how have android upped there game

      • http://asten77.myopenid.com/ Glitch

        Hardware’s continued to improve, software has continued to improve, google’s taking steps to ensure continued platform unity, app quality and quantity both going way up. I don’t think Android thinks it’s competing with iphone anymore. it’s competing with itself, which is pushing everything forward.

        • DanSke

          No statement is truer than your last one you said.

          Android is excelling and growing by leaps and bounds just by the competition internally.

      • JT

        Dual core, (vzw) LTE, choice (variations of screen size, components, keyboard, etc), can hold it whatever way you want….you know, not just one major “killer” feature defining the product (such as “now in white”).

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

        ………. if you weren’t trying to troll you’d notice that everything “new and innovative” in iOS4 was already done on Android (other than perhaps facetime but the Evo 4G had a front facing camera before it… not that that’s a remotely new concept)

  • EC8CH

    Yeah well… no one android phone has ever outsold the i*hone during the same lunar cycle in the same hemisphere after adjusting for inflation.

    • AppleFUD

      That’s such a stupid argument! the iphone is a product line produced by one company. Nokia’s smartphone product line outsells the iphone by a ton. . . Just because Apple is to pathetic to produce more than one hardware form factor doesn’t validate that moronic argument.

    • AppleFUD

      fyi. . . yes I understood the sarcasm. . . just hate ifans running that moronic argument up the flag pole. . . then they’ll resort to. . . but it’s a Ferrari and your’s is a escort BS!

      • JT

        What good is a Ferrari if it on has one gear, and that’s reverse…….oh yeah, and if you grip the steering wheel to hard it blows up.

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      Actually no android phone has ever outsold the iPhone ever.

      • Anonymous

        How much is he (Jobs) paying you?

      • Anonymous

        How much is he (Jobs) paying you?

      • Anonymous

        How much is he (Jobs) paying you?

      • Anonymous

        How much is he (Jobs) paying you?

      • JT

        I think you’re missing the point — Android is about choice. Android has never been about one model outselling any one other phone. It’s about offering variation to a market that has very few good choices for a phone that should last you the life of the contract (software and hardware) at a reasonable price. In the end, Android allows 5 companies to each produce 5 variations of an android phone and still make enough money and everyone’s happy (except Steve Jobs and his loyal minions).

      • EC8CH

        No, but Android is outselling i*hone.

        Thank you for demonstrating my sarcastic caricature.

  • Anonymous

    Ruh Roh. The only thing Apple fans were able to hold on to during the meteoric rise of Android was the stat that said iOS was “more desirable”. Now they have nothing. LOL.

    • Anonymous

      Now they just have the iPad2. :P

      • Anonymous

        Is it just me or does the smooth back and beveled edges make the iPad2 hard to hold?

        ;-)

        • http://asten77.myopenid.com/ Glitch

          for me, it’s the ridiculous amount of smug emanating from it.

          • Anonymous

            But it has magic, and magnets!

      • Anonymous

        Ummm sorry but iPhone sold 18 million last quarter. It’s good that android doing well but marketshare don’t always tell the whole story. For one device that’s was mostly one carrier is pretty impressive to have 27% compared to 100 of android os devices. If people really loved android Luke y’all think it does the MS should he higher. My question how are tablets gonna do because that’s gonna show how much folks really care about android because u gotta remember u can’t bogo or sell phones for a penny. But it’s good both os’s is doing good because u don’t have to dominate to be doing well

        • Anonymous

          Andy Rubin just announced that 350,000 new Android phones are activated every day. If you do the math, thats 31,500,000 in the last quarter (90 days * 350,000), which is almost DOUBLE the iPhone activation rate. Pretty impressive, and why the market share gap will only continue to increase.

          • Anonymous

            I understand that. But android don’t sell phones the oem’s sell phones. The majority of the time they have to give them away for free. Android is a mobile os, it’s not just for smartphones. iOS is on iPod & tablets as well. So iOS is doing fine. Just because u got bigger marketshare doesn’t mean shit to the manufactures who make these devices. Alot are actually losing money. But it’s good that android is doing well because I think android got some nice features that iOS can learn from. That’s just my take.

          • http://profiles.google.com/apostrafee Luke Johnson

            i have a hard time understanding anything your saying at all

          • Mr. Joe

            Made perfect HTC sense to me!

        • Anonymous

          The idea that you can’t compare because Apple had one device on one carrier is nonsense. That’s a deliberate part of Apple’s strategy, and it’s why the iPhone is what it is–they invest all their considerable design and R&D power and user testing into one device in the hopes of making it as good as possible. The level of control they have over the user experience and the lack of compatibility issues in apps is directly because they only have one device. But real people want different things. I traded off a little on thickness to get a physical keyboard. Some trade off on power to get a cheaper device. And that’s why they’re not going to make up the ground they lost to Android.

          • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

            Thanks for admitting that the iPhone is a superior product.

      • Anonymous

        They do have that! Just give Android another 18 months or less and even the IPad2 or 3 will be overshadowed by Android tablets!

        • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

          Not unless carriers start subsidizing tablets or selling them for $99

      • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

        Actually iPhone outsells every Android device on both carriers that sell the iPhone. 2 for 2 baby. Just wait till those 2 million people who purchased the OG Droid have expired contracts in November and December of 2011. Who wants to play guess the percentage that defect to iPhone 5? 30% of Verizon iPhone 4 buyers came from Android and very few of them had expired contracts. I place the over/under on 55% defection rate.

        • Calculatorwatch

          I’m glad no one’s paying you to make those predictions. Honestly, if the iphone 5 was going to have 4G then I think it would have a shot at making a serious counterstrike, but 4G is the new thing and without it the iphone runs the risk of being labeled as behind the times. Remember how much flak the original iphone got for not having 3G? And that was when it was seen as the most advanced phone out there. Now, buyers are already seeing android phones as more advanced thanks to their faster processors and bigger screens. I just don’t think it’ll be able to compete.

        • JT

          Are you going to be okay when that doesn’t happen? I mean, emotionally? It’s okay to cry…..but not over that. The graphic above you tells you otherwise and I would think Forrester might want you to check out their data before making too many more wild predictions.

      • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

        Actually iPhone outsells every Android device on both carriers that sell the iPhone. 2 for 2 baby. Just wait till those 2 million people who purchased the OG Droid have expired contracts in November and December of 2011. Who wants to play guess the percentage that defect to iPhone 5? 30% of Verizon iPhone 4 buyers came from Android and very few of them had expired contracts. I place the over/under on 55% defection rate.

    • Mr. Joe

      They still have a lot to hold onto. They are still the only device that has an apple on the back. That alone sells thousands of devices.

    • Anonymous

      No. iOS still has the majority of $$ from app purchases. That can’t be ignored. Android needs to step up the game of quality apps for purchase, especially in the tablet space.

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      That’s true Apple has nothing….well other than the fact that they make more money from the smartphone market than Google, HTC and Motorola combined, but yeah other than the only reason corporations exist they have nothing.

      http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2011/03/16/apple-trumps-competitors-with-smartphone-revenues.aspx

      • Anonymous

        Thats not a fair comparison. Compare the entire iOS ecosystem to the entire Android ecosystem. That’s the only fair comparison.

        • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

          More people use iOS than Android. iOS is about 50% larger than Android. Check the numbers they just came out because of the lawsuit against Samsung. Nice try though.

          • Anonymous

            True. True. You are right. *facepalm* I can’t believe I forgot about iPod Touch numbers.

            Just because I play for the Android team, I hope those numbers change too with the upcoming WiFi only Galaxy S.

            We shall see… We shall see…

          • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

            Haha, at least you are honest. I respect that.

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        This is at least partially because Google chose to give the 30% cut on app purchases to the carriers, while Apple keeps it. In the long term, I think Google’s business model will prove smarter. But only time will tell.

  • Football4lifeson

    First!

    • Angry Turd

      And you don’t even get a participation trophy for the “win”…but way to go, champ!