Android Users Defecting To iPhone In Greater And Greater Numbers

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Android may have greater market penetration than ever before, but it also has more defectors than ever. According to new data, in fact, more Android users are migrating to the iPhone than ever before.

In a new report, the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) interviewed four hundred new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c buyers, and found that 20% of the respondents were upgrading from Android devices. That’s one out of five customers. But just a year ago, that number was only 12%.

Android defections aren’t the only numbers on the rise. More and more iPhone customers are upgrading to new iPhones. A year ago, only 55% of new iPhone buyers were upgrading from a previous model, but this year, that number is at 65%.

So Android is losing customers, while the iPhone is keeping more and more of them. That sounds about right. Who’s really winning the smartphone wars?

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  • iSteve

    “So Android is losing customers, while the iPhone is keeping more and more of them. That sounds about right. Who’s really winning the smartphone wars?”

    —> That’s thermonuclear war that Steve wanted to go with Google and Apple is winning it outrageously. Why? Because Apple is a religion not a fashion like Google which fades away with time.

  • InheritTheLand

    I’m one of those people. I had a Samsung Galaxy S2. For the most part, I loved the phone, but I got sick of the terrible battery life – it drained 3% per hour even when I didn’t use it. So, I bought a used iPhone 4. After having it a while, I think I’ll stick with iPhone. Android is more customizable in many ways, but iPhone is customizable where it matters. I can control which apps get my location and which apps send me push notifications. With Android, I have to grant whatever permissions the app wants (unless I want to root).

    Each platform has it’s advantages. Honestly, I love the form factor of the Samsung phones, but I like the iOS better than Android.

  • Gregory Wright

    I don’t know about the religious thing but I did defect to Apple’s iPhone 5s, iPad Air and Macbook Pro. That’s not to say Android is inferior. For me, the Android platform is too fragmented. IOS gives me symmetry. And, the switch represents change. Learning how to do something differently exercises the mind.

  • joetavormina

    2013 IDC’s Q3 smartphone numbers,
    android has 81% of world smartphone market
    IOS has 12.9 % of world smartphone market
    IOS lost 1.5% from Q2 and Android gained 6.9 % from Q2
    I guess the defections are not making an impact.

  • Derek Schlicker

    A) You’re looking at percentages here not actual numbers which can be misleading.

    B) This analysis doesn’t see the other side of the swap (i.e. Android purchases that were former iPhone users), which can also be misleading.

    C) Lastly, you’re not looking at how large the market is growing either. All this tells me is a whole lot of nothing.

  • David Aparicio Campos

    as some other users pointed out, 20% of iPhone users means not much in the global market. If you look at any sales chart of 2013, Apple has 14% of market share while Android is 79%. So that means a 3% variation of users, that for the previous numbers it means… nothing. Not very accurate article IMHO.

  • Gaansan

    D’ont agree. I was a full iPhone fan but IOS7 just put me off and my next cell will be Android no doubt. Its a pity that Steve Jobs had to leave us. So now Apple is heading the Microsoft thing. My iPhone 4S with IOS7 is just unusable.

  • ElSaborAsiatico

    I have less interest in the iOS/Android religious war than I did in the Mac/Windows religious war, but I’ll just say that I defected from iOS to Android twice, and regretted it each time. I find Android devices unpleasant to use. It’s hard to articulate, but the OS just feels “brittle” somehow. It’s maybe 1% less responsive than iOS, but that tiny difference drives me crazy when I’m doing things like touching buttons or scrolling. At first I thought the jerky scrolling was because of an underpowered device, but my co-worker’s Galaxy S4 appears to do the same thing. The default keyboard sucks, and none of the recommended replacement keyboards were any better for me. It just feels cheap and unrefined.

    I can’t claim that iOS is objectively better than Android, but iOS just works better — for me — in the ways that are important to me.

  • JessicaJcup

    As a long time iOS user I recently switched over to the Moto X for no other reason then battery life. This is my second Android phone… the first one lasted 2 days. Overall I’d say the experience was comparable – each OS has their pros and cons. The real issue I’m having now is the integration, or lack there of, with all of my other Apple devices i.e. AppleTV, iCloud, etc. If Google had a functioning alternative I think the transition would be much smoother, but unfortunately it doesn’t. So for now it’s a day-by-day experiment in tolerance. Wish me luck.

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