Android Smartphone dominance is growing
While the debate still rages between iPhone and Android, the latter seems to be the one leading the pack when it comes to smartphones sales worldwide. The numbers are in, and Android remains the most popular operating system among consumers. According to data released by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Android smartphone shipments account for almost 80% of total sales. That number is expected to increase steadily.
Mary-Ann Parlato, an analyst for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, attributed the growing market share to Sprint’s smartphone sales. Last year alone, Sprint’s Android sales accounted for 71% of their overall sales. That’s an increase of more than 22% over the previous year. One of the main reasons for the jump was Sprint’s sales of the Samsung Galaxy SIII.
Android vs Apple iOS… Why Android?
There are several reasons that consumers are loyal to their Android, and won’t make the switch to an iPhone anytime soon. Price is definitely one of them. For about two-thirds of the price or less, you can get a smartphone with even better features. To put it simply, the Android OS tends to have more features, more flexibility and offer more bang for your buck.
Features – Android vs. iOS7
Here are just some of the features that Android smartphones have that iPhones don’t:
- More sharing options: With an Android system, you can share content with virtually any app; with an iOS7, you only have a few basic options, such as email, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.
- More Customization: With an Android, you can alter and customize your phone any way you please. An iPhone is fairly rigid in what you can change and what you can’t.
- Visible File System: Plug in your phone to your laptop or computer, and you can have access to a visible file system, similar to one you’d see if you were actually on your computer, with a simple drag and drop system. The iPhone doesn’t give you that kind of access.
- Contact List with Images: Have several friends named Sue? Android allows you to import or set images with your contact list.
- Free Apps: Google Play offers far more apps than the App store, and many of these apps are free. They are not always better quality, but there are certainly more options for the Android user.
- Multimedia: Android devices don’t care about what site you download your music or photos from. With an iPhone, you’ll need access to iTunes and iPhoto if you want that same capability.
- Multi-User Accounts on One Device: If you share a device with other family members, you can set up multi-user accounts and customize who can see what. This allows you to share a physical device but still keep your data and personal information protected. iPads do not have that capability.
Google Play is the iTunes of Android. Here you will find a plethora of software, apps, music, games, and even Skype. Of course, you can access the store right from your Smartphone; there are also gift certificates available. These make great gifts anytime of the year. Currently, Google Play is the only online store that sells Android software.
Because the Android OS is based on open source, there are many more apps available that you just can’t get with the iPhone systems, many of which are free. With an iPhone or other Apple device, all of your apps must come from iTunes store.
With better features, more flexibility and lower cost, there seems to be no end in sight to the ever-increasing sales of Android devices.