Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Oct 2013 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I think many who extol Android's flexibility fall into the tinkerer category, including some tech bloggers. They love all the ways they can customize their phones, not because they're seeking some perfect setup, but because they can swap in a new launcher every week. That's fun for them; but they've made the mistake of not understanding how their motivation differs from the rest of us.

A whopping 70%-80% of the world's smartphone owners have opted for Android over iOS. You could easily argue that 3-4 years ago, when Android was brand new, that it was for early adopters and tinkerers. To still trot out this ridiculous characterisation now that Android is on the vast majority of smartphones sold is borderline insanity.

Choice is not Android's problem. People who assume out of a misplaced arrogance that they represent the average consumer are the problem.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by tkeith on Wed 16th Oct 2013 13:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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Is there actually any proof of this? A phone is expensive, usually accompanied by a long-term contractual commitment - I have never seen anyone just buy whatever a phone sales clerk shoves in their face.

It might be that this is normal in the US - where people generally have little choice regarding carrier and such - but in large parts of Europe, people are free to mix and match phones and carriers, and lo and behold, in the area with more choice (Europe) Android is actually way, way more popular than in the place with less choice (the US).

This indicates to me that the more freedom consumers have to choose the phone/carrier they want, the more likely they are to pick Android.

Anecdotaly yes, that's pretty common in America. Maybe not 100% the salesperson, advertising has a big effect. People want a strong brand, something their friends will recognize so they can show off. Samsung gets this, HTC does not.

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