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BREAKING NEWS: Over 50% of iPhone 5C Buyers migrated from Android smartphones, according to a recent Kantar WorldPanel ComTech report

December 4, 2013

๐ŸŽ BREAKING NEWS: Over 50% of iPhone 5C Buyers migrated from Android smartphones, according to a recent Kantar WorldPanel ComTech report. Elsewhere, in Japan Apple Won 76% of all October, 2013 Smartphone Sales, Kantar Says.

๐ŸŽ The iPhone 5c for Apple, the mid-range iOS smartphone is quiet a success for Apple. After all, the iPhone 5C sold 3 Million units in its opening weekend. The iPhone 5S sold 6 Million units that weekend too. The latest figures suggest that Appleโ€™s flagship iPhone 5s is outselling the iPhone 5c by a ratio of 66%:33%. The iPhone 5c has a strategic purpose in Appleโ€™s lineup. The iPhone 5c represents a Huge threat to Android and is a cause for serious concern for Android partners such as HTC, Samsung, and LG.

๐ŸŽ Kantar WorldPanel ComTech has released interesting numbers behind sales of the iPhone 5C. According to the research, those who are buying the iPhone 5c have never owned an iPhone. These first-time iPhone buyers are switching from Android to Appleโ€™s iPhone 5C, showing that the 5Cโ€™s appeal is to a whole new generation of iOS users. Recall according to Tim Cook the iPhone 5C is a replacement for the iPhone 5.

๐ŸŽ The Kantar WorldPanel ComTech report, says that the iPhone 5C buyers
๐ŸŽ 50% of the iPhone 5C buyers were Android users, and
๐ŸŽ 80% of iPhone 5S owners are upgrading from an iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3G, or 3

๐ŸŽ Apple Won 76% of Japan October Smartphone Sales, Kantar Says. Apple sold three of every four smartphones in Japan last month after the countryโ€™s largest carrier, NTT Docomo began carrying the iPhone, according to a market researcher. Apple, which released new iPhone 5S and 5C models in September, won 76% of Japanese smartphone sales last month, market researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said yesterday.

๐ŸŽ Fragmentation is significant part of the reason that the iPhone is receiving large numbers of Android users. When people talk about Androidโ€™s โ€œfragmentationโ€ problem, what they are referring to is the fact that the majority of the 11,800 Android devices are NOT running the most current version of Googleโ€™s mobile operating system.

๐ŸŽ The reason this is a big deal is because any ecosystem is only as strong as how many devices are running the most Current Version of the operating system; older versions of an operating systems
(A) Androids, old versions are significantly more vulnerable to malicious exploits that have been patched in more recent versions, and
(B) Android Apps running on Old Android Operating Systems canโ€™t make use of newer Android features.

๐ŸŽ A new chart released by Fidlee shows exactly how bad Googleโ€™s Android fragmentation problem has become. Although iOS 7 runs on almost all Apple iPhones released in the last five years, there are few Android devices that are supported by the most recent version of Android just two years after they are purchased.

๐ŸŽ Android Fragmentation Graphic. Hard to believe, but there are currently 11,868 unique Android Devices, each represented by a colored-block representing pieces of Android Operating System Puzzle, that all the Carriers and Smart Phone makers, that exist currently have to deal with. Imagine an App Developer deciding which version of the Android operating system, they should focus their attention on, for their new Amazing App Idea. Then compare this chart with the simple Apple Pie Chart, where 93% of the now 700 million iPhone, iOS users are on iOS6.

๐ŸŽ For Android users, watch out you wished for namely, “the open App architecture.” These folks are damned by their own desires; When a new Android OS is made available to them, a super-majority of these users, like 90%, are “fearful of lousing up” their devices, because of possible APP or Hardware conflicts, with the new operating system update. This is also evidenced by the fact that only 10.2% of Android Users are using the current Jelly Bean iOS version, where as over 550 million, over 90% of Apple users, are using the most current iOS6 and iOS 7. These figures are Nov 2013 extrapolations.

๐ŸŽ Personally, the last time I felt these adverse technology feelings, was when I was a WINDOWS personal computer user for some 20+ years, 1984 through 2004. I was known to wait a year or more, before I would migrate any of our computers to a new Windows OS. As a former Bank manager, memos when to our IT folks, instructing them not to upgrade to quickly; The theory being, let everyone else be the guinea-pigs suffering with buggy new Windows OS releases. Apparently, Android users are suffering from the similar buggy Hardware and Software upgrade issues, I used to face with Windows. Notice in the graphics below:

59% of Android users remain at Gingerbread, Level 2 of their OS, initially released in January, 2011

29% of Android users remain at Ice Cream Sandwich, Level 4, initially released in January, 2012

10% of Android users are at Jelly Bean, most current version, initially released early July, 2012

๐ŸŽ This graphic is regarding Android OS upgrades, a slice thereof to show the release dates more clearly. The complete Android release schedule and percentage of adopters is at the bottom of this writing.

๐ŸŽ In 2005, 7 years ago, I gave up on WINDOWS completely, after repeated appeals by my 13 year old son, Daniel; We invested in three APPLE MAC Book Pro laptops, and never looked back, donating 3 of our 4 Widows PS computers to our Church. I retained one Windows PC for the transition. Apple’s OS operating system releases, Mountain Lion, Tiger, whatever, were all very reliable updates; therefor most of the MAC users migrated almost immediately, to take advantage of all the nifty functional, stability, and security improvements their new OS would offer.

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