Verizon’s iPhone 4 Putting a Damper on Android Growth
Verizon customers yearning for a modern, full-featured touchscreen device (aka iPhone) had the option of an Android device or an Android device for years until the day finally came when the iPhone was made available on that carrier. In the past, it seemed that this significant Verizon-tethered group of people had to settle on an Android phone. AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity gave Android the chance to step in and fill in the gaps on other carriers, but with another major carrier selling the Apple device, it seems that the growth Android has seen is coming to an end and may continue to decrease as recent sales data indicates.
Android’s mobile market share has been dropping during the last few weeks and is continuing to do so. Meanwhile, the market share that Apple calls its own has only been increasing. Coincidence? I’m gonna have to go with no, seeing how Verizon has been Android’s claim to fame.
In just two months, Verizon sold 2.2 million iPhone 4 devices. Despite this being under expectations, the number still put Apple’s device among the top-sellers.
It should be no surprise that iPhone outsells every other phone on AT&T and Verizon. Though due to the overuse of Android OS by phone manufacturers looking for a solid modern operating system developed by another company, combining the sales of all Google OS-toting phones puts the platform on top. iPhone 4 was already relatively old by phone industry standards when it launched on Verizon, so its successor will undoubtedly sell better being brand new.
With millions of customers not being practically forced into Android anymore if they want an “iPhone that isn’t an iPhone” for the sake of sticking with their carrier, Google has to worry more than ever about Android’s market share as it faces a small decline. As Apple makes its phone available to more customers, it seems like Android has already reached its peak and that this is only the beginning of its fall.
[via The Washington Post]