A new study by the online ad network Chitika reveals that the percentage of Android users on Verizon has dropped significantly as the number of iPhone users rises. When the iPhone finally came to Big Red earlier this year, many assumed that sales would be explosive, but Apple was left disappointed as most subscribers stuck with their existing device.
Now, it seems, that Android users are moving to Apple (possibly due to rebates kicking-in). Between March and August of this year, Android’s share on Verizon has dropped ten points from 51.4 percent to 41. Android’s lead is still strong, but even the wide selection of uber-powerful handsets like the Galaxy and Droid can’t seem to stop the exodus. AT&T, on the other hand, is seeing a rise in Android users, possible due to the fact that the iPhone is “nothing new” to subscribers.
While Verizon still has four of the top five Android smartphones (Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate, Droid), its market share is clearly down. In contrast, AT&T’s share of the Android phone market is increasing, with devices such at the HTC Inspire gaining significant popularity among smartphone users.