iPhone 4S Not Expected to Hinder Android's Mobile Momentum
The iPhone 4S, like its predecessors, will soon be a dominant force in the smartphone world across multiple nations and continents. But don't expect the device to halt Android's rapid growth and adoption on the world stage. That's the almost universal consensus among mobile industry analysts the day following the iPhone 4S introduction.
"At its event, Apple pointed out that according to comScore, iOS represents the number one smartphone operating system in the U.S. with 43% market share; however, the trend has been for a faster adoption pace for Android-based models," Alex Gauna with JMP Securities stated in a note to investors Wednesday morning. "Given Android's greater range of price points and form factors, we would expect this trend to continue."
Similar to the feelings of many iPhone addicts, iOS 5 upstaged the new Apple hardware this year, and it will all but certainly do more to drive sales of the iPhone 4S than the phone will itself. All told, Gauna doesn't seem too enthused about the phone's dual-core A5 processor or its 8-megapixel 1080p camera, as many Android phones present comparable attributes.
If the iPhone 4S pulled ahead of competing Android devices in any fashion yesterday - particularly with the integration of Siri and the deployment of iCloud - don't think Android won't soon catch up. Guana, in fact, indicates that his sources reveal that sophisticated voice recognition technologies will arrive on the Android platform next year.