Smartfans are becoming intensely divided in their loyalty over their chosen platform, as Fandroids unite to voice their collective dislike for Apple’s iPhone more vociferously than ever.
That’s according to the latest Business Insider survey, at least, which found that more than half of Android users would never consider buying an iPhone purely for the reason they ‘hate Apple’.
When asked what might entice them to switch allegiance to Apple’s side, 55 per cent of the surveyed voted “Nothing: I hate Apple”, while 31.2 per cent are put off by the walled garden nature of the iPhone and would only consider a move if Apple makes it work better with non-Apple apps and products.
The poll received more than 2,000 responses, of which the majority already own smartphones and are not of a mind to change platforms when they are due for an upgrade.
While that may not necessarily suggest a sea change in the market, it does hint that Apple would have a harder time to win over a growing populace of Android users that is as uncompromising as its own fan base.
Despite the outcome of the survey, it’s highly unlikely that Cupertino would change its stance when it comes to ‘openness’ of iOS. Not as long as its iDevices continue flying off the shelf anyway.
That said, Google is catching up fast and recent sales figures have already revealed that Android was the most popular platform in the US, UK, France and Germany in the first quarter.
It has still some way to go before it surpasses iOS in global market share, but many analysts have already forecast it could become the market leader by the end of 2015.
Operators and Mayor of London say plans to install a network on the underground are still a reality but will only happen after the Olympics.
Plans to install a mobile network on the London Underground have collapsed after all parties involved in the scheme encountered “genuine problems” according to the Mayor of London’s office.
The four operators, Everything Everywhere, Three, O2 and Vodafone confirmed plans had been abandoned for the meantime, but said they would continue working to bring a network to the tube.
“We have been working closely with infrastructure partners and London Underground for some time with the hope of delivering mobile services to the London Underground and are disappointed that it will not be possible to deliver such services in time for next year’s Olympic games,” a joint statement said. “As a group, we will continue to positively explore all other avenues available to us in order to provide a service at a later date.”
In February it emerged that Chinese network vendor Huawei was involved in the bidding process to supply the London Underground with mobile services in time for the 2012 Olympics.
It had been reported that the vendor would supply the infrastructure for the roll out at a subsidised price – estimated to be worth £50 million.
Transport for London (TFL), which runs the underground has always maintained that any mobile network installed on the tube would have to be funded by a vendor.
But now it seems that any possible installation of the network will only happen after the London Olympics.
A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “We are grateful to the companies who explored the possibility of getting full mobile coverage on the tube, although disappointed the genuine problems encountered could not be overcome on this occasion.”
The spokesperson said separate plans to equip part of the underground with Wi-Fi connections would still go ahead.
“Our efforts meanwhile will be focused on guaranteeing a major expansion of Wi -Fi coverage in Tube stations in time for the Olympics.
We are proceeding with great energy and haste to deliver that improvement, which will mean Londoners can then use their mobile devices to pick up their emails or access the internet while passing through our stations.”
The research also reveals that 17 million mums are hoping for a card this Sunday, but a heart-breaking one-in-ten (1.7 million) will be left disappointed.
Perhaps surprisingly though, mothers prove they are grateful for any message, however it may be sent – more mothers (20%) than children (14%) think messages sent online are as personal as paper cards. So sons and daughters shouldn’t be fooled into thinking their mums see online messages as second best.
Tristia Clarke from TalkTalk said: “Social networking sites are now used as the primary form of communication for much of the UK; that’s why as many as 1.5 million mums should expect their Mothering messages to be delivered over social media this Sunday.
“And children can rest assured that mums do understand the digital world – more mums than we might think view digital messages as a personal way to receive warm wishes on Mothering Sunday.”
Mothers’ expectation vs. the painful reality…
1,685,000 mothers who are expecting a card will be disappointed
380,000 mothers who are expecting a text will be disappointed
725,000 mothers who are expecting an email/ecard will be disappointed
220,000 mothers who are expecting a social media message will be delighted
150,000 mothers who are expecting a video will be disappointed
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