It looks like the iPhone 5 has had a definite effect on Android sales. This probably isn’t the first time we’ve heard this. We forget, last time we probably wrote an article like this was a year ago.
It’s natural at this point. There are many who were waiting for an iPhone 5, so the new release one one leads to a sudden spike in sales. On top of that, people buying their handsets more often than not want the newest thing, so it’s likely that many of them bought their iPhone 5 because it was newer than all the Android handsets available at the time. Then there is just the fact that there are a lot of people who want the new iPhone.
Here’s a portion of the report:
In September, several smartphone vendors aggressively discounted their high-end flagship Android devices to mid- and low-tier pricing, but “this largely led to disappointing overall results,” Pacific Crest Securities analyst James Faucette said in a research note Wednesday. Overall, Android vendors took it on the chin last month, he says.
Well, as long as things remain competitive, we’re happy. Consumers need choices, and if device makers continue to try to outshine each other, things will improve.