Analyst: Android switchers fueling iPhone growth; Android users even more interested in Apple Watch than iOS users

“In a research note issued to investors, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider, [Cowen and Co.] analyst Timothy Arcuri said his team recently surveyed 3,000 people from around the world about the iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple Pay,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“The poll found that about 25 percent of all iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus purchases came from users who are new to the iPhone platform, mostly Android switchers,” Hughes reports. “As for the Apple Watch, Arcuri also came away impressed from the survey, as more than 50 percent of all respondents, regardless of ecosystem or region, indicated they are strongly interested in the device. ”

Hughes reports, “Perhaps most surprisingly, Android users polled were more interested in the Apple Watch than iOS device users.”

Read more, including positives for Apple Pay, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The many deficiencies of the fragmandroid “ecosystems” are becoming painfully obvious to even the most die-hard Android settlers. Android’s backwater status accelerates with each passing day.


[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill” for the heads up.]

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  1. Interested at least until their false perception of an Android Watch that has caught up to Apple Watch. But Android is leaving the race here on out and the great tech divide continues to Google’s disadvantage.

  2. The power of the Watch is immense because of ease of use. Once people get a Watch, they wont go back. The Watch is less obtrusive than the Communicator (Star Trek).

  3. Good to know the developed world is waking up to the mess that is Android.

    But sadly in many other parts of the world, an iPhone/iPad etc remain aspirational items and most use Android as the most affordable they can get.

    The good news is: the market for second hand iPhones is very strong 🙂

  4. So, as everyone knows, what this means is that Apple Inc. is adding more & more levers to its growth engine:

    1. Android switchers to iPhone 6/Plus are large proportion of early adopters (as stated by Tim Cook)
    2. Existing iPhone owners will upgrade to iPhone 6/6 Plus in their droves as contracts mature
    3. Apple Pay is driving adoption, already in the USA, to happen in other locations around the world, as Apple Pay is rolled out
    4. Apple Watch will be taken up by iPhone 5/5S/6/6 Plus users & drive adoption & upgrades to iPhone 6/6 Plus of earlier iPhone users

    On the maturing of this virtuous circle, I fully agree with the picture above, showing that Apple Inc. is now moving into the Thermonuclear phase against Google/Samsung and the unmitigated fragmentoid disaster that is Android!

  5. One of the most surprising aspects of this survey is that 50 percent of all users in every ecosysyem and territory say they are interested in the Apple Watch. These are absolutely amazing numbers at this stage in the product cycle. The interest in the watch will drive sales for the rest of the ecosystem, especially iPhones.

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