Android overtaking iOS in popularity in Singapore, HK
Queues for the next iPhone? Nope, it's the Galaxy Note II LTE.
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In the ongoing battle between smartphone makers, signs are emerging that Apple may be losing its foothold in two key Asian markets.
According to a Reuters report, affluent smartphone users in Singapore and Hong Kong are ditching iOS in favor of Android handsets--mostly Samsung's--due to "iPhone fatigue, a desire to be different and a plethora of competing devices".
Citing StatCounter's figures, Reuters states that Apple's share of mobile devices in Singapore--iPad and iPhone--fell from a peak of 72 percent in January 2012 to 50 percent this month. As for Android devices, they now account for 43 percent of the market, up from 20 percent in the same month last year.
The same pattern is seen in Hong Kong: iOS devices declined from 45 percent to 30 percent in a year, while Android accounts for about two-thirds of smartphones used.
We can't say that we're surprised by these findings. While standing in line for an iPhone is nothing new, we saw snaking queues form for the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II LTE in Singapore.
Based on our experience, we can safely say that interest in the purported S4 will definitely intensify in the coming months.