Survey Suggests 40% Will Switch to Android for Next Phone, Source is Suspect


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We wanted to share a new survey with you that may end up circling the 'interwebs'. The info in it sounds really impressive for Android fans, but it should be taken with a grain of salt. A recent survey from the third-party mobile application store, GetJar, indicates that 40% of respondents will switch to an Android phone for their next phone purchase. Supposedly, only 18% said they would switch to the Apple iPhone. That's over a "two-to-one" ratio.

As much as we might like this to be true, the info from this survey is questionable in two major ways. First, statistically, surveys are far less accurate when you ask people about what they "will do" in the future. This is, of course, because they may change their mind later. Second, this survey was done by GetJar, who just acquired $25 Million dollars in venture capital investment money in order to "aggressively expand its offering to Android publishers in order to secure its position as the premier 'open' Android Market alternative."

Obviously, they have a bias toward making their investment work. Also, there is no report on whether they performed the survey before or after they acquired their investment money. So, this could be a "which came first, the chicken or the egg" event. However, we thought we would head things off at the pass now, by sharing with you the story, and letting you guys decide for yourselves if the info is viable. Do you think these numbers are possible? Or is it just a lot of "hot air"?

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Jun 14, 2010
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but it should be taken with a grain of salt.

GetJar is kind of a biased place to be doing this kind of survey since iPhone fans or potential-users probably have zero incentive to even go there. I'm defending Apple or iPhones, I'm just saying, this really is not a very useful real world survey.