With the launch of the Verizon iPhone, many in the tech sphere were wondering how much impact the phone might have once it hits a second carrier. The New York Times rounded up sales data and created the graph you see above to show the relative share of subscribers between Android and iOS on each of the four main U.S. carriers. They note that nearly half of all American Android users are split between Sprint and T-Mobile while the rest are mostly on Verizon. Unsurprisingly AT&T has the smallest number of Android users probably thanks to only having on high-end Android phone -- the Captivate -- and the availability of the iPhone since its launch back in 2007.
Several big questions around the Android vs. iOS on Verizon debate remain:
- How many current Verizon Android users will jump to the iPhone when it's available Feb. 10?
- Will new smartphone users pick the iPhone over the various Android phones?
- How many iPhone customers from AT&T will leave for Verizon? (and thus not actually increase the overall iOS userbase)
- Will Verizon also gain users from the smaller networks that wouldn't have left for AT&T?
In time, all these questions will be answered. With HP and Palm ready to jump back in and Microsoft finally in the game, 2011 looks to be a wild ride for the smartphone market. Hold on tight. [The New York Times]