Android’s growth this year has been nothing short of phenomenal, however Apple may have one trick up their sleeve, which could perhaps stop the Android onslaught, this is the Verizon Wireless iPhone 4.
At the moment we have not heard any official confirmation of this rumored device, however over the last year or so it has been clear that an iPhone 4 on Verizon’s CDMA network is what U.S. consumers really want.
It would be fair to say that a lot of Android’s growth this year has been thanks to Verizon offering some of the best Android smartphones out there, these include the Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid 2, Motorola Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible and Samsung Facinate (aka the Galaxy S), I’m sure if Verizon did not offer these iPhone competitors Android’s market share would be significantly lower, that said it works both ways, because if Verizon didn’t have these Android devices to offer I’m sure a lot of customers would have looked for smartphones from alternative carriers.
Many suspect that a Verizon Wireless iPhone 4 could perhaps be the best way for Apple to attack Android’s rise in dominance, let’s face it there are plenty of people out there who are unhappy with AT&T’s network, but are too fond of the iPhone 4 to switch to Verizon, if Apple were to give customers the best of both worlds I am sure that this would have a serious affect on Android’s market share.
Even if a Verizon iPhone 4 resulted in 20% less people choosing a device such as the Droid X or Droid 2 it would have a huge effect, obviously other carriers have helped Android grow, but it is clear to see that Verizon’s Android offerings have really made the difference.
In my opinion if Apple could/would have released a Verizon iPhone in early 2010 the current market share would have been a lot different, perhaps this missed opportunity could really be a huge regret for Apple over the next few years.
Do you think a Verizon iPhone 4 would be the most popular smartphone offering from Verizon?