Google’s Android slump and Verizon iPhone 5 ‘second best’ fears

By Posted 21 Jun 2011, 11:30

If you are currently after a new smartphone and are considering which smartphone route to take, you may want to pay particular attention to recent research that showed that Google’s Android platform suffered a drop in market share, the first time it has occured in two years.

While this may bear no significance to your final decision to pick up an Android or iPhone device this year, one analyst is claiming that Google’s recent slump may continue, especially with the arrival of a fifth-generation iPhone 5 device on Verizon.

As many of you will be well aware, Verizon currently accounts for a large portion of the total Android market share and if and when the carrier brings the iPhone 5 to its network, Google may fear a further drop in market share as current Verizon users stall on impending contract upgrade plans in favor of waiting for news on Apple’s elusive handset.

According to Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf as reported from Apple Insider, Google will suffer a ‘material decline’ during the December quarter of this year, presuming that Apple release their fifth generation iPhone in September as widely speculated. With Google now aware of their market share drop during Q1 of 2011, they will be weary of a further decline with a new iPhone model on the way, particularly with reference to Verizon since they know the carrier remains a huge player for them with Android handsets such as the HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Charge, and upcoming handsets such as the Motorola Droid 3 and Droid Bionic both due to land on Verizon at any moment.

Will Google solely rely on the Droid Bionic to carry the flag against Apple’s iPhone 5 for their Android sales on Verizon, or are they already making contingency plans to regain their 4th quarter market share after the inevitable tsunami that Apple’s iPhone 5 will bring. Google will definitely not like to play ‘second fiddle’ to Apple, but as their recent market share drop showed as a result of the Verizon iPhone 4 arriving, further struggles for the company may be unavoidable until after the iPhone 5 has settled on shore.

Do you believe that Google will be able to cope with the arrival of the iPhone 5 on Verizon and AT&T, or do you think the recent drop in market share is cause for concern for the company? An official announcement of the Droid Bionic would certainly help Google’s cause in this situation, but it appears that Motorola has other ideas on their mind for the moment.

  • Anonymous

    Iphone 5 brings nothing new to the table, in fact apple is just playing catch up to android, android army is too big to compete against, apple had an opportunity and they let it sly away from them, apple should just give what people want instead of what Steve jobs want, and as far as wolf is concern he is just as right as that old fart that was predicting that the world was coming to a end on may 21.

  • Smoke NMirrors

    We’re all just waiting for the Bionic so of course sales have slowed – who would buy another Android phone now if not out of dire necessity.  Further, it seems it’ll be vs the iPhone 4S anyway.  With VZW going tiered, you’ll see an increase as folks jump onto any smartphone just to lock in the data plans.  

  • Smoke NMirrors

    We’re all just waiting for the Bionic so of course sales have slowed – who would buy another Android phone now if not out of dire necessity.  Further, it seems it’ll be vs the iPhone 4S anyway.  With VZW going tiered, you’ll see an increase as folks jump onto any smartphone just to lock in the data plans.  

    • Tyler Stout

      I completely agree, Android users are waiting for the next wave of dual-core processors to arrive so they can snatch one up. Thats what i am doing and i’m sure i’m not alone. Droid Bionic or Samsung Galaxy S2 or if HTC surprises Verizon customers with something good. I’m looking for the best phone that i can get that contains a dual-core, 4.3inch screen (preferably qHD) and Verizon 4G LTE support once my wishlist is met (which it will) im upgrading my Droid.

    • Tyler Stout

      I completely agree, Android users are waiting for the next wave of dual-core processors to arrive so they can snatch one up. Thats what i am doing and i’m sure i’m not alone. Droid Bionic or Samsung Galaxy S2 or if HTC surprises Verizon customers with something good. I’m looking for the best phone that i can get that contains a dual-core, 4.3inch screen (preferably qHD) and Verizon 4G LTE support once my wishlist is met (which it will) im upgrading my Droid.

  • Smoke NMirrors

    We’re all just waiting for the Bionic so of course sales have slowed – who would buy another Android phone now if not out of dire necessity.  Further, it seems it’ll be vs the iPhone 4S anyway.  With VZW going tiered, you’ll see an increase as folks jump onto any smartphone just to lock in the data plans.  

  • Smoke NMirrors

    We’re all just waiting for the Bionic so of course sales have slowed – who would buy another Android phone now if not out of dire necessity.  Further, it seems it’ll be vs the iPhone 4S anyway.  With VZW going tiered, you’ll see an increase as folks jump onto any smartphone just to lock in the data plans.