Google is counted among the most innovative technology companies in the world and has brought a rich smartphone experience at a paltry budget to the users whereas the iPhone is quite expensive. Here are some reasons why Android phones are more popular than iPhones
Larger screen size
Apple has continued to use a 3.5-inch display since the first iPhone was launched, never deviating from the screen size. However, manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have rolled out flagship devices with 4.8-inch (Samsung Galaxy S III) and 4.7-inch (HTC One X) touchscreens. Even second rung Android-powered smartphones now feature a 4.3-inch display. The larger screen android mobiles are preferred by users.
Google Play Store
Apple’s repository of apps is the largest in the world, with over 7,25,000 apps and 25 billion downloads. Google Play Store’s apps (Android’s app store) has over 5,00,000 apps and has registered over 20 billion downloads.
Better Google integration
Google’s services seem to be quite important for many buyers today, as Android phones offered better integration with Gmail, Google Docs and Google Voice Search etc. Some other proprietary Google services integrated with Android are Google Maps, Local, Latitude, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Search and YouTube.
The ‘latest and greatest’ smartphone
In the battle for smartphone supremacy, companies introduce new technologies very frequently. Buyers looking for the best Android phones can choose between flagship devices of major companies like Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG. Each company offers its top-of-the-line phone with a host of new services and apps, which attract most of the buyers. On the other hand, Apple has just the iPhone 4S to speak of, which has only a few advancements as compared to the iPhone 4.
Though Apple iPhone is considered iconic and revolutionary, it lacks some features that phones running on Google’s Android OS have. These include video calls on 3G and 4G connections, NFC, music stores other than iTunes and choice of keyboards, among many others.
On the other hand, manufacturers developing Android phones offer new technologies, like Samsung’s Smart Stay and Direct Call. This made many of the buyers favour Android over iPhone.