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This article was written under the assumption that everyone really wants an iPhone, and Android devices are only being picked when one can't get an iPhone. This is clearly not the case. A large number of people that wanted the iPhone switched to AT&T for it within the first few years of its release.
Originally Posted by dms76
I'm sure a small number of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and regional carrier customers settled for an Android device on a network that they prefer for better coverage and/or cost. Clearly, however, most Android users have been happy with their choice. Look at how much more successful Android has been than some of the earlier devices designed to compete with the iPhone, such as the BlackBerry Storm.
Also, VZW continues to gain Android customers even though they have the iPhone. No LTE in the next iPhone is going to hurt it, especially on Verizon. LTE is a big improvement over EV-DO, and as the technology matures and coverage expands, it will become more and more important.
Android is clearly doing well on AT&T as well since they are selling devices and marketing it... in fact, they seem to be pushing it even more now that they have lost iPhone exclusivity.
I see the current trend continuing for a while, which is that Apple fans and less technically inclined people will pick the iPhone, and the gadget lovers and tech enthusiasts will go for Android.
Will the next iPhone have some impact on Android's market share? Of course. Is it the end of the road for Android? Absolutely NOT.