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Apples are still the choice of those who are not Conservative, who reject conformity and who are more likely to be creative. Google is the new Blackberry...male, Midwest, business, going to lower cost and limited apps...
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A manager holds an Apple iPhone (L) and Motorola's Droid smartphone (R). Are you an iPhone or an Android?
Kai Ryssdal: First
things first as we turn to the technology news of the day and the big
Apple conference that got going in San Francisco this morning: No iPhone
5 yet. There are gonna be new some MacBooks. And, as rumors had it, new
software that kicks Google Maps to the curb.
That might actually be the most interesting story in mobile
technology right now, the Hatfield and McCoy feud between Apple and
Google. Which is to say between the iPhone and smartphones using
Google's Android operating system.
Marketplace's Queena Kim reports it's as much culture as it is technology. Queena Kim: Remember those old TV commercials about Mac and PC. Mac’s the easygoing, cool guy in the T-shirt, jeans and sneakers.
Mac Commercial: Hello, I’m a Mac.
And PC’s the pudgy, pasty guy in the ill-fitting sports coat, khakis and loafers.
Mac Commercial: And I’m a PC.
Well this tech boom, there’s a similar culture war
emerging in big cities across America, only this one is about
smartphones. And Apple has a new rival, Google’s Android. In the U.S.,
Android has about 50 percent of the market while iPhone has around 30.
I went out to observe the warring tribes in their urban habitat in Berkeley.
Sonia Balcazar: I almost assume that everyone has an iPhone and then when they don’t, I’m surprised.
Kim: And what’s runs through your mind when they don’t have an iPhone?
Balcazar: That they’re not cool or they can’t afford it.
Sonia Balcazar is an adminstrative assistant and actress. She’s with
her boyfriend Alex Garcia, who’s an Android user. And this is causing a
little tension. Garcia says iPhone users, they sorta act like they’re in
Alex Garcia: It’s a little too much I don’t want to develop a friendship with my phone where my phone is like my new girlfriend. Kim: And what do you think of Android users? Garcia: What, who? There are still Android users?
You can’t blame her for falling for Garcia. He’s 30,
storybook-tall, dark and handsome and in a stylish designer-looking
suit -- which according to one marketing study, doesn’t fit the profile
of your typical Android user. Android users are huge among teens and and
the guys live in T-shirts, jeans and sneakers.
While ethnographers have yet to publish the definitive study on the
Android and iPhone users, anecdotally, I’ve observed that iPhone users
are more partisan.
For more insight into the Android user, I turned to John Gargiulo,
the head of marketing for Blue Stacks. It’s a start up that caters to
Android users and so part of his job is to understand them.
John Gargiulo: If you’re standing in Muncie, Ind., you’re more likely to be surrounded by people using Android devices.
Gargiulo says that the average Android users lives
in the heartland, isn’t as affluent as the iPhone user and that more men
use Androids than women.
Gargiulo: Politically more conservative
-- certainly more than iPhone users. with a slighty larger than average
head, according to what they’ve reported. Kim: Can you spot an iPhone user? Gargiulo: Ugh, you can try but... Kim: No, but can you? Gargiulo: Oh can I? If here’s a 27 -year-old,
beautiful, super-stylish girl sitting by the pool in Palm Springs,
chances are she has an iPhone.
And looking at Gargiulo’s head, which was pretty normal, I figured out he’s an iPhone user.
In San Francisco, I’m Queena Kim for Marketplace.