A survey done recently in several countries around the world found that the vast majority of smartphone users are open to switching to another operating system if they see a good reason to.
Just 25% of users said they were committed to the platform their current smartphone is running. Of course, some platforms did better than others in this survey, which was done by market-research company GfK.
Users of Apple’s iOS are the most loyal; 59% of respondents said they would stay with their current operating system.
In second place is the BlackBerry OS with 35% of users committed to getting another RIM model.
Next was the Android OS, as 28% of current users of Google’s operating system said they were definitely sticking with it.
In fourth place was the Symbian OS — only 24% of those using this platform were loyal to it.
Just 21% of smartphone users running a Microsoft OS said they would stay with it. Not surprising, as this company is in the middle of transitioning from the Windows Mobile operating system to the very different Windows Phone 7.
GfK polled 2,653 users of mobile phones in Brazil, Britain, China, Germany, Spain, the United States.
About 37% of those in the survey (outside of China) who were using a regular mobile phone intend to make their next device a smartphone.