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Reuters: The iPhone isn't cool in Asia anymore, people are switching to Android

The iPhone, once thought of as the coolest phone to own, is starting to lose its appeal in several Asian countries. So what's cool now? Samsung and Android, of course.
January 27, 2013

It’s hard to believe now, but there was once a time when owning an iPhone meant you were a part of the cool crowd. The thing is, people change their minds quite easily. What’s cool today makes you a loser tomorrow. Thanks to the internet and globalization, fads come and go faster than most of us can keep track of them. According to a report published by Reuters, people living in “trend-setting” cities in Asia are now getting bored of the mythical Jesus Phone. Here are two numbers to consider: In January 2012, the iPhone had a 72% market share in Singapore. Today it’s just 50%.

What are people buying instead? Android devices, of course, specifically those from Samsung. The Note II in particular is mentioned a few times because it has a large screen and a large battery. This writer, who is currently traveling through Asia, saw so many people using the Note that he succumbed to temptation and bought one for himself!

So can Apple get their “cool” back? That’s hard to say. Google is getting better at design with each passing day, and Samsung is already excellent at hardware, so … we’re really on the fence with this one.

We’re not going to lie, some of us here at Android Authority own iOS products, and while this might be a blasphemous thing to say, Google tends to show off their best work on Apple’s platform first. The new Gmail app for iOS, the new Google Maps app, Google+, Currents, everything that makes Google special shows up first on iOS, and then on Android. It’s probably got something to do with the fact that everyone in California (read: Google’s home turf) has an iPhone.

But back to the topic at hand, we’re thrilled that more and more people are switching to Android. Let’s welcome these new members of our family with open arms and not hostility. Don’t berate someone for buying X phone versus Y phone, and please don’t tell someone that they’re not “cool” because their handset doesn’t have a custom ROM.