Android’s brand problem: 25 different phones for every iPhone [INFOGRAPHIC]
I was watching TV at my sister’s house when another commercial for another NEW Android phone aired. “Which one do you have?” she asked me.
“Uh… Droid.. um…” I had to take apart my giant case to remember which HOT NEW model I had gotten just a few months back. And then it hit me. “iPhone users don’t have this problem.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Android platform, but just like Windows in the 90’s and 00’s, Android is at the mercy of the device manufacturers who run its OS to make and brand great devices that people love — and can remember.
Since the first iPhone was released in 2007, Apple has released a total of 5 different models, all called the iPhone. We counted every Android-based phone we could find since T-Mobile’s G1 was released in 2008, and we found 126 distinct models. At that rate, Android OS may lead Apple iOS in total market share, but no single Android phone can ever have the brand cachet of the iPhone.
Check out this comprehensive timeline of every iPhone and Android phone released in the US since 2007.