Virus worries keep Japanese on Galapagos

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How much do you want to upgrade to Android? graph of japanese statisticsThis recent survey from Media Interactive looked at upgrading to a smartphone, specifically from current Japanese feature phones, often called Galapagos mobiles in both English and Japanese due to their unique evolution to fit the needs of the Japanese market.

How much do you want to upgrade to an iPhone4S? graph of japanese statistics

Demographics

Between the 9th and 11th of December 2011 300 feature phone-using members of the iResearch monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographic information was provided.

There definitely is a problem regarding viruses, worms and other malware on Android in particular, but it is debatable how likely the average user is to encounter them; I would guess that not often enough to make buying a virus scanner a good investment. Do any of my readers use smartphone virus scanners, and if so, why and how?

Looking at the list of negative reasons from Q1, if one thinks about the iPhone on SoftBank, lack of electronic cash, infrared and One Seg (terrestrial digital television), a need to change email addresses (I believe), poor reception, lack of design choice and no waterproofing all count against it. For Android phones from Japanese manufacturers on Docomo, virus worries and perhaps a lack of apps (or at least a perception of a lack) count against it. That gives a total of 62.3 points against the iPhone, versus 29.7 against Android, about twice as few negative votes for Android. Curiously enough, just about twice as many people want an Android versus an iPhone4S according to Q3 and Q4.
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Global versus galapagos smartphones: part 2 of 2

How often do you use Twitter on your smartphone? graph of japanese statistics[part 1][part 2]

iShare recently reported on a survey conducted into the characteristics of global versus galapagos smartphone users. Here galapagos refers to the Galapagos Syndrome, how Japanese mobile phones have evolved to address Japanese market needs, yet are totally unsuited to the global market. Galapagos smartphones are the usually Android-based phones loaded with local must-haves like infra-red, one seg digital television, and Osaifu Keitai, contactless IC Chip-based payments.

Demographics

Between the 19th and 22nd of August 2011 736 smartphone-owning members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 65.1% of the sample were male, 11.3% in their twenties, 36.7% in their thirties, 37.4% in their forties, and 14.7% in their fifties.

It was interesting to see that people with global smartphones were more likely to use Twitter and Facebook; it would have been useful to select a couple of representative Japan-born equivalents (not sure what would be Twitter, but mixi is Facebook) to see if galapagos owners tend to remain in isolation.

Note that most of the questions below have separate columns for global smartphone and galapagos smartphone owners.
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Global versus galapagos smartphones: part 1 of 2

Do you regret buying your galapagos smartphone? graph of japanese statistics[part 1][part 2]

iShare recently reported on a survey conducted into the characteristics of global versus galapagos smartphone users. Here galapagos refers to the Galapagos Syndrome, how Japanese mobile phones have evolved to address Japanese market needs, yet are totally unsuited to the global market. Galapagos smartphones are the usually Android-based phones loaded with local must-haves like infra-red, one seg digital television, and Osaifu Keitai, contactless IC Chip-based payments.

Demographics

Between the 19th and 22nd of August 2011 736 smartphone-owning members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 65.1% of the sample were male, 11.3% in their twenties, 36.7% in their thirties, 37.4% in their forties, and 14.7% in their fifties.

I will probably buy a gala-sma versus a glo-sma, to use the abbreviated terms for the two types, although I’m also tempted by a Samsung Galaxy (assuming Apple don’t sue them out of the market…) which seems to be a nice halfway house. If I was being logical, I’d just choose an iPhone, but I have a dislike of the image surrounding Apple users and their network stinks!
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Galapagos eBook reader best-known in Japan

Do you know what electronic books are? graph of japanese statisticsWith the electronic book market beginning to heat up in Japan, this recent survey from goo Research, reported on by japan.internet.com, into electronic books and electronic book sellers found that the recent announcements from Sharp and Sony were fresh in many people’s minds.

Demographics

Between the 15th and 19th of December 2010 1,079 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.5% of the sample were male, 16.5% in their teens, 18.0% in their twenties, 21.6% in their thirties, 16.3% in their forties, 15.6% in their fifties, and 12.0% aged sixty or older.

I’ve never heard of the Kobo, although it seems to be Canadian rather than the seemingly Japanese name it has.

Furthermore, I of course knew about Amazon selling e-books, but I’d never heard of the rest.

Everything I hear about the Kindle sounds good, and if I did slightly more travelling (or slightly less blogging!) I’d buy one. If the Japanese ones have managed to get a lot of publishers on board, and if the price of individual volumes is cheaper than the paper versions, I’d be inclined to get one for the wife, just so we could tidy up a lot of the clutter of books!
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