Today in Design Communication class my friend mentioned how there was a new Christmas-themed Angry Birds game on Android, and we started chatting about it. This other girl starting complaining how it wouldn't run on her model of Android very well (can't remember what model) and how they were going to make a special version for her phone. I then made a comment about how developers have reported that they are frustrated with Android because of the fragmentation of hardware and how they are hesitant to develop for the platform because of all the extra work involved to test their software on so many devices. That's when everything blew apart. These Android fanboys came out of nowhere in class and started bashing the crap out of iPhone. They cited one app that works better on Android (voice recognition something or another, can't remember the name) as proof that Android apps are superior. I then showed them Unreal engine running on iPhone, and that new Rage game, but they said that "Games don't matter, they just run down the battery really fast", though I haven't noticed. But that's not what this post is about. It was the class conversation. Just about everyone in class has an Android phone except me! When did this happen? Most people had iPhones last semester. What makes this even more peculiar is the fact that everyone in class right now is using a Macbook or Macbook Pro. Everyone. And they couldn't understand what I was saying when I was comparing Android to Windows, and how Android is just the OS and that each device has a different manufacturer, like Windows. So is iPhone usage fading among college students? I'm not sure, but from what I can tell, it seems to be. Apple is still doing ok, but Android is coming up fast, and will likely knock them out of first place sometime next year. Apple should be at least somewhat concerned about this, as they have always been strong in popularity with younger people. Losing this core could be a bad thing, especially since these same people will have a lot of purchasing power in the coming years. However, this can only benefit us iOS users, as Apple will be pressured to keep innovating. Voice API, better notifications, and refreshed UI graphics / design tweaks are likely for iOS 5.0, among other improvements and maybe even things we have yet to think of. So what have you guys noticed? Is iPhone usage dropping on your college campus, or is this an anomaly? I really don't trust Google, so I'm hoping it is! And on some devices it's so buggy. I would hate to have to switch to Android someday just because it took over (though highly unlikely).