05 Oct '11, 9am

Will Android phone makers gain converts from the ranks of disappointed Apple fans?

TAIPEI - Asian smartphone makers have a chance to exploit a rare letdown from pacesetter Apple after the new iPhone 4S failed to wow fans and investors, leaving Android rivals better placed to grab market share. Shares of Samsung Electronics, HTC and LG Electronics, who all make phones using Google's Android operating system, ended up on Wednesday. These companies could now aggressively promote their flagship high-end models ahead of Christmas, potentially helping boost sales in the most crucial shopping season. "Apple no longer has a leading edge, its cloud service is even behind Android; it can only sell on brand loyalty now," said Gartner analyst K.C. Lu in Taipei. "Users may wait to buy the next iPhone, if they can't wait, they may shift to brands with more advanced specs." The new iPhone 4S is identical in form to the previous model, disappointing fans who had hoped f...

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