Linked by David Adams on Tue 10th Jan 2012 19:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless According to a new report from research firm NPD, iOS’s U.S. market share (by sales) jumped from 26% in the third quarter of 2011 to 43% by October and November. Android, however, came out on top, with 47% market share during those two months, down from 60% in Q3.
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This old chestnut?
by atsureki on Wed 11th Jan 2012 17:08 UTC
atsureki
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2006-03-12

iOS = three phones from one company.
Android ~ 50 phones from 5+ companies.
Android: slight lead in total sales.
...Android is on top!

Better yet, let's get actual-ish numbers.

sprint.com Android = 21, iPhone = 1
verizonwireless.com Android = 24, iPhone = 2
att.com Android = 19, iPhone = 3
t-mobile.com Android = 16, iPhone = 0

US Android:iPhone product ratio = 13.3:1
US Android:iPhone Sales ratio = 1.09:1
...Android is on top!

Oh, wait, throw in the Tablet and iPod Touch "markets," and the combined force of everything that runs Android is reduced to a rounding error.

...a rounding error that, if you lump together a bunch of unrelated devices from different companies in an artificially narrow category, is totally on top!*
(*Where by "totally" I mean "slightly.")

With leads like that, imagine all the money Android must be making for all parties involved.*
(*Where by "all parties involved" the truth is actually Samsung and no one else. Google makes $8-10 per user per year in ad revenue, and all its other OEM partners are struggling. But I'm sure this whole operation will somehow stabilize and crawl into the black, while retaining its unit lead and ironing out all the ownership experience issues like the fact that Android phones don't get any updates. Yup, any day now.)

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