Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Mar 2013 17:58 UTC
Google Andy Rubin, who created Android and has led its development both at Android Inc. and later at Google, has decided to step down as the big Android boss at Google. Having created the world's "most-used mobile operating system", as Google CEO Larry Page refers to it, I'd say his stint has been successful. Interestingly enough, he will be succeeded by Sundar Pichai - Chrome OS boss. Yes.
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Most used mobile operating system???
by themwagency on Wed 13th Mar 2013 23:13 UTC
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There has always been a lot of misrepresentation on the interwebs about which is the most used mobile operating system because Andoid's mobile phone operating system share is bigger than iOS's mobile phone operating system share.

But as we all know, mobile phone OSes do not equal mobile OSes.

Andy Rubin is making a false statement when he trots out the most-used reference. This holds true not only for market share that references sales but also in every single statistic I've seen that references web tracking code.

From DF:

They do show that iPhone sales are continuing to grow at a pretty fast clip year over year, but that second sentence rankles. It creates the perception that iOS was previously “the most widely used smartphone operating system worldwide”. I don’t believe that was ever the case.

Take a look at this chart from Wikipedia, based on numbers from Gartner. Just talking about operating systems, it’s clear that the OS that Android “leapfrogged” to become the most-used in the world is Symbian. iOS has never even been close to being the market share leader for smartphones. Look at this chart from Horace Dediu showing handset sale numbers and you get an even starker picture of how “market share” isn’t a relevant measure of the iPhone’s success or position in the market, at any point over the last five years.

Edited 2013-03-13 23:31 UTC

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