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
Member since:
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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RE: This old chestnut?
by unclefester on Thu 12th Jan 2012 07:28 in reply to "This old chestnut?"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

I used to frequently read fanboi comments like this about Macs around 20 years ago. Apparently Macs were super profitable and all the PC makers were making five cents net profit per machine profit.

Remind me how that brilliant Apple Mac high margin business plan worked out.

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RE[2]: This old chestnut?
by bloodline on Thu 12th Jan 2012 09:17 in reply to "RE: This old chestnut?"
bloodline Member since:
2008-07-28

I used to frequently read fanboi comments like this about Macs around 20 years ago. Apparently Macs were super profitable and all the PC makers were making five cents net profit per machine profit. Remind me how that brilliant Apple Mac high margin business plan worked out.


Actually, I think it was the stupidly high profit margin that Mac's had in the 90's which kept the company afloat while their sales tanked... It certainly wasn't a winning long term strategy, but they did keep their head above water until St. Jobs returned to lead them to salvation ;)

On Topic: I'd be surprised if Apple's gains are as high as that, these "estimates" seem a bit wild. Let's wait until the official figures are published by the various companies (if they actually choose to publish them!)

I will say this though, in September I was seeing a very high diversity of smart phones on the Tube (London underground)... Even saw a few people with blackberries and an ASUS tablet! But for the first two weeks of January, I would say 90% of devices ie seen have been Apple... Probably just reflective of people getting a new phone for Christmas and using them more than those of us who have had smart phones for years ;)

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RE: This old chestnut?
by unclefester on Thu 12th Jan 2012 09:28 in reply to "This old chestnut?"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Australia is traditionally a very strong iPhone market.

However Telstra, Australia's largest phone company, currently doesn't even list the iPhone 4s. They only have the 3GS at a very expensive $429 on a prepaid plain.

www.mobicity.com.au/ a major online retailer doesn't have a single Apple model amongst their Top 10 best selling smartphones.

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RE: This old chestnut?
by dsmogor on Sat 14th Jan 2012 01:03 in reply to "This old chestnut?"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

ok now imagine all if those oems still trying to compete with iphone with their s*tty feature phone oses. Android has literally saved their asses and did it for free. Samsung? Good luck with bada.
Ok they may not extract heaps of money manages to from its fan base they still earn much more than they would with feature phones.

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