Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Feb 2012 12:30 UTC
Google "Each and every day, we are humbled by the trajectory of Android and our partners. With a year-on-year growth rate of more than 250%, 850000 new Android devices are activated each day, jetting the total number of Android devices around the world past 300 million. These numbers are a testament to the break-neck speed of innovation that defines the Android ecosystem." Andy Rubin clarified the numbers - activations are only counted once per device ID, and devices without Google services, such as the Kindle Fire, are not counted. Of these 300 million devices, 12 million are tablets - in other words, Apple has very little to fear at this point. Then again, Android on smartphones started out that way as well.
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Hard to imagine
by pupdawg on Mon 27th Feb 2012 14:50 UTC
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I love android but with those numbers why do I still see 98% iPhones everywhere I go... I seem to always been the only with with an Android phone in large groups.

Just an observation...

Edited 2012-02-27 14:51 UTC

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RE: Hard to imagine
by righard on Mon 27th Feb 2012 15:29 in reply to "Hard to imagine "
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2007-12-26

Where are you from? Here in the Netherlands I observe the exact opposite.

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RE: Hard to imagine
by Tony Swash on Mon 27th Feb 2012 15:39 in reply to "Hard to imagine "
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2009-08-22

It's interesting that stats like web usage, photos posted to flickr, apps bought etc, are all skewed heavily towards iOS compared to Android. One way to read that is that the iOS platform is used more as a platform, that there are more people who buy Android and don't use it for much beyond phone calls than there are for iOS.

I generally hate anecdotal evidence but with the proviso that this may mean nothing I have to say that my friends and relatives who use Android phones don't use them for much beyond calling and maybe taking photos (which they seem to leave on their phones rather than export or post anywhere). I was surprised that my rather geeky brother who builds his own PCs doesn't play music on his Android phone or read his email or even surf the web, though he does play a few games on it.

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RE[2]: Hard to imagine
by OMRebel on Mon 27th Feb 2012 16:47 in reply to "RE: Hard to imagine "
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2005-11-14

It's interesting that stats like web usage, photos posted to flickr, apps bought etc, are all skewed heavily towards iOS compared to Android. One way to read that is that the iOS platform is used more as a platform, that there are more people who buy Android and don't use it for much beyond phone calls than there are for iOS.

I generally hate anecdotal evidence but with the proviso that this may mean nothing I have to say that my friends and relatives who use Android phones don't use them for much beyond calling and maybe taking photos (which they seem to leave on their phones rather than export or post anywhere). I was surprised that my rather geeky brother who builds his own PCs doesn't play music on his Android phone or read his email or even surf the web, though he does play a few games on it.


It's just the opposite in my office. I work in a small office (only 5 people). Two of us have Android phones, and the other three have iPhones. There are only two people in the office that only use their phones as just normal phones - and those are two of the iPhone users.

The two of us with Android phones use it to surf the web, email, listen to music (using Google music), playing games, watching movies, etc...

My technology retarded mother purchased an iPhone recently because she just "had to have it". She uses it as a normal phone and that is it. Apple's "hype machine" has done a wonderful job by roping in the technology retarded individuals much like AOL did with their CD mailing campaign years ago.

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RE[2]: Hard to imagine
by righard on Mon 27th Feb 2012 16:48 in reply to "RE: Hard to imagine "
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According to my own (much too small) observations iOS user indeed tend to use platforms like flickr, twitter, facebook etc. a lot more. I think it is part of the subculture.

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RE[2]: Hard to imagine
by No it isnt on Mon 27th Feb 2012 16:54 in reply to "RE: Hard to imagine "
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Or perhaps it's just that the segment attracted to social media is the same as the segment attracted to iPhones. Web usage? Hardly: http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-ww-monthly-201101-201201

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RE[2]: Hard to imagine
by WorknMan on Mon 27th Feb 2012 20:34 in reply to "RE: Hard to imagine "
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2005-11-13

It's interesting that stats like web usage, photos posted to flickr, apps bought etc, are all skewed heavily towards iOS compared to Android. One way to read that is that the iOS platform is used more as a platform, that there are more people who buy Android and don't use it for much beyond phone calls than there are for iOS.


I have a Galaxy Nexus and except for GPS and Navigation, don't use it for much non-phone stuff. That being said though, the only way you'll get this phone from me is from my cold, dead hands ;)

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RE[2]: Hard to imagine
by JAlexoid on Tue 28th Feb 2012 00:21 in reply to "RE: Hard to imagine "
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I'll add some more anecdotal evidence. I'm literally back from a concert in Dublin(ended 1h30m ago as of this writing), of a very young oriented band. In the sea of SGS2's and even some GNex'es, there were a few iPhones.

And since my music interests are skewed towards the same area that the 18 y/o I tend to see iPhone being out-massed by Android devices during such gigs.
However, my gym buddies(in their late twenties) are mostly iPhone owners.

PS: In general I see more iPhone4/s on the streets of Dublin, though.

Edited 2012-02-28 00:28 UTC

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RE[2]: Hard to imagine
by 0brad0 on Tue 28th Feb 2012 02:13 in reply to "RE: Hard to imagine "
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2007-05-05

It's interesting that stats like web usage, photos posted to flickr, apps bought etc, are all skewed heavily towards iOS compared to Android. One way to read that is that the iOS platform is used more as a platform, that there are more people who buy Android and don't use it for much beyond phone calls than there are for iOS.


Those so called "stats" do not prove anything about the usage of the platform but more so about the type of people using the phones.

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RE: Hard to imagine
by moondevil on Mon 27th Feb 2012 18:15 in reply to "Hard to imagine "
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2005-07-08

I love android but with those numbers why do I still see 98% iPhones everywhere I go...


For sure you are not living in Europe.

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RE: Hard to imagine
by 0brad0 on Tue 28th Feb 2012 02:06 in reply to "Hard to imagine "
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2007-05-05

I love android but with those numbers why do I still see 98% iPhones everywhere I go... I seem to always been the only with with an Android phone in large groups.

Just an observation...


Where I'm from I mostly see BlackBerry's.

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RE: Hard to imagine
by zima on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 21:38 in reply to "Hard to imagine "
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2005-07-06

with those numbers why do I still see 98% iPhones everywhere I go

So... has it never occurred to you that your place might be quite atypical, not very representative of the world at large?

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