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
themwagency
Member since:
2013-03-06

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:World_Wide_Smartphone_Sales_Share...
http://www.asymco.com/2012/11/14/google-vs-samsung/

Edited 2013-03-13 23:31 UTC

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BiPolar Member since:
2007-07-06

Please take into account that other parts of the world exist beyond the US.

The last, and only Apple computer I saw in my country was 15 years ago.

*Some* people have iPads and iPhones over here (so I was told, never seen it personally). Believe me, iOS market share is nearly non-existent down here (its Android all over it).

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themwagency Member since:
2013-03-06

Please take into account that other parts of the world exist beyond the US.


Of course. iOS is larger by a significant margin than any mobile operating system... including android.

The last, and only Apple computer I saw in my country was 15 years ago.


I'm not talking about an Apple computer. Why are you bringing this up?

*Some* people have iPads and iPhones over here (so I was told, never seen it personally). Believe me, iOS market share is nearly non-existent down here (its Android all over it).


Im not talking anecdotal evidence as you did. I'm talking both market share and usage share... worldwide. iOS is larger than any other mobile operating system.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57556846-37/ios-android-and-web-t...

Edited 2013-03-14 02:18 UTC

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not true!
by sergio on Thu 14th Mar 2013 06:20 in reply to "RE: Most used mobile operating system???"
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

There are plenty of iPads and iPhones down here, iOS is more popular than ever.

Yeah, Android rules the cheap phone market but Apple owns the high end market. I think that happens everywhere.

Regarding your Mac bashing comments, I'm posting this with a Mac and there are lots of Mac users (much more than 15 years ago that's for sure). But It's the same story... low end market is ruled by PCs but the high end +$1000 market is 100% Macbook.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

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.


Uh, that's pretty much the definition of more used.
More users == more use.
Or are you saying people buy these phones, keep them in their boxes and never use them?

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.


Web tracking code says zero about mobile OS use, it only says something about mobile OS web browsing.

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puenktchen Member since:
2007-07-27

Web tracking code says zero about mobile OS use, it only says something about mobile OS web browsing.


And because web browsing is the dominant use case of smart phones, it does say something about the use as smart phone OS. I think that android did take over a big share of the market for feature phones with a flexible operating system from Symbian. Theoretically all those mid range Nokia phones could be used to browse the web, install apps etc. but in reality most were used as nice phones. This might also be the case with many cheaper android phones. If this assumption is correct it would mean that Android OS is used on more phones than iOS, but not as smart phone platform but as phone platform.

Just a guess, but the difference between sold phones and web stats must mean something.

edit - but android is still by far the most used mobile os: http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-ww-monthly-200902-201302

edit 2 - Not counting tablets. But sitting on your couch isn't very mobile.

Edited 2013-03-14 10:47 UTC

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