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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Soulbender
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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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