Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Apr 2014 19:55 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

I'm using the URL slug headline for this one (check the link).

This map showing the locations of 280 million individual posts on Twitter shows a depressing divide in America: Tweets coming from Manhattan tend to come from iPhones. Tweets coming from Newark, N.J., tend to come from Android phones.

If you live in the New York metro area, you don't need to be told that Manhattan is where the region's rich people live, and the poor live in Newark. Manhattan's median income is $67,000 a year. Newark's is $17,000, according to U.S. Census data.

This fascinates me, as it seems to be a very American thing. In The Netherlands, Android has an 80% market share, and we have far lower poverty rates than the US (that Newark median income is crazy low by Dutch standards). I'm pretty sure the situation is similar for many other West-European nations.

This raises an interesting question: is it 'Android is for poor people' - or is it 'Android is for poor people in America'?

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RE: Not very good stats
by stimut on Mon 7th Apr 2014 21:30 UTC in reply to "Not very good stats"
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Yes, and I think it's also complicated by the fact that they use tweets, assuming that the entire population uses twitter equally. It definitely looks like twitter using iPhone owners are more heavily tweeting in wealthy areas, but actually looking at the maps, Android has a much more even coverage. As in, perhaps iPhone's are only for wealthy people, but Android is for everybody. You have to assume that twitter is a fair way of determining usage though.

On other notes, towards the end of the article, one of the diagrams has text which says:

Apple has roughly half the app market in China
But their diagram shows Apple having 100% of the market, due to the fact that developers can't sell Android apps in China. That just seems shoddy journalism. There is plenty to report on here (including the huge disparity in the amount of money to be made in the different stores) without the need to abuse statistics.

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RE[2]: Not very good stats
by cdude on Tue 8th Apr 2014 14:59 in reply to "RE: Not very good stats"
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The statement "Apple has roughly half the app market in China" is very missleading. The original diagram, those that shows 100% Apple, compares with only Google Play which is just not used in China. The half-argument is made only comparing Apple with the alternate Wandoujia. Same thing, it keeps silent that there are a dozen more Android app stores and Wandoujia is just one of them, not even the largest.

Edited 2014-04-08 15:06 UTC

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