Why iOS beats Android

“Fanboy!” I can already hear you shouting, and that’s fine. Anyone who’s followed this site long enough will know that I’m most certainly not a fanboy. Who even really knows what that term means anyway? I like Apple stuff, yes, but I don’t think it’s the be-all and end-all.

Yesterday, the results of a survey were announced that showed iOS’s share in the mobile subscribers market of the US. The survey included all mobile devices, including tablets, phones and MP3 players. This meant iPod Touches, iPads and iPhones were all included. The results were quite enlightening.

It’s impossible to deny that Android is growing massively in popularity. Its market share in the smartphone world is ever increasing and is quite far ahead of iOS. But, if we look at everyone who has any device running either software we see a different story altogether. Comparing all mobile operating systems Apple is ahead, and has a market share 1.6 times larger than Android.

What’s impressive, looking at the table above, is that Apple release only one device in each of the three categories each year. In the MP3 market, the iPod Touch was the only one counted as having iOS installed, the touch screen iPod Nano was not. Sure, there have been 4 iPhones so far, 4 generations of iPod Touch and 2 different iPads. That still is no where near the amount of unique handsets or tablets running Android. This, in my opinion is why no matter what the figures say, iOS will always be regarded as more successful than Android. At least to me.

If you can have a 16.2% share America’s media device market with one OS on 10 unique devices, and your nearest competitor only has 10.2% with over 100 devices, then you’re doing something right. And doing it very well too.

Via: Comscore

 

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  • David

    You are an idiot. This doesn’t mean shit and you are a fanboy.

    • Mkwsoxfan

      the sites called todaysiphone if your looking for statistics suporting android theres a site for that. just saying

      • Anonymous

        the guy posting the article said he wasnt a fanboy, but not only is he that but he is also an I-diot

  • Louis Holas

    thats very well, however IOS hasn’t really changed much since 2007 and is very outdated in my opinion. I’m not an android fanboy either i used to have an iPhone and still have my iPad but i prefer android

    • Cam Bunton

      It’s true, and I agree it is outdated. It desperately needs a refresh, I too am a huge fan of Anrdoid – providing it’s stock and has no other UI skins on top like HTC Sense. My argument isn’t that iOS is better, I’m just saying it’s beating Android hands down in terms of popularity. The fact that there’s a new Android handset every month speaks volumes when there’s only one iPhone each year. Google has to flood the market with Android handsets just to compete.

  • Fitzgerald

    FanBoy… Apple ios was launched way before Android so your argument just shows how fanboy you are!! The ios can barely multi task!! Its news to them that you can call and browse at the same time they call that revolutionary!! Something the old Nokia N95 did in the year 2008!! Huh.. By the end of the year we will see who leads in the mobile platform!!

    • Cam Bunton

      Still, with a new Android handset coming out almost every month, and there are plenty of tablets running the OS, why isn’t it already wiping the floor with iOS in terms of sales? Like I said, I’m not a fanboy, my personal phone isn’t an iPhone. My point is that in the general public’s opinion, and sales figures show, it is incredibly successful.

    • Taylor

      It’s called multi-tasking on iOS. You double click the home button and it pops up. It was a big deal with the release of iOS 4.

  • Cesar

    Shut up you are a fanboy and biased. It’s funny how iphone sites are always trying to show everyone how ios is still better than android when they know its not true. The iphone has been around for way longer than android and in reality before android came around they pretty much had no competition, and still android has been around for like 3 years and pretty much has grabbed Steve Jobs by the balls and taken over…. C’mon dont say ur not a fanboy when you clearly are. Oh and by the way how can you run an iphone site and not even use an iphone as your personal device. Your doing it wrong or just flat out lying….

    • Cam Bunton

      I really don’t need to defend myself here at all. Everyone has their own preference for mobile phone. I happen to like Android a lot. I was just stating the fact that considering the lack of variety in the iOS range, Apple’s market share is pretty incredible.

      • 5coolest

        Seriously. You’re just stating the facts here and nobody seems to realize that. I read your articles often and know you’re not a fanboy. With iOS5, the OS won’t be anywhere as simple and there might be a learning curve. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the smartphone market then.

  • cheesmo

    I agree somewhat. As an owner of an iPad 2 and a Samsung Android phone, I feel like I have a good understanding of both OS’s. I love Android, and I agree that iOS is in need of a refresh, but I look at it from the perspective that I know a lot about software and hardware. I’m a Geek, and as such, I may not see things the same way as the average consumer. Where Apple is winning the fight is by getting people who have no clue (or relatively no clue) about technology interested in their products.

    • Rodge

      I totally agree. That is the key: a device that doesn’t require the user any technical knowledge, that shields him from How it operates.

  • h4xit

    This is only because people buy shit from Apple, not anything to do with iOS. Apple is the market leader in over priced shiny crap.

  • Joey

    Mobile subscribers to what?

    I am pretty sure there are more than 37,868 iOS devices out there and more than 23,763 Android devices out there. Are these subscriptions to data plans, music services, games? What?

    If this is for a specific purpose, then you can argue that the results are contaminated with brand bias. Such as more people that use iOS devices make iTunes purchases than people with Android do.

    I need to know more about these statistics before drawing any conclusions.

    • Joey

      I’m stupid. I just realized the 000 after the installed base.

      37,868,000 iOS and 23,763,000 Android.

      Not very surprising though. iOS devices are extremely popular outside of the phone world. iPods, iPad, etc. and iPhone is top dog in smart phones, but they are slowly losing that grip just because there are so many Android devices on market on more carriers than iPhone is available on.

      Android hasn’t made a very strong effort to proliferate the non-smartphone world. Up to now there are only a few decent tablets, the rest are horrendous. Some bad netbooks, but nothing like an iPod that stands on its own, offers great hardware and Android support at a low price.

      But also you can’t use truth by consensus to establish brand superiority. Just because more people buy iOS devices doesn’t mean it is inherently superior to Android devices. Look at the great format or console wars of the past. Beta Max vs. VHS. Beta Max was superior in every way to VHS, but VHS outnumbered it, consumers recognized it, and because of its superior marketing it became the standard and Beta Max died off. It wasn’t better because more people used it.

      The same comparison can be drawn between the TurboGrafx-16 and the NES, which shared the console market in the late 80s and early 90s. TurboGrafx was superior to the NES in every way, but because consumers already knew the Nintendo brand, and because NES had a significant head start, TurboGrafx was unable to gain any traction in the US and died off after enjoying a cult following.

      Just because more people use something doesn’t mean it’s better. Also, if you look at growth numbers like the ones that were recently published, Android is growing faster than any mobile OS hands down. iOS included. Most analysts agree that Android will over take iOS in the next few years if not sooner. So, again, looking at what people are using now isn’t really a benchmark for superiority.

      • Cam Bunton

        Great comment Joey, well informed and well argued. My argument however wasn’t that iOS is a better operating system, it’s just beating Android when it comes to how many users actually want it, and use it.

    • Cam Bunton

      Basically just mobile media device users. Granted it didn’t cover the entire population of America, but it did cover a fair amount, enough to get the general idea of what the market looks like.

  • charles

    It’s a survey you idiot. Ages 13 and up. Look at how many people participated. Now imagine who gives a crap.

  • thomas g

    all apple does better is MARKET their products. they use words like “magical,” “wonderful,” and says their devices “change the world.” the reason why they are leading android devices in sales is because most people fall for these weasel words that dont really speak anything about the device or how it works. saying the ipad is magical or life-changing means nothing to me when in reality its just a bigger ipod touch. and saying the iphone 4 changes the world is utterly ridiculous when the main highlights of it besides the screen (which is beautiful…i’ll give apple that) and video calling (which sucks anyway since you can only do it when on wifi while my evo can do it anywhere i go in my hometown) is that you can multitask and that the camera FINALLY has a flash. really?? sounds pretty ridiculous to me bro…

  • Brent

    What’s with all the hostelness over a simple article that shows facts iOS is beating android. People need to just breath and realize these are just phones.

    • victor

      No, its not just a phone. Lol, jk. I agree who really cares I have a friend that left an iPhone for android because he wanted to customize, and another that went to iPhone. My point is that if the phone does something you want it to do then it doesn’t matter if it says iPhone or android.

  • Faryal Mallick

    The reason why iOS sales are higher is because every idiot can use the stupid too simple and boring iOS :P
    Its too complicated for the public to understand the wide variety of uses and customizations of android..!

    • Cam Bunton

      That’s a ridiculous argument. My mother in law, who’s no way tech-literate has a Galaxy S. I on the other would consider my self more of a tech wizz than her and I have iOS.

  • Nick

    You can’t compare iOS as a whole to Android, and conclude that iOS is “more popular.” That is just silly and using terrible logic. Android isn’t even used on dedicated media devices, so you shouldn’t compare vs iPod Touches. The only thing that matters is iPhone vs. Android phones in comparing popularity.

    Many “fanboys” will use the fact that there are many more models of Android phones, or that some carrier promotions have been buy-one-get-one-free for Android, as evidence that it is unfair. This is also a BS argument, since most people have only one phone, and each phone requires a separate line with 2 year contract, no matter how little the cost.

    The fact that there are more iOS devices in total only matters and is relevant to developers looking to reach a wider audience. For popularity though, it is clear that Android is winning (at least for phones, not tablets yet).

    -iPhone 2G user on TMo

  • VoLas

    I definitely agree! Quality over quantity any day. I used to be a huge android fan. I had the latest phones and softwares. Too bad they kept crashing and lagging and never looked as fine as an iPhone (any model). It always seems to me that android tries WAY too dang hard for nothing. And they make there devices ugly. Android may be leading in numbers, but not respect. Android comes out with a new model like every other day. And they are fails!! No one cares to run out and buy an android. On the other hand, if a new iPhone came out today unexpectedly, it would sale out before they could hit the shelves. It’s true. And android lovers can say what they wish about how dumb the iPhone is, but they are only lying to themselves because deep down they know they are just jealous. Trust me, I know. I used to be one of those persons. The first iPhone I got I totally fell in love. No lags no crashes and simply perfection. Better camera even though it has less mega pixels than most phones. I can go on forever. Ultimately, the iOS is king. Android can try to win the war, but even they know they can never do so. If you can’t beat apple, join them.

  • Cobble

    Well said Brent!
    Like a bunch of old women.

  • mike

    this is just another game with numbers, for real information see:
    http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=63106C18-1A64-67EA-E46FCB7D1A0B6304 :)

  • http://todaysiPhone.com Jake

    But BlackBerry rules all, doesn’t it Cam? :D

    • Cam Bunton

      Hehehe… shh.

  • David

    Apple iOS FTW!

  • http://decaturpc.com Paul

    I’ve used all 3. iPhone pisses me off the least. It works when I need it to.

  • Nick Gonzalez

    If android and Apple were out at the same time. Android Hands down would have more or same amount of apps and customers. If apple and android were out the same time Apple would only really be good for is it’s iPad? and its Mac’s? I mean andriod is great!. And im fine with it. BTW i use to be a apple fanboy i had 3G and 3GS for 3 years. I switched to the Evo:) getting the Evo 3D!

    • Cam Bunton

      I agree about the customers part, but more apps? No way. Developers have openly said that writing apps for Android is irritating since there are so many varying devices. Developing for iPhone is much easier, since there are really only two versions of each app needed – iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch. I love Google’s openness, but fragmentation is a pain.

  • Fanboy

    For gamers iOS still the best : street fighter4, spiderman, infinity blade, etc

  • Trapper

    I started out on Android and ended up switching to an iphone. It’s a seamless sync between calendar apps and much more intuitive than the Android ever was. Newer versions could be great, but so far, I’m quite content with my iphone. Thanks for an interesting article.

  • drake heth

    i like my iphone but i needs more customizable options without jailbreaking

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  • Veronica

    How the heck do I change my little character face when I post comments?

  • Daniel

    Sorry you have to such idiotic comments.
    Clearly you are not an Apple fanboy AT ALL. Your title was slightly misleading and inaccurate and could’ve been changed a bit, but I don’t think this is biased. It is very clear and obvious though Apple products have less smartphone features and flexibility than Android, the culture and marketing behind it all really shines. People really do go more crazy over Apple. Good marketing. That’s it I reckon.

  • Jamie Cooper

    the reason I chose iphone over android are because iphone does everything I want in a phone sized device, and it does it better than all the rest, android included. I would like it more with adobe flash support but thats it.
    my android experience is only from a couple models one with 2.1 and one with 3.
    neither of them were as pleasant to use, nor as intuitive.
    I kept bumping the emulated buttons while trying to play angry birds, and fruit knight and it just pissed off over and over.
    not to mention that if you jailbreak your iphone you can access cydia and idroid and run all the android stuff anyway on your iphone so… why bother with android at all? less apps, more of a pain to use, and often more expensive to buy…

  • Xavier Grabulosa Ribot

    I’ll say something about that. People like Apple products because they are cool! So don’t mess up. If Ios beats Android is because fanboys and apple likers.

  • Xavier Grabulosa Ribot

    I’ll say something about that. People like Apple products because they are cool! So don’t mess up. If Ios beats Android is because fanboys and apple likers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522447760 Jean-luc Mutabazi

    the difference is that android took 3 years to be at that level whereas apple took much more 5 or +? so let’s give it 1 or 2 years more and see if it still is beaten by apple

  • http://www.facebook.com/love11harris Love Harris

    Here’s the thing. Android is a “good” platform. Not great, but good. But it’s competing with the oh’so powerfull iOS. The lagless, super intuitive, easy-to-use iOS. How do you compete with that? Well, Android needed some help. They needed LOTS of help. As a matter of fact, they needed all the help they could get, so what they did was put their OS in the hands of all phone makers by “open sourcing” it. This just means anyone can tweak it and phone makers can add their own skins, ui, and “flavor” if you will.

    Basically, they realized it would be too difficult to actually come up with a better OS, and phone than Apple. The only way to compete with a powerhouse company like this, is to make an OS with everything the current iOS lacks. What do people want in iOS? Well, with the thousands of jailbreak videos (as well as iPhone Ui and software concepts) on Youtube, deciding what to give the phone wasn’t hard. People wanted a better notification system – So Android gave their OS that.People wanted complete customization, and variation (between models) – So Android open sourced it, and gave phone makers the ability to both use the OS in their phone’s, as well as the ability to tweak the OS and give it a customized experience, that might suit the users needs better in different ways. Now, we have many different phones to choose from, as well as many different looks/styles of the Android platform.

    People wanted flash – got it.

    People wanted something new – And there was Android. Granted the OS slows down, lags, and doesn’t work as easily and fluidly as iOS, but people got alot of features that made the phone look cool, and fun to use. 

    We don’t need widget’s, nor do we “need” the ablility to add different skins/”scenes.” But it it’s cool. And that’s why some people turn to Android when it comes to first impressions. Apple gave us a better, easier to use phone that’s simple, yet quietly brilliant (not to steal HTC little motto). Apple, at the moment seems to be falling behind in the competition and “catching up” as some may say, but in actuality they’re not (necessarily). Lots of android phone’s are coming out with powerful dual cores. Some targeting Apple’s A5 chip and even out-clocking it at a crazy 1.2GHZ dual core compared to Apple’s 1GHZ dual core. Well, if the software is laggy, and crashes, that dual core processor means nothing. NOTHING! There are dual core phone’s out there that are much, much “laggier” than iPhone 4, with it’s single’core processor. Wghy is this? Because apple actually takes it’s time (about a year usually) and creates the ultimate phone for the time of it’s release. Making use of every little pixel. and every ounce of processing power, and battery life, to give you a phone that not only performs exceptionally well. For as long as you have it. But gives you more than you might even need. For instance, the 5-megapixel camera in iPhone 4 has lower specs than some of the android 8-megapixel camera’s but which takes better pictures? WEll that would be iPhone of course thanks to it’s larger pixels and HDR software that blows all mobile phone camera’s out of the waters. This comment is LONG ENOUGH. Lol, sorry! But, there you have it people. To sum it all up.  Android give’s you specs, choices, and customization. Apple gives you… A better phone. :) 
    -Sent from my iPhone. lol

  • ITechTalk

    Here’s the thing. Android is a “good” platform. Not great, but good. But it’s competing with the oh’so powerfull iOS. The lagless, super intuitive, easy-to-use iOS. How do you compete with that? Well, Android needed some help. They needed LOTS of help. As a matter of fact, they needed all the help they could get, so what they did was put their OS in the hands of all phone makers by “open sourcing” it. This just means anyone can tweak it and phone makers can add their own skins, ui, and “flavor” if you will.

    Basically, they realized it would be too difficult to actually come up with a better OS, and phone than Apple. The only way to compete with a powerhouse company like this, is to make an OS with everything the current iOS lacks. What do people want in iOS? Well, with the thousands of jailbreak videos (as well as iPhone Ui and software concepts) on Youtube, deciding what to give the phone wasn’t hard. People wanted a better notification system – So Android gave their OS that.People wanted complete customization, and variation (between models) – So Android open sourced it, and gave phone makers the ability to both use the OS in their phone’s, as well as the ability to tweak the OS and give it a customized experience, that might suit the users needs better in different ways. Now, we have many different phones to choose from, as well as many different looks/styles of the Android platform.

    People wanted flash – got it.

    People wanted something new – And there was Android. Granted the OS slows down, lags, and doesn’t work as easily and fluidly as iOS, but people got alot of features that made the phone look cool, and fun to use. 

    We don’t need widget’s, nor do we “need” the ablility to add different skins/”scenes.” But it it’s cool. And that’s why some people turn to Android when it comes to first impressions. Apple gave us a better, easier to use phone that’s simple, yet quietly brilliant (not to steal HTC little motto). Apple, at the moment seems to be falling behind in the competition and “catching up” as some may say, but in actuality they’re not (necessarily). Lots of android phone’s are coming out with powerful dual cores. Some targeting Apple’s A5 chip and even out-clocking it at a crazy 1.2GHZ dual core compared to Apple’s 1GHZ dual core. Well, if the software is laggy, and crashes, that dual core processor means nothing. NOTHING! There are dual core phone’s out there that are much, much “laggier” than iPhone 4, with it’s single’core processor. Wghy is this? Because apple actually takes it’s time (about a year usually) and creates the ultimate phone for the time of it’s release. Making use of every little pixel. and every ounce of processing power, and battery life, to give you a phone that not only performs exceptionally well. For as long as you have it. But gives you more than you might even need. For instance, the 5-megapixel camera in iPhone 4 has lower specs than some of the android 8-megapixel camera’s but which takes better pictures? WEll that would be iPhone of course thanks to it’s larger pixels and HDR software that blows all mobile phone camera’s out of the waters. This comment is LONG ENOUGH. Lol, sorry! But, there you have it people. To sum it all up.  Android give’s you specs, choices, and customization. Apple gives you… A better phone. 

    • ITechTalk

      By the way, Apple really isn’t falling behind. Are you really comparing the iPhone 4, that came out 14 months ago, to phone’s that came out yesterday? No! Besides iPhone still competes.

  • satansekind

    you fucking idiot for any Android phone to beat apple you have to look at only one company in perticular liek motorola or htc or samsung or asus or all that crappy things i bet if ios was on ever fucking device that came out it whould dominate the market rember if you taker sony or samsung or any of these companyes alone against ios they whould die sorry for the bad english im not american