Cool maps show location of iPhone and Android users, makes wealthy areas easy to find

Washington D.C. Map

The battle between iPhone and Android users is a never-ending fight, with both sides usually claiming that their respective mobile operating system is better than any other. Thanks to The Atlantic, a cool new report shows the location of both iPhone and Android users in different cities.

Above is an image of Washington, D.C. The red dots are iPhone users, and the green dots are Android. If you happen to see any purple in the map, those are the rare Blackberry users. (Yes, they still exist.) The information was gathered thanks to geotagging on tweets. All of the data gathered has been put into a series of maps of different cities, and the information that we can gather from the tweets is surprisingly more than one would think. Below is the description of the study from The Atlantic:

That picture comes from a new series of navigable maps visualizing some three billion global, geotagged tweets sent since September of 2011, developed by Gnip, MapBox and dataviz guru Eric Fisher. They’ve converted all of that data from the Twitter firehose (this is just a small fraction of all tweets, most of which have no geolocation data) into a series of maps illustrating worldwide patterns in language and device use, as well as between people who appear to be tourists and locals in any given city.


The data gathered shows that iPhone users tend to be located in wealthier areas, whereas Android users are located in lower income areas. For example, in the New York City map, just above, iPhone users are located closer to Manhattan, whereas Android users are located in the lower income area of Newark. There is also a fairly dense concentration of Blackberry users around the Wall Street area. If you’re looking for a wealthy area of a city, look for heavy concentrations of red dots. Be sure to check out maps of other cities at the source link. The cities include Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and just for the fun of it, Jakarta, which is covered in purple just to show that the city really loves Blackberry devices.

Are you surprised by the findings of this study? Do you believe that wealthier areas tend to use iPhones, whereas lower income areas use Android, or is this just a coincidence in the study?

Source: The Atlantic

Via: Cult of Mac

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  • jabombardier

    As far as the NYC region, it is inaccurate. More people work on Manhattan than live there. And according to the map, there are a lot of working class and middle class neighborhoods that show iPhones. Where there are a high concentration of blackberry users, that isn’t Wall Street. That is midtown. The point is that if it were a different time of day, you would see these red dots be dispersed all over the NYC region. Then it would be hard to tell which neighborhood is affluent or not.

  • AlanMoncada

    This is thanks to all the budget devices running android making them more accessible. This says more about the OEMs than it does about the android platform. Guaranteed that if apple comes out with that lower priced iPhone which I still doubt, the data would be lots more even. But yeah this data is no surprise at all. I believe that the budget android devices devalue the entire android platform in the eyes of higher income people making them feel like they are getting something cheaper than what is considered “best”. When in reality you can pay up the ass for any platform you want to go with.