“Apple announced earlier this year that it has officially reached the 1 billion active devices milestone, setting it apart from many of its competitors,” Dan Shaffer reports for WebpageFX. “WebpageFX monitors web traffic from over 1500 Google Analytics profiles. This allows us to dig into datasets like service provider market share and even mobile device market share. Since the beginning of 2016, we’ve compiled nearly 30 million users and the mobile devices they used to access the websites we monitor.”

“Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxies made up nearly two-thirds of the 30 million mobile device users we analyzed,” Shaffer reports. “What we found was that the iPhone took the largest piece of the market not only this year so far, but also the last two years we analyzed.

Shaffer reports, “The Samsung Galaxy line of phones, the second largest brand of smartphone in our dataset, came in just below 20% of the market share for 2016, and even less the two years before.”

Apple iPhone vs. Samsung Galaxy Market Share
Apple iPhone vs. Samsung Galaxy Market Share

Shaffer reports, “However, this data isn’t quite consistent across every region of the United States. In fact, each state reflects a slightly different story. The map below shows the iPhone market share of each state.”

2016 iPhone Market Share in the United States

The poorer states tended to have a higher Samsung Galaxy market share and the wealthier states have a higher iPhone market share. In correlation to each states’ mean income reported from the 2015 census data, we found that there is a positive correlation between iPhone market share and higher income states,” Shaffer reports. “The exact opposite happens with Galaxy smartphones… the higher income states tend to use Samsung Galaxies less, while low-income states use them more.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Real iPhones vs. Poor Man’s iPhones. Same as it ever was.

“All men are created equal.”

Well, not when it comes to users of smartphones and tablets…

The bottom line: Those who settle for Android devices are not equal to iOS users. The fact is that iOS users are worth significantly more than Android settlers to developers, advertisers, third-party accessory makers (speakers, cases, chargers, cables, etc.), vehicle makers, musicians, TV show producers, movie producers, book authors, carriers, retailers, podcasters… The list goes on and on.

The quality of the customer matters. A lot.

Facile “analyses” that look only at market (unit) share, equating one Android settler to one iOS user, make a fatal error by incorrectly equating users of each platform one-to-one.

When it comes to mobile operating systems, all users are simply not equal.SteveJack, MacDailyNews, November 15, 2014

Android is pushed to users who are, in general:

a) confused about why they should be choosing an iPhone over an inferior knockoff and therefore might be less prone to understand/explore their devices’ capabilities or trust their devices with credit card info for shopping; and/or
b) enticed with “Buy One Get One Free,” “Buy One, Get Two or More Free,” or similar ($100 Gift Cards with Purchase) offers.

Neither type of customer is the cream of the crop when it comes to successful engagement or coveted demographics; closer to the bottom of the barrel than the top, in fact. Android can be widespread and still demographically inferior precisely because of the way in which and to whom Android devices are marketed. Unending BOGO promos attract a seemingly unending stream of cheapskate freetards just as inane, pointless TV commercials about robots or blasting holes in concrete walls attract meatheads and dullards, not exactly the best demographics unless you’re peddling muscle building powders or grease monkey overalls.

Google made a crucial mistake: They gave away Android to “partners” who pushed and continue to push the product into the hands of the exact opposite type of user that Google needs for Android to truly thrive. Hence, Android is a backwater of second-rate, or worse, app versions that are only downloaded when free or ad-supported – but the Android user is notoriously cheap, so the ads don’t sell for much because they don’t work very well. You’d have guessed that Google would have understood this, but you’d have guessed wrong.

Google built a platform that depends heavily on advertising support, but sold it to the very type of customer who’s the least likely to patronize ads.

iOS users are the ones who buy apps, so developers focus on iOS users. iOS users buy products, so accessory makers focus on iOS users. iOS users have money and the proven will to spend it, so vehicle makers focus on iOS users. Etcetera. Android can have the Hee Haw demographic. Apple doesn’t want it or need it; it’s far more trouble than it’s worth.MacDailyNews, November 26, 2012

iOS users are worth 10X more than those who settle for Android – July 27, 2016
Apple’s App Store revenue nearly double that of Google’s Android – April 20, 2016
Poor man’s iPhone: Android on the decline – February 26, 2015
Study: iPhone users are smarter and richer than those who settle for Android phones – January 22, 2015
Why Android users can’t have the nicest things – January 5, 2015
iPhone users earn significantly more than those who settle for Android phones – October 8, 2014
Yet more proof that Android is for poor people – June 27, 2014
More proof that Android is for poor people – May 13, 2014
Android users poorer, shorter, unhealthier, less educated, far less charitable than Apple iPhone users – November 13, 2013
IDC data shows two thirds of Android’s 81% smartphone share are cheap junk phones – November 13, 2013
CIRP: Apple iPhone users are younger, richer, and better educated than those who settle for Samsung knockoff phones – August 19, 2013
iPhone users smarter, richer than Android phone users – August 16, 2011
Study: Apple iPhone users richer, younger, more productive than other so-called ‘smartphone’ users – June 12, 2009