Google Analytics: Apple’s iOS outpacing all Android devices combined

“Despite regular reports that Google’s Android platform has passed iPhone 4 in both installed base and growth, Jeff Tribble of SEO firm ROI365 notes that the firm’s analytics data covering 4 million unique visitors across a large portfolio of web sites actually reveals that Android’s share of web visits over the iPhone ‘is very slight and has not grown much over the past quarter,'” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“Tribble reported that his collective data ‘currently show 2.89% of the visits coming from Android vs 2.62% coming from iPhone. In December we showed 2.05 for Android and 2.01 for iPhone. But this is not an apples to apples comparison,’ he noted,” Dilger reports. “‘The Android stats are for the total platform while iOS stats are broken out into 3 categories, iPhone, iPad and iPod. Android has never come close to passing iOS as a whole,’ Tribble reported. ‘Our iOS visits are currently 4.97%, up from 3.8% in December.'”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

21 Comments

  1. When you don’t have the goods, spin the story.

    Inevitable revelations of the truth from a number of directions eventually shows that the spinmeister was really throwing out fecal matter, which blows back in his face.

    I am surprised that publications put up with authors and companies that throw crap out the door for publications to put in front of the public.

    1. I am surprised that publications put up with authors and companies that throw crap out the door for publications to put in front of the public.

      Surprised? Really? Would it surprise you to know pro wrestling is fake? Or that pro football is socialism? Or that the BCS is pure politics? Or that Southwest Airlines has been giving their customers financial breaks at the expense of aircraft maintenance?

      Surprised? I don’t think you know the meaning of the word. 😉

      1. And would it surprise ANYONE here to learn that some people mix well-known facts with innuendos in order to lend credence to entirely baseless accusations?

      2. Very silly comparison. Pro wrestling, to use your example, is strictly entertainment. News is supposed to be… well, news. When so-called news sources start publishing unsubstantiated crap, as many of them are obvously doing today, we have a situation that threatens the democratic values this country is supposedly founded upon. Then people like you come along and try to obfuscate the issue with stupid analogies. Brilliant!

    1. More websites? Perhaps.

      However, when you factor in the many times a typical Android user will repeatedly access the same website over and over, hoping the flash-based features will work, drives up the numbers.

    1. Here’s the money quote.

      “The Android stats are for the total platform while iOS stats are broken out into 3 categories, iPhone, iPad and iPod. Android has never come close to passing iOS as a whole,” Tribble reported.

      Total platform…. Vs 1/3 the platform.
      The ONLY way google can compete.
      So, yes you are correct it is unfair. But unfair against apple, so you think it’s all fine.

  2. This is not surprising. Apple is building a true platform with multiple, mature products already on the market–iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and AppleTV–and a complete eco-system already in place around the world.
    Google has thrown Android out into the wild and it has scattered everywhere but more in the sense of stuff hitting the fan, not really creating a well-developed ecosystem.

    The fact that Google has to withhold the Honeycomb source code from everyone is extremely telling. They really have no answer for the iPad or iPod touch. The fact that the app store made 10x the money that the Google marketplace made last year is also an ominous sign for Android.

  3. I’ve seen numerous stories suggesting (in their headlines, at least) that Android phones are outpacing the iPhone. All I have to say about any of those stories is, “Yeah, right!”

    1. They are outpacing “the iPhone”. But that’s meaningless! The market for iOS apps is not “the iPhone”; it’s iPhone+iPad+iPod touch. And in that measure, iOS is still beating the crap out of Android! How many millions of iPod touches does Apple sell every year? Is there even a single Android music player to compete with it?

      ——RM

  4. This is why I grit my teeth with frustration every time I read an article crowing about how Android is “beating” the iPhone. It’s the “Mac vs. Windows” BS all over again, comparing an OS to a single device and pretending that means anything.

    I seriously think some Fandroids are just willfully stupid. They quote the meaningless statistic about Android devices collectively outselling the iPhone, then a sentence later they’ll wonder why they’re not getting the apps iOS does. Shouldn’t that clue them in that something’s wrong with their assumptions?

    ——RM

  5. Because Android POS is given away free. To every POS phone, even if it’s barely capable if being a smartphone. Wannabe iPhone markers load that POS Andtoid OS and checks of another box for Google to collect and add to their pile of dung heap in order to have braggings rights for installed base. This report shows you that yes Android POS OS is loaded on more devices, but it’s not even utilized by the buyer because the POS is running a POS operating system called Android.

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