Why Google’s Android is losing the war to Apple’s iOS

“Today’s world is filled with flurry of reports and metrics of all shapes and sizes following everything mobile,” Mark Reschke writes for T-GAAP. “Web traffic, app downloads, advertising revenue and profitability of mobile companies is among the mammoth list we are inundated with on a daily basis.”

“The data can become overwhelming, but one thing has become abundantly clear: Apple’s iOS is dominating Google’s Android save but one area — market share,” Reschke writes. “However, even that metric is continuing to shift in Apple’s direction.”

Reschke writes, “With Mavericks, iOS 7, all-new iPhones and iPads arriving this fall, Apple is highly likely hit new to hit new levels in virtually every metric measured, leaving Android to slide further into second fiddle status — even in market share.”

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45 Comments

  1. OR

    Android is a laggy spying pile of crap that was stolen from apples Vision of the future, made by a criminal enterprise.

    We can hope the day comes when google is broken up and put out of business when the full extent of their theft of iOS concept comes to light, and put those billions in Steve’s family’s accounts. Where they belong.

    It blows my mind the android products Aren’t banned

      1. Makes you wonder how deep in bed google really is.

        At least microsuck just plain told you the NSA could easily get into your windozer. Google still does. This ” oh you have privacy ” lies

    1. A bit of extreme in your view, don’t you think? Android does seem more prone to exploits but to say it is crap is just off basis.,…….Wait a minute…..you aren’t being serious. Nevermind. 🙂 The Monies in Job’s bank account just sunk in.

  2. As of today more web browsing is done on Android devices. Would that be one of the metrics that the author is ignoring?

    Will Apple drop below $400 when the financials are posted?

    As to Apple’s recent non event, me too flat graphics and Microsoft integration isn’t anything to line up for.

    1. You’re only looking at the surface. iOS 7 has lots of deep-rooted improvements that will come to light when compared side-by-side to iOS 6 and earlier, especially when app developers begin leveraging some of the new APIs, etc.

      1. Fact is all of those “deep-rooted improvements” have all originated from Android and other O.Ses. iOS 7 brings NOTHING NEW on the table. I don’t know how MDN can simply ignore all the impartial articles that compare Android to IOS and unearth this opinionated, unrealistic drivel. If Android is the hapless O.S that MDN claims it to be, then WHY IS APPLE’s IOS COPYING GOOGLE’s ANDROID. If MDN truly wants to help Apple report the TRUTH, the good and the bad.

        1. Typing it in in all caps doesn’t make it less incorrect.

          At the risk of “feeding trolls”, I’ll take the bait. We all know that MP3 player wasn’t invented by Apple. But Apple gave us the iPod — the only MP3 player really worth having. Smartphone wasn’t invented by Apple either. I had a Palm OS device (Handspring Visor platinum, with VisorPhone springboard module) five years before the iPhone, and it had apps, it could connect to the internet, and on a bullet-point list, most of the features that the iPhone had were in existence on this device. To compare the two in usability would be ridiculous. Apple had again invented the only smartphone worth having.

          When Apple takes an existing concept, they make it truly usable. Android may have introduced some functions or concepts that were previously not there in iOS. Apple took those promising, but poorly executed features and did them correctly.

          After two years of using Android (FroYo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, ICS), I finally got my first iPhone and can confirm the fundamental difference the proper feature implementation makes.

          1. After tinkering with IOS7 beta 2 I am confidently telling you that none of the borrowed features from Android are better implemented. In some cases Android is the one that is implementing better e.g Auto-updating Apps( which was there when I had my 1st Android phone which was a froyo ). I would really like iOS to prosper in the spirit of completion but I take issue with MDN for making Android seem 2nd rate. I appreciate that Apple re-invented the smartphone and made it possible for me to enjoy Android, so you should be be also grateful when Android makes you iPhone better.

        2. Green, there are a LOT of good ideas that originated with Windows and with Android; no one is denying that there are a lot of good, smart people working on those systems, nor claiming that Apple has a monopoly on all that is good in computers/phones.

          But small, good ideas have a way of popping up all over the place, either by similarly smart people having the same good idea, or by “cross-pollination” (otherwise known as “hey, we can do that, too”). There are some good ideas that are small and not really worth defending (e.g., contextual menus), and some that are really big, new, and worth defending as an innovation (e.g., “rubber-banding” on iOS). If an idea is implemented, and the implementation is patented, then it’s protected; if it’s just an idea, ideas are a dime a dozen, and many of them are worth copying. But if you want to complain about Apple copying Android, come talk to us when Apple changes not only little tiny bits of the interface, but the entire look and feel of both iOS AND THE PHONE ITSELF to more closely resemble “an Android phone,” whatever the heck that is.

    2. What if I told you that over half of all mobile web traffic comes from iOS devices, if you actually look up any data on the matter? Welcome to the real worlds.

        1. That “smartphones only” study very contently leaves out the iPad. Include every device running iOS or Android, which includes millions of iPads and a handful Android tablets and netbooks, then see which has the most web traffic.

        2. Web usage from StaCointer is bogus and vastly overstates Chrome useage.

          “Chrome is opening separate tabs that are invisible to the user,” Capriotti explains. “A certain portion of these links will never be clicked and the user will never see them. Net Applications [removed] Chrome pre-rendered browsing traffic from its statistics, [becoming] the first company to adjust its data reports for websites Chrome users never visited. StatCounter simply publishes their data as they record it, without any adjustment for pre-rendering

          http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/07/10/apple-samsung-internet-usage/

          http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/the-wonderfully-confusing-world-of-mobile-internet-usage-statistics.html/?a=viewall

          If you want to see a more realistic story, look at the NetApplications data

          1. StatCounter only measures hits which doesn’t mean the same thing as a discrete user accessing a web page.

            Hit – A request for a file from the web server. Available only in log analysis. The number of hits received by a website is frequently cited to assert its popularity, but this number is extremely misleading and dramatically overestimates popularity. A single web-page typically consists of multiple (often dozens) of discrete files, each of which is counted as a hit as the page is downloaded, so the number of hits is really an arbitrary number more reflective of the complexity of individual pages on the website than the website’s actual popularity. The total number of visits or page views provides a more realistic and accurate assessment of popularity.

          1. 15 different sources all saying the same bullshit does not a fact make. Samsung has made a brand new category and only publicized it when they finally passed iOS phones.

            Once again Samsung has embarrassed itself comparing multiple OSes to iOS and finally winning their own private game.

            iOS is still winning the mobile web traffic war by a wide margin.

          2. IMO, Google designed Chrome so that StatCounter would grossly overestimate web hits so,that they could show their advertisers how well they were doing. In reality, iOS Safari web traffic is about 2:1 over Chrome mobile. Look at NetApplications data for a truer story. This announcement is all over the web, but many articles are only quoting the positive parts of other articles. Many of the articles go on to say how skewed the StatCounter data is for today. It might have been fine when it was first put to use (2008 I think), but it’s not accurate today. They make no adjustments for the data based on how browsers operate.

      1. “God created all things in their forms inseminate, and they evolved to what we see today.” — St. Augustine of Hippo, 1241

        “Jobs created Macs and iDevices in their forms inseminate, and they evolved to what we see today.” — Me

        1. Good quote from St. Augustine. However, St. Augustine of Hippo lived in the around 400 AD which would have made him very old by 1241. Unfortunately, I could not find a reliable reference to this quote in his work. But, book V of his work “On the Literal
          Interpretation of Genesis” makes it very clear that he believed creation was an evolutionary process.

    3. Well, most of us IOS users do a lot of the browsing we would have done on our iPhones with our iPads. An option Android users don’t really have.

      The Android tablet market is in such bad shape that even Microsoft thinks they can break in.

  3. Here’s the question:

    Q: Are we forced to buy cheap, low quality ‘good enough’, annoying gadgetry in the portable market?

    A: NO. We have Apple.
    Come what may, we have Apple.

    Now go have your market warz, wail, scream and rend your clothing over FUD and stock prices. We still have Apple. 

  4. You cant really say android phones are total crap these days. Maybe 3 years ago but today it just sounds like biased garbage. Im an iphone user but i have friends who have switched to android and are completely content. Give credit where credit is due. I just like seeing tech advance, this fanboy nonsense has gotten out of control. Its time for mdn to grow up.

    1. If I could give this 5 stars I would. I’m writing this on a HTC One which is an incredibly nice phone. There’s an iPad sitting on the couch next to me. Horses for courses.

    2. Android has come a long a way, but there’s still a huge quality gap between Android and iOS apps, Android is more fragmented then ever, and their app stores (plural) are flooded with spyware, malware, and Trojan horse apps.

      One example: check out the permissions Android users need to sign off to use Jay Z’s new app (which just plays music.)
      https://twitter.com/KillerMikeGTO/status/351881513173938176/photo/1

      You can give credit where it’s due, but I suggest you don’t give credit card info or any personal info to an Android device.

    3. Those Android phones certainly have the malware side of things covered. 98% of all mobile malware! What a wonderful accomplishment. Google must be proud.

      1. It has been predicted that if current trends are to be followed, only 2% of Android devices will be affected with malware. Malware writers can make a million diff. types of malware but if it doesn’t get to the end user, it is just useless. Sorry to burst your bubble but Android isn’t as insecure as MDN has led you to believe.

        1. Nonsense. That prediction will never pan out. The Android platform will continue to be the preferred target for malware developers. And the price of the Android users’ so-called freedom is those same multiple app sources will never be as secure as Apple’s walled garden. Just like the Mac OS, the hackers won’t go after iOS. They will attack where they can succeed. A malware protection industry for Android will spawn and thrive just like it does with Windows. Google and the other so-called safe spots will never protect the users as well as Apple. And a large proportion of the Android users won’t be skilled enough to protect themselves without apps that can do it. I laugh every time I see a semi-skilled person at their PC trying to deal with the virus protection. They don’t know a firewall from a brick wall, and most of the protection programs are too technical for the average user.

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