Apple’s iOS vs. Google’s Android: The wealth of ecosystems

“Benedict Evans had an interesting post (‘Google IO: Market Shares‘) in which he made the point that total spending by Apple iOS users on apps is much greater than that of Google Android users,” Mark Hibben writes for Seeking Alpha. “He makes the point, which I think is widely accepted, that iOS has a higher ‘wealth share’ than Android. Based on the current growth trajectories of the ecosystems, this wealth gap will only widen with time.”

“Based on current growth trajectories, the app revenue gap gets larger over time. Given the faster numerical growth in Android devices, this came as a surprise to me,” Hibben writes. “What I find fascinating about the app revenue chart is that it indicates that despite the higher unit growth rate of Android, the app revenue gap between iOS and Android continues to widen.”

Read more in the full article here.

Related articles:
Helping Apple-haters figure out why Android is doomed – May 28, 2014
All-Apple product users have a distinct advantage over others with seamless Continuity – June 5, 2014
Yankee Group: iPhone ownership in the U.S. will top Android by 2015 – April 26, 2013


  1. When you want to find out what is going on, “Follow the money.”

    Well, if you rely on your cellphone to do a lot of things and handle some of your purchases and banking, then you want rigorous safe systems, so what are you going to buy?

    I thought so.

  2. And that, my MDN friends, will be the ultimate cause of Android’s death – a death of a thousand cuts. The cuts of developers slowly leaving the platform, whether they truly leave the platform or merely make it an afterthought compared to iOS.

    1. You’re overstating it, IMHO. There’ll always be people who for whatever reason will not choose Apple (I don’t understand why, but I know they exist*). So there’ll always be (at least) two big smartphone OSes. In many other industries, there are three. An interesting question is how the others screwed up so badly to not make a dent.

      * – for many years I felt strongly against Microsoft, but it was inescapable. The difference there was largely that IT was forcing consistency, plus Microsoft’s maniacal focus on hegemony. So perhaps if iOS dominates & if Android slips, but the role of IT is usurped.

        1. It always fascinates me that they can’t afford an iPhone, but they can afford the same high cost data plan for their new BOGO device. Where exactly is the savings they’re imagining?

  3. This is a little bit off topic.

    The drumbeat that android unit sales are widening is baloney. Also, notice all the recent press releases about new products that android is being put on. All of this is geared towards giving the impression that android is so ubiquitous that any decision by the court to stop its sales would be detrimental to the consumers and financial well being of the markets. A whole lot of hooey. Android is a fork of java. The court of appeals has acknowledged as much. Google can live with a punishment of forcing them to pay up but a total cease and desist would be a disaster. If they get the lesser punishment, you will be inundated with how much google should pay oracle. There will be countless experts that would claim one cent per device would be sufficient. What do you expect from folks who have no qualms about using government discounted fuel for their jets. After all, like royalty, they are so entitled.

  4. And the twin double barrel shot gun blast of the iPhone 6 hasn’t even hit them yet. Imagine what happens to Android when they no longer have the big screen advantage. That gap will grow larger with every day that goes by as Apple siphons the few high end users they had away from the wretched platform. The end is nigh for the green robot.

  5. Wow, I can’t believe the audacity of the pompous asses in this thread! This is DEFINITELY not the place to have an intelligent discussion on the merits of Android vs iOS. To many brainwashed Apple juice drinkers here.

    Being a Systems Engineer, and having numerous iOS and Android devices at my house, I can tell you without a doubt that Android is superior in many respects. Not all respects, but many. When connecting my iPad 3 vs my Moto X or Nexus 7 to a bluetooth device, there are MANY MORE options on Android. For example, I can rename the device to give it a meaningful name. Or I can actually tap on a bluetooth device and disconnect. With iOS, there is no way to disconnect from a bluetooth device unless you turn off bluetooth. Ugly! Also, there are numerous apps which allow me to control how my Android device interacts with bluetooth devices, such as automatically reconnect or not, set priorities, etc. No such functionality exists on iOS because Apple does not allow access to the bluetooth internals, which makes it less useful and less user friendly. Then there is aptX which compresses an audio signal to fit within the bluetooth bandwidth, resulting in CD quality audio over bluetooth. My Moto X has aptX. OS X has aptX. But iOS does not. Bluetooth is only one example of where Android is superior, there are MANY others.

    1. As a systems engineer you should also know that this open access also breeds security issues. Also I think you give the general public too much credit, aside from also working in IT I have several friends that work on the retail and customer support side of the smartphone market, and all androids openness does is allow normal people to more easily make their phones unusable.

      1. The security issues on android are wildly exaggerated, especially on apple forums. If you only get your apps from the google play store, and do not side-load them, you’ll be fine. I also run the avast virus scanner and other malware apps on occasion, and they have always returned negative.

        I’ve been using a Moto X (The only smartphone with hands-free voice activation which is awesome), and a Nexus 7 for over a year now. My 5 year old has a Kindle Fire HD, and I have not had one security issue.

    2. Gee, I never thought of any of this. I just turn on my iPhone, iPad, or Mac and it “just connects” to my Bose speaker, headphones, car, truck and my Mac “just connects” to my keyboard and mouse and track pad. Never gave the bluetooth settings one second of thought. Why would I? Why is a “meaningful name” important? Who wants to fiddle with “bluetooth settings” as opposed to just listen to music?

      Why would I product that requires thinking about bluetooth settings? why would I waste my time?

      1. Apple users do seem to live in a bubble. Let me try to explain it to you… We have numerous Bluetooth devices at our house including aptX Bluetooth music receivers in the living room, family room, and sun room (And soon garage). My wife and I also have Bluetooth headsets, as well as other Bluetooth devices. So if you have limited control over your Bluetooth, then your device “just connects” as you say, then the other person “can’t connect”. It’s more complicated than this, but we have multiple people with multiple mobile devices connecting to multiple Bluetooth devices. Try to think outside of your little box.

        1. What planet do you live on? the planet of Cluelessness?
          There’s 2 ways to rename your iPad/iPhone. One way is thru iTunes on
          your Mac/PC, the other way is thru iOS’s Settings > General > About > click current device name then change it. Gee, what’s so hard about
          that? Turn off connected BT devices?
          Settings > Bluetooth > select
          the connected device and then Disconnect. Is that tough too? I call BS on you ever owning/using a recent iOS device, TROLL!

          1. BELIEVE ME, it is you who are clueless! Read the thread dimwit, we were not even discussing renaming mobile devices, we were discussing renaming discovered Bluetooth devices. We were also not discussing the Mac/PC having the ability to disconnect, because it does. It’s iOS which does not have the ability to disconnect from a Bluetooth device.

            What a moron!

            1. No you are the TRUE idiot here! In your original post YOU specified “device” without qualifying that you were regarding a BT device’s name. BTW, allowing the renaming of a BT device is probably the WORST security HOLE possible, and if you were a true systems engineer, you would have seen that IMMEDIATELY!
              And as for disconnecting a BT device thru iOS, I gave YOU the exact menu route to use, MORON!

            2. You are talking out of your security hole dimwit. You are obviously too ignorant to carry on an intelligent conversation regarding the complexities of Bluetooth technology.

          2. Look I don’t fully understand what you are talking about- when I have one device “crashing into another”, just turn off the Bluetooth on iPhone and my friend’s iPhone connects.

            My av receiver is connected via Ethernet to my router and my cable box. I easily play music from my iDevices or iMac without trouble. I guess I don’t have the “living room” problems you have. The receiver has Bluetooth also, but I find it easier just to plug it in to the USB port because the receiver can make a “playlist” on the tv screen when you plug it in.

            I don’t understand that aptX stuff, to me the Bluetooth Bose speakers I have sound pretty good. They can be easily taken out on the porch. I just crank up the music app on the iPhone and the Bose speaker plays the music. When someone comes over who hasn’t been to my house before, I just press the sync button on the Bose and in a few seconds they are connected. I fail to see what the big deal is.

            1. Finally, a sane person in this thread! Yes, the answer is for my wife who uses her iPad and iPhone, to turn Bluetooth off after she’s done. The problem is, she always forgets! Then I can’t connect to the device without finding her iPhone or iPad and shutting Bluetooth off. Also, when she get’s in her car, the Bluetooth does not connect until she remembers to turn it back on again. Now I just ordered an Amped Wireless long range Bluetooth receiver. That should make it even more interesting with a range of 150′!

              If you haven’t heard a device with aptX, I think you would be amazed by the CD quality sound being transmitted over Bluetooth. However, the transmitting and receiving devices need to have it in order to work properly. Macs have it, iOS devices do not. Many Android devices to, including my Moto X. There’s a good writeup about it at

        2. And you seem to live in Larry Page’s rectum. I can see where eating and using shit kinda acclimates you to actual preferring shit. It’s OK for you apparently. We prefer much better.

  6. And this is why if you are developing for Android as anything more than an afterthought you are just pissing money away. Most of Androids unit growth is in the crapware market segment, and people buying or getting these for free will not spend money on quality apps.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.