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Android app downloads eclipse iOS in UK, Germany, Russia - U.S. is next

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Android app downloads eclipse iOS in UK, Germany, Russia - U.S. is next
Despite ceding the global market share lead to Android by the end of 2010, Apple’s App Store has long lead Android and the rest of the smartphone world in app downloads. Apple became the market leader early in the app economy, and only recently has Android started to leverage its larger install base to challenge the iOS platform.

According to numbers provided by Xylogic, an app discovery web service, Android has passed Apple’s iOS for app downloads in the UK, Germany, Spain, and Russia. Android has also long held the lead in South America, where Apple’s products have not achieved the same degree of popularity they enjoy in the rest of the world.

In the United States Android has been steadily catching up to iDevices in app downloads, even though Apple sold more phones in Q4 of 2011 than Android did in the U.S. Android phones and iPhone downloads are nearly equal, and Xylogic expects the Android ecosystem to overtake iOS app downloads sometime in March or April.

Will this mean we see a shift in developer emphasis to prioritize Android development over iOS? That’s harder to say, as there are many reasons why developers choose a platform, and both ecosystems are large enough to justify developing for them. Familiarity with the design tools, personal preference, and platform demographics will probably contribute to developers making the call on a case by case basis.

One the other hand, should the Android market continue to outpace the App Store, it’s not hard to imagine a future where developers did target Android as their primary app platform. But with Apple recently reclaiming some market share, it could be some time before either app economy takes a clear lead.

Android app downloads eclipse iOS in UK, Germany, Russia - U.S. is next

source: Xylogic via Tech Crunch

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posted on 23 Feb 2012, 10:59 10

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the only thing that is super surprising in the graph is china. i figured it would have been more of a tie between the two.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 14:00 4

12. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


That's because china is obsessed with "Status" because whoever use it people think he's a a millionaire,how do i know becuase i live in one the developign country in the world before you guys think i'm an iphone user well i'm not, i'm android user not becasue its cheaper because i like it better i would still buy android phone even if it cost 2 times the price of iphone cuz some m()therf^cker invent the greatest mobile OS and i'm loving it ....the rest i dont give a sh!t

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:07 2

13. kidtronic (Posts: 13; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


That, and the fact that so many android phones in China don't have google apps and use third party app stores. Assuming the number is based on downloads from the Android Marketplace.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 11:05 15

2. tahnik (Posts: 132; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


People love to customize...:)

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 13:13 7

9. SleepingOz (unregistered)


People love the freedom of choice!

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 10:20 1

16. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


haha! one communist thumbed you down, man.. life's hard for him, i think..

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 11:09 12

3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Today must be android day. hooray!

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 11:20 9

4. baaam (Posts: 61; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


+ for android!!

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 12:04 6

5. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


WTF!! ARE THIS PEOPLE TRYING TO SAY THAT PEOPLE IN AFRICA DONT USE SMARTPHONES????

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 12:13 1

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1316; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


windows phone = -__-

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 12:15

7. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


what about JAPAN

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 12:30 4

8. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


what about it? it is on the map.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 13:29 5

10. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I understand Greenland,since it's almost uninhabited but I guess Africa,India and the Middle East don't existe in their world...

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 13:30 4

11. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


By the way...this sounds a lot like what happened to Blackberry.
History is repeating itself.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:36 4

14. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Looks like Justin Bieber (Canada) still uses an iPhone. How NOT surprising.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:48 2

15. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


the bag is so heavy,it crushed the app store logo into rubber.

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