Android grabs North American buyers while iPhone is more global
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Let's compare phones to phones. In the U.S., 10.7 million iPhones have been sold vs. 8.7 million Android handsets. Worldwide, the respective numbers are 27.4 million vs. 11.6 million. In the U.S., we have seen not only a wide acceptance of the Android platform, but we are bombarded almost daily with new models. For whatever reason, overseas the Android platform has not had the momentum it enjoys in the States. Now that the HTC Desire's superphone specs are available overseas and some Android 2.1 models are expected to eventually get the Froyo update, we could see some gap reducing pick up on the part of the green robot-at least until the next generation of iPhone is launched outside of the U.S.
1. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)
Not to mention major Android devices have had less than half the lifespan iphone has. Which means it is by far the fastest growing OS available right now.
6. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)
you'd be saying that about the iphone if the roles were reversed not android fault it didn't came out the same time
10. E.N. (Posts: 2272; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
The iphone did come out a year before Android. But I like how Phonearena says "we are bombarded almost daily with new models" because its the truth. As of today for example, the Evo 4g is releasing soon, there are new images of the Droid Shadow, HTC Aria, myTouch 3G Slide, Samsung Galaxy S i9000, and there is also talk about the Droid 2 or something. We should be comparing the original iphone sales with the G1 and the iphone 3gs with the Droid or something.
2. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
By sheer volume of devices out on the market, it was bound to happen - do you think APPLE, swimming in its billions of dollars, ready to spend at a moment's whim, cares, though?
7. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
I think they do care, because an Android user is a lost sale to them.
3. Legacystar (Posts: 131; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)
this doesn't supprise me because the rest of the carriers in the worl can have the iphone so it's widely available, as apposed to the US where it's locked to the worst carrier in the nation.
5. tekkie79 (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 Dec 2009)
Amen. I'd still have my iPhone if it wasn't on AT&T. How can any accept a phone that doesn't function as a phone? It is a crippled device on AT&T and I cannot understand why people still buy them.
4. jdmdany (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)
look at all these thumbs downs, here come the apple trolls
8. breal525 (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 May 2010)
In an industry where the phones are out of date by the time you walk out the door, all cell makers & providers are the Devil! Android, Apple, Windows, BB, AT&T, Verison & Sprint we buy into all there garbage and enable them to walk all over us. You know what? Without it the world would be boring...
9. iDroidx650 (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 May 2010)
Apple has 5 devices iPod Touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPad Android OS is one more than 20 devices so apple still leads, and I get great signal with At&t
12. iDroidx650 (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 May 2010)
@deschats So who cares At&t carries one Android Device. We are taking about the amount of devices sold in the US and Worldwide. While Apple only releases 1 iPhone a year and Android has numerous companies to work with such as HTC and Motorola. They could release lots of devices within a year.
11. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
Haha, its funny that iDroid mentions that, considering there are Android devices on AT&T, too.