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iOS users seven times more active online than Android users

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iOS users seven times more active online than Android users
According to NetApplications, iOS users are seven times more active online than Android users. NetApplications checks data on 40,000 websites it monitors, and can tell which platforms' users are going online the most. In this case, even though Android has an 85% share of the smartphone market, compared to the 11.9% share belonging to the Apple iPhone, the data showing which OS users are active online is much closer.

According to NetApplications, 44.62% of those online are Android users, while 44.19% are using an iPhone. But considering the nearly 7 to 1 advantage that Android has in market share, you would expect Android to hold the same lead online. Instead, both iOS and Android have captured nearly the same percentage of online use. That would mean that iOS users are showing up online about seven times more than Android users.

Android users should show up online seven times as much as iOS users

Android users should show up online seven times as much as iOS users

The reason for this discrepancy has to do with the lower-end Android models being sold in emerging markets. Many consumers in that niche of the market are interested in buying a phone just to make phone calls. Shocking, we know, but it does explain the data. It also explains why developers continue to favor writing for iOS over Android.

We should point out that this is the first time that Android phones out numbered iPhone models spotted online by NetApplications. Still, the fact that it is so far from the 7 to 1 advantage that Android has in handset market share, is a sign that iOS users are much more active online than Android users.

source: NetApplications via Forbes

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posted on 03 Aug 2014, 22:40 26

1. syncronyze (Posts: 103; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Phonearena writers are confirmed to be seven times more prone to writing useless articles than other tech sites

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 22:51 21

4. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Phonearena users are confirmed to be seven more times hateful against iPhone articles than other articles.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:01 10

8. syncronyze (Posts: 103; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Too bad I own an iPhone.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 10:55 1

50. bachir8k (Posts: 143; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I remember a post 2 years ago stating that IOS owners are the number 1 Net visitors and writers where bragging that iphone users are more educated than androids users, now when Android passes IOS in online activities, they came up with the 7 to 1 propaganda, and this proves nothing, as less that 1 of 7 android phones are high-end, and the rest are between mid and low-end phones and other appliances such as wearable, TVs, etc...

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:20 16

14. techperson211 (Posts: 1163; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


It only proves that android users has lot of important things to do than browsing and playing apps on their smartphones all day. And being stuck on your phone is not one of them.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:53 2

16. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


exactly.
It prove that iphone user is just a kiddy/oldguy who browse all day. or we can't believe in NetAplication, their data is FLAWED.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 07:12

39. quakan (Posts: 1350; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Or quite possibly "The reason for this discrepancy has to do with the lower-end Android models being sold in emerging markets. Many consumers in that niche of the market are interested in buying a phone just to make phone calls. Shocking, we know, but it does explain the data."

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 09:00 4

40. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


If it was other way around you who have praised the hell out of android . Your fanboyism amazes me .

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 09:39

46. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Post #40

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 09:58 1

47. uktel3315 (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


android phones have bigger screen, so the users don't have to spend 7 times more time zooming and reading the content. Iphone screen is 7 time more difficult to read. I am iphone hater and I own iphone 5s.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 10:39 1

48. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Worst fanboy excuse of the book. I could easily say that Android phones sport a bigger screen, which attracts more web browsing. The fact that for 8 years the iPhone has always been leading in overall global usage with an 11% or so (shooting numbers here) market share against the "King" platform with an 85% market share definitely disproves many Fandroid claims.

I own an iPhone and a Nexus, and I love both. One more than the other on certain days and vise versa, but I use my iPhone more as a daily driver.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 07:23

57. uktel3315 (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I don't know about others, but my Iphone 5s screen is very small to me, and I need to zoom and scroll to read anything.
it's your choice to like Iphone and use iphone as a daily driver. I simply can't do that because of small screen.
I use my phone as memory stick as well to transfer files from my pc to laptop which is easy for me. also I use nfc a lot, at home , in car to automatic enable bluetooth, play music in my car, at office to change settings like enabling wifi, disabling bluetooth, change sound settings to silent mode. I can download files to my phone directly. I install most of the ROM from xda developers, and try them. I change themes/launchers most of the time. I use samsung s5 for navigation in my car, iphone screen is very small.
I can do this with current android phones, or most of them even in windows phones. but not in iphone. So I hate it and I use iphone only for reading office email. It's my office phone and I can't return it or change it.
it's your choice to love both and use iphone as a daily driver. But I have used both,and android phone is useful , easy and convenient.

And my 'The best' fanboy, read some articles on your iphone and same article on other phones like samsung s5, htc M8, sony xperia z1,2,3, bigger screen Lumia phones. you may get premium feeling reading in your iphone, but it's easy and less stress to your eye while reading in other phones.
my comment was not android fanboy comment, I don't mind switching to windows or ubuntu phones, if they have decent specs big screen and good battery life.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 12:39

52. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


if you really own an iPhone and hate it then you the the stupidest person to have ever walked this earth .Why would anyone own a phone they hate.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 06:58

56. uktel3315 (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I started hating after using it. and I can not return it because it's my company phone.
I don't think only fanboy will love bigger screen. then why do u think iphone 6 is coming with bigger screen? Its because they know many customers now a days like bigger screen and because it is easy to browse, play games, and do more thing, see more..
I own nexus 4 and samsung 5s and I like nexus 4 more and use it as a daily driver and check company email 1-2 times a day at home (max 5 min use), but I do charge iphone battery 3 -4 times a day. Its standby battery life is not good.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 01:07 1

23. dilse (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


so ios sucks your time...

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 09:18 1

45. madmikepr (Posts: 136; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


This Prove That Android Users Have A Life..

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 19:58 1

55. madmikepr (Posts: 136; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


In other news ??iOS keeps falling under as Android wins in web usagehttp://www.androidauthority.com/ios-android-web-usage-413770/ What To Believe ??

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 12:47

53. darkkjedii (Posts: 19450; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yet you made an acct.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 13:08

54. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


This just in: on average, Android users waste 10% of their time online, while iPhone users waste 70%.

Seriously, and this is to all users of phones: nothing that happens on your phone is actually something that happened. If you move your phone six inches to the left, that stuff you're looking at now is called "life". Put the phone in your pocket. Talk to the people around you. Pick up a tool. Build something with it. Give it to your child or your grandchild.

There is a time to dwell in the dim shadows of your life. You'll be in a nursing home when that happens, so you have plenty of time.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 22:41 16

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10546; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Having a wider share doesn't always paint the bigger picture. There's a lot of cheap android phones out there, some as low as $30.

A lot of those phones are barely able to comfortably browse the internet without some hiccups since some are running older versions of Android.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 22:57 1

7. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Im impressed!

Something happened to you?
anyway first +1 for you

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 09:02

41. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


agreed.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:07 1

10. hurrycanger (Posts: 1553; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


and here comes the 2nd for you.
With most (if not all) android phone around $50 or lower, it would be hard for me to even want to use my data. They are just... plain bad. I would say the Alcatel One Touch Evolve is an example. It's just so bad.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 22:50 5

3. kryme (Posts: 326; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


so it takes 7 ios device to keep up with one android device....

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 00:11 4

20. illusionmist (Posts: 157; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


Dat logic.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 09:03 2

42. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


lol...You high bro ?

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 09:06 1

43. iampayne (Posts: 322; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


You and the people that recommened your comment are idoits. First of all you have that completely backwards because the article clearly states Andriod outsells the iPhone 7 to 1. So what you should have said was it takes 7 Android phones to keep up with 1 iPhone.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 10:42

49. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Not really. In terms of OVERALL GLOBAL USAGE, iOS has always led by big margins in #1. How many Android phones does it take to change this bright iOS lightbulb?

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 22:55 2

5. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


My question again; How many cheap android phones are out there???
Many cheap android smartphone users(possibly below $100 or $50) don't browse or do almost nothing on their phones.

Based on this BS, you could reach the conclusions such as;
iOS users have more income, they buy more things online, they are smarter, more intelligent, well educated, less criminals etc...
sounds rational, huh?

If there were iphones cost you less than $100, iOS and Android would be same on this
Please stop promoting BSs cause it is totally biased and annoying

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:12 1

11. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I live in Finland and while iOS has third place in marketshare, I see iPhones being used most often (in train, bus, streets, restaurants etc.).

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 00:01 5

17. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


FIRST,
in the last article about huawei in PA, huawei said 15% of their device sold were high end, and huawei said they see that their brand recognization is on the up, and hope 20% of their product were high end.

So, I guess, samsung, LG, sony, might sold 20% high end device, and the number is certainly more than iphone.

SECOND,
You were wrong on android smartphone user bellow $100 or $50 don't browse the web. it DEPEND! Some user with less money and have no personal computer WILL browse the internet with $100 or $50 phone. Because that's the only phone/computing device they got. They will go to facebook/twitter or any other web. Just imagine that this bellow US$100/US$50 (arm cortex a8 1.2GHz-1.8GHz, 512MB RAM) phone AS POWERFULL AS iphone 3GS, and 5 years ago, high end user DO browse with 3GS and feel fast.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 06:40

38. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Hey dude
Firstly, please dont guess the numbers
Give me the fact. The only fact I know here is every iphone is a high end whereas android is not. And im sure its not like you guessed with huawei example. Heck are u serious about that??
Sencondly, do u know about traffic??
Are u seriously suggesting that iphone traffics and low end android phones can make same traffic in the same time??

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 22:55

6. Adi87 (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Wonder what sense does this article make. No productivity at all..!!!

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:06 6

9. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1097; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Interesting to note in their methodology of those 40,000 websites they surveyed: "76% participate in pay per click programs to drive traffic to their sites." So could you draw a conclusion that the percentages represented in this poll are just stupid enough to click on an ad?

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 00:03 2

18. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


If I'm not wrong some iOS game offer a freebie for clicking the ads. Maybe some kiddie who don't want to pay IAP, and click the ads for some freebie.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 09:14

44. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Wow, sharp mind Phil.

Shows these stats as a little misconstrued.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:12 8

12. wilsong17 (unregistered)


I guess the idiot forgot we got desktop mode

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:15 1

13. quamar (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Aug 2014)


Some reason to smile on my old iPhone.

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 23:43 1

15. pongkie (Posts: 533; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


most iphone owners have the money for data plans

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 00:05 2

19. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I was thinking more to the way the research gather the data, or maybe the data source that they use is FLAWED.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 01:30 1

24. Planterz (Posts: 1999; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I was thinking that too. Many Android owners, especially those in "emerging markets" like India, Indonesia, and Brazil buy Androids because there's lots of cheap options, but they don't have much they can spend on data. But if you own an iPhone, you obviously can afford the data plans and browse and play games and whatnot.

Narrow the results to, say, London, Chicago, or Toronto, and the results will be very different. It still might favor iOS, but it certainly won't be anywhere near a 7:1 ratio.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 00:52 6

21. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Because iOS has no ad blocking, I wouldn't be surprised to find out iOS users see 7 times as many ads. Or more.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 01:35

25. Planterz (Posts: 1999; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Ad blocking certainly plays a factor, but only a small one. Ads are a small part, and most Android users don't even know about ad blocking in browsers (Chrome doesn't even have ad block), and root users that use AdAway or the like are a very, very small percentage.

So ad blocking plays a part, but I doubt it'd be enough to skew the results from being less than a 7:1 ratio.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 06:28

37. Ninetysix (Posts: 2314; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://www.androidcentral.com/google-removing-ad-blocking-apps-google-play

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 01:05

22. magnus (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Please don't confuse market share with install base. Market share dictates future trends install base current. If android gets 100 percent market share it doesn't mean that all the existing ios devices suddenly disappears.
If you want to guess how active ios and android users are you need to know how many android and ios users there are in the world not how many devices were sold last month.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 02:26

26. Smarter (Posts: 59; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)


ROFL, dead Symbian and Java have more active users than WP.
What's the reason?

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 03:05 1

29. boosook (Posts: 1414; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The reason is that the whole article is flawed. Android is not on 85% of the devices, it is selling NOW on 85% of the devices. But iOS has dominated the market for many years, especially in the tablet market (which is used to browse the web even more than smartphones) and Google took many years to fill in the gap. So what does this data show? Only that half users use android and half use ios (more or less).

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 02:47 2

27. jenulad (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I think its also because the iphone has smaller screen compared to android ones...

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 02:53 1

28. skyline88 (Posts: 437; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


poor iNoobs searching the internet for "why my brand new shiny 5S not able to do as much as my cousin's old Android / Windows"

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 03:07

30. boosook (Posts: 1414; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


PA, either you're trolling or you're so stupid you can't understand the data... which is which? :)

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 04:27

31. jshan (Posts: 200; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


That's be coz of iphones smoothness in browsing and online stuff.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 04:35 1

32. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


It seems like Apple is behind of this survey.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 04:42 2

33. iampun33t (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


IMHO, this is cause Android Owners are able to afford Other Things Like Laptops/ Tablets/ Etc. for surfing the Web, Unlike iOS Users who have given everything for their iPhones, including the kitchen sink!!

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 05:15

34. nasznjoka (Posts: 394; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I don't know about them but me being a web admin I can say that according to my analytics data for these past 3 months android has 70% for OS(both desktop and mobile) and leads while android has 30% for browser share and trails to operamini which has 35% then chrome follows. So its hard to know for sure if this user comes from android while its alot easier for ios

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 05:45

35. Cicero (Posts: 847; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


It is something wrong here. First of all the conclusion (thw ratio 7:1) is made by Phonearena and it is totally wrong and biased. Where are located and what info are promoted or what language are the surveiled sites. If they are located in States this is it. So if they are porn inside (see old article) this is it for ios. Until then it is only an sparkling article from Phonearena made for us to read and do some fight here. And after that Phonearena is marking a lot of users on their behalf.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 06:18

36. Ninetysix (Posts: 2314; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Must totally suck to not be able to figure out the source of the article.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 11:01 1

51. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Most likely iPad traffic.

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 01:40

58. signsign (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


This notion is based on an uninformed assumption. Android users don't need to open that many apps to accomplish something. With widgets and actionable notifications we can get done 90% of the things iphone users struggle to accomplish by opening and exiting different apps.

You could say, iPhone users need 7 times more touches to accomplish the same. That would be closer to the truth

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