Android grabs North American buyers while iPhone is more global

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Android grabs North American buyers while iPhone is more global
AdMob, soon to be owned by Google, has released its latest report on the smartphone industry. The figures are amazing. Google says it is activating 100,000 Google phones a day. To grasp what this means, consider that Yankee Stadium holds about 50,000 fans (and no iPads). Picture a sold out ballpark and multiply it by 2. That is the number of people turning on to Android daily. The Apple iPhone has some amazing stats, too. Over the last 3 years, AdMob says that the Cupertino based firm has sold 85 million iPhones and iPod touch units. Current figures show a geographical difference in demand. 75% of Android usage is in the U.S. compared to 49% in the same area for iPhone OS devices (Now would be a great time to point out that these numbers are based on the large number of devices that have contact with the AdMob network and while it might be reflective of  the actual figures, the stats are not based on the entire smartphone universe).

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.

source: AdMob



1. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 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: Jul 15, 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: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: Jun 26, 2009

I think they do care, because an Android user is a lost sale to them.

3. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 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: Dec 21, 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: Mar 23, 2010

look at all these thumbs downs, here come the apple trolls

8. breal525

Posts: 27; Member since: May 24, 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: 83; Member since: May 26, 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: 83; Member since: May 26, 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: Jun 09, 2009

Haha, its funny that iDroid mentions that, considering there are Android devices on AT&T, too.

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