Android passes iPhone in U.S. traffic during March

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Android passes iPhone in U.S. traffic during March
AdMob, a mobile advertising company that is in the midst of being acquired by Google, uses requests to see mobile ads as a way to measure traffic in the smartphone market. Based on data from March, Android traffic in the U.S. surpassed that of the iPhone for the first time. AdMob's metrics showed that Google's open source operating system owned a 46% share vs, a slumping 39% for Apple's touchscreen device. Android is really becoming a broad segment of different handsets. In September 2009, the HTC Dream and Magic represented 96% of the Android landscape. Seven months later, 11 devices added up to count for the same 96% share. As of last month, Android 1.5 and 2.1 represented 38% and 35% respectively of the Android pie. Also as of March, Motorola was the leading manufacturer of Android handsets with 44% of the market. With 43% is HTC and Samsung is a distant third with 9%. That will probably change in HTC's favor with the launch of the super sexy Droid Incredible on April 29th and the June release of the EVO 4G for Sprint. In the U.S., the top three Android devices as of March were the Motorola DROID, HTC Dream and Motorola CLIQ. In the U.K., the top three were all HTC manufactured phones-the Hero, the Dream and the Magic.

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source: AdMob



1. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

Here it comes. Fanboy battle. Ding ding.

2. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009


3. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

We knew it would happen...

4. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

You know I just want to say that I LOVE Google. Not only has it been the most reliable, simple, search engine for my life needs, but the things they offer are far more people freindly and open to developement in every way. Can you picture Apple sending thier UI to HTC to have Sense UI over the top of it? Could you Imagine if Apple had more than 1 handset with its UI on it, or more than one UI, available on more than one carrier!?!. I love that Google hits the entire market, so its not Impossible for everyone to enjoy their product. This is where Apple has gone wrong FROM THE BEGINNING. I dont want to be a starbucks junky, I dont want everything I do through WiFi, I dont want every accessorie to be White or proprietary, I want multitasking, customizing, I want it to work for me, I dont want it to look like everyone elses stuff and most importantly I want it to "fit" me and only me. You give me a customizable, non proprietary Apple product, Ill give you a reason Google should be scared. This is my NON-Biased objectional opinion. My Fan-Boy opinion is Apple sucks Droid wins, go google die Apple. Just kidding.

5. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

I love my iphone but you get a +1 for pointing out why Android is beating Apple OS instead of ZOMG ANDROID WINS IM AN IGNORANT FORUM TROLL.

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I agree with whocares, papajay u made a gr8 point. Keep in mind however multitasking and customizaion will be here in a couple months. That said, I think apple doesn't really need to liscence iPhone os but if they had mltople carriers they would be an even bigger threat. Then again, still more iPhones in the world than android devices. I wonder how the results would fair if we took into account that almost every android app is supported by admob ads. And that iPhone apps usually aren't. But that's just curiosity. Another thing to take into account, after 4.0 is released free iPhone apps will mostly be and eventually all be using iAd. Then admobs findings will show a dramatic increase in android and decrease on iPhone shares.

7. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

See I love android. Why? Because they make Apple improve their products :)

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ok, so more people click on ads from their ANDROID than on an, yeah, this article makes so much sense. I never click on ads on my phones.....poor metric to compare the phnes with, indeed.

9. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

Oh crap. Do you like fanboy battles phonearena??? It's amazing though, that you look at how Many andriod phones there are and there's only 3 iPhone generations. (the first, which probably no one still has) Just wait. (not trying to sound like a fanboy here) but come summer, this will change. IPhone 4 release.

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I kind of have to agree. The last iPhone came out last June. Android handsets come out bimonthly it seems.

12. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I just realized that the article is based on ad clicks and not actual purchases....which is stupid. Aren't almost all the apps in the android store free? The data is pretty inconclusive. (what I wrote earlier still stands though)

10. Russki

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

By sheer market value, I think that Android will prevail in the long run. Think about it though, its common sence, I know we all want quality over quantity, but in this case Google offers both. Apple iPhone is only available on At&t and the OS is only availiable on Apple's hardware. Android phones are now represented on all major carriers, on three major manufacturers (Moto, HTC, Samsung) and is quickly making a name for itself (Market has just hit 50,000 apps last week).

13. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

iphone will be fixing some of there issues in a couple months with os4 but Froyo is obviously not that far away either. Android is just about mature enough to go head to head with the apple os. I just hate how apple loves to tell me what I want and what I don't. Steve told me I didn't need true multitasking, flash is a memory hog so I dont want that, I don't need to change my battery, memory cards are for loosers, standardized ports like usb/hdmi are for 'commoners', I only need safari for internet... I'm tired of Steve dictating what I can have in a phone and really hope android succeeds

14. merkeke

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 03, 2009

your a idiot. "steve" (i guess hes your friend now) didnt tell you what you want in a phone, he wants what he wants in a phone. if you dont like it, then dont get it. simple as that. Android is garbage. They have nothing stable about the phone. Its like a bunch of 11 year old girls and boys got together and made a OS. With the iphone you know the OS (not the service in the US) is going to function the way it should.

15. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

Thats actually a very good point. Jobs makes the phone run the way he thinks a phone should. Basically if you dont like it get a different phone. All this dictator nonsense is crap. Its a phone... lol. I think people forget that. You have the choice on what phone you use.

16. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

My problem is not the out of the box phone, that should be designed the way Apple thinks it should be and thats it. My problem is that so many of the things are unchangeable or not customizable. So, if you think flash is bad, put it on the device and disable it by default. If you think you have the best interface, than leave it by default. If you think safari is the best browser, sell the phone with only safari. But my problem is that they do not allow you to change the UI, download the browser you want, add flash if battery life isn't an issue...things of that nature.

17. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

But in the end those are ways Apple wants the phone to run.

18. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

After you buy's yours, you should be able to do whatever you want with it, WITHOUT having your iTunes account banned, or your phone becoming a brick because of a mandatory wireless update.

19. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

merkeke- Your an obvious fanboi with no other outlook besides sheeple vision...If it wasn't stable it wouldn't be selling and we wouldn't be commenting on this article now would we? And no, Steve is no ones friend, dswatson83 is just being disrespectful to the almighty (blow)Jobs. Don't get all butt hurt about it, it'll be ok...

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