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Android vs. iOS – Who’s the real winner? See all the stats collection

The battle is hot, most-debated all over the world – and I feel, it’s more between the Android fans and Apple lovers than the actual OSes. Agree? I have always kept myself out from this battle somehow – not because I wanted to stay clean – but, I always thought both platforms are great and offer equal benefits to its users.

On the surface, people fight over flexibility provided by Android and how iOS is a closed platform which needs iTunes all the time however, looking at Android rooting articles published on hundreds of blogs everyday – we can safely say, humans are not satisfied with anything they get… always wanting more and something different to play with.

Beyond an egoist user argument or praising the freedom of open software culture – there is a serious business involved for many, not to forget the app developers who’re spending significant amount of time developing & marketing these apps.

The stats here are just an outlay of different studies conducted and I or we don’t need to consider them to be the decision-forming stats since I am not 100% assured about them, yet these stats definitely look into the various aspects of both Android and iOS ecosystem. In any case, Android vs. iOS comparison on each level is not the best idea due to differences in policies.

There are other mobile operating systems such as Windows Phone, BlackBerry, MeeGo, upcoming Firefox mobile and Ubuntu mobile OS. They may or may not offer something very different, but since these are not in the ‘hot battle’ right now, these stats don’t show them or either shows them under ‘Others’

Most sold mobile OS on smartphones in U.S.

Recent stats

In a research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, it shows that – In recent times, Android Smartphones has sold more than IOS by a margin of 52.1% to 43.55% respectively.

Most sold mobile OS on smartphones in U.S.
Source: Kantar Worldpanel Comtech

All-time Stats

Comscore’s recent stats show all time smartphones share in U.S. used by everyone above age of 13.

Most sold mobile OS on smartphones in U.S. - All time
Source: Comscore MobiLens

Most sold mobile OS on smartphones worldwide

Apple is not selling iPhones on great a quantity worldwide, and the numbers clearly describe this, especially after Samsung, HTC and local brands in India such as Micromax started producing Android Smartphones.

Most sold mobile OS on smartphones worldwide
Source: IDC

Most sold mobile OS on Tablets worldwide

Interestingly, IDC’s report published last year in December showed a little drop in iPad sales due to increased demand for 7inch tablets. No wonder why Apple hurriedly launched the new iPad Mini.

In any case, Apple iPad is a definite market leader in the segment.

Most sold mobile OS on Tablets worldwide
Source: IDC

Companies selling the most smartphones worldwide

We all know Samsung has taken over the number 1 spot from Apple last year in selling the most Smartphones worldwide. The situation hasn’t changed much yet where Apple is still sitting on the second spot.

Other companies do include Android & other OS device manufacturers such as HTC, LG, Sony, Huawei, Motorola, and Nokia so on…

Companies selling the most smartphones worldwide
Source: IDC

Companies selling the most mobile phones in U.S.

Apple in this case has surpassed Samsung marginally; however, there are equal number of other mobile phones shipped in U.S. during Q4 2012.

Companies selling the most mobile phones in U.S.
Source: Strategy Analytics

Profits from selling smartphones

This is interesting Q4 of 2012 because Samsung made its most of the profits by selling Android phones, but they also produce Windows Phone handsets whereas, Apple has managed to make a lot more money selling their iPhone. Probably because Microsoft is taking money from Android manufacturers and success of iPhone 5 even though most people did not like the this new iPhone.

Profits from selling smartphones
Source: Conaccord Genuity

Total number of Apps

This is like a power-display. Both, Apple and Google Play claims to have about 800,000 apps in their respective app stores. Though, the number of truly useful apps might be very less – the app store comparison purely on the numbers game is even at least.

Total number of Apps in Google Play Store and iTunes Store

Quality of apps

It could be very difficult to gauge the overall quality of apps on the entire store – but, from what I have seen on both the platforms it’s not that difficult to say that the major iOS apps have been the best in overall experience, utility and UI design than that of on Android apps.

Quality of Apps
Source: uTest

App download stats

According to Canalys, Android saw the most downloaded apps in the first quarter this year. I am very sure about the fact that – Android had and will have more app more downloads than IOS or any other mobile OS because, most of the apps are free & with the growing number of  Android devices sold worldwide – this will only grow further…. Unless, these apps gets a hefty price tag

App download stats
Source: Canalys

Revenue from app downloads

Now, this is interesting. If it’s a business – it has to generate good amount of revenue to motivate everyone on all levels. Fair enough?

As said earlier, Android has more number of free apps than iOS yet users on iOS are spending more to buy these apps.  Even though Android has a huge number of app downloads – Apple is generating more money for them and their app developers through a less number of apps download. And, this strategy is working phenomenally for the company.

Revenue from App downloads
Source: Canalys

Internet access from Mobile OS

NetMarketShare publishes various stats throughout the year like most used search engines or most used monitor resolutions etc. Their recent report on use of Internet through mobile OSes shows 61.4% of all the users accessing Internet, are coming from iOS.

However, this number varies on different researched data, so here I am showing the average of all of those stats where too iOS holds more share.

Internet access from Mobile OS
average from multiple sources

iOS or Android, which is the most preferred mobile OS for enterprises?

BlackBerry = Enterprise mobile OS, this was the equation for many years until iOS and Android came up with a more solid enterprise platform with specific apps, and more secure cloud technology.

Android is still getting into the groove for enterprises and in an attempt, they recently launched private Google Play stores for their enterprise customers. So, the numbers below might see a shift in the days to come.

iOS or Android, which is the most preferred mobile OS for enterprises?
Citrix

Conclusion

Either there is no winner or both are the winners in multiple aspects because, neither iOS nor Android is ruling the top spot in all areas of their reach. Both have managed to do great in some or the other areas like; Android is getting more popular and seeing huge Smartphone sales in recent times, but the iOS is ruling the tablet segment with huge profits from devices as well as from apps. What do you think? Do share your views in the comments