Daily iOS Activations Now Trail Android Activations
Given the flurry of mobile research that is conducted and released from myriad research firms on a seemingly daily basis, it can be difficult for even the most invested of tech reporters to keep track of the mobile platforms and operating systems that lead the industry according to the sources that release the aforementioned data, surveys, and other findings.
Although many headlines and the mobile news they carry appear to contradict one another, one persistently consistent report is emerging in the mobile world that should make Apple a tad bit uneasy. And today, one of Google's most prominent leaders - Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin - confirmed the chatter, and made it known that daily Android activations are now eclipsing daily iOS activations.
"There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it's growing at 4.4% w/w," Rubin Tweeted early Tuesday. Just six months ago, Android's daily activations were just 300,000. Quite a jump - so much so that Apple is effectively being left in the dust in terms of daily activations. Last October, Steve Jobs revealed that, on a good day, 300,000 iOS devices come online. Since then, iOS activations haven't grown nearly as much as Android activations have.
So should Apple be worried? Well, perhaps not yet. But the IDC recently projected that Android will capture about 40% of the market in the second half of 2011. That market share is projected to hit 43.8% by 2015. By that time, IDC estimates, iOS won't even be the second-most popular mobile platform. According to the IDC, Android will take the gold, Windows will get the silver, and iOS will hold on to the bronze.
Source: PC Magazine