Mary Meeker, an investment partner at KPCB, has given a preview of her annual Internet Trends report recently, and is showing that the growth in Android smartphones is six times that of iPhone. This certainly lines up with data we've seen from IDC lately.
She's using data from Gartner and Morgan Stanley to put together that figure, which is a sharp step up from the four times growth Android handsets were enjoying as of her last report in the spring. The research showed that by the end of the year there will be 1 billion smartphone users worldwide, but 5 billion mobile users total, meaning there's still a lot of folks that are due for an upgrade. It's also worth noting that the number of internet-connected Android devices surpassed the number of internet-connected Windows devices shipped in Q1 2012. Meeker estimates that by the end of 2013, 160 million Android devices, 80 million Windows devices, and 100 million iOS devices will be shipped every quarter. That certainly puts things into perspective. As great as Android is doing, iOS is still no slouch. iPad adoption is way higher than iPhone (five times faster compared to three times faster in the spring), and it's probably safe to assume that number will rise once the figures from the iPad 4 and iPad mini are factored in.
Do these findings jibe with what you see on a day-to-day basis? Is Android really taking over as aggressively as the numbers suggest? Is it fair to pile on multiple mobile manufacturers against Apple alone in side-by-side comparisons like this? Are there really that many people still using dumbphones in the world?
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