Android usage is higher than iOS for first time in history


What is used more? Android or iOS? This type of question will make a fanboy’s blood boil if their respective mobile operating system is not in the lead. Today, it is iOS’ turn to take the back seat as Android has, for the first time ever, become more used.

Net Applications, who is providing this data, says Android’s usage for July came in at 44.62% while iOS’ has slipped to 44.19%. In case you were wondering, Windows Phone usage rose a bit to 2.49% for last month. Although the difference is so small, it is still remarkable considering that this is the first time ever Android has taken the lead.

The reason for Android’s rise above iOS could be for various reasons, but Apple stalling when it comes to hardware innovation as of late could be a large one. Tablet sales across the board, not just for the iPad, have slowed down. And the iPhone’s screen is now greatly dwarfed by other handsets in terms of both size and resolution. That is why rumors of an iPhone with a larger display makes so much sense. Another year going by with a minuscule display could allow this gap to further widen.

Google, though, is pushing new software design for Android and hardware manufacturers for the platform have been creating a slew of devices with different focuses for years. At the same time, the company is trying to wrangle these manufacturers to clean up their software experiences. Now consumers can look to an Android experience as something just as clean as an iPhone (to an extent).

Source: Net Applications
Via: TechnoBuffalo

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.

  • Jorin Cowley

    So the 12,000+ Android products have slightly more usage than the dozen different iOS products now?

    • Steve Jobs zombie

      It’s all about the platform. That fanboy argument is so tired

      • Jorin Cowley

        Google’s Material Design + Android Silver + A new Nexus 5 (or 6) with a 16 megapixel camera, would be nearly unbeatable in my eyes. Just stock out of the box from the Google Play Store, Pure Android. It sounds delicious!

    • Justin_Herrick

      But what’s your point? Yes, there are plenty of Android devices out there. That’s Android.

    • Someone asdf

      Actually, it’s only a handful of major products, about 3-4 per manufacturer…

      And to be honest, I don’t care as a consumer. I get options and companies develop for Android. The competition also gives me more bang for the buck.

  • Raffi

    Android is going the same way that’s windows went. Yes it will be on everything because availability but it will suck.

    • Beto

      You know nothing.

      • Raffi

        Elaborate please

  • Piper

    Agreed, numbers don’t tell the entire story here. Toxic hell stew still applies here.

  • Raffi

    85% of the smartphone market is android and they barely top apple in internet usage? People must really hate their androids to accomplish that.

    • vasras

      This includes tablets, you silly.

      Android tablets were 2-3 years behind in getting up to iPad league.

      Now you have decent Android tablets and people are actually using and surfing with them.

      • Raffi

        They don’t really sell. My theory is that these phones are sold in countries that don’t have so much access to the internet.

  • Martin Deschambault

    A decent article until I read “(to an extent)”… Typical fanboy writer. What some people don’t realize is Apple products are losing some of their cool factor. I personally think that they appeal more to females and they’re losing the male demographic to Android devices that offer more customization, more powerful hardware and cool features. The other major issue is iTunes. It’s clunky and difficult to navigate, as well as not offering effective cloud functionality. Debating one os over another is ridiculous but I wish fanboys and girls would understand that those of us who choose Android devices do so because we truly enjoy the experience as much as those who choose Apple. I’ve never wished I had bought an Apple device while using my Android – it has never happened. I think my Sony device has a more pleasing design and better features than the same tired Apple design of the iPhone 4. Either way, Android users aren’t walking around feeling envious of Apple users. We really do enjoy our devices and the functionality that they provide.

    • Justin_Herrick

      The “(to an extent)” is there because some OEMs have not cleaned up their software experience. Some of them feel all over the place. Just look at Motorola. Their devices were messes until they relaunched under Google. Or HTC. Sense is now a refined, modern UI. Even Samsung has cleaned up their software, albeit the experience is not on par with others in my opinion.

      • Martin Deschambault

        I agree with you about oems and bad software, but the “to extent” comment is definitely stating that the writer doesn’t believe Android can ever provide as clean an experience as ios.

        • Justin_Herrick

          As the writer, I can tell you I fully believe (stock) Android is as clean as iOS. As I mentioned in the last comment, many OEMs have cleaned up their software and now it is completely presentable. But there are some out there that have yet to make that happen. So when the average consumer goes out and shops for a new smartphone, it may not be a complete guarantee that they are getting the best software experience possible.

          • Martin Deschambault

            who am I to argue with the writer :)

            • Justin_Herrick

              Oh no, feel free to argue! Conversation is great and we get to see what everyone thinks.

            • Martin Deschambault

              I didn’t realize you were the writer when I posted my response. I truly can’t argue with what you said if you say it means what you say it means – does that make sense, hehe. BTW how does one become a contributor to a site like this?

            • Justin_Herrick

              It all makes sense. Thanks for voicing your thoughts.

              For contributing, I can just say to hit up our contact page (link up at the top).

  • fiandz

    the difference is that ios (iphone and ipad) are specifically designed to keep its users downloading content from itunes and using the cloud. this is why ios has always been higher in usage. ever use an iphone without internet access? they’re useless. however on the android side, thanks to being an unlocked ecosystem, and not being forced to “buy” music or media from itunes, with things like SD cards, android users can enjoy media all day between devices without an internet connection, no syncing with itunes, no clouds, no having to download purchased content between devices. no BS. now the sheer numbers of 85% global market of general surfing are catching up to ios.

    i have a friend who uses 10 gigs a month data streaming music from his iphone in his car from the cloud.
    i use a 32 gig sd card.