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).