When it comes to Apple and Google, I’ve come to expect a lot of sensationalist journalism. Apple is hot, their success stories are hotter, and their losses burn brightest of all. Facts and accuracy go out the window in the name of clicks.
When reading a source as prominent as Forbes, however, I would expect a bit more where accuracy is concerned. Recently, they published an article stating that Android’s web share had exceeded Apple’s. While the article was well-written, their source, an article from Pingdom, is a cluster of completely fictional data, with nothing to back it up.
Let’s begin with the assertion that Android is leading in mobile web usage. This is wishful thinking at best, but it could be extremely costly when it misguides the mobile development efforts of a large corporation. The truth is that the gulf between the two platforms is still massive and possibly growing; Android is nowhere near iOS. Here’s some recent NetMarketShare data and CNN context:
On to the next assertion: Samsung as the top smartphone manufacturer. This, too, is false. In smartphone sales, Apple is top, and increasing its lead.
“Android is everywhere you look.” They’re definitely not looking in the same places as me… maybe Korea? Let’s ask our youth:
- The Liberty Legend: iPhones Everywhere You Look ( okay, I linked that mostly as a joke. 😀 )
Here’s some truth: The only statistic in which Android bests iOS is in number of units moved, and that’s because they come free in specially-marked boxes of Cheerios.
The only reason to use an Android device is because you’re a geek who has the savvy and desire to do the work required to administer and manicure the Android experience; someone who understands what a process manager is and why you want and need one on Android; and, based on statistics, someone who doesn’t think they should have to pay for software. There are plenty of people like that who want a smartphone. I’m easily geeky enough to be one of them; however, I have an appreciation for the work Apple does to bring complex solutions to the masses.
I see non-geeks struggling with Android devices constantly, putting up with little glitches, crashes, and inconsistencies whenever they use their devices, even to do something as simple as change a contact’s information or send a text. For them, for me— for the vast majority of consumers, who just want a phone that works for them— an iOS device is a better fit.