Apple Challenges Android On the Numbers


At today’s Apple (s aapl) event, Steve Job went after some “friends” regarding who is leading in sales of mobile devices.

Sometime in June, Apple passed the 100 million marker in iOS devices sold, and now Steve Jobs has announced 120 million devices sold. To put that in perspective, Apple sold just over eight million iPhones in all of last quarter.

Taking a swipe at Google (s goog) and its regular announcements of 200,000 or more Android activations, Jobs suggested some “friends” might be counting upgrades. In contrast, Apple is currently doing new activations at a rate of 230,000 a day, with Jobs saying the number would be “much higher” if upgrades were counted. As for the App Store, there are now more than 250,000 apps, with 25,000 specifically designed for the iPad. The App store is currently seeing 6.5 billion downloads a day year, or 200 apps per second.

Also in the introduction, Apple highlighted a total of 300 retail stores in 10 countries, soon to be 11 with the addition of Spain. “Some days” see more than a million visitors per day. As has been the situation for years, more than half of those buying Macs in retail stores are new to the platform.



“The App store is currently seeing 6.5 billion downloads a day!”
That can’t be right.


Hmmm. Apple is counting iOS devices which includes the iPhone, iPad and iPods presumably? Google is counting … phones. Same old Apple. Oh well, at the rate of increase there will soon be no doubt who is really winning in activations.

Gotta say though, there were a fraction of Android activations a year ago. I can’t see how the upgrade theory can hold water. Maybe Google will clarify when last months numbers are tabulated.

No matter to me. I moved from a 3GS to a Nexus One and I will not own another Apple device unless someone else is in charge of the company.


Well boo hoo for you. Because Google is all sweetness and light right? Eric Schmidt is such a great guy? Heh. Dope.

Anyway read the article this time. He said phones not devices.


Android is on multiple carriers. iPhone will be soon. We will see a huge surge in iPhone sales when that happens and a decrease in Android sales. Look at Europe where iPhone and Android are both on multiple carriers. iPhone sells dramatically better. It’s also a much more lucrative app platform for developers. In the meantime Google is plotting with Verizon to force a private high cost internet on everyone and removing content like Yelp that they don’t like. Don’t be evil my ass.

Robert Watkins

Google isn’t counting phones. Google is counting Android devices; that’s predominately phones, but not exclusively.

If you’re making the comparison on Android, then iOS is the appropriate benchmark.


No, Apple is counting activations. You don’t activate iPods or iPads, unless they’re 3G iPads. Let’s face it, Android is growing fast, but they are not ahead of Apple already.

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