While the device war continues, Android is starting to take the lead, as a report from KPCB partner Mary Meeker reveals that Android phones are being adopted at six times the speed of iPhones. Not only that, but in the first quarter of 2012, it surpassed Windows as the top operating system for Internet-enabled devices, staking a claim for the top spot.
iPad adoption is also increasing nicely, specifically at a rate five times faster than that of the iPhone and three times its speed from May. That still can’t compare to Android, though, which is four times as fast as its previous adoption rate and six times that of iPhones.
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In the first quarter of 2012, Android devices overtook Windows Internet-enabled devices, with around 90 million units shipped each quarter. By 2013, it’s estimated that there will be about 160 million Android devices, 100 million Windows devices and 80 million iOS devices shipped each quarter; a massive amount for each, but still a great amount more for Android.
The numbers are quite impressive, and while there’s still no telling if the future will pan out as Meeker predicts, the current stats are still impressive for Android. While iPhone and iPad devices may still be the most recognizable of the bunch (and still very widely used) Android has proven that it can go toe-to-toe with it, having taken an impressive lead in sales. Mobile growth is strong, and will continue to remain so until something even better comes along.
So while all the mobile devices are doing quite well, some are just doing better than others.
Edited by Allison Boccamazzo