Android Vs. iPhone iOS 4: Number Crunching Time

By Jay Shah | Apple

We have already compared Android and iPhone, but the fight between Android phones and iPhone reaches a whole new level with the launch of the iPhone 4; new stats reveal how the two operating systems are faring. Because both operating systems have more than one variant and are also used on multiple devices, these stats reveal who’s hot, and who’s not!

This data has been compiled by ad network Chitika. So this is pretty much how the mobile landscape is shaping up these days.

Apple is marginally ahead as regards the number of people using the iOS currently. Chitika’s data shows that there are 9020135 active devices using various versions of the iOS, as compared to 7712820 devices on Android platform.

Before you start wondering how Apple iOS outnumbering Android by more than 10,00,000 users/devices, can be considered marginal, here are tow facts you must also consider:

  • The iOS was in business 10 months before the Android OS.
  • The time gap between the first iPhone and the first Android device was almost two years!

And it’s this overall head start which makes the lead marginal, because it could (and perhaps should) have been much bigger. However, Android devices easily outnumber the iPhone variants and so, the Android OS has been able to provide hot pursuit.


As far as upgrades are concerned, the Apple operating system is ahead here too. 49.9% of all iOS users have upgraded to the iOS4.0.x (also check – effect of iOS 4 on iPhone 3G). Compared to that, only 1.74% of Android users have the latest version (the Froyo) on their devices. This also reflects the growing complaints from Android users about the late availability of the Android OS version 2.2.

These numbers may not put an end to all debate concerning the iPhone and Android devices, but they do provide a glimpse of the bigger picture here. You do get to know something about the general user behavior and how the two operating systems are faring overall.

A large number of Apple customers have switched to the latest OS within one month of its launch, while Android users are still in the dark about the latest version of their OS. This also tells you something about how the OS’s are being marketed.

About the Author

Jay simply loves any tech that can make life easier, better, faster and more enjoyable. And with hundreds if not thousands of Gadgets, Apps, Games being launched everyday, there's more than enough out there to keep this hardcore techie occupied and obsessed!