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Apple retakes mobile OS lead, ships 366k iOS devices a day

updated 06:10 am EST, Wed January 19, 2011

The battle for mobile OS supremacy hots up

Based on a quick analysis of the sales figures announced during Apple's Fiscal Q1 2011 results call, Apple has retaken the mobile OS lead over Android. Apple is currently shipping approximately 366,000 iOS devices each day made up by combined sales of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. Recently Apple and Google have been leap-frogging each other, as it was only in September last year that Apple was activating 230,000 iOS devices versus Google's 160,000 activations.

According to comments made by Andy Rubin in December last year, Google was activating 300,000 Android devices a day and had taken the lead. But it seems that this is currently no longer the case.

According to another estimate, Apple will also sell its 100 millionth iPhone this year.

With Android tablets and media players beginning to hit the market in earnest over the next few months, and Apple's iPad and iPhone also due for revamps in the next few months, it is shaping up to be another exciting year in the battle for the mobile OS supremacy.

by MacNN Staff



  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Matter of time...

    I would think it is only a matter of time that Android will permanently overtake iOS. Regardless of this, iOS is will continue to grow (only slower) as the appeal of the iOS ecosystem for both customers and developers is overwhelming. No fragmentation, no bloatware, easy seemless upgrades, longer support for older handsets, etc.

    On the other hand, any one of BB, WebOS, Baidu, Meego, Symbian, WP7 could very well permanently dilute Android leaving not iOS vs Android but iOS vs the rest. If this happens then iOS is the eventual winner of the smartphone industry.

  1. DerekMorr

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I agree, global.philosopher. I suspect that we'll see Google and Apple continue to leapfrog one another for a while. In the end, we'll end up with two strong mobile platforms. That can only be a good thing for customers.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm sure Android will eventually have the

    largest smartphone market share but Apple will continue to have the biggest piece of the financial pie by a wide margin. No smartphone vendor in the world can resist a free lunch and that's what Android is. This is why WP7 doesn't stand a chance. Who's going to pay for a licensed OS when Android is free? Shortly, we'll see $50 Android smartphones taking the place of Nokia's low-end phones. Apple will never compete in that market and there are hundreds of millions of low-end users in India, Africa or Russia all waiting for smartphones. Apple will continue to attract the high-end user and high-end profits by offering an integrated platform. I'm not scared at all of Android having the largest market share as long as Apple devices continue to hold on to their premium value for those willing to pay higher prices.

  1. thelazzyone

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This article is incorrect...

    Andy Rubin never said 300,000 Android "devices" activated per day but 300,000 Android "phones" activated per day.

    We don't know how many Android devices are activated per day?

    I placed the actual tweet below.!/arubin/status/12727540783251456

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does anyone

    give a s*** anymore?

    Worse than a broken record.

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