Flurry: iOS And Android Adoption Rates Have Exploded [Analytics]


Flurry, a mobile application analytics company, decided to study just how fast iOS and Android devices were growing these days. So they compiled data and provided us with some interesting facts and charts.

In effort to prove their point, read the following facts:

Compared to recent technologies, smart device adoption is being adopted 10X faster than that of the 80s PC revolution, 2X faster than that of 90s Internet Boom and 3X faster than that of recent social network adoption.  Five years into the smart device growth curve, expansion of this new technology is rapidly expanding beyond early adopter markets such as such as North America and Western Europe, creating a true worldwide addressable market.  Overall, Flurry estimates that there were over 640 million iOS and Android devices in use during the month of July 2012.

Between all those facts, I perceived the social networking adoption fact as the most fascinating. I’m aware the Twitter and Facebook have a large crowd, however I find it hard to conceive that more people are buying iOS and Android devices daily than joining a free social network. I guess that just affirms just how popular these two mobile operating-system companies are.

With data from over 200,000 applications, Flurry supposedly can detect an estimated 90 percent of all devices in any given month. With that established, they are able to provide analytics on the fastest growing smartphone countries, which countries use applications most frequently, and more.

While the United States may have the lead on China, owning 165 million of the worlds devices compared to 128 million, China is working on a comeback in recent times. In the past year, China’s iOS and Android market has grown 401 percent from years prior. Trailing behind is Chile, Brazil, and Argentina.

Next we are going to compare application usage among the globe. According to the chart, the United States dropped their average app session time considerably in July 2012, in comparison to July 2011. Countries ranked two-thru-nine have begun to spend more time on applications since last year.

With such an adoption rate, I sure do have too many friends around me without iOS or Android smartphones. It shouldn’t be very long until smartphones completely overtake regular old cellphones.

When did you buy your first smartphone? If you don’t own one, then do you have plans to buy one?

[Source: Flurry]


  • Farids

    I bought my first smart phone, a Palm Treo, in 2005. As much as I liked it, I switched to an HTC touch as it had Windows mobile and HTC GUI looked more friendly. In 2006, I bought a Motorola Ming (still one of the best electronic gadgets I’ve ever owned, still love and miss it!) and stayed with it, till the release of iPhone in Canada. I’ve owned iPhones ever since. Parallel to my personal mobile phone, I owned blackberries for work, till 2010. In 2010, I had to switch to a platform that allowed apps. I dumped the blackberry in favor a Samsung Galaxy II, to have iOS and android alongside (best of both worlds I thought). It took me about 10 days to return the Samsung and exchange it with another iPhone, some may love the SG2, I hated it! Currently, waiting for the next iPhone. For my work phone, I may give Android another chance, and have a year to decide on something good.

  • You’ve used a lot of phones. The Nokia 3650 is when I first started to have some fun with Symbian. From there it was pretty much all Nokia, then right into the iPhone.

    You wouldn’t believe how many people I’ve talked to that have switched back to the iPhone after using a Galaxy.

  • Farids

    I really wanted to give Nokia N9 a try when Nokia dumped it and went with Windows Mobile. I still think they made the wrong decision. They had such a great product and nice polished OS. Considering how Microsoft really screwed up with windows mobile 7 and the fact older devices are not upgradable to WP8, and the fact Nokia is in a financial chaos, they bet all their chips on a hand that’s not going to win anytime soon! Motorola Ming and Nokia N9 are great products, with so much potential and future, that go nowhere because manufacturers have no organic contact with their customers… Sigh.