It’s Official: Android on Equal Footing with iPhone

January 24, 2011, By Christian Cawley

In the end, it’s nothing to do with supporting an open source technology or a piece of well-designed hardware – it’s all about cash. Profit isn’t possible without a unique selling point, and Android and iOS each have at least one.

Android and iPhone on equal footing

Which is why both platforms have proved so successful over the past few years. In the USA, a New York Times graphic indicates that everything is all square between the two big players on the smartphone market, each having an almost equal number of users.

It’s great news for fans of Android, but not so good for Apple evangelists who should rightly feel that the iPhone should be much further ahead given its 12 month head start.

What is particularly interesting, however, is just how tiny a proportion of the 292.8 million mobile users in the United States across the Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are actually using Android and iPhone handsets. Speculation is rife about how these figures will change in the near future with many mobile contracts set to come to an end in February 2011. While Android commentators are expecting disgruntled iPhone users to jump ship from very long contracts at AT&T, just as many iPhone fans foresee G1 veterans getting over their first smartphone experience with a shiny new iPhone.

Whichever party wins out, the sales figures will remain a drop in the ocean compared with the entirety of the US cellphone market.

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