Sometimes Apple news makes me want to bang my head repeatedly on the desk. I’ve been told to stop doing it by my doctor as I was risking a permanent groove in my forehead. The latest bit of tittle tattle that’s got me irritated is the surprise with which data from comScore that shows if you include iPad and iPod touch numbers, iOS is ahead of Android has been met.

Mark Donovan, senior vice president of mobile at comScore told the WSJ: “The finding is incredible because it shows that Android being the most popular smartphone is not the whole story…” That’s incredible? Did those guys just forget the iPod touch and iPad existed? I’d thought Apple’s iPad ads were pretty well inescapable. So why has the Android vs iPhone battle been consistently presented as a smartphone vs smartphone smackdown?

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When people look at the numbers for Android and iOS, it really does seem like they prefer to just consider the smartphone part of the battle. That’s before we get into the fact that most of the numbers that analysts and commentators seize on are restricted to the US market. There’s a whole world of Android and iOS users out there and taking a snapshot of the US alone doesn’t really tell you that much about how well either party are doing.

Another foolish assumption that’s doing the rounds right now is that the iPad has slumped on the basis of the figures included in papers from its Samsung lawsuit. iPad sales prior to Q1 2011 had hit 14.7 million with the figures in the legal papers revealing that Apple pushed out 4.2 million up to March 2011.

Because some analysts suggested Apple would kick out 7 million in Q1, it’s being suggested that sales have struggled. But that’s ignoring that Apple only released the iPad 2 on March 11 so there will have been an understandable drop off in sales due to consumers waiting for the new model and the hangover after Christmas.

Android is undoubtedly a huge threat for Apple. The growing army of Android phones will undoubtedly continue to gain market share. It makes sense; Android has more phones with more choice than iOS offers. But Apple owns the tablet market right now and the iPod touch and iPad are still sales powerhouses.

Combine the three strands of iOS sales and Android has a much bigger mountain to climb. The Motorola Xoom was a disappointment and the Samsung Galaxy Tab is distinctly in the iPad’s shadow.

I’m not saying iOS is destined to be king of the hill forever but if you’re going to cheer for its rivals, get your facts right first. Smartphone numbers and particularly smartphone numbers in the US are part of the puzzle, they’re nowhere near the full picture. If Apple kicks out another iOS device – a retooled Apple TV or something new entirely – the landscape will become even more complicated. Oh joy…

  • Bob Geldof

    And by that logic the Windows beats Apple into the Ground on everything else (Desktop and laptop).

    • ricky

      I was just about to say the exact same thing!
      There’s no point in comparing the OS in this way. More logical comparison should be based on like for like. the smartphone sector of the market is still different to the tablet sector of the market, they serve different purpose (although they overlap in a lot of areas), and shouldn’t be combined when looking at each part of the market sector.

      unless if you are trying to compare which OS has the biggest user group, in which case Windows kicks both apple and android’s combined asses!!

    • kelly

      That would be true if computers used windows mobile os. this guy isn’t saying that apple with mac os x & ios users beats android. he’s saying that android isn’t the worlds most used mobile operating system because the ipad and ipod touch use iOS.

  • Anonymous

    Apple fanboy desperation drops to new depths….

  • Lorna

    Sigh. Apple users are becoming far more vociferous and prevalent in our everyday society now. It is a sad time for all the peoples under technodom.

  • Juandelacruz

    Retooled APPLE TV? hmm? Really? Not likely that Steve Jobs will be able to convince the tv networks and the movie studios that what he did for the music industry was a good thing….

  • Javed

    Common sense question – will all apple loving people, in general, not buy iphone because they bought ipad? Will they make phone call using ipad from a crowded train or use an iphone?
    If your honest answer is yes people will want both devices as they serve different purposes, THEN WHY THE HELL ARE YOU HELLBENT ON COMBINING SMART PHONES AND NON SMART PHONE DEVICES INTO ONE SINGLE NUMBER?

  • Javed

    Common sense question – will all apple loving people, in general, not buy iphone because they bought ipad? Will they make phone call using ipad from a crowded train or use an iphone?
    If your honest answer is yes people will want both devices as they serve different purposes, THEN WHY THE HELL ARE YOU HELLBENT ON COMBINING SMART PHONES AND NON SMART PHONE DEVICES INTO ONE SINGLE NUMBER?

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