Originally Posted by xtacee1990
There's nothing questionable here. The MAJORITY of Android phones are cheap laggy shitty sub $100 phones (no contract) that are excruciatingly slow. They can never be used to surf the web or download any app.
Okay, you're saying that the sales figures are correct, and it's just the surfing is different.. so the thread's main article is wrong? Look folks, we have to keep things straight. The two main theories are based on:
- SALES - This thread's base article was based on the assumption that Android and iOS devices would have similar web usage, and therefore a large web usage difference must be evidence that the sales figures were incorrect: "The fact that iOS is more than twice as popular on the web as all Android devices combined calls into question market statistics by research firms such as IDC..."
(The article also conflates overall smartphone and tablet web usage, yet the IDC figures were only about tablets.)
- WEB USAGE - Other posters like this one are saying that it's actually Android and iOS web usage that's radically different (which was the most recent claim of fansite articles before this one), not the sales figures.
Either one assumption is wrong, or more likely, there's a combination factor here that all the opinions so far are missing.
Everyone might want to read the reports that were used as the basis for this article. (Some here have asked questions like "How do you know how many e-Readers were sold", which is answered in those sources.)
01/31 - Here is the original IDC report, with its estimated WORLD tablet sales.
01/31 - Here is the CNN article which talked about the IDC report.
02/01 - Here is the second CNN article, referencing the Net Applications web report.
02/01 - Here is this thread's article, using the second CNN article as its source.
Re: User Agent Strings. There's also the fact that the Silk server-assisted browser used by the Kindle Fire looks very similar to the one for a desktop running Safari 5.0. Who knows if those are being counted correctly (if they're not, for example, then that would blow my theory about Fires not being used for surfing, but would explain their low web usage count.)
There's a lot of missing and/or bad data and assumptions, for sure.