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While many pundits insist that Apple must make a larger screen iPhone to keep pace with the offerings from Android licensees, Google's own stats indicate that all big phones, tablets and phablets put together are a tiny 10 percent fraction of active users.

Android screen size report May 2013
Source: Google


Google's screen size stats



According to the company's latest May 1, 2013 figures on the Android installed base of users accessing the Google Play app market, 80 percent of devices fit into the "Normal" category with screens about the same size as Apple's iPhone 5.

In fact, there are nearly as many devices reported to be in the Small category (9.8 percent are 3.5 inches or less) than in the Large (5.6 percent are greater than 4 inches to about 7 inches) and XLarge (4.9 percent are 7 inches to more than 10 inches) categories put together. Google provides screen size ranges as shown below.

Google screen ranges
Source: Google


That means that Android phones shaped like the iPhone 3GS are selling about as well as all of the Android-based super-sized smartphones, tablets and "phablet" hybrids put together, data that does not support the idea that most users are shopping for a very big smartphone.

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Apple's chief executive Tim Cook refused to issue any definitive plans to make or not make a larger screened iPhone in the future, but did comment, when asked about screen sizes during the company's recent quarterly earnings call, "my view continues to be that iPhone 5 has the absolute best display in the industry and we always strive to create the very best display for our customers."

Cook added that "some customers value large screen size. Others value also other factors such as resolution, color quality, white balance, brightness, reflectivity, screen longevity, power consumption, portability, compatibility with the apps, many things. Our competitors have made some significant trade-offs in many of these areas in order to ship a larger display. We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade-offs exist."

Very large screen phones from Samsung and other Android licenses certainly are more profitable, premium models. However, the initial crop of Android phones supporting LTE had to be large to accommodate big batteries and larger chipsets, making it unclear how much of the demand for large phones was an interest in size versus the very real utility and marketing-driven demand for speedy 4G service.

Apple's iPhone 5 introduced a taller, slightly larger screen alongside new support for 4G LTE networks. Critics have worried the premium model hasn't dominated the demand for iPhones in Apple's product mix (iPhone 5 is estimated to account for "only" about half of Apple's sales), leading to widely voiced concerns that its profit margins might suffer as it sells more units of the cheaper iPhone 4 to bargain hunters.

However, the fact that a much smaller minority of Android users have adopted large, high end smartphones or phablets appears to render those concerns pure flawgic.

Google uses "security by obscurity" to address Android fragmentation



Google provides screen size and other installed base statistics for Android developers in order to help them make decisions between supporting specific features (such as devices running a given version of Android or a particular screen size or pixel density) or targeting a lowest common denominator that will work across the most devices.

The company said it introduced plans to change the definition of screen sizes to instead specify a screen width in Android 3.2, but nearly half of the active installed base of Android users are still running a device that's older than Android 3.1 Honeycomb, first released in 2011.

Android versions May 2013
Source: Google


And that's the case even a month after Google changed its platform reporting to exclude active devices that were "activated" and contacting its servers, but not visiting the Google Play store.

That move dumped the reporting of devices that run Android but can't access Google Play, such as Amazon's Kindle Fire and the B&N Nook, both of which also debuted with old versions of Android.

Google's new style of accounting allowed it to claim that 25 percent of "active users" were running the latest "Jelly Bean" version of Android (4.1 or later), a big jump over the previous month's report which indicated only 16.5 percent were. Jelly Bean was released a couple months before Apple's iOS 6.

The accounting move helped to shave off 7 percentage points formerly attributed to very old versions of Android (3.6 from Android 2.2 Froyo and 4 from Android 2.3 Gingerbread, both of which appeared around the same time as iOS 4 in 2010).

Samsung and other Android licenses continue to sell lots of devices that still run these outdated versions of Android, a fact that prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to look into the policies of U.S. wireless carriers. The ACLU said carriers are too slow to upgrade the operating systems of the Android phones they support.

Schiller strikes a nerve at Google



Google's move to change how it reports Android's installed base figures appeared to be in response to comments made by Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller in mid-March, right before Samsung's debut of the Galaxy S4.


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Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller


Schiller told the Wall Street Journal that fragmentation continued to be a problem for Android developers, and specifically noted to Reuters that "with their own data, [Google reports] only 16 percent of Android users are on year-old version of the operating system. Over 50 percent are still on software that is two years old. A really big difference."

Google made the necessary changes in its reporting two weeks later in its April report, instantly inflating the proportion of its users reported to be using a less than year old version of Android and scaling back the number of users reported to be stuck on a version from 2010 to be slightly below the 50 percent mark.

The company explained "we believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem," which is the stated purpose of reporting the numbers to developers.

However, the shift also helps hide the fact that the huge shipment numbers of Android devices and "activations" that Google likes to cite when they flatter the platform are not directly comparable to iOS devices, because a significant percentage of the Android installed base is not engaged with Google Play ecosystem, even among devices that are designed to actually use Google Play.

A large number of devices that use Android do not (and in many cases can not) access Google Play, a fact that explains why Android shipment figures from companies like IDC bear little correlation with real world usage stats that indicate the vast majority of smartphone and tablet app and media sales, web browser use, ad network representation, enterprise adoption and retail shopping are occurring on iOS devices.
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10% now. The key word being 'now'. I'd say it'll be a bigger number by 2014.

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Android phones have been big since 2011 Ireland.
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More proof* that Apple knows their product mix and customers better than Wall Street.

*"Proof" based on the assumption these numbers are correct.

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Except that the article is based on a false premise, a misunderstanding of the Google data on screen sizes. Normal is not restricted to 4" and under devices as the author would like you to believe, iPhone-sized according to this article. For instance the Galaxy S3's rather large 4.8" display is still included in the "Normal" category. Devices like the 5.1" Note may fit the "Large" category, and certainly the 7" tablets like the Nexus 7 would.

 

It's a nice article I suppose, but the writer obviously didn't understand nor bother to double-check the Google data he used to try to "prove" that there's no real market for smartphones with screens larger than what the iPhone offers. Worse, it was already pointed out to the author earlier today before he posted this article.

 

http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/157343/another-apple-supplier-cites-slipping-demand-from-its-largest-customer#post_2321217

 

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11036158/android-samsung-galaxy-s3-screen-size-for-layout

http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html


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Stupid conclusion.

 

10% of Android activations but 90% of android's high-end offerings (or more, as of right now.).

Anything highend from the Android world is 4.5"(s3, s4, note2, xperia Z and other xperia models, htc one and other models, moto RAZR, etc) and up, and these are recent phones.

 

Does it mean (since they are so recent) that Android's high end offerings (all of them with more than 4.5") are already selling as much as Apple sells iPhones?

 

If Apple wants more market share, especially on the high end, they MUST make another iPhone line with a bigger screen.

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Note: These minimum screen sizes were not as well defined prior to Android 3.0, so you may encounter some devices that are mis-classified between normal and large. These are also based on the physical resolution of the screen, so may vary across devices

http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html

 

The metrics are generalities, not exacts. You can even see in the included image there's a good sized overlap a little beyond 4in, which is where OEM's 'flagship' devices all fall. Space filler article. 

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Stupid conclusion.

10% of Android activations but 90% of android's high-end offerings (or more, as of right now.).
Anything highend from the Android world is 4.5"(s3, s4, note2, xperia Z and other xperia models, htc one and other models, moto RAZR, etc) and up, and these are recent phones.

Does it mean (since they are so recent) that Android's high end offerings (all of them with more than 4.5") are already selling as much as Apple sells iPhones?

If Apple wants more market share, especially on the high end, they MUST make another iPhone line with a bigger screen.

Perhaps, but how much more market share would Apple realistically capture?
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what is the actual range for the "normal" size? it looks to be about 3.5-4.5"... and the overlap doesn't really help the visualization.
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what is the actual range for the "normal" size? it looks to be about 3.5-4.5"... and the overlap doesn't really help the visualization.

See post 6.

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See post 6.

Maybe, maybe not. They need to provide better boundaries than silly curly brackets. A histogram would be nice.
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There is all sorts of wrong with this. Besides the aforementioned comments on using Google's sizes you have consider the installed base unit number that percentage accounts for. Then from within that tally you need to out how many units are high-end to figure out Apple's interest, which still needs additional calculations to see how an iPhone in that category would work for their market.

The part I find most depressing is simply how vanilla Google's own stats are that they can't be more exact regarding screen sizes, resolutions, and pixel densities to developers.

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Very large screen phones from Samsung and other Android licenses certainly are more profitable, premium models.

 

And they allow for slightly more sloppy engineering.  

Bigger internal volume -> bigger margin for error in design + manufacturing.

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Maybe, maybe not. They need to provide better boundaries than silly curly brackets. A histogram would be nice.

They have a lengthy discussion/expanation, linked here:

http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html

 

and here:

http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html#DeclaringTabletLayouts

 

The second link explains why there's no hard boundary and why that's important to know. Technically 5" smartphones (ie Galaxy Note) are in the same category as 7" tablets (Nexus 7),"Large" (Not Xtra Large)

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More proof* that Apple knows their product mix and customers better than Wall Street.

*"Proof" based on the assumption these numbers are correct.

Don't forget... there are a lot of 3.2" Android phones sold in emerging markets... with 480x320 screens... today.

How else could they possibly sell a smartphone for $150 retail?

I wouldn't say people "prefer" small phones... it's just that there are some very populous parts of the world where people simply cannot afford large expensive phones.

So they're buying those smaller cheaper phones by default... and those numbers are being averaged in here.
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Perhaps, but how much more market share would Apple realistically capture?

How much did they lose to big phones? They've gained far more than they lost.
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They have a lengthy discussion/expanation, linked here:
http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html

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xlarge screens are at least 960dp x 720dp
large screens are at least 640dp x 480dp
normal screens are at least 470dp x 320dp
small screens are at least 426dp x 320dp

Yeah, that's stupid. Sure, that distinction might be a benefit to devs, but then, not really in the absence of dpi factoring, which still works back into inches anyway because the constraint is still fingertips and eyes.

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and here:
http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html#DeclaringTabletLayouts

The second link explains why there's no hard boundary and why that's important to know. Technically 5" smartphones (ie Galaxy Note) are in the same category as 7" tablets (Nexus 7),"Large" (Not Xtra Large)

That's insane.
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There is all sorts of wrong with this. Besides the aforementioned comments on using Google's sizes you have consider the installed base unit number that percentage accounts for. Then from within that tally you need to out how many units are high-end to figure out Apple's interest, which still needs additional calculations to see how an iPhone in that category would work for their market.

The part I find most depressing is simply how vanilla Google's own stats are that they can't be more exact regarding screen sizes, resolutions, and pixel densities to developers.

Considering so many variations in physical display size, pixel density, whether 4:3 or 16:9, intended use (tablet or phone or even "other"), I don't see how any hard boundary could be set Soli. 

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I love everything about my iPhone 5 except for the miniature display and I will wait and see what Apple releases later this year but if they stick to this long and narrow 4" screen I will buy an Android that offers a display that meets my needs as a user.

Just a clarification.... that "long and narrow" screen has the same 16:9 aspect ratio that you'll find on just about every smartphone these days.

It's small, yes, but not any more "narrow" than the competition 1smile.gif
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If Apple wants more market share, especially on the high end, they MUST make another iPhone line with a bigger screen.

Apple doesn't play the market share game. While I do believe a 4.5 iPhone is in the works (a compliment to the 4"), Apple doesn't NEED to do it.
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10% now. The key word being 'now'. I'd say it'll be a bigger number by 2014.

 

How?

 

The most popular Android models are cheaper, smaller screened handsets which totally dominate sales with a 90% share.

 

For each "flagship" phone, there are nine lower end phones being sold.

 

Google's figures bear out the estimate I made months ago.

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Google screen ranges
Source: Google
 
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I don't get how describing sizes in this way is even slightly helpful (or tells us anything).  

 

A "small" appears to be 2" to 3.5", whereas a "normal" appears to be 3" to 5", but a "large" is 4" to 7"?  How does that work?  If it's a 4.5" phone is it a "normal" or a "large"?  How does one decide which category to put a device in if it falls into one of the overlapping areas?  

 

The overlapping definitions create confusion at the exact point where most of the devices actually fall on the scale. Most phones cluster around the 4.5"-5" area and most tablets cluster around the 7"-8" area.  

 

If one can simply pick and choose which category these phones and tablets go into because of the overlapping definitions, then all the information here is pure BS.  

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No one can answer that until it happens. My question would be how much more market share will Apple lose by not releasing a larger iPhone. I certainly don't want to spend the next 2 years staring at a tiny 4" screen especially now I have unlimited LTE. A larger display just makes far a far more useful and enjoyable experience. I love everything about my iPhone 5 except for the miniature display and I will wait and see what Apple releases later this year but if they stick to this long and narrow 4" screen I will buy an Android that offers a display that meets my needs as a user.

 

As others have already pointed out this article is also misleading. There seems to be some confusion as to what was classified as a normal sized phone. Not to mention that Apple doesn't compete in the dirt cheap bargain phones. They compete with the Galaxy series and the HTC One and other higher end Android phones all of which have larger displays. What percentage of Android phones sold so far this year that cost more than $450 unlocked have a larger than 4" display? Now that would be a far more meaningful assessment of Apple's potential in this segment since only that group would be able to afford an iPhone. 

Just buy an LTE iPad mini and get it over with? BIG screen and no expensive voice contract.

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How?

 

The most popular Android models are cheaper, smaller screened handsets which totally dominate sales with a 90% share.

 

For each "flagship" phone, there are nine lower end phones being sold.

 

Google's figures bear out the estimate I made months ago.

Ummm. . .   No they don't. You don't read them any better than the articles author did. The only general take-away is that about 90 percent of Android devices have 4.9" or smaller displays. Somewhere around 10% are apparently tablets or super-size smartphones like the Galaxy Note.

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...a tiny 4" screen...

 

...the miniature display...

 

What percentage of Android phones sold so far this year that cost more than $450 unlocked have a larger than 4" display?

 

Remember when the iPhone was being lambasted for it's "huge" size, back when Nokia was still king?

 

Was that only five years ago?

 

Regarding the second part it would be helpful if Google and the companies selling Android handsets released actual figures instead of muddying the waters with fudged up numbers.

 

Obviously they do this as they want the misperceptions they are probably paying bloggers to misrepresent, to persist.

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Considering so many variations in physical display size, pixel density, whether 4:3 or 16:9, intended use (tablet or phone or even "other"), I don't see how any hard boundary could be set Soli. 

The boundary could simply be the actual data from each decode. Size and resolution (which then give you aspect ratio and pixel density) are recording by the analytical used by developers so why can't Google give these out.

Why is it wrong for a developer to know what is the most popular size or the most popular resolution? Why not let them see trends in changes?

Sure, they make an app and grab such data from their user base but they won't know if their user base matches with Google's installed base.

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I don't get how describing sizes in this way is even slightly helpful (or tells us anything).  

 

A "small" appears to be 2" to 3.5", whereas a "normal" appears to be 3" to 5", but a "large" is 4" to 7"?  How does that work?  If it's a 4.5" phone is it a "normal" or a "large"?  How does one decide which category to put a device in if it falls into one of the overlapping areas?  

 

The overlapping definitions create confusion at the exact point where most of the devices actually fall on the scale. Most phones cluster around the 4.5"-5" area and most tablets cluster around the 7"-8" area.  

 

If one can simply pick and choose which category these phones and tablets go into because of the overlapping definitions, then all the information here is pure BS.  

 

Android thrives on creating confusion.

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This is a joke,

 

The FTC should ignore this request

 

 

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Samsung and other Android licenses continue to sell lots of devices that still run these outdated versions of Android, a fact that prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to look into the policies of U.S. wireless carriers. The ACLU said carriers are too slow to upgrade the operating systems of the Android phones they support.

 

When consumers is too cheap to buy something and they willing to take free stuff you get what ever crap they are willing to give you. Consumers have no right to demand the latest technology when they are not willing to pay for it.

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Considering so many variations in physical display size, pixel density, whether 4:3 or 16:9, intended use (tablet or phone or even "other"), I don't see how any hard boundary could be set Soli. 

Wait, what Android uses anything other than 16:9 screens? I thought the other ratios went away.
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Ummm. . .   No they don't. You don't read them any better than the articles author did. The only general take-away is that about 90 percent of Android devices have 4.9" or smaller displays. Somewhere around 10% are apparently tablets or super-size smartphones like the Galaxy Note.

 

When mixed in with Samsung's claims of the number of Galaxy S models sold, they do.

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When mixed in with Samsung's claims of the number of Galaxy S models sold, they do.

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I'd love to see the actual steps in your math. . .

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Wait, what Android uses anything other than 16:9 screens? I thought the other ratios went away.

The new Acer tablet announced today is 4:3 (Only $169 retail?)

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2418522,00.asp

 

I expect it's not the only one, unlike Tigger.1smile.gif

 

 

EDIT: Here's a list of other 4:3 Android tablets from last October. There's a few of them.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1929587


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How?

 

The most popular Android models are cheaper, smaller screened handsets which totally dominate sales with a 90% share.

 

For each "flagship" phone, there are nine lower end phones being sold.

 

Google's figures bear out the estimate I made months ago.

Where do you get your figures? I'd love to see them. I can make up ridiculous figures on the spot too. Watch.

 

The most popular iPhone is the 4. It outsold the 5 nearly 75 to 1, totally dominating sales.

 

For each "flagship" iPhone 5, there are 75 old junker iPhones sold.

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I'd love to see the actual steps in your math. . .

 

100,000,000 was the last claim by Samsung. (Galaxy S handsets)

 

1 Billion was the last claim by Schmidt. (Android devices)

 

Take away the "tiny" screened Galaxy S (the one that looked like an iPhone 3G/S).

 

Then what have you got?

 

10% with other manufacturers filling out the "rounding error".

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Just buy an LTE iPad mini and get it over with? BIG screen and no expensive voice contract.

for people who do talk on the phone and want something close to a tablet to read or watch movies on the train these are awesome. one device is cheaper than two.

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Maybe so but a 1920 x 1080 5" display allows you to see a lot more on the screen than a 4" 1136 x 640 display. Somehow it also seems far more natural at larger sizes and to me at least makes the iPhone seem narrower even if it isn't. 

How does that work?

If you pull up a website on a 5" phones... doesn't it just fit the width anyway?

It's not like on a desktop monitor where the higher resolution makes everything smaller so you get more stuff on the screen.

Or is it?

Someone post a picture of this website on a 4" and a 5" screen side by side. I wanna see if you can fit more on the screen.

I've seen plenty of pictures of the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4 side by side... but they never have the same things on the screen. I'd love to see how they differ.
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Where do you get your figures? I'd love to see them. I can make up ridiculous figures on the spot too. Watch.

 

The most popular iPhone is the 4. It outsold the 5 nearly 75 to 1, totally dominating sales.

 

For each "flagship" iPhone 5, there are 75 old junker iPhones sold.

 

Samsung's 100,000,000 Galaxy S models sold.

 

Schmidt's 1 Billion Android devices sold.

 

Are they lying, or what?

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While many pundits insist that Apple must make a larger screen iPhone to keep pace with the offerings from Android licensees, Google's own stats indicate that all big phones, tablets and phablets put together are a tiny 10 percent fraction of active users.

 

The article is based on several misunderstandings.

 

Normal goes more like 3.5" to 4.8". The charts are tricky to read, and more importantly, each manufacturer sets what category their device displays by default.

When programming for Android, here are the categories that developers actually use:

 

  • Galaxy Mini (3.1") - small, ldpi
  • Galaxy Ace (3.5") - normal, mdpi

 

  • Galaxy S (4.0") - normal, hdpi
  • Galaxy S2 (4.3") - normal, hdpi
  • Galaxy S3 (4.8") - normal, xhdpi
  • Galaxy Nexus (4.65") - normal, xhdpi

 

  • Galaxy Note - large, xhdpi
  • Galaxy Nexus 7 - large, tvdpi
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 - xlarge, mdpi

Notice that screens from 4.0" to 4.8" use the "normal/hdpi" and "normal/xhdpi" categories. Looking at the Android dashboard for those stats, you'll see that (37.3% + 25.9%) 

= 62.2% of devices using the Play Market in the past two weeks are probably between 4.0" and 4.8".

However, the thing to remember is that... just like those web / ad page stats that people quote too much... the Dashboard does not show market share or sales.   It only reflects who is hitting the Market.

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100,000,000 million was the last claim by Samsung. (Galaxy S handsets)

 

1 Billion was the last claim by Schmidt. (Android devices)

 

Take away the "tiny" screened Galaxy S (the one that looked like an iPhone 3G/S).

 

Then what have you got?

 

10% with other manufacturers filling out the "rounding error".

Can one person put multiple flawed claims in a single post, say it's all fact and proves their point and do it with a straight face? Perhaps you can.

 

Schmidt didn't say there were 1B Android devices. Check the story again.

 

Samsung said they'd sold 100M Galaxy S model smartphones. . .  back in January. They also said at the same time the S3 was currently selling at the rate of another 190K units each day, 5.7 million more each month since if true. That's the S3 only.

 

And how many small screen Galaxy S models did you say they sold?  I missed that figure.  Interesting math sir.

 

At least you changed your story about Google's charts proving large display smartphones aren't big sellers. That's a good start.


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It's no big secret that the overwhelming majority of Android products sold are of the ultra bargain variety, catering to the financially disadvantaged and the more technologically ignorant members of our society, basically people who don't mind using junk. This also explains why Android is so under represented on web usage stats, because of the fact that Android users aren't really using their devices that much as smart devices, even though their devices are ironically designated as "smart devices". Does anybody actually expect these penny pinching individuals to spend much money for internet data or to pay to be online when taking a flight?

 

It's good to see that all of the stats, reports and surveys coming out back up what I have been saying for years now about Android, Android usage and their user base.

 

I've said this before too, but Android's marketshare importance is highly exaggerated. Who cares about Android's marketshare, when the majority of the users can be categorized as third world consumers, even the ones who happen to live in the first world? One Apple user is probably worth at least 5-10 Android users, if not more, and I am highly suspicious of certain analysts and others who attempt to compare marketshare numbers without giving any consideration to numerous other factors which are far more important and relevant than marketshare.

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