Mary Meeker: Android adoption rate growing six times faster than iPhone

November 6, 2012
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We hope there’s still room for more numbers and statistics regarding the mobile space in your life. While we’ve seen IDC released its worldwide figures for the smartphone and tablet race in Q3, here’s one more coming your way from Mary Meeker, an analyst and a partner of research firm KPCB, renowned for her annual Internet Trends report.

The 2012 Internet Trends report was actually released in May this year, so the following is more of a mid-year update of what’s hot and what’s not, instead of a full-blown report.

Starting with the adoption rate of smartphones, she noted that smartphones still have a long way to go to match the number of “dumb” phones out there. By the end of the year, it’s forecasted that there will be 1 billion smartphone users, compared to 5 billion people who own feature phones.

As for the juicier bits, the report says that Android adoption rate amongst smartphone users is growing 6 times faster than that of the iPhone. In case you’re wondering, as noted by Tech Crunch, the adoption rate for Google’s mobile OS was only four times faster back in May.

Google is also winning the race in the shipped Internet-enabled devices category in the first quarter of 2012 against adversaries like Windows PCs and iOS devices. With roughly 90 million units shipped, shipments for Android smartphones have passed Windows PCs for the first time ever.

Lastly, Meeker expects big things for smartphones and tablets of the world, where their combined numbers are expected to exceed the install base of PCs by the end of the second quarter of 2013.

Are you surprised to see Android phones picking up an even faster pace than the iPhones? Do you think PC is slowly going the way of the Dodo bird?

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