After several discussions about Android and Apple I understood that people don’t really get the difference in use between two systems especially when they are using iPhone. Before I will try to tell yousomething I honestly approve that I prefer Android and have my own views about it but I would try to right as objective as possible.
So I would like to start with the brief history of Android. You can find a very cute explanation in Wikipedia :
Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. Google Inc. purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005. Android’s mobile operating system is based on the Linux kernel. Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance collaborated on Android’s development and release. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android. The Android operating system is the world’s best-selling Smartphone platform.
Key here that it is a best-selling Smartphone platform now. And it’s not a joke, sales grow dramatically and key factor is that it is user friendly, cheaper (depending from the company) and opened for creators and you. You don’t need to give any information before going to the market. It doesn’t mean they are perfect, some software has difficulties and doesn’t have enough quality. However you can put there whatever you want and customer will give review and recommendations about your product. This is probably why the proportion for free and paid apps is so different: about 60% of Android Apps are free compared to iPhone’s 25% (according to Antonio Wells).
NB: you can upload app from your laptop, I mean you can go to Googlemarket ) register your email (that is registered in your phone) and it will be automatically uploaded on your phone.
So now when we know a little bit about Android we can discuss the difference of use of Android phones comparing to Apple. Let’s look at the main screen. Apple has 16 apps on the first screen and number of screens grows as you download more apps. Main screen on Android has only links or widgets to the apps you want. It has 7 windows or more depending on the Smartphone which you can personalise in the way you want. It also has screen saver which makes my everyday life more interesting (you can have photo from your gallery or even live wallpaper that will interact with you). All other applicationsare hidden and you can open them as you wish. iOS users have an average of 37 apps on their devices, compared to 22 for Android users and 10 for BlackBerry users (acoording to Mobile Entertainment). So out of the downloaded apps on iPhone: Pinch Mediareports that only 30 % of iPhone apps are used beyond the day they are downloaded or purchased, and after 20 days that number plummets to around five % (according to Tony Bradley, PCWorld ). There is nothing unexpected but whatever system you use all in all The average British smartphone owner downloads 15 apps to their handset, keeps 12 of them, and uses 5 every day.
GfK NOP’s survey found that 16-24 year-olds are using 10 apps every day on average. (acoording to Mobile Entertainment). So it is more about age than phone.
In the end if you want to see Android stats in real time you can go here and funny video for those who still believe that Apple is better: .