Report shows iOS dominance over Android in Europe

A breakdown of total mobile subscribers in Europe reveals Apple’s towering popularity over Google Android.
Allen Ngo,

While Google’s Android has made headlines regarding its rapid growth in the mobile sector, the platform overall is not nearly as popular as Apple’s iOS as Google would want users to believe.

According to an analysis done by market search company comScore, Apple iOS has more than double the install base of Google Android in Europe, at 12.4% of total subscribers versus Android's 5.7%. The data, collected on February 2011, includes all iterations of iOS such as the varying models of iPhones and iPads.

Keep in mind that Google is about a year behind in the tablet market, as are many other tablet manufacturers, due to Apple’s original iPad release in mid 2010. The search giant showed off its tablet-optimized Android Honeycomb just a few months ago, and only a few tablets have officially made use of Honeycomb so far, including the Motorola Xoom and LG G-Slate. Unfortunately, the Xoom did not make as big of a splash in the tablet market as originally hoped, and could be holding off additional developers from jumping in on producing Honeycomb devices.

Check out the statistics from comScore below, including a breakdown of the age demographic of iPad and smartphone owners.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.