Shocker: On Monday, Android sales overtook iPhone sales. This seems to be a big deal to the media, but why? How many Android phones (that are still being sold) are there in the US? I’d say 20, more or less. Why is it so shocking that those 20 phones, on 4 carriers, overtook 1 phone, on 1 carrier? Sure, it’s a known fact that Google Android is an iPhone competitor, but on what world is it logical to compare the sales of 20 different phones to 1 single phone?
It’s not like we haven’t been expecting this. In fact, I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner. If you want an iPhone, you have to sign a contract with AT&T. If you want an Android phone, you can choose between AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. When was there any question that Android phones would outsell the iPhone?
If a single Android phone outsold the iPhone, that would be a big deal, but that is not the case. It is also notable that the data for this report came from the quarter before Apple released the new iPhone, so no iPhone 4 sales are included in this.
Android is a hit, and there are plenty of loyal Android users out there. As it evolves, it will obviously only get better. But the point here is that the iPhone is clearly more established than Android, and it is illogical and unfair to compare the two, at least until the iPhone is released to another carrier. Will that be happening early next year? On T-Mobile? Verizon? Only time will tell. But even then, there will only be one iPhone, not 20.
This, essentially, is Windows versus Macintosh all over again, except Google is giving Android away for free. People love free. People love choice. 20 different phones on 4 different carriers are outselling 1 phone on 1 carrier — what a shocker!