Where once Apple held unchallenged dominion in the smartphone market, Android, led primarily by Samsung, has made slow but steady progress through the years.
Apple is no longer the only horse in the race, and there are serious rivalries in play.
And it’s not just Apple’s mobile phones that are being challenged.
The highly innovative iPad, which revolutionized the tablet market, must fend off the forays of the Kindles, Nintendo, et als, who are all vying for that lucrative tablet market.
What’s at stake in this rivalry is more than just eyeballs.
A smartphone or tablet gives their manufacturers a means through which they can push content.
The devices people rock drives commerce.
It’s a means to an end.
A quick glance at any quarterly Nielsen or ComScore report will tell you why.
Mobile is big business.
Ad, app and device revenues in mobile are in the billions of dollars annually.
That’s billions with a “B.”
Rather than prattle on about the stats, I’ve created a handy-dandy infographic.
This snapshot looks at the Apple Android rivalry in terms of device shipments, app downloads, mobile gaming, gaming revenue and Black Friday revenue.
For the most part, the information is gleaned from reports from Q3 2013, but I’m curious to see what 2013 year end stats look like.
The main takeaway (at least for me) is that while Android’s numbers are growing, by leaps and bounds, the money – the REAL money – is being made by Apple.
I’m not counting Android out, by a long shot, but they’ve got a ways to go before they’re a challenge to Apple’s dominance.