updated 04:30 pm EDT, Mon October 24, 2011
ABI finds Android app downloads overtake iOS
New research from ABI shows that Android mobile operating system surpassed Apple's iOS in the market share of downloaded mobile app downloads. During the second quarter of the year, Android saw a 44 percent market share compared to iOS' 31 percent. ABI research associate Lim Shiyang said Android's open source nature is the driving factor behind its recent success.
As it is installed on a wider variety of devices in all markets, it has attracted a wider developer base and offers more third-party apps and mobile operator stores. Also, compared to iOS, there are more free apps for users to peruse as well.
When looking at app downloads per user, however, Android is still behind Apple's numbers by a factor of two. This is due to Apple's better monetization policies that attract developers who create a better selection of apps and deliver a superior customer experience, said ABI's Dan Shey, practice director, mobile services.
Hardware shipment rates also helped Android app downloads take the lead. The second quarter growth of Android smartphones was 36 percent compared to 20 percent in the first quarter, while iPhone shipment speeds slowed to nine percent in the same time period, down from 15 percent in the first quarter. The Android install base is 2.4 times higher than that of iOS, ABI found. It expects this factor to grow to 3-to-1 by 2016.