Here is a theme that just keeps coming up again and again that begs an in depth examination. “Smartphones” running some older, often jurassic version of Android – how many devices offer Ice Cream Sandwich? — just aren’t showing up in web metrics, mobile commerce or otherwise generating the kind of data that oozes money.
Google’s Andy Rubbin claims that 700,000 Android devices are activated on an average day. That is a very. large. number. Yet it arrives almost naked vis a vis what people are actually doing, or not, with all of those widgets.
Emblematic of Android users’ gosh darned pathetic stats is the fact that for the second month in a row devices running Java ME — the dumb phone operating system — generate more web traffic. Although Net Applications noted the turn about in October’s numbers, many discounted the occurrence as a blip in the data — not so now.
The really interesting twist is that Android usage surpassed Java ME back in September only to get overcome once again by the shear number of feature phone users. I guess there’s still hope for December.
Rising to the top
Beat the drum. Another pitiable accompanying data point is the zero or near zero number of updates the vast majority Android devices get over their lifetime. That’s one of the big factors behind Android’s how-low-can-they-go 55 percent (versus nearly 90 percent for iPhone) loyalty rate, which puts it a couple points ahead of drug-resistant Chlamydia.
One area where Android isn’t falling down? Google’s open platform attracts the most, by a huge margin, mobile malware.
And isn’t that a nice counterpoint to Android’s pauticty of updates…
What’s your take?