From Kate MacKenzie on the disparity between Android’s marketshare numbers vs. Apple’s number of customers:
Google’s numbers are of Android devices, while Apple’s numbers are, well, all of Apple’s devices. Just for grins, let’s say there are about 80-million Mac users, 12-million Watch users, and 8-million Apple TV users. I’m being generous, but it makes the math easier. Grand total? 100-million non-iPhone and non-Pad Apple devices.
That means active and connected iPhones and iPads– and no one disputes that there are many hundreds of millions of both in use (not just sold)– number around 900-million, or about 200-percent more than marketshare statistics would indicate.
The moral of the story?
One consideration for the strange numbers might be sales marketshare vs. total products in use marketshare. That tells me that Android devices don’t last very long and Apple’s products last much longer, adding to the famed Apple and total-cost-of-ownership argument. Apple’s products last longer and are used longer and in use longer and that accounts for the seeming disparity in the numbers.