This story keeps on getting rehashed. No matter how one looks at it, Apple iOS owners/users are the larger spenders. While the original angle to Slate’s article is to compare in what areas which mobile OS most popular is, it all revolves around the money spent.
Some may say the iPhone is
still a status symbol, but end of the day for developers and startups all that matters is the potential to generate revenue. And there it is highly likely that iOS users will buy first and faster than Android users.
There are some fantastic high-end, high-price Android phones. But all the talk is about the cheap ones. At the recent Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain—a huge mobile industry confab—the buzz was about the Chinese Android companies marketing smartphones for just $35.
In the U.K., Google’s Moto G budget Android smartphone grabbed 6 percent of the market in just three months simply because a high-quality phone for a low price appealed to poor men. The Guardian reported:
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech says that the Moto G was particularly popular with men aged 16-24 in “lower income” groups: 83% of buyers were male, and 40% have annual earnings of below £20,000.
Simple as that.
Read: Android is huge but here’s why developers keep on favoring Apple on Slate.