Fred Vogelstein in Wired on the Apple vs. Google, iPhone vs. Android battle. The numbers are wrong.
The comparison between Android and the iPhone is meaningless. The true comparison is between Android and iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system. Android’s activation numbers are not device dependent. Apple’s shouldn’t be either. If we are going to truly compare the two mobile OSs we need to include sales of iPads and iPod Touches. Add them into the mix and the data shows that Android is catching up but still isn’t close.
In other words, Android OS smart phones activate at the rate of 160,000 per day, or 4.8-million per month. iOS 4 devices include the iPhone (4-million per month), iPad (1-million per month), and iPod touch (1.85-million per month), or a total of 6.85-million iOS devices per month—substantially greater than Android OS.