Friday FOSS Week in Review
It’s been a busy week. So busy, in fact, I was unable to make my deadline for FWIR, so here I am with a special Saturday edition. Just so you know, there’s a precedent for this. Back in the days when ABC ran “Monday Night Football” they called any NFL game they ran “Monday Night Football,” no matter what the day of the week. Hence, we were often treated to “Monday Night Football, Special Thursday Edition” and such. In that spirit, I offer you “Friday FOSS Week in Review, Special Saturday Edition.”
Of course, if I’m going to get busy and miss deadline, it’ll happen on a busy week in FOSS news. The fates work that way, I’m convinced. Indeed, after a couple of ho-hum weeks, the news flew fast and furious this week. Hold on, it’ll be a hell of a ride!
More Apps Downloaded to Android than to iPhone
It was reported on Tuesday that ABI Research says Android now leads the pack in the number of apps downloaded. According to their figures, 44% of all mobile apps downloaded are headed for Android devices, with 31% going to the iOS platform. These figures are miles away from what the research firm predicted back in 2009 as the mobile wars were just getting heated up:
“Android has grown much faster than ABI’s earlier projections have suggested. In 2009, Google’s OS facilitated just 11 percent of total app downloads. At that time, the firm projected that figure might grow to 23 percent by 2014. Instead, 2011 seems to have been the year that Android made its move on iOS. As recently as August 2010, ABI reported that iOS still held a dominant 52 percent of the market for mobile app downloads.”
I’m certain many FOSSers will smile smugly and perhaps mutter “I told you so” at the reasons ABI gives for Android beating the oddmaker’s predictions:
“’Android’s open source strategy is the main factor for its success,’ says Lim Shiyang, an ABI research associate. ‘Being a free platform has expanded the Android device install base, which in turn has driven growth in the number of third party multiplatform and mobile operator app stores.’”
According to ABI’s figures, the Android’s installed base beats iOS by a margin of 2.4 to 1, and they predict by 2016 the margin will increase to 3 to 1. Anyone want to bet that guess will turn out to be low?
Android is winning on the advertising front too. Millennial Media has just released their quarterly report, TechCrunch informed us this week. According to this report, the mobile ad business is booming, with ad impressions on the iPad up 456% from year ago figures, and iOS up 60% during the same period.
FOSSers have no need to worry about Apple’s success, as they still have a long way to go to catch up with Tux based Android:
“…Android continued to dominate the mobile ad network, and led the Connected Device and Smartphone OS Mix on Millennial with 56% of the impressions. iOS was the second largest Connected Device and Smartphone OS in Q3 with 23 percent of impressions.”
If you’ve been looking for a reason why Google pays so much to keep its free mobile platform alive, you need look no more.