What’s With All The Market Stats?

Am I the only one who feels that we are being bombarded by smartphone market share statistics? Maybe I have just become more sensitive to them, but I feel as though I am seeing a news article every day using numbers to tout how the Android or iPhone is gaining market share. Of course, each of the articles have a title with a proclamation, such as…

This Spring, More People Want To Buy Android Than iPhone

How many more you ask? Turns out only one percent more. According to the article that cites research by ChangeWave, 30% of the people surveyed plan to buy an Android phone in the next 90 days, while 29% plan to buy an iPhone. That is a good number of people choosing an Android phone, but I hardly feel that the numbers a huge move towards Android as the title suggests.

Then you have the Comscore data cited in the cnet article…

Google Android Growth Outpacing The Industry

…showing that while only 9% of the users surveyed owned Android phones, the gain of 5% more users from November 2009 to February 2010 is the highest amongst smartphones. RIM also gained users, Apple pretty much maintained users while Microsoft and Palm both lost. (Microsoft lost the highest percentage of users.)

Finally, there is this article…

Latest Android Consumer Data Is All Part Of Google’s Plan

Frankly, I don’t know what to conclude from the article above because it is mixing web surfing statistics with market share statistics. All of these articles are trying to say that Android really, truly, is gaining market share on the iPhone, and by extension saying that Android really, truly, is better than the iPhone. I am tired of all the numbers being flung to state the case for Android. Yes, I agree it is gaining market and that can be a good thing, but I have a less scientific measure of smartphone marketshare, my eyes. When I look around at events where there are a lot of people, I see a lot of Blackberries and iPhones and a few Android phones. For me, Android will not be considered a success in the market until I am no longer the only one in a crowd using an Android phone.