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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

American iOS, Android and BlackBerry OS usage mapped

Mashable had an interesting report to show us from July 2011:



It occurred to me that the North-East, Mid-West and South/West looked vaguely reminiscent of American political party affiliation data by state, so I found this Wikipedia map of the gubernatorial election results data from 2010:

Legend:
  Republican gains
  Republican holds
  Democratic gains
  Democratic holds
  Independent win
  not contested


Well, a slight correlation can be discerned, anyway - California may be favouring Android overall, but Mashable's article did report that there are iOS-heavy cities (to be specific, they were reported as San Francisco, San Jose, Modesto, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Chico, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo and Napa).

Given my personal history in Massachusetts and the fact that most of my friends (and colleagues) are iPhone owners, one might think I'd also jumped onto the iOS bandwagon. Apple had also been the most popular smartphone manufacturer in Japan.

However, when I finally joined the smartphone using populace this past May (closely coinciding with the launch of this blog, actually), I'd picked an Android phone. Articles like this one, reporting from Bloomberg, piqued my curiousity sufficiently for me to make this choice, when combined with the cumulative gaffes surrounding Apple's iPhone (for design issues and pre-ordering of the 4th gen, to cite just two instances.)

In any case, I'm still hoping my spouse will upgrade to an iPhone 5 not too far in the future: his Nokia is on its last legs, and then I'll be able to make some personal comparisons to the usability of these OSs.

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Professional: As "Senior Enterprise SEO Strategist" in IBM's Digital Marketing division, I provide consulting and training services for both internal and external clients. Formerly I was involved in Natural Language Processing, software localization, quality assurance and documentation authoring.
Personal: INTJ Nikkei Nisei ex-patriated Canadian who takes photographs and enjoys Baroque through late Classical music. The G+ page shares some of the "best of" photos.