Google numbers

Google is just crazy, but they’ll get away with it and it will look better for Jelly Bean adoption.

  • It makes sense and they were upfront about it.

    • def4

      Nobody has accused Google of not being shameless in their lying.

      • (sigh)

        Ok…I’ll bite. What lie is here?

        • rattyuk

          To Quote Marco Arment:

          “A more accurate title would be: “Google changes how it measures Android version adoption to show an uptick in Jelly Bean devices”.”

          • It isn’t specifically to help the JB numbers but it does show an uptick, which is consistent with previous quarters (has continuously increased each quarter).

          • Nathan

            Yes, but the issue is that the new install base that they are measuring is smaller than the old one. How much smaller? We don’t know. So google is trying to have it both ways – 1. Android reaches the most people while 2. The install base is (what is shown in the graph).

            How big is this smaller install base subset? How much larger is it (if it is) than the iOS install base? These are also important questions to know if you are choosing which to develop for

          • The new numbers show users who purposely go to the Google Play Store, not passive auto-updates. Sure it is smaller but gives a clearer picture of the user base, IMO.

            It isn’t about the install base, per se, but more about the usage.

            Edit: Also, it isn’t about which OS to dev for more so it is about which version of Android to target. These are good metrics for developers.

          • BC2009

            Do you want to know which statistic would be even more about usage? How about Google tell us the actual number of distinct Android users actively accessing the Google Play store each month?

            Wouldn’t that really help developers figure out if porting their app to Android even makes sense?

            Sure it would, but Google wants to have it both ways. They want the raw numbers to tout market share, but they don’t want those millions of passive users to go against their OS uptake statistics. The mere fact that Google changed their reporting indicates that there are a significant percentage of Android users who use their phone only to make phone calls, send SMS messages and use an occasional pre-installed app. These users are worthless to developers and knowing the number of such users would dissuade developers from even porting to Android.

            However, the mobile browser share, in-flight WiFi usage share, and app revenue share numbers already point at this being the case. Now we have Google conceding it.

          • Tvaddic

            To be fair Google and Apple don’t openly tout marketshare stats. they state activations/sales, you can always add to these numbers, unlike marketshare.

          • They can’t win for losing with this crowd anyway so no matter what they did here an argument against their actions would ensue.

            I’ll end my statements with: I prefer to see an accurate count of who will likely download my app(s). The new number calculation provides a clearer picture, speculation/conspiracies as to why aside.

          • BC2009

            We have a WINNER!!!!!!!

            This is EXACTLY the problem. Google is trying to tout the raw number of activations to encourage people to write apps for Android, but by making this change in their reporting of OS uptake, they are conceding that a SIGNIFICANT percentage of Android users only use their devices for phone calls and messages and an occasional pre-installed app.

            The mobile browser share numbers show this. The in-flight WiFi share numbers show this. The App-Store revenue share numbers shows this.

            Google is trying to have it both ways. They want to encourage developers to write for Android by using raw activation numbers but they don’t want to come out and say that the majority of those activations are people who will never ever purchase or even download an app.

  • nerg

    Apple are now only counting users that have installed Mountain Lion.

    Out of all the users that are using Mountain Lion, they’re all using Mountain Lion.

    That’s 100% adoption right there.

  • Tvaddic

    This is for developers who make apps in the Play store so it makes sense to show which version of the OS goes to the Play store. It juices the number, but is more relevant data.

  • richard451

    It seems to be a good litmus test to weed out the morons . Its like when Obama announces a policy change and the republican blowhards go nuts