Global boom in adoption of iOS and Android devices

According to a recent report by Flurry, the rate of iOS and Android device adoption has surpassed that of any consumer technology in history. It found that in comparison to other recent technologies, smart device adoption is being adopted 10X faster than that of the 80s PC revolution, 2X faster than that of 90s Internet Boom and 3X faster than that of recent social network adoption. The smart device technology is rapidly expanding beyond early adopter markets such as such as North America and Western Europe, creating a true worldwide addressable market.  Overall, Flurry estimates that there were over 640 million iOS and Android devices in use during the month of July 2012.

The report further revealed that, countries which have the largest active smart device installed bases, are experiencing the fastest growth and are most penetrated. Compared to July 2011, the United States and China continue controlling the top two spots, with China dramatically closing the gap on the United States.

According to Flurry, the net active devices in the U.S. grew by approximately 30 million YoY, while China saw more than 100 million new active devices enter the market.  At this rate, China’s active installed base could overtake the United States as early as the 2012 Holiday season.  Compared to last year, 9 of the top 10 countries remain unchanged, excepting Brazil, which pushes Australia just out of the top 10, into the 11th position.

China has the highest growth in active devices. It leads the world with an astounding 401% year-over-year growth, demonstrating the power of the country’s vast population coupled with its rapidly growing middle class. Notably, all four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are represented in the top 10-ten growth countries for smart devices, reinforcing their new stage of advanced economic development.

The report also measured the markets that are mostly rapidly nearing saturation. This was done by comparing the number of active devices in each country relative to its adult population, between ages 15 and 64 years old.  While Singapore, Hong Kong and Sweden form the top three countries in terms of smart device penetration, indicating their strong consumer technology economies, each country has a relatively small total population, ranging between 5 to 10 million.  By comparison, the United States, the fifth most penetrated country with 78% of its adult population using smart devices, has a total population of more than 310 million.  South Korea and the United Kingdom have the 2nd and 3rd largest populations among the top 10 penetrated markets, with roughly 50 million and 60 million respectively.

According to the report, the volume of application usage across the globe comprises of approximately one fifth of all worldwide app sessions on iOS and Android. Year-over-year app sessions in the U.S. declined as a proportion of WW sessions between July 2011 and July 2012, from roughly one-half to a little over one-third.  The balance of the top 10 (ranks 2 -9) grew from 27% in July 2011 to 36% in July 2012.  The rest of the world also made gains from 21% in 2011 to 28% in 2012.  In total, 64% of all app sessions now take place outside the U.S.

For this report, Flurry has used data from more than 200,000 applications that it tracks, running on more than 640 million devices worldwide.

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