Another sign appeared Friday further suggesting Android’s ‘build it and they will use it’ mantra just isn’t working. Apple’s family of iDevices – ranging from the iPod touch to the iPhone and iPad – represent 40 percent of online ads delivered. Despite Android’s numerical advantage, Samsung placed second with 26 percent, per ad network Millennial Media…

What’s more, the firm’s Mobile Mix report (via Fortune) found Apple’s share of online ad impressions is growing: 42 percent in the first quarter of 2013 versus 34 percent during the same period in 2012. By contrast, Android’s share of ad impressions rose to 55 percent, up from 46 percent a year ago.

The numbers also reflect a shrinking future for anyone other than Apple and Android. BlackBerry dropped to just a few crumbs of the ad impression pie, down from a slightly higher 7 percent in 2012.


Not only is Apple’s iOS leading the ad wars, but the Cupertino, Calif. firm has three of the top four devices used in Millennial’s ad network. By contrast, Samsung has seven of the top 20, its Galaxy S smartphones ranked No. 2.

This tug of war has been played out before.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster today hinted the fuel is Apple’s lead in device usage. Apple has 65 percent of web usage while Android sits at around 30 percent. Google’s lack of usage comes even though its Android platform has more than 51 percent of the U.S. market.


Munster offered three reasons for the dichotomy: First, “iOS is the most popular smartphone platform in the U.S.” This belief comes from the analyst’s finding that the iPhone represented more than 50 percent of sales at both AT&T and Verizon in the June quarter.

Secondly, “iOS users are likely more engaged with their phones on a daily basis than Android users on average.” Finally, Apple’s iPads contribute more to iOS than Android tablets help Google’s mobile software.

Again, the takeaway from the two reports: Android devices are purchased more often, but Apple’s iDevices are used more frequently. All of which just reminds us how true is the old saying: you can lead a consumer to Android, but you can’t make him use it.

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  • batongxue

    Don’t know if I was counted in, cause I block ads on all platforms.
    Oh yeah

  • Pitchy

    This is why I use Firefox on my Android tablet… because I can install AdBlock Plus and not worry about ads. Also, I will download the freebie of a game and see if it is worth playing and buying and if so, I will buy it on both iOS and Android and that gets rid of the ads again. So I rarely ever see an ad on my mobile devices.

    • Just FYI, devs who claim to have ad-supported and ad-free versions of their apps tend to end up spamming you with ads of their own stuff in their ad-free app; which is still an ad. I learned that from big devs like PopCap, Rovio, EA, Dictionary com, etc. and some small devs like Scopely…I don’t bother supporting such devs anymore.

  • alexanderlyd

    is this a good thing? this means we are the target for ads…

  • @dongiuj

    Really? Isn’t that nice…
    Now get rid of them!

  • AdBlock hosts file all the way…

  • Amadhya Jain

    Wait a second, Is having ads considered good?! Till a year or two ago, people were complaining that Android has too many ads and it lead to the declaration that iOS is superior. But now, when the tables have turned, you guys are publicising that iOS is better because it has more ads. I don’t get it.
    Sure, the developers earn more money from ads, but it is a crappy user experience.
    I think that I am gonna get rid of iDB. They know how to twist everything to show that iOS is superior. My question to you guys is that: How is having ads on my phone considered good?