iOS five times as popular as Android for Christmas shopping on mobile

By , Dec 27, 2013

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In something of a repeat of 2012 when the iPad crushed Android tablets in Black Friday mobile revenue, this time around U.S. shoppers used their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad gadgets to racket up a whopping five times the amount of mobile Christmas Day sales as Android devices did, accounting for more than an 83 percent take of mobile-oriented sales compared to Google’s mobile platform.

That’s the gist of yesterday’s survey by IBM providing insights into the nation’s mobile holiday shopping patterns. Read on for the full breakdown…

According to IBM’s annual Digital Analytics Benchmark, overall Christmas Day online sales were up 16.5 percent over the same period last year, with mobile traffic and sales showing the highest gain “we’ve seen over this holiday season”, accounting for 48 percent of all online traffic, up 28.3 percent compared to the same period last year.

Mobile sales also remained strong, approaching 29 percent of all online sales, up 40 percent over 2012, the survey noted. IBM polled mobile shoppers using its “digital analytics platform that tracks millions of transactions and analyzes terabytes of raw data from approximately 800 retail sites nationwide”.

In terms of the iOS vs. Android comparison, Apple’s platform attracted five times the sales of Android. Specifically, nearly one-quarter of all Christmas Day online sales originated from iOS devices versus a meager 4.6 percent Android share.

If you just look at mobile-oriented sales, iOS was responsible for a commanding 83 percent share. IBM pegged overall online traffic from iOS devices at 32.6 percent versus 14.8 percent for Android.

Researchers added:

On average, iOS users spent $93.94 per order, nearly twice that of Android users, who spent $48.10 per order.

Tablets were more popular for holiday shopping than smartphones, representing the 19.4 percent vs. 9.3 percent share of online purchases – despite just 18.1 percent of Christmas Day online traffic occurring on tablets (28.5 percent on smartphones).

The average per-tablet sale amounted to $95.61 versus the $85.11 average purchase made from a smartphone. As for platforms other than iOS and Android, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, BlackBerry and others didn’t even blip on IBM’s radar.

I guess this data point will make for a nice slide at one of Apple’s upcoming keynotes.

Web analytics firm Chitika similarly found back in July that iOS accounted for a cool 84 percent share of web traffic on tablets, which helps explain Apple’s commanding 83 percent take of the 2013 Christmas Day online sales.

Last year, IBM found that 24 percent of online shoppers did their holiday shopping on a mobile device, with Apple’s gadgets dominating Black Friday online shopping.

Specifically, the iPad generated 9.8 percent of mobile web traffic to retailers that day, the iPhone registered an 8.7 percent share while Android devices accounted for 5.5 percent of shopping-related Black Friday traffic.

And what platform did you make your holiday purchases on?

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  • iBanks

    I’m not surprised…

    • iNX

      Same here

  • kevin chang

    You dont say

    • Decio Arruda

      Seriously?!? You had to use a meme like this? I’d say that’s offensive to Christian Zibreg who wrote the post.

      • battle laj

        hes joking men, take it easy ;)

      • jack

        Stop being gay

      • Dan

        not really

      • Dan

        Not really, take into account the fact that he’s used the words b!tching and r3tarded is previous articles.

        **please excuse the ! and 3, but disqus deems those words too offensive to post.

  • Caleb Youngblood

    I like turtles…

  • Willie

    What can you expect?? you get ads in angry birds.

  • David Gitman

    I wonder why ( amm jailbreak :> )

  • James

    Better product!

  • OhSixTJ

    I think the more important question here is “who cares?”

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      The retailers all these iOS users bought from…

      • OhSixTJ

        I don’t think they care who buys, as long as people buy.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Of course they care. If more people shop online via iOS than Android then that means retailers will improve their iOS apps before improving their Android apps (something we see reported practically every year)…

      • lrd555

        But did the Android numbers include Kindles too? Kindles run a forked version of Android not Google’s version. If they did include Kindles, than Google’s version demanded an even lower % and developers would be split as to which version of Android to write for. Agree?

    • Decio Arruda

      Developers for the most part. Would you rather invest in developing an app for a platform with better paying customers but not as many of them(iOS/OS X), or develop an app for the platform with most users but they don’t pay as much for the apps(Android/Windows)?
      This is what sets Android/Windows apart from iOS/OS X. Apple customers, statistically, pay more than other peoples for good apps.

      • OhSixTJ

        But we already knew that.

      • Decio Arruda

        Exactly, these are statistics showing that to this date that’s still the case. Nothing more.

  • Roger Lo

    I’ve heard Beat headphones also a top seller during those times. The truth is, people like name brand discounts.

  • Ahmed Montasser

    I have an iPad for a tablet and a Gs4 for a phone best combination ever

  • lrd555

    Did the Android numbers include Kindles too? Because if they did, that would be cheating. But that wouldn’t surprise me, the Android camp would do anything to make their numbers seem more respectable compared to iOS.