A Google executive claimed Wednesday that Android has seen the fastest and most successful adoption of any operating system in history.
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Nikesh Arora, senior vice president at Google, said the following, courtesy of Seeking Alpha:
I mean, look, in the history of operating systems, I think Android has been the quickest and most successful adoption of an operating system in the world. So you just sort of stop, take pause and say, oh my God, that's crazy. Nobody could have ever predicted that we're going to get an operating system adopted in an industry, which has so many different OEMs, manufacturing with their own operating systems having adopted around the world.
A report back in 2012 claimed that both.
But recent data from IDC and App Annie (December 2013) show Android, for example, with a big lead over Apple in the installed base of smartphones (see chart at bottom), while Apple leads in game monetization.
And there are plenty of other studies too -- usually focusing on smartphones -- that show Android leading.
The success of apps on iOS, however, has been a strong suit for Apple, as a recent Piper Jaffray study, released in January, shows.
In the same report, though, Piper Jaffray argued that the quality of apps on the two platforms is now equalizing and that services will now be the key differentiator.
So, is Google, right? Maybe that's best left to readers to debate.