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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-phone-is-your-class-marker dept.
An anonymous reader writes: "Android has a huge market share advantage over iOS these days, but it hasn't had as much success at following the money. iOS continues to win over many app developers and businesses who want to maximize their earnings. Now, an article at Slate goes over some of the statistics demonstrating this trend. A map of geo-located Tweets show that in Manhattan, a generally affluent area, most of the Tweets come from iPhones. Meanwhile, in nearby Newark, which is a poorer area, most Tweets come from Android devices. In other tests, traffic data shows 87% of visits to e-commerce websites from tablets come from iPads, and the average value of an order from an iPad is $155, compared to $110 from Android tablets. (Android fairs a bit better on phones). Android shows a huge market share advantage in poorer countries, as well. Not all devs and business are just chasing the money, though. Twitter developer Cennydd Bowles said, 'I do hope, given tech's rhetoric about changing the world and disrupting outdated hierarchies, that we don't really think only those with revenue potential are worth our attention. A designer has a duty to be empathetic; to understand and embrace people not like him/herself. A group owning different devices to the design elite is not a valid reason to neglect their needs.'"
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 04, 2014 @06:39PM (#46665615)

    ... "Manhattan, a generally affluent area."

  • Funny (Score:5, Funny)

    by nospam007 (722110) * on Friday April 04, 2014 @06:40PM (#46665621)

    "the average value of an order from an iPad is $155, compared to $110 from Android tablets."

    The funny thing is, that often it's for the exact same thing both of them bought.
    Sites check the user-agent and rich guys (IOS) are shown a higher price for the same objects, as it has been noticed quite a few times.
    So if you want a bargain, you need a user-agent-changer for your iPad to mimic a poor people's OS.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 04, 2014 @07:18PM (#46665861)
    Android. ANDROid. Why not Gyndroid? This is problematic. Every time you use\develop for that evil platform the Patriarchy's War on Women and non-white males wins another battle. If you care about social justice, then you will not use anything tainted by Google.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 04, 2014 @07:51PM (#46666107)
    Not to mention the obvious phallic symbolism of the Android logo, standing erect and solid like the triumphant penis of a rapist after his midnight prowl, green with womb envy and intent to destroy in the name of masculinity. Contrast that with the Feminine flows and curves of the artistic iOS which Google has tried in the past to appropriate as their own.

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