Apple Devices Rule the Skies, literally

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Apple devices rule the skies, according to Gogo Inflight, the largest U.S. provider of in-air online connectivity that provides its services to leading U.S airlines like Delta, United, Virgin America, American, US Airways, Alaska and Frontier.

The published report indicates that iPads are the most popular aircraft devices, followed by laptops, and then iPhones. iPhone beats the pants out of Android here, with stats revealing that the Android: iPhone ratio on aircraft is a demeaning 1:5.

The infographic shown below throws more light on the user distribution.

The tablets and smartphones is the largest user-base, with over 67% of users using a mobile device. Tablets (35%), on the other hand, are the most preferred gadget when people fly, followed by Laptops (33%) and smartphones (32%).

The interesting statistic however is this: Out of total devices that were connected, only 16% of those devices were running Google’s Android. Majority of tablets and smartphones, around 84%, were running Apple’s iOS.

If you look at the smartphone category, Apple’s iPhone quite clearly dominates its rivals. The study reveals that 73% people used iPhones, 26% people used Android phones, and BlackBerry and Windows struggled with less than 1% user base.

However, number of Android users has quadrupled in the last two years. In 2011, 96.8% people used Apple’s devices. In 2013, that has slipped down to 84%, following the growth of Android.

Not being judgmental, but the stats clearly outline the fact that people at higher posts prefer iPhones over Android smartphones. Android has been snubbed for its weaker security model and there are also concerns over Google’s app policy. There are recurring incidences about malicious apps found on Google’s Play Store. Until Google fine tunes its app submission system and develops a tighter security model, which is reliable and robust, we do not see Android being adopted by the privacy-concerned audience.

Which device do you use when you fly?


Image Credits: Gogo inflight


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  1. Good point, man. But that’s what I am saying. Android smartphones are not as popular with the business class as iPhones.

  2. Hello mate,

    Look man, even I prefer Android, but you cannot turn down the fact that Android has some serious problems, partly due to fragmentation, and partly due to Google’s liberal policies.

    And, even if we consider an utopian scenario, like the one you suggested, I don’t think the statistics can be casually brushed-off. The numbers are pretty solid and you’ve got to accept that iOS is still the standard for business class. Android is getting there, but it needs more impetus.

    Regrading the note, seriously man, I detest people who judge each other by the choices they make. “Apple fanboys” and “Droid Guys”. I mean, come on. I’m like just buy the damn phone you like and shut up. I mean both have their pros and cons, but if an user likes it, he/she likes it. What’s there to judge in that?

  3. In my experience… Android users tend to be more frugal, whereas Apple users are less reluctant to spend money. This is probably related to the different business models of their respective app stores.

    GOGO Unlimited: $49.95/month
    GOGO All-Day Pass: $14.00

    I, for one, do not feel that either of the above options is worth the cost. As such, I would leave my phone off or in Airplane Mode, thereby rendering me “invisible” to GOGO. I believe this accounts for the large discrepancy between Apple and Android devices.

  4. This article only mentions connectivity, which doesn’t mean usage
    These numbers could be a little misleading
    For example, no one turns off their device during take off (either don’t know how or don’t care)

    The GoGo system is an open authentication, meaning that any device will ‘connect’ to it when its in range

    Most iUsers don’t disable wifi, same reasons as above
    In my experience, most Android users are more tech savy than IOS users and realize that you don’t need WiFi on to play a game, listen to music or watch a movie (probably due to battery life)

    Or it could just be that people who have money to travel also have money to buy Apple devices and have the need to use in flight WiFi

    No one will be able to determine any of this from this article…
    But hey – thanks for the non-judgmental anecdotal note about Android being snubbed/malicious apps (IOS is not malicous app free either) and the “stats clearly outline” statement

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