A little math shows that Android has surpassed iPhone in raw numbers.
Steve Jobs said today that Apple has sold 3 million iPhone 4’s in just 22 days. That’s pretty impressive, but Google announced yesterday – and at the Droid X announcement last month – that it is activating 160,000 Android devices per day. Multiply that out by 22 days and you get over 3.5 million devices sold.
So, is it official then?
To be fair: we don’t know how many previous-generation iPhone 3GS models (which are still being sold) Apple is currently selling, so the total number of iPhones sold per day is unclear. Apple also currently only sells the iPhone 4 in its largest five national markets. It will launch iPhone 4 in smaller markets over the next few months.
Apple has a full year until they release another iPhone (unless they release an antenna-fixed iPhone 4.1) if they stick to their yearly summer launch schedule.
If you want to get a larger picture of the mobile OS landscape, other factors have to be considered. Apple’s iOS is running on Apple’s popular iPods and iPads as well as the iPhone. Android hasn’t yet made inroads into those markets, so iOS is probaby still out in front of Android overall. Android does count in its activation tallies devices which access the Internet through cellular service, including eReaders like the Nook. But those numbers are rounding errors compared to mobile phone sales.
However, in phones, Google seems to have a winner on its hands. It will be hard for Apple to catch Android’s numbers if the company can’t even surpass their competitor’s running weekly total at its yearly iPhone launch.