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Apple rules above the clouds

Gogo is one of the most popular and successful in-flight internet service providers in the world. Now, the company has given some statistics on devices used to connect to its in-flight networks.

The statistics show that 67% of the devices used to connect to Gogo during flights are smartphones and tablets. Tablets are the most preferred device connecting to its network at 35 percent, followed by laptop at 33 percent and smartphones at 33 percent.

The most common mobile operating system that connects to the network during flights comes from Apple with the iPad being the most common device overall. 84% of all devices that connect to the Gogo network during the flight run iOS while 16% use Android.

BlackBerry and Windows Phone/Mobile devices each make up less than 1% of in-flight connections.

The most common task performed using these devices in-flight is average web surfing. Gogo says that passengers are accessing their personal e-mail accounts, using social media sites, checking sports scores, and shopping. Business travelers more often use their work e-mail and finalize reports, listing those two activities as their most frequent tasks during the flight.

With Apple devices so popular during flights, it would come as no surprise that Safari is the most popular browser to access Gogo networks. The second most popular browser is Internet Explorer followed by Chrome and Firefox.
While Apple devices are the most common that access Gogo in-flight, Android is catching up. In 2011, only 3.2% of devices accessing the network were Android and so far in 2013, Android accounted for 16% of usage.

Source: Gogo

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My thought...
By 440sixpack on 3/8/2013 9:44:55 AM , Rating: 0 that Apple people just can't stand to go a couple hours without accessing the internet. :-)

As an android user I certainly notice the difference in functionality when I don't have a data connection - a whole range of apps become essentially useless. However I am not really willing to spend a relatively exorbitant amount of money for short term, slow internet access, so I have come to see flights as an enforced break from connectivity - and I kind of like it. It's a bit of a relaxation to know "well, no calls or emails to worry about for the next couple / few hours, so I'm just going to kick back and read / sleep / whatever."

RE: My thought...
By Tony Swash on 3/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: My thought...
By Dorkyman on 3/8/2013 2:46:43 PM , Rating: 5
I see a big difference in my usage pattern versus my 22-year-old daughter's pattern.

I have an android phone. I have lots of apps. It's backed up and I have a spare so that if the phone is ever trashed or lost I'm back in business within hours. Just like my PC, which I use daily to actually do money-generating work.

My daughter is constantly texting. She is constantly looking at YouTube videos and Facebook. She will (quite literally) go through withdrawals if she is not connected to the cloud for more than a few minutes. She also uses android but wishes she had an iPhone because most of her young friends have iPhones and to her it's important to be part of the group. Peer status is a powerful factor in her.

Now, which user would happily give up cash for an internet connection on a flight? Unlike my daughter, my cloud connectivity does not dominate my life. I do not have to tell Buffy or Suzie this very minute what Brad just told Jason. OMG! I am also older and appreciate that a dollar saved is a dollar that can be invested for future needs. That fact is sadly not yet in my daughter's mindset.

I know you are a zealot for the Apple POV; fine. Just understand that it's quite likely that Apple is once again making the same mistakes that it made 20 years ago in the PC environment. For better or worse, android will eat their lunch over time. The cool factor only carries you so far. Some people believe Apple will never be cool again now that Jobs is gone. We'll see.

RE: My thought...
By Tony Swash on 3/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: My thought...
By TakinYourPoints on 3/8/2013 4:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
People with high end Android phones also use the internet and download apps. The discrepancy in usage (not just with in-flight wifi but also with global internet traffic) comes from the fact that most Android devices sold are in the low end, and that the iPhone (which is only high-end) outsells other high-end Android devices combined like the GS3, GN2, DNA, etc. The 5:1 difference in iOS/Android marketshare is highly inflated by low end devices sold to low income and developing markets.

Its just numbers, plain and simple. A segment consisting mainly of devices not as capable as a proper smartphone or laptop isn't going to be used like one. That's the side effect of Android being able to be installed on anything; lots of it is being sold on the cheap. Someone with a GS3 is going to be on the internet and downloading apps as much as anyone else with a real smartphone, you know? There just aren't as many out there to match a segment that is nothing but real smartphones.

RE: My thought...
By karlostomy on 3/9/2013 12:50:35 AM , Rating: 2
@ typ

That is actually a good point, but there is more to it.

It is quite possible that android has a lot of lower end users that simply cannot afford inflight wifi and that would also partly explain the disparity of global internet usage.

Having said that, it must also be noted that
In 2011, only 3.2% of devices accessing the network were Android and so far in 2013, Android accounted for 16% of usage.

While apple undoubtedly has the upper hand in usage statistics (for now) this does seems to be changing rapidly.

Simply said, android is currently trouncing ios in market share and also catching up fast in actual usage statistics.
The stats don't lie.

This certainly points to the possibility that some of the traditional apple consumers (that have more disposable income) are now migrating to the android platform.

I guess there is a lot to be said for competition.
Consumers benefit from better features, higher quality products and lower prices.
Eventually consumers realise where the value is and seem to be slowly moving away from apple.

RE: My thought...
By TakinYourPoints on 3/12/2013 5:12:33 AM , Rating: 2
I think it is more a matter that as more Android devices get sold, more of them are inevitably in the high end category. The notion that iDevice users are the ones who use high end features is a silly one. It is all about what the device is capable of, whether it is running iOS or Android or BB or whatever.

RE: My thought...
By TakinYourPoints on 3/12/2013 5:18:44 AM , Rating: 2
The thing to forget is that this isn't about in-flight wifi, these usage statistics reflect overall usage trends. Even with a 5:1 difference in marketshare iOS still makes up over half of mobile traffic, the bulk of app downloads and mobile developer profits, and it even makes up the majority of Google's mobile ad revenue.

Again, it doesn't come down to the user, it comes down to the type of device being used. A GS3 or GN2 gets the same sort of usage that an iPhone does, there just aren't as many out there compared to the lower end devices given out for cheap or free.

RE: My thought...
By headbox on 3/9/2013 12:05:29 AM , Rating: 2
you are a sh!tty parent

RE: My thought...
By alpha754293 on 3/10/2013 3:17:49 AM , Rating: 2
Well...there are two sides to every story - even between you and your daughter.

First off, I run like mini supercomputers for work and do a LOT of engineering analysis work. But when it comes to cell phones (smart or dumb) - I'm at a total loss - much to the amusement of my college housemates and my colleagues.

Also interestingly enough, my friends who are social workers spend more time on their phones (especially if we're going out - which sometimes bug the crap out of me - but that's a different discussion) whereas my phone might as well be off since nearest makes no difference.

That being said though - there ARE advantages to using the same of similiar devices that your friends and/or peers use.

For example, I have friends who have tween/teen kids and sometimes, if I'm asking them for some information (say their parents email address or contact info or something) - it's a LOT easier for me to just hand them my iPhone and I don't have to teach them how to use it. In fact, they can probably teach an old (31-year-old) geezer like me a thing or two about my own device. I just have to tell them what info I want, and how I want them to format the information as they're typing it and the rest - I leave it up to them. And it works. Remarkably well.

So it's NOT always a bad thing. And when it comes to figuring out how to do stuff on the phone or what apps to use etc., if you're one or the other - you can only help so much (since the probability of you being on both is rather slim; unless one's for work and the other's for personal). And so, with my social worker friends; they both have Android phones. And if they ask me questions about it, I'm even MORE useless than if someone just asked me how to use my own phone.

RE: My thought...
By JPForums on 3/11/2013 9:20:51 AM , Rating: 2
That being said though - there ARE advantages to using the same of similiar devices that your friends and/or peers use ...

Interestingly, this point of view is actually in Android's favor. For you, this may mean it makes since to get an iPhone. However, Android is currently far more prevalent than iOS. With the plethora of low end Android phones saturating the market, and high end Android phones capable of competing with the iPhone, the probability of being affiliated with an Android user is even higher than being affiliated with an iOS user. Granted not all android phones are equal, but they really aren't that different. Besides, the probability still holds up (to a lesser extent) if you look at Samsung vs Apple.

To be clear, I take the view point that people should choose a device that works best for them. If you need a system that is simple and stable, iOS (or Windows Phone) is a good option. If openness, expandability, and feature diversity are your thing, Android's looking pretty good. If you are likely to need a lot of help with your device, get what other people around you have. If you are buying for the social status, pick what makes you look good. That said, I still can't figure out why someone would spend $600+ (even if the price is hidden by contract) on a phone and refuse to figure out how to use it (not to be confuse with those who just need some help). I still haven't got a chance to check out BB10, but from what I have heard, it may put RIM back into contention in the business sector.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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