I've always found it... let's go with “ironic”... that the US, the self-proclaimed home of democracy, has a political system dominated entirely by just two political parties – and two parties placed a lot nearer to each other than they'd like you to believe.
And these days that's sounding a good way to describe the smartphone market, with IDC claiming that fully 85% of new smartphones sold are running either Android or iOS.
For the record, that breaks down to 68.1% for Andy and 16.9% for the iPhone, with the figures covering Q2 sales from around the planet.
In terms of year-on-year change, Android is up 21.2%, a massive spike that has seen iOS' slice of the pie actually drop from 18.8% a year ago, though sales are up from 20.4m last year to 26m this year (and as we always point out, Android's figure comes from a wide array of devices, while Apple's is just from the iPhone).
Speaking of which, Samsung accounted for 44% of those Android sales – more than the next seven Android OEMs combined, which is pretty impressive considering the names involved include the likes of LG, Sony, Motorola and HTC.
As you'd expect, Symbian and BlackBerry OS have been the biggest losers over the past year, particularly Symbian, which has gone from 18.3% market share to 6.8% in a single year.
The only OS other than Android to actually gain share was Windows Phone, with Microsoft's endless marketing spend and deal-making responsible for a jump from 2.3% in 2011 to a massive 3.5% today. Money well spent.
Interesting question – continuing the US politics analogy, who would you choose to play the Republicans and who would be the Democrats? Back in the 90s and early 2000s you'd have no problem associating Apple with liberal thinking, but in this age of mega-corporation status and legal sabre-rattling, I'd say it's a far tougher sell.