Earlier in the week we reported on the comScore report that iOS' reach in the US far outstrips Android's, and it certainly made an impact – even Apple COO Tim Cook commented on it when delivering the company's financials.
The one excuse for Android fans here in the UK, of course, is that those figures cover the US and things might be totally different here in Europe. Except that they aren't.
The gist of the comScore report was that while Android has attained market domination in the smartphone sector, once you look at the wider mobile device market – once you include tablets and other mobile OS-driven devices, in other words – the iPad pushes iOS well into the lead. In terms of figures, iOS has a 37.9 million user base, versus 23.8 million for Android.
It led us to wondering just how different the picture would be this side of the Atlantic, and credit to comScore, barely a day later we knew. Admittedly, the 'European' figures are only actually for the UK, Spain, France and Italy, but that's a fair start we reckon, and the results are a bit of a surprise: the gap between the two competing platforms is even greater.
Over those four markets the iOS faithful numbers 28.9 million, while Android manages 13.4 million – that's less than half, for those of debatable mathematics dexterity.
So, iPad, iPhone and iPod owners, you can munch down on those Easter eggs with added satisfaction this weekend – your mobile platform truly rules the mobile roost.