GoGo Inflight data shows Android gaining ground in the air


Here is an interesting slice of data. GoGo Inflight recently rounded up the stats for devices connecting to their WiFi networks during flights and the results show good growth for Google’s platform. In comparison to Apple, Android devices accounted for only 3.2 percent of mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) connecting to GoGo in 2011. So far in 2013, the number has grown to 16 percent.

When taking into account smartphones only, Android accounts for 26 percent of all devices connecting to GoGo. It’s still a far cry from Apple’s 73 percent, however. Overall, smartphones and tablets make up the majority of traffic on GoGo’s networks, a total of 67 percent.

The data suggests you are more likely to see someone surfing the web from their iPad or iPhone during flights, which is interesting when considering the fact that in terms of overall smartphone market share Android has been dominating for quite some time. You would think the numbers would look a bit more even. Perhaps the info says more about the type of person purchasing in-flight WiFi from GoGo than it does about any actual device distribution.

[via CNN]

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  1. During my last business trip, I sat across the aisle from a gentleman on a galaxy tab 2. I struck up a conversation with him and shared our experiences with Android tablets… mine being an ancient xoom.

    I can say personally that I don’t pay $10 to use the internet when I’m on a plane unless I need to get work done, and thats being done on my thinkpad laptop. When I’m on a plane, I download all the music, movies and ebooks to local storage.

  2. Im about to go on a plane with my GS3, Nexus 7, and Transformer Prime. This ought to even things out.

  3. I think Android needs to do a little more to ensure in-flight activity. I remember a time when the airlines took care of all that, and a few of them still do. If Droid wants to compete with Apple, then they need to step up in this area.

  4. Well, I think its safe to say that most people with the resources to blindly throw money at an over-priced/over-rated phone/tablet (regardless of the price) probably don’t have a problem spending the $10-$20 (or whatever it is) for in-flight WiFi.

  5. You have to pay for Gogo. People who use Apple are used to paying for a lot of things. Android users save their money.

    1. Nice way to spin it to make you feel better.

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