When it comes to which smartphone is the most popular, perception versus reality plays a big part in the public's opinion. For example, in recent months, the chatter among many in the tech community has been that Android devices are making significant gains versus the iPhone. But what if we could do away with the anecdotes and tales of switchers and just deal with the data to figure which smartphone is really the most popular? A new interactive map offers us just such an opportunity.
Developed by Eric Fischer in conjunction with MapBox and Gnip, the map uses data culled from roughly three billion geo-tagged tweets sent from around the world since September of 2011. The results break the data down into iPhones, Android devices, BlackBerry devices, and others. What is immediately revealed in the U.S. is that the iPhone is overwhelmingly popular in big cities like New York and San Francisco, while Android devices seem to be on more equal footing in less dense cities like Memphis, Tennessee and Wichita, Kansas.
And when you delve deeper into the maps by neighborhood it also becomes clear that affluent zip codes lean heavily toward iPhone devices. Interestingly, when it comes to the BlackBerry, the device most touted for its secure messaging features, there exists a particularly heavy zone of usage right in the middle of midtown Manhattan (CTU headquarters?).
Of course, not all Twitter users give their geo-location information, and there are still a great number of people who have never even used Twitter, but as a sample indicator, the data is pretty revealing.The map even extends beyond the U.S., allowing you to search for the same kind of data in places like Tokyo and London. You can take the map for a spin yourself here.