At 30,000 feet, Apple’s iOS devices reign supreme.
According to data from Gogo, a Wi-Fi provider on several airlines including American, Delta, United and Virgin, 80% of mobile travelers connect to its Wi-Fi via an iOS device.
Breaking it down further, the iPhone, with 65% share, is the most-used mobile device at 30,000 feet on the Gogo Wi-Fi network. And iPod touch owners accounted for another 15%. Android users, by comparison, represent 12% of mobile travelers accessing Gogo’s network.
The Android operating system has usurped iOS and Symbian in overall share of the smartphone market, so why the huge in-air disparity? “It’s clear that iPhone users are ahead of the curve in understanding those capabilities,” Gogo chief marketing officer Ash ElDifrawi says, “but more and more people are starting to discover how to connect using their smartphone on a plane.”
Meanwhile, BlackBerry users account for 6% of mobile travelers on Gogo’s inflight Wi-Fi, and all other mobile devices, including those using Windows, represent a paltry 2% of Gogo’s network activity.