Smartphone Socio-economics

No MBA Mondays today. I'm obsessed about something else this morning.

Benedict Evans has a series of blog posts up showcasing twitter data from a company called MapBox.

Here's London (iPhone is Red, Android is Green, Blackberry is Blue):

London smartphone distribution

Here's NYC:

NYC smartphones

You can click on those images to blow them up and see them better.

Benedict ends his blog post with this statement:

the iPhone is more expensive than most of the phones on the market, and this shapes the kind of people who buy it

The iPhone has locked up the top end of the market for sure. The rest of the world is on Android (and Blackberry and Windows to a lesser degree). Developers of mobile apps need to keep this in mind when they choose which platforms to develop for.