Report: Android and iOS devices are fastest-adopted tech in history

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In yet another sign that the popularity of the traditional personal computer is waning, Android and iOS worldwide adoption rates are 10 times faster than PC adoption rates were during the 1980s, a recent online report claims.

More interestingly, so-called smart devices may be the most rapidly-adopted technology in history. People are snapping up Android and iOS devices two times faster than they were dialing-up to the Internet during the 1990s and three times faster than current sign-ups for social networking accounts, according to estimates from Flurry, a mobile advertising and analytics firm.

Flurry says smart device adoption is exploding worldwide with 640 million Android and iOS devices active during the month of July, 165 million of which were in the United States. Metrics firm comScore recently said there were 110 million smartphone users in the U.S. during the month of June.

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China was in second place during July with 128 million users, according to Flurry, and the company says the world's most populous country could have more active Android and iOS devices than the U.S. as early as the upcoming holiday season.

The idea that people are moving towards mobile devices faster than they did to PCs, while interesting, isn't entirely surprising. When PCs were gaining rapid adoption during the 1980s, the devices were still restricted to a relatively privileged sector of society. The original Macintosh, for example, launched in 1984 with a retail price of $2,495, at a time when the national average wage was just over $16,000.

Nearly thirty years later, you can pick up a 16GB iPhone (with a two-year service contract) or an 8GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi tablet for $200. This is at a time when the national average wage is more than 2.5 times what it was in 1984, according to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Social Security Administration. So unlike the PC, Android and iOS devices are open to a much wider demographic in the U.S. and other countries, thanks to lower prices and rising wages.

Beyond the relatively cheap device cost, factors such as the popularity of mobile social networking, location-related services, and the basic desire for most people to own a mobile communication device are helping Android and iOS devices kick the pants off the PC's historical record.

Flurry's estimate is based on data pulled from about 200,000 mobile apps running Flurry's analytics software on more than 640 million devices worldwide. The company claims it is able to reliably detect more than 90 percent of all active Android and iOS devices in the world during any given month.

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