Infography: iPhone vs. android shows north vs. south split (and in real time)

This is an interesting visualisation that I’ve created a few days ago. The principle is simple: each geolocalized Tweet is displayed on a map, in real time. Tweets sent from an iPhone are displayed in Red while tweets sent from an Android are displayed in Blue. Others (emitter not know, bots, 4square updates, etc.…) are displayed in white.

Here is the map:

(click to see it full screen)

The results are quite interesting: it shows that the split android/iPhone happens more at a country/continent level than at a user level. USA, England, Japan are in their vast majority « iPhone users », while South America, Spain, Indonesia are much more Android focused. France is one of the few balanced countries.
In other words, seems another north vs. south split, or rich vs. poor (it seems for instance that some Brazilian big cities are iPhone users while the rest of the country is much more Android).

You can see it in action live:
Technically speaking, I’ve just used a node.js server that stream all tweets on a client through, and then use processing.js to draw them on top of a world map.

In another article I’ll show some source code example on how this has been created.

9 thoughts on “Infography: iPhone vs. android shows north vs. south split (and in real time)”

  1. Thank you for creating your very interesting map showing where mobile phone tweets come from. I look at it from time to time. I have noticed in my most recent viewing of your map that the ratio of Android tweeters compared to IOS users is a factor of about 3X greater and the ration between “other” users and iOS users is a factor of about 5X. This would indicate a much lower penetration of iOS users compared to Android and “other” than what I would have witnessed a year ago, for example. Has iOS twitter use fallen off that much as a ratio to the “competition”, or am I missing something? Thanks again for your interesting work.

    1. Hello Jared,

      that’s also what I’ve noticed…6 monthes ago the number of iphone was nearly equals to android, and higher than ‘others’ which is totally different right now…I plan to do an update on this to have a better visibility, I am not sure exactly what are the reasons of this change…

  2. Hi Tom,
    Thanks for your answer. Keep up your most-interesting work. It really amazes me! I’ll keep checking back.

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