Android Users Are (or Aren't) the Biggest Network Hogs
Digging further into the study, however, reveals that Android users don't seem to be any more data-hungry than iPhone owners. Owners of the HTC Desire led Android owners in data downloads, pulling in 41-percent more than the iPhone 3G. (The same amount as iPhone 4 owners.) All Android devices and the iPhone (including the 3G) were responsible for much more data usage than Nokia handsets or BlackBerries, but the numbers don't show that Android owners alone are clogging up the nation's cellular networks. What the data does show, though, is that data consumption tends to be dramatically higher on newer devices. In particular, uploads have risen by 130-percent, likely because of higher-megapixel cameras and HD video capabilities being added to smartphones. Android may be using the most data, but only because there are more Android devices than there are iPhones. Nothing in the Arieso study suggests Android owners are particularly ravenous data hogs.