tweet_bada_grew_faster_than_iphone [1]

Okay… That sounds kind of credible.
Except it doesn’t.
But for “fastest growing new OS ever” for first two years, let’s use Tomi’s reported numbers (in his blog [2], from Q1 2010 onwards, includes full Bada history), get older data from public reports for iPhone and “the third hardly mentionable smartphone OS” and then we should have something like this:

android_vs_bada_vs_iphone_5qtrs
This looks good for Bada.

android_vs_bada_vs_iphone_8qtrs
This looks bad for Bada. (This is 2 years Tomi talks about; Android is at this point 1 quarter away from being tied with Symbian, the largest OS at the time.)

Quick poll: Which one of these three is the fastest-growing new OS ever? Bada?

Let’s now assume that it’s just a slip and Tomi has not done this on purpose. In that case he probably has it correct in his blog?

bada has achieved nearly 30 million cumulative sales in its first 2 years. That is more than the iPhone did in its first two years! Yes, bada is the most successful new smartphone OS launch in history!

–Tomi Ahonen, January 31, 2013 [3]

I’m speechless. This is in year 2013 so he has to know how badly Android dwarfed Bada in this “first two years” contest. Yet here we have Tomi celebrating Bada cumulative sales of 30 million units in 2 years when Android sold over 30 million units in just 2 quarters at the end of its first two years period. No to mention that iOS launched over 2 years before Bada and Android a bit than 2 years before, which means they both grew on much smaller market than Bada did.
Where does he come up with this stuff?
Which hat is it where he pulls these numbers?

Fastest growing new OS ever“?

most successful new smartphone OS launch in history“?

android_vs_bada_vs_iphone_13qtrs
…this picture we better not talk about.

REFERENCES:

[1] http://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/486265392520654848

[2] http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/

[3] http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2013/01/early-thoughts-on-new-operating-systems-ubuntu-sailfish-jollameego-tizen-samsungs-update-to-meego-fi.html

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