This statistic shows the global market share held by the leading smartphone operating systems, in terms of sales to end users, from 2009 to 2016. In the third quarter of 2015, 84.7 percent of all smartphones sold to end users were phones with the Android operating system.
Smartphone operating systems
Mobile operating systems, often referred to as mobile OS, are operating systems that operate smartphones, PDAs, tablets and other mobile devices. The main smartphone operating systems are Android (Google), iOS (Apple), Windows Phone (Microsoft), RIM Bada and Symbian.
Android is the market leader within the smartphone operating system market in terms of new phones sold. In the third quarter of 2013, more than 80 percent of the smartphones sold to end users had Android as their operating system. Over the past few years, Android has continually gained market shares at the expense of other operating systems such as Symbian. At the beginning of 2009 for example Android’s market share was at less than two percent while Symbian’s share was at almost 50 percent. iOS, the operating system of Apple’s iPhones, had a market share of around 12 percent in the third quarter of 2013. The other aforementioned operating systems all had a market share of less than five percent.