Global smartphone sales to end users from 1st quarter 2009 to 1st quarter 2016, by operating system (in million units)

This statistic shows global smartphone sales to end users broken down by operating system from the first quarter of 2009 to the lastest financial quarter. In the first quarter of 2010, Apple sold 8.36 million smartphones with their iOS. In 2010, 296.65 million smartphones were sold worldwide.


Smartphone sales by operating system -- additional information

Smartphone sales have strongly increased over the last few years – the number of units sold went from about 170 million in 2009 to more than 1.4 billion in 2015. Google’s operating system, Android, accounted for about 80 percent of these sales in 2015. The market shows no sign of slowing down, and the number of smartphone users is forecast to pass the 2.6 billion mark by 2019. Android, introduced to the consumer market in 2007, has been the leading operating system since early 2011, taking over the top position from Symbian OS. RIM, which was the second biggest operating system at one point, saw its sales market share drop from about 20 percent in the beginning of 2009 to less than one percent four years later.

Meanwhile, Android's market share grew at a fast pace, jumping from two percent in early 2009 to nearly 85 percent by late 2015. Much of this growth can be attributed to the fact that many smartphone manufacturers, such as Sony, Samsung and HTC, have all built phones designed specifically for the Android system. The sales of Android devices added up to 1.1 billion units in 2015 alone. Apple’s iOS is the second most popular operating system in the world, with market share of between 17 to 24 percent in the last few years. In 2015, Apple sold about 225 million iPhones running the iOS operating system. Microsoft’s operating system is the third most popular operating system in the world, with around 26 million smartphones sold in 2015.

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Q1 '09 0.58 3.85 3.74 7.53 - 17.83 2.99
Q2 '09 0.76 5.33 3.83 7.78 - 20.88 2.4
Q3 '09 1.42 7.04 3.26 8.52 - 18.31 2.53
Q1 '10 5.23 8.36 3.7 10.75 - 24.07 2.4
Q2 '10 10.65 8.74 3.06 11.63 0.58 25.39 3.06
Q3 '10 20.54 13.48 2.2 12.51 0.92 29.48 1.99
Q4 '10 30.8 16.01 3.42 14.76 2.03 32.64 1.49
Q1 '11 36.35 16.88 2.58 13 1.86 27.6 1.5
Q2 '11 46.78 19.63 1.72 12.65 2.06 23.85 1.05
Q3 '11 60.49 17.3 1.7 12.7 2.48 19.5 1.02
Q4 '11 77.05 35.46 2.76 13.18 3.11 17.46 1.17
Q1 '12 83.68 33.12 2.72 9.94 3.84 12.47 1.24
Q2 '12 98.66 28.94 4.04 7.99 4.21 9.07 0.86
Q3 '12 124.55 24.62 3.99 8.95 4.45 4.4 0.68
Q4 '12 144.72 43.46 6.19 7.33 2.68 2.57 0.71
Q1 '13 156.19 38.33 5.99 6.22 1.37 1.35 0.6
Q2 '13 177.9 31.9 7.41 6.18 0.84 0.63 0.47
Q3 '13 205.24 30.33 8.91 4.4 0.63 0.46 0.32
Q4' 13** 219.61 50.22 8.53 1.81 - - 1.99
Q1 '14 227.55 43.06 7.58 1.71 - - 1.73
Q2 '14 243.48 35.35 8.1 2.04 - - 1.42
Q3 '14 254.35 38.19 9.03 2.42 - - 1.31
Q4 '14 279.06 74.83 10.42 1.73 - - 1.29
Q1 '15 264.94 60.18 8.27 1.33 - - 1.58
Q2 '15 271.01 48.09 8.2 1.15 - - 1.23
Q3 '15 298.8 46.06 5.87 0.98 - - 1.13
Q4 '15 325.39 71.53 4.4 0.91 - - 0.89
Q1 '16 293.77 51.63 2.4 0.66 - - 0.79
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