Android - Statistics & Facts

Android - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about Android

Android is a mobile operating system (OS) developed by Google. Since its introduction to the consumer market in 2008, Android has been supported and adopted by several smartphone manufacturers, such as Sony, Samsung and HTC, which have all built phones designed specifically for the Android system. This has aided Android significantly in gaining market share, making it the leading smartphone OS by 2010. Since then, Android has consistently grown its presence in the market and distanced itself from the competitors. As of the third quarter of 2015, Android accounted for around 85 percent of all smartphone sales to end users worldwide, while Apple's iOS held just over 13 percent of the market share. Android is forecast to maintain its leadership in the market, and account for 82.6 percent of all smartphones shipments in 2019. KitKat, Lollipop and Jelly Bean are some of the most popular Android versions.

Since late 2012, Android has also been leading the tablet market in terms of shipments. Android's tablet market share grew from nearly three percent in the second quarter of 2010 to almost 70 percent in the first quarter of 2015. Apple, its main competitor and a pioneer in the industry, saw its market share drop from around 94 percent in the second quarter of 2010 to 24 percent in the first quarter of 2015. Microsoft's OS is the third biggest operating system for tablets, with seven percent of the market share. Despite Apple's decline in the OS market, Apple is still the leading tablet vendor in the world, shipping more 16 million iPads in the fourth quarter of 2015 alone.

Via its Android system, Google is also competing with Apple when it comes to app sales. Google Play -- first released under the name of Android Market -- is now the biggest app store in the world, with 1.6 million apps available as of July 2015. In comparison, Apple's users can choose from 1.5 million apps available at the Apple App Store. About 70 percent of all apps offered on Google Play are free of charge.


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