About This Statistic
This statistic illustrates the number of Android smartphone users in the United States from 2014 to 2016. In 2014, there were 87.7 million smartphone users in the United States with Android as its operating system.
Android users in the U.S. - additional information
Smartphones that run on the Android Operating System are the most popular on the market, with the company holding over 50 percent of the market share in 2012 and 2013. Moreover, by 2015 the company is estimated to be responsible for almost 60 percent of all global smartphone shipments. As of 2013, Android devices sold more than Windows, iOS, and Mac OS combined. If this upward trend continues, around 76 million of the projected 164 million U.S. smartphone users in 2014 will own an Android device, equivalent to almost a quarter of the overall population in the United States.
Android was founded in October 2013 by Andy Rubin and backed by Google, along with other major hardware and software companies such as Intel and Samsung, which formed the Open Handset Alliance. In October 2008, HTC released the HTC Dream, which was the first smartphone to use the Android Operating System. Although the adoption of Android was slow at first, it started to gain widespread popularity in 2010 and became the best-selling smartphone platform by the end of the year.
Android supports the execution of native applications, such as Google’s Maps, Calender, and Gmail, as well as third-party apps available via Google Play, which launched in October 2008 as Android Market. As of July 2013, the Google Play store had over 1 million Android apps published, and 50 billion apps downloaded worldwide. 70 percent of mobile developers developed apps for Android as of the third quarter of 2014.