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Market share held by smartphone OS in Germany 2016-2018, by month

More smartphones in Germany use Android as an operating system than any other, well ahead of iOS. 76 percent of German phones run on Android, ahead of the 16.4 percent running on iOS.

Manufacturer shares in Europe

Statistics covering the market shares by operating system tend to show Android in a commanding position, simply due to the sheer number of manufacturers creating android devices. At the European level, the market share held by Apple , and the largest two manufacturers of Android based devices, are far more even. During the fourth quarter of 2018, 25 percent of devices shipped in Europe were Samsung devices, 26 percent were Apple devices, and 23 percent were Huawei devices. Shipments of Huawei devices are generally expected to reduce following recent restrictions on the relationship between themselves and Google.

Google Play Store activity in Italy

   Figures covering downloads from the Google Play Store, the app marketplace for Android devices, provide some insight as to how Android devices are used in Germany. As of April 2018, WhatsApp Messenger was the app Germans downloaded the most during May 2019, registering 1.24 million downloads. Most of the other top apps were games, including Traffic Run! and Run Race 3D. Gardenscapes generated more revenue than any other app during April 2018, bringing in close to three million U.S. dollars. All of the top apps by revenue in May 2019 were gaming apps.

Share of operating systems of smartphone sales in Germany from 2016 to 2018, by month

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* ComTech tracks mobile phone behaviour, including purchasing of phones, mobile phone bills/airtime, source of purchase and phone usage. The data excludes enterprise sales.

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