Market share held by mobile operating systems in India from January 2012 to December 2016

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The statistic depicts the market share of mobile operating systems in India from 2012 to 2016. In July 2014, Android's market share of mobile OS in India was at 44.75 percent.

Mobile operating systems in India - additional information

As of September 2014, Android was the dominant operating system in India with almost 50 percent of the market share. Its closest rival, Nokia’s Series 40, had less than a 19 percent share. This software platform is not used in smartphones but instead in Nokia’s mid-tier feature phones. The Indian OS market has seen a rapid transformation since the beginning of 2012 when Symbian held over 65 percent of the market. In the following two years the operating system, which is used in most Nokia smartphones, has seen its market share fall to just over 5 percent.

Android’s dominance in the Indian smartphone industry is echoed in the global market where the operating system held over 80 percent of the smartphone market as of the first quarter of 2014. In the U.S. alone there will be an estimated 76 million Android users in 2014, compared to the 15 million in 2010. This means that by 2014 almost a quarter of the population of the United States will own an Android device. Android’s closest rival in the global operating system market is Apple’s iOS, which held just over 15 percent of the market share as of the first quarter of 2014. However, as yet, Apple has not broken into the Indian market because although its market share has grown steadily since the start of 2012, it still remains well below 1.5 percent.

Samsung has been one of the key beneficiaries of the Android operating system with its “Galaxy” series of devices all running on the Android system. The South Korean company held a 25.2 percent share in global smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2014 and announced global revenue of 217 billion U.S. dollars in 2013. Samsung is equally dominant in India where it held the biggest market share for smartphone brands in the third quarter of 2013 with a third of the share. Its closest competitor, Micromax, had just over 17.1 percent of the market share.

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