Most popular mobile phone and smartphone brands in Germany 2015-2016

This statistic shows the results of a survey ranking the most popular mobile phone and smartphone brands based on consumer usage in Germany in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Samsung was the most popular brand among German mobile or smartphone users aged 14 years and older, with almost 34 percent of respondents preferring it. Apple was preferred by 16.4 percent of respondents that year, and Nokia brought up the top three with 15.9 percent.
The number of Samsung smartphone users in Germany has grown between 2013 and 2016, amounting to 23.52 million users in 2016. Samsung leads the mobile phone and smartphone market on a worldwide scale, with 2012 being a crucial year in this development. That year, Samsung overtook Nokia/ Microsoft, as well as reaching a market share of 30 percent of the global smartphone market. As seen in this ranking, among German mobile phone and smartphone users, Apple remains Samsung's main competitor.

Ranking of the most popular mobile phone/smartphone brands based on consumer usage in Germany in 2015 and 2016

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Release date

November 2016



Survey time period

2014 to 2015

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking mobile/smartphone users

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* First recorded in 2016.
Information on base:
German-speaking population ages 14 and older in private households, at main residence in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Information on random sample:
2015: 7,009 respondents, projected base of 69.24 million persons
2016: 7,026 respondents, projected base of 69.56 million persons
This question was phrased by the source as follows: "What brand is your mobile phone or smartphone?" (In case of 'several private mobile phones/smartphones': "This question refers to the private phone that you use the most!").
(Original German question: "Von welcher Marke ist Ihr Handy bzw. Smartphone?" (Falls ‘Mehrere private Handys/Smartphones‘: "Gemeint ist bei dieser und den folgenden Fragen das private Handy/Smartphone, das Sie am häufigsten nutzen!").

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