Mobile operating systems in the United Kingdom (UK) - statistics & facts
The expression “mobile operating system” (mobile OS) refers to operating systems that manage the software on mobile devices like phones, tablets, and smartwatches. By contrast, laptops or notebooks are not included in this category because the OS on these devices was originally designed for desktops and is, therefore, not considered mobile.
Over the past decade, Android and Apple iOS have been the undoubted leaders of the smartphone OS market, recording a combined share of around 99.5 percent in 2022. The remaining share is held by Windows Phone and Samsung, which, on the contrary, did not have success and their shares have fallen to a negligible level. However, Apple has recorded strong sales, and, indeed, since 2010 it has always been the leading mobile device vendor, holding a market share of roughly 52 percent in 2021. At the beginning of 2022, the iPhone 13 was the most popular smartphone in the United Kingdom and accounted for roughly 29 percent of sales, while the only Android phone that made it into the top five smartphones sold was the Samsung Galaxy A12.
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