Try our corporate solution for free!
(212) 419-8286

Android - Statistics & Facts

Android is a mobile operating system (OS) developed by Google. Initially, Android was created by Android Inc., a California-based company that worked with operating systems for digital cameras and mobiles. With the goal of entering the mobile market, Google acquired the company in 2005 and released the mobile operating system Android to the consumer market two years after.

As the Android OS was introduced to the market, it gained the support of several smartphone manufacturers, such as Sony, Samsung and HTC, which have all built phones designed specifically for the Android system. This has aided Android significantly in gaining market share, taking over the top position of smartphone operating systems from Symbian OS by 2010. Since then, Android has consistently distanced itself from the competitors, aggressively increasing its market share over the years. In 2017, Android accounted for more than 80 percent of all smartphone sales to end users worldwide. Android is forecast to maintain its leadership in the market, projected to account for about 86 percent of all smartphones shipments worldwide in 2022. Marshmallow, Nougat, and Lollipop are some of the most popular Android versions.

Upon the success of the operating system in the smartphone market, Android expanded its operating system to tablets. Android tablets were introduced to compete with Apple’s iPad, a pioneer product in this particular market. Due to the lack of quality applications for Android tablets, Android did not grow as strongly at first as in the smartphone market, but managed to establish itself as the leading tablet operating system in late 2012; as of the first quarter of 2020, Android has a 57 percent share of the tablet market.

The increasing popularity of Android devices has a direct impact on the app store Google Play, which was first introduced under the name of Android Market. It is now the biggest app store in the world, and has 2.87 million apps available for download in March 2020. WhatsApp is the most downloaded Android app at that time, and the mobile game Coin Master is the Android app that brings in the most revenue.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Android".


Dossier on the topic

All important statistics are prepared by our experts – available for direct download as PPT & PDF!

Key figures

The most important key figures provide you with a compact summary of the topic of "Android" and take you straight to the corresponding statistics.



Android apps/Google Play Store

Interesting Statista reports

  • Statista Consumer Market Outlook - Segment Report
  • Statista Global Consumer Survey
  • 230+ slides about the most relevant topics and trends in the Digital Economy


Get in touch with us. We are happy to help.
Statista Locations
Contact Hadley Ward
Hadley Ward
Sales Manager– Contact (United States)

Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm (EST)

Contact Ziyan Zhang
Ziyan Zhang
Customer Relations– Contact (Asia)

Mon - Fri, 11:30am - 10pm (IST)

Contact Kisara Mizuno
Kisara Mizuno
Customer Success Manager– Contact (Asia)

Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 5:30pm (JST)

Contact Lodovica Biagi
Lodovica Biagi
Director of Operations– Contact (Europe)

Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 5pm (GMT)

Contact Catalina Rodriguez
Catalina Rodriguez
Key Account Manager - LAC– Contact (Latin America)

Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm (EST)