Android Around the World

by: Darcy LaCouveeMarch 24, 2011
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As we all know, Android is now the fastest growing operating system in the world. The reasons for this are numerous and diverse, but simply stem from the fact that people want a highly customizable platform, with access to tons of great apps, on a wide variety of awesome phones. Android has simply delivered a better mobile experience than any of the competitors out there. While Apple has had a strong showing thus far, and was the first out of the gate, so to speak, it is now in decline. Consumers are losing interest in Apple, and are opting for Android.

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The savvy folks over at Icrossing have done their due diligence, and created an awesome infographic detailing the rise of Android, and the drop in Apple, and the significant decline in Nokia’s Symbia OS.

Icrossing had this to say:

“In many of the developed markets Google’s Android has made impressive gains in the last 12 months, often at the expense of Apple’s iOS. For example in the USA Apple’s market share has dropped from 53% 12 months ago to 35% today, while Google’s Android has gone from 12% to 27%. In the UK we see a similar picture with Apple dropping from 55% to 42% and Android gaining 10% during the same period.”

Their detailed analysis had some other wonderful news for Android lovers like, “what is certain is that Apple has lost market share in the majority of developed markets over the last 12 months as new devices have entered the market and competition has increased.”

Another cool piece of information gleaned from this particularly awesome infographic is about South-Korea. Long known to be one of the most technologically advanced nations on the planet, and home to the world’s fastest, cheapest broadband connections, Android has an adoption rate of 84%. Being that the South-Korean’s are some of the savviest phone shoppers on the planet, we have to say that this particular metric bodes very well for Android indeed. Let’s also not forget that two tech giants reside there, being of course Samsung and LG.

Undoubtedly, the future is bright for Android. With tons of great dual core phones being released in 2011, Android Honeycomb on numerous high-specced tablets, and a few updates to Android itself coming, we can all rest easy that Android will only continue to get better in every single imaginable way.

In particular it’s interesting to see how Nokia still dominates certain parts of the developing world. Huge portions of the population will soon get a chance to have Android in their hands for the first time, and once that happens, well, good-bye Nokia!

What do you think? Is there anything that could slow down the mass-adoption of Android worldwide? According to our sources, daily Android activations are getting closer and closer to 400,000 as every day passes.

Thanks Icrossing!

  • I want to see the details from the pic but its small..:(

    • go to the source link for the original image and click on that.

  • This info is for “mobile browsing platform.”

  • Looked into the source for this information. . . it comes from

    From their FAQ:

    “What methodology is used to calculate the market share statistics?
    StatCounter is a web analytics service. As of 1 June 2010, our tracking code is installed on more than 3 million sites globally. (These sites cover various activities and geographic locations.) Every month, we record billions of hits to these sites. For each hit, we analyse the browser/operating system used and we establish if the hit is from a mobile device. For our search engine stats, we analyze every hit referred by a search engine. For our social media stats, we analyze every hit referred by a social media site. We summarize all this data and this is how we get our Global Stats information.
    We do not manipulate the data in any way. We do not collate it with any other information sources. No artificial weightings are used. We simply publish the data as we record it.
    In other words we calculate our Global Stats on the basis of more than 15 billion hits per month, by people from all over the world onto our 3 million+ member sites.
    By collating our data in this way, we track the activity of third party visitors to our member websites. We do not calculate our stats based on the activity of our members. This helps to minimise bias in the data and ensures a random sample is achieved.
    In May 2010, our global sample consisted of 16.3 billion hits (US: 4.0 billion); 2.1 billion of these were search engine referrals (US: 532 million); 109 million of these were social media referrals (US: 51 million).”

    In other words. . . not really reliable stats. Take for example that they have several sites that are apps on iOS and not Android–I don’t know if this is the case or not just using it as an example. That would skew the statistics considerably. That’s just to mention one way the stats could be skewed.

    I could use my sites as an example. Out of 4K visitors per month to one of my sites I see less that 1% iOS or Android–probably because my site isn’t geared toward mobile needs ;)
    The type of sites they are monitoring matter a great deal.

    So, take these stats with a grain of salt.