So just how popular is Android?

by: Gary SimsFebruary 26, 2013

Android-KingAs you would expect we are ardent Android fans here at Android Authority, but with good reason. Recent data compiled by website monitoring service Pingdom is showing that Android is used to power some 42% of all consumer compute devices. That isn’t 42% of all mobile phones, but 42% of all consumer level devices including media players, tablets, Smart TV systems and of course smartphones.

Looking just at that stats gathered from smartphone web usage, a good indicator of how smartphones are being used, Android holds the top spot with 37%. Next is iOS with around 26%. Blackberry has under 5%, which is significantly down from its near 20% that it had in mid-2010. Operating systems like Symbian and Series 40 are also in decline meaning that at the moment it is just a two horse race between Android and iOS, but we knew that!

China and the USA are the top Android markets, however in South Korea Android usage is at 90% while in Japan it is 64%. Only in the UK is Android slightly less popular with 47% of the market. However in all five countries (China, USA, UK, Japan and South Korea) Android is the leading mobile OS.

smartphone-web-traffic-by-os-2009-2013 Pingdom
2012 was the year of the smartphone and it looks like 2013 will be the same (or maybe the year of the phablet – we will see). From Q4 2011 to Q4 2012, the worldwide smartphone market grew by almost 40%, what is amazing is that Android didn’t grow by 40% in that period, no sir. It grew by an amazing 88%! This means that of the 208 million smartphones shipped in Q4 2012, 144.7 million were Android devices!

Of course, Google can’t just sit back and relax. Apple is continuing to develop iOS and there could be some healthy competition from Microsoft, Blackberry, Jolla, Firefox and Ubuntu. But if Google keeps the pace of development high, it looks like Android is going to remain on top for a little while yet!

  • Roberto Tomás

    I don’t mean to nit pic or anything .. honest .. but this seems like a bad way to measure the popularity (where popularity means number of users) of mobile OSes. This measures more how much time and to what depth users of each OS spend browsing the internet. Sales of devices to end users would be better, but definitely harder to compile (because companies sell the devices to the stores that then sell them, those count as sold — both franchises and resellers).

  • RarestName

    lol web browsing statistics again

  • Nick

    surely this graphic is completely unrepresentative of the global smartphone market. The source of the data is – a site used by IT Pros to check the status of their systems. This is representative ONLY of users of the pingdom service, which is likely to be significantly different that the wider smartphone market, and whilst android devices are gaining greater penetration overall, this is not necessarily the case across all verticals, and sectors

    • Nick, actually Pingdom did quite a lot of research and got their data from a variety of sources. Gary

  • What is series 40? I’ve never even heard of that.

  • no thanks

    lol no mention of WP at all. Thanks for trying MS