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.

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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!

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.