It is difficult to argue against the fact that Android is the leading operating system when it comes to smartphones, tablets, and other smart devices. Let us consider a brief history of this company.
The Android company was founded in Palo Alto, California, in October 2003, and was acquired by Google for $50 million in 2005. The first Android smartphone, HTC G1, was released in October 2008. Four years later, Android became the most popular OS with 1.5 million new devices activated daily.
In a 2018 survey about the smartphone market, 72.24% of all smartphones used worldwide were powered by Android. This number is expected to grow to about 85.5% in 2022.
The story in the United States, however, is radically different as iOS dominates the market. Apple’s OS powers about 62.01% of smartphones. Android, on the other hand, captures 37.57% of the US market, while Windows and Samsung garnered 0.13% and 0.1% respectively.
Speaking of the Android-powered smartphones, Samsung tops the sales with about 46.3% of the market pie, followed by Huawei with 9.5% and Xiaomi with 6.9%. LG was able to obtain close to 3.7% of the market, while Micromax has the least market share with around 0.4%.
The e-commerce giant Amazon released its own Android tablet back in November 2011. However, it only has about 0.6% of the total Android OS market share, as reported by a survey conducted in 2018.
In the third quarter of 2018, 6 out of 10 tablets shipped worldwide were powered by Android. The same survey reports that the operating system had a 61% share of the global tablet shipment in the same period of the year.
The infographic below highlights the statistics of Android market shares and conversion rate compared to other mobile operating systems. By studying it, programmers and digital marketers could gain valuable insights on where and how to capture more attention for their products.
If you are only a regular user not interested in programming or digital marketing, then this infographic will also benefit you. Apart from learning Android’s interesting history and stats, you will also get to know more about how the system works and why it is so popular worldwide.
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