Aug 01 AT 2:19 PM Edgar Cervantes 32 Comments

Android has almost 50% world smartphone market share, iOS bumped to second place


Watching Android evolve since the release of the T-Mobile G1 has definitely been exciting. Everyone knew it had great potential. And Google has worked diligently to improve the Android experience. The smartphone market is in the middle of an explosion, causing a great deal of competition among operating systems and manufacturers. That little green robot has had to grow up fast; Android became the top smartphone OS in a mere couple of years. According to Canalys Q2 reports, Android now owns about 48% of the global smartphone market share. We’re sure this percentage will continue to grow, reflecting the increasing number of daily activations.

Let’s take a look at the details, shall we? The smartphone market in general has grown by 73%, with 107.7 million units shipped. Of the 56 countries Canalys tracks, 35 are Android-led. Android shipments have gone up by 379% from a year ago, with 51.9 million units shipped. Android being the #1 contender is no big news; it has been since Q4 2010. But we’re reaching high numbers, and there are some countries that have impressive percentages. Some great examples of the future for Android are South Korea (85% share) and Taiwan (71% share).

Google’s operating system has been climbing to the top since its birth–something that has other companies trembling. One of them is Apple, which also seems to be improving its market share. According to the reports, Apple has now surpassed Nokia (Symbian) with a 19% share and 20.3 million iPhones shipped. Of course, we expect Apple’s numbers to go up with the release of the iPhone 5. But we suspect (we’re pretty sure, actually) it still won’t beat Android. Our fellow Android manufacturers are releasing multiple devices a month, and the iPhone 5 will be overtaken by an army of new Android devices soon after its release.

On a side note, Nokia’s market share might see an increase, too. They’re starting work with Microsoft on their Windows Phone devices. Somehow, we think their share percentage won’t be going up too much. Samsung alone (17 million units) has beaten Nokia and is reaching up for low-hanging fruit. Expect some good numbers in the coming years. Android is still in its infancy, and these statistics will surely continue to improve.

Source: Canalys

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Interpol91

    Love to hear about Android wiping the floor with Apple!!

    • Cuge Hock

      but androids got no developers (and no games)

      • LoserLikeMe

        and you have a Cmall Hock

      • Interpol91

        The games I use are great and I prefer the overall Android system. My phone’s XDA community has got a great group of developers working on making it better. Android phones benefit from the minds over at XDA


    As long as the success does not go to there heads. I’m proud to be part of the android movement and as long as they keep it open and keep the customers first, I’ll continue my support.

    • Mark

      Success is a hard thing not to go to your head; look at hollywood, where half of our overpaid actors think they’re gods to the mere mortal population. That’s why (back to Android now) they need strong competition and why Apple is a necessary evil. While they make an ass out of themselves in the media for their frivolous lawsuits, they make a phone that will help keep Android always on its toes and innovating for the benefit of us, the consumer.

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Well, Google’s main source of income comes from the internet. That is why they keep investing so much in making the internet experience richer, faster, and more efficient. They want us to search better and faster. Android is still young, but I don’t see Google becoming too arrogant about the OS. They have kept their other services free, even though they could totally get a lot of money charging for them. This leads me to believe that they will try to keep Android open, since they are not looking to get too much income directly from it.

      • BiGMERF

        i agree, but there are plenty of examples of the total opposite happening. We can certainly hope it remains this way. But you just never know. Greed makes people/coorperations do the craziest things. I never totally believe in anything these days. The minute you get comfortable, boom “reality check”

  • Hillary Denton

    iOS is unstoppable! Go Apple, kill the meandroid scum!!!!

    • BiGMERF

      wow… that was really productive

      • Tran Lang

        @BiGMERF, do you notice that the person you and I commented on her post came back in and voted down your and my replies. She couldn’t even have any statement to defend for her post. It’s really a tofu head that she carries on her neck every day. LOL…..

    • Tran Lang

      Another tofu head.

    • tariqali

      You must be the typical iphone user. All lipstick and no brains. You just can’t understand android without a brain, you just find it too complicated. For the android user the iphone is like wearing a straitjacket, which people like you simply can’t understand. Its a bit like a fish from the sea was put in a bowl with another fish. The sea fish tells the one in the bowl how big the sea is, the other fish swims around the bowl and says, is it that big, no says the other fish, its much bigger. The other fish swims around the bowl 20 times and says, is it that big, no is the reply its much bigger. The other fish says surely it can’t be bigger than that. This is exactly the situation with people like you. Whereas most android users have had experiences with iphones, people like you never have because either you just don’t have intelligence or are just too scared of being outside of a straitjacket.

      • Glen

        Every thought that most people don’t even care how much control they need. Or that, only 2% of all smartphone buyers even bother with customization, even lesser bother with xda and rome. Its astounding how you harp about open source and customization when 99% people don’t even give a shit about it. Open source doesn’t matter to the regular customer. They will buy phones that they hear about, see, and what feels good instinctively for them. They don’t waste much time on it.

        iPhones and blackberies do straightjacket very well, and makes it easy for the end customer who may or may not be technically sound. U cannot diss anyone because he doesn’t know computers very well. A reputed heart surgeon or a famous lawyer might not care or bother with his computers n devices much. They r just tools for him. If an iPhone works for him, you’ll label him as a fish. Please
        Android needs to learn to do straightjacket. It does the complexities well, but doesn’t do straightjacket just as good.

    • E

      Wow that was really weak looser

    • repeat for truth

      <<iOS is unstoppable! Go Apple, kill the meandroid scum!!!!

  • billc

    That’s wonderful but lets not act like the apple clones when they took first place. Our maturity should shine through.

  • Tran Lang

    Way to go, Android.

  • mongbinhthuong

    Android platform and its community will continuously improve and grow. More people will love Android since its target is to serve the needs of users, not to serve the pocket of the phone manufacturer like…Apple. People have interest in controlling the OS running on their devices more than having their devices to be controlled by OS from those devices’ manufacturers. As long as Android platform stays focus in line to keep users in first place, more people will support it, and of course it will grow and beat any other OS.

  • jay

    Im hoping that android will not slow down. . we need to support the good developers that we have and the developers have to go beyond simple app porting from iphone to android. Make it a better version. google also has to be fair and make the 15 minute window up 6 hours to 12 . This way the app can be used to its potential and buyers would not feel cheated. Hopefully google reads this . .

  • SliestDragon

    Android just keeps going and going. :)

  • kath

    Everyone should look up the app “MyFlare.” It’s hands down 1 of the top 3 most useful apps I’ve ever seen. It’s perfect for women, children and the elderly. Their slogan is “your personalized emergency response app” and it does every bit of that. Check it out:

  • Cod3rror

    Android is surely on the rise, incredible momentum, but Google needs to address some key things to make Android a real winner.

    Fragmentation… tidy up.
    Smoothness… say what you want, Android is still not as smooth as the iPhone
    UI and it’s consistency… they have to improve the UI by a lot and make all the elements like animations, transitions, etc… more consistent.
    Hardware UI Acceleration
    Multicore Support for dual core phones
    Consistent UI/App framework for unified UI look for third party apps
    Hardware vendors need to be hit with a strict policy of updates AND guaranteed number of years(make it 2) of updates.

    And Android faces another problem, the mobile and desktop OS unification, Microsoft is actually the leader in this with Windows 8, they are pushing to unify for one OS to run everywhere, the future is not the laptop, it’s the smart phone, dockable that once docked switches to a full desktop OS with a desktop UI.

    Apple has an answer to that.

    Google however has none, they don’t have a desktop OS.

    I wonder how will Google deal with that?

    • aj

      You know your absolutely right about all that which it needs to be addressed but its still nice and amazing that despite all these issues android explodes at an exponential rate. And i liked the comment earlier that with competition like apple it keeps google from becoming like apple. Not letting it self feel all powerful and lose a sense of innovation. As long as Google doesnt lose its self while growing and improving on the many things mentioned then Google will continue to reign but will always be wary of their close competitor.

    • sam g

      Your completely right. For android to win a consistent, goodlooking UI is a must. I know too many people who’ve got Android phones that hate them because of the UI.

    • Glen

      its the same reasons why I ditched my Galaxy S. The general legginess and crashing apps and general UI inconsistency put me off completely. I don’t care about the whole control factor as I can do whatever I want to do with any other phone (Be it WinMo, BB or iOS). U all talk about so much control, but 95% people don’t need to control their phones as much us blog visiting, xda visiting guys do. They buy a phone they see, like, hear about. Simple! Nothing else

  • sylar

    Woohoo. Its nice to know that my favorite mobile OS is beating IOS. Sorry not trying to be a hater just don’t like IOS much, I can never find anything.

    • Gator

      You can type a few letters in “search” (swipe to the right) and whatever you’re trying to find will likely show up immediately.

      I think iOS will get better because it already supports multiple cores well, (as in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, and soon Quad Cores in 2012 for iPad 3 and iPhone 5), and it has a consistent UI and doesn’t usually drain the battery as much. It runs the same UNIX (Darwin) as Macs do, so it’s a full unified and tested OS ready for future growth. (Darwin has been around for over 11 years, Linux has been around a while too but not nearly as common and tested most of that time)

  • gary s

    I use android and i love it. I used an iphone before and the only thing im missing are more better looking apps.

  • Sarah Palin (the republican hood rat)

    ——android sucks——

  • Michael

    I looked seriously at the Windows phones and liked the performance and look. However, Microsoft is dragging their feet on features. I don’t even see how they could release something so incomplete. It’s non-competitive. They need to get off their butts, and finish the OS. For a while, they didn’t even have cut and paste. Lack of tethering was a deal breaker for me.