Android: The Most Popular OS In The World

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We have been having the biggest debate of the mobile world for a few years now… Android, or iOS?  Each of them have their own major perks.  Android has its insane amount of customization possibilities, and iOS has its ease of use (just to name a few).  However, a new report from the IDC shows us some irrefutable proof:  Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world.  Over the last three years, the Android operating system market share, in percentages of global unit shipments, has increased by roughly 29.6%, while iOS has dropped 3.6%.  Windows Phone has surprisingly gained 1.5%, and BlackBerry has dropped 9.4%.  As of May of last year, Samsung held the title of the first place, but that is to be expected.

Now this tells us some interesting things.  Note that Android has increased by almost 30%, while their main competition has dropped only 3.6%.  What this tells me is that it is not a majority of iOS users ‘seeing the light’, as it were, but rather new people entering the mobile market and going straight to Android.  I believe that the main reason of this occurring is the fact that Android has devices at every range of the price scale that someone could purchase.  If you want to spend a minimal amount on a phone, then good luck finding an iOS devices that fills that role.  Apple does premium pricing for what they call their premium product.  With Android, there are plenty of options for users that are half, if not less than half, the costs of Apples devices.  Even some of the high-end devices on Android are astronomically cheaper than iOS devices, such as the Nexus 5.  Price is the biggest factor here, I believe.  Basic economics tells us that when the price of a good goes down, demand for that good increases.  With Android phones becoming more and more affordable as technology improves, we are seeing this occur right before our very eyes.

Android looks to be the operating system choice of the future, and this is very good for us.  We can look forward to innovation and advances in the technology that will keep on coming for years and years.  With the upcoming Mobile World Congress, I for one am pumped to see what will be coming are way in the immediate future.  Hopefully, it lets our favorite little green robot stay on top.

Category: Android News

About Patrick Northcraft ()

I am a student at the University of Toledo studying Information Systems, Electronic Commerce, and Instrumental Music with a trumpet specialization. I am fascinated with all aspects of mobile technology, especially the vast possibilities offered via Android. I am currently sporting a Nexus 5 (which is a VAST upgrade from my old Samsung Epic 4G Touch), a Galaxy Note 10.1 2012 Edition, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

  • Disasterpiece

    Let’s be real for a minute: the popularity of Android is not based on quality but quantity. Similar to Windows, OEMs can pump out a bunch of cheap handsets and sell them to emerging markets. I do appreciate what Android has done in developing countries for the mobile electronics world, while Apple turns their noses up to lower SES places.
    However, when 20% of Android devices are still on 2.3 Gingerbread, the story changes. Windows 8 is selling less than Windows 7 did (in the same amount of time) yet critics say Windows 8 is better. Bottom line, Android is good, but popularity isn’t everything.

  • Roger Joseph

    Flooding the market with you Is does not make you popular it makes you a comodity. People choose to pay more for IOS. There are also numerous studies that show the application attach rates are way way higher on ios. So in the way of words they android, are winning but not in minds. That was Microsofts lack of understanding Google is just repeating.

  • James_Dymond

    All articles like this will do (as evidenced by the two comments below) is make Apple users feel even more smug and like Android is a “common, peasant os” which at the end of the day is what they love best, so no harm done lol.

  • Roger Joseph

    Just to give the previous poster some info. Longtime apple ios user from 3G days, sold iPhone 5 and got an HTC ONE and love this phone. Android is far from being as “finished” as ios. Yes it’s amazing in it’s own way but you need a good phone to take advantage of it. The large percentage of those users don’t have a quad core 2gb ram 1.7Ghz with 4.3. Once the iPhone comes out with it’s 5.5 to 6 inch phone I will definitely switch back and restore my iPhone 5 backup

  • orallc

    Cheap trash? Got a Motorola moto g last week with kit kat for £129. Quality phone, quality OS. Game changing.


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