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Android vs iPhone: Which One is Dominating the Smartphone Market?

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  • In 2024, Android dominates the global smartphone market with estimated 3.9 billion users, while iPhone users reach 1.56 billion.
  • Android holds 70.89% of the worldwide market share, surpassing iOS’s 28.37% as of April 2024.
  • In the USA, iPhone leads with 59.21% market share, while Android follows with 40.41%.
  • The App Store offers around 1.8 million apps, while Google Play Store provides about 2.44 million apps.
  • Seven out of the top ten best-selling smartphones are iPhones, with the iPhone 14 leading at 3.9% market share.

There is always a strong competition between Android and Apple smartphones. Apple has their iPhone which has an iOS system while the Android system is available on many smartphones like Samsung, Huawei, etc. According to the stats, there are over 1.46 billion iPhone users in the world out of 2.2 billion other active Apple devices, while Android has 3 billion users. This article will discuss the statistics of the iPhone and Android market in detail.

Year No. of Android users per year (in billions)
2024* 3.9 billion
2023* 3.6 billion
2022* 3.3 billion
2021 3 billion
2020 2.8 billion
2019 2.5 billion
2018 2.3 billion
2017 2 billion
2016 1.7 billion
2015 1.4 billion
2014 1 billion
2013 0.7 billion
2012 0.5 billion

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Year No. of iPhone Users
2024 (predicted) 1.56 billion
2023 1.46 billion
2022 1.36 billion
2021 1.23 billion
2020 1 billion
2019 0.948 billion
2018 0.888 billion
2017 0.814 billion
2016 0.71 billion
2015 0.569 billion
2014 0.442 billion
2013 0.329 billion
2012 0.206 billion
2011 0.115 billion
2010 0.06 billion

Stats Overview: Android vs iPhone

Worldwide Android has a bigger market share than Apple. As of April 2024, 70.89% of the total market share is of Android as compared to 28.37% of iPhone’s iOS (that is according to Statcounter).

Year Android Market Share Worldwide In Percentage iOS Market Share Worldwide In Percentage
2009 2.41 34.01
2010 8.82 25.48
2011 19 22.29
2012 27.41 24.04
2013 39.21 24.03
2014 53.65 23.95
2015 64.2 20.2
2016 69.11 19.29
2017 72.63 19.65
2018 75.45 20.47
2019 75.47 22.71
2020 73.06 26.28
2021 71.89 27.34
2022 71.47 27.85
2023 70.26 29.02
2024 70.89 28.37

Global OS Market Share: Android vs iPhone

As we discussed above, Android has 70.89% market share according to the latest data. The iPhone that runs on iOS has 28.37% market share right now. The market for Android got major bump in 2013, when it got 53.65% of the market share after most of the smartphones started running on it. Since then, Android has continued dominating the smartphone market. It has now become the most used mobile operating system in the world.

Market in the USA: Android vs iOS

If we talk about market share of Android and iPhone in the USA, iPhone is leading with 59.21% share as of April 2024. Android phones have a market share of 40.41% in the USA. When we look at the stats of previous years, the iPhone has always been leading in the USA. The highest recorded share of Android in the United States was in 2015 when it got 46.42% market share. But the iPhone was still dominating with 50.58% market share.

Year iOS Market Share In Percentage (U.S.) Android Market Share In Percentage (U.S.)
2009 57.9 6.16
2010 38.31 18.71
2011 38.33 35.32
2012 49.48 40.63
2013 52.79 39.25
2014 52.3 42.58
2015 50.85 46.42
2016 53.19 45.2
2017 53.89 45.23
2018 54.82 44.73
2019 55.23 44.51
2020 59.54 40.27
2021 58.58 41.11
2022 56.74 42.94
2023 58.1 41.46
2024 59.21 40.41

Apps Available on Android vs iPhone

In the App Store of iPhone, there are around 1.8 million apps available that can easily be downloaded on the smartphone. As of apps available on Play Store of Android smartphones, there are about 2.44 million apps available.

Best Selling Smartphones: Android or iPhone?

According to CounterPoint Research, seven out of ten best selling smartphones are iPhones which are running on iOS. Only the three smartphones are Android. The top best selling smartphone is iPhone 14 with 3.9% market share, followed by iPhone 14 Pro Max with 2.8% share. The third best selling smartphone is iPhone 14 Pro with 2.4% market share and fourth best selling is iPhone 13 with 2.2% share. The next best selling smartphones are iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 with 1.7%, 1.4% and 1.4% market share respectively.

The seventh best selling smartphone on the top ten list is Galaxy A14 5G which runs on Android system. It also has 1.4% market share. Galaxy A04e and Galaxy A14 4G are ninth and tenth best selling smartphones with both of them having 1.3% market share.

Smartphone (Operating System) Market Share
iPhone 14 (iOS) 3.9%
iPhone 14 Pro Max (iOS) 2.8%
iPhone 14 Pro (iOS) 2.4%
iPhone 13 (iOS) 2.2%
iPhone 15 Pro Max (iOS) 1.7%
iPhone 15 Pro (iOS) 1.4%
iPhone 15 (iOS) 1.4%
Galaxy A14 5G (Android) 1.4%
Galaxy A04e (Android) 1.3%
Galaxy A14 4G (Android) 1.3%

To put it simply, all these numbers show how Android and iPhone are constantly competing for our attention. Whether it’s the huge number of users or which phones are selling the most, it’s a big battle out there. And as we look ahead, these numbers give us a glimpse of what’s to come in the world of smartphones.

Read next: YouTube Dominates Global Google Searches in 2024, Followed by Facebook, Weather, and Amazon

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