New research shows Samsung rules the Android world

Samsung LogoIf you’re reading this and own a smartphone running Google’s Android operating system, there’s a very good chance it’s made by Samsung. Just how likely is it? According to market research carried out by Localytics, Samsung accounts for 47 percent of the Android phones in operation.

It backs up this figure with a chart showing the top 10 Android smartphones broken down by the amount of users each one has, and eight of the ten are produced by Samsung. It probably won’t come as much of a surprise the Galaxy S3 tops the chart, with 9.2 percent of all Android phones in circulation being the hugely popular device. Next, it’s the S3’s predecessor the Galaxy S2, claiming a still impressive 8.2 percent.

After Samsung’s 2011 and 2012 top-of-the-range Android phones comes a big drop, as it’s the mid-range Galaxy Ace in third position with 3 percent of the user base. Proving how successful Samsung’s big-screen smartphone-tablet hybrids have been, the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 are in fourth and fifth position with 2.6 percent and 2 percent respectively.

Following the Galaxy Y in sixth (with 1.9 percent) comes the first non-Samsung phone, and rather unexpectedly it’s a tablet – the Amazon Kindle Fire. Given the Kindle Fire is only on sale in a few countries worldwide, this is a great position for the budget slate, which holds 1.7 percent of the market. It’s followed by another tablet, this time with 1.4 percent, and it’s Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Bringing up the rear is another non-Samsung device, but rather than the HTC One X or a reasonably priced Huawei or ZTE phone, it’s Motorola’s Razr and the HTC Epic 4G, both with 1.3 percent.

So, that’s just 4.3 percent of Localytics’ top ten which isn’t controlled by Samsung. Given the success of the S2 and S3, the firm has a good chance of controlling the entire chart after the release of the the rumoured Galaxy S4.


About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars