Nowadays, Android is present in every size, every bit – whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, a glossy screen or an old version. Although the technology of Android is continuously shifting to better and different features and sensors, the software is running on a whole variety of smartphone brands nowadays. Although this may be an issue for the Android developers who have tried to adapt every single app for every device accordingly, one thing is certain – Android is a whole new meaning of smartphone experience.
Now, although Samsung may still be the biggest and number one name around, there were, are and always will be competitors. From their biggest ones running on Android such as LG, HTC etc. up to the smallest manufacturers – we present you the Android map of 2015 with squares – the bigger the square is, the more smartphones of that model today run on Android.
The results are presented to us by OpenSignal, an organization which makes maps on wireless signal coverage and has made tons of maps with information which is easily digested and valuable as well – presented in a map. In this post, we are previewing OpenSignal’s Android branded mapp state – presenting today’s world smartphone brands and how they participate in the global smartphone marketplace.
Although the data comes from people who already have OpenSignal on their devices and misses out the people which are unaware of this cool app, it pretty much shows a stable picture of the devices worldwide and the presence of Android on each brand.
You can see the map below.
As you may see above, Samsung is again the biggest manufacturer of phones and accounts for amazing %37,8 in the world’s smartphone map. The closest runner up after Samsung which cannot compete with Samsung but is still considered as second is Sony, with %4,8 of phones and tablets. LG and Motorola come afterwards, followed bt HTC, Lenovo, ZTE and Xiaomi – which also have a notable presence on the chart.
When speaking about software, we can compare Android to iOS, their biggest rival. The up-to-date software versions are the focus of comparison here – with yet another pie graph presented below.
You can clearly see that iOS tends to capture its users more effectively than its rival Android and as presented, the iOS 8 version takes part with 85% of the smartphones worldwide, followed by its predecessor – the iOS 7 which is present with only 13%, and the earlier versions accounted with 2%. This is not a case with Android, from which as we can see the devices run on Kit Kat version with only 57% and 91 percent were using Jelly Bean or later. In this comparison, iOS seems to be the winner – with a slight reduction in fragmentation over the past year – mainly because of its lock-in – in other words, the unique software running only on Apple as a device.