All over the world, most of the people have an Android phone in their hands. according to Statcounter, Android has a global share of 71.3% of the smartphone pie this month compared to 71.1% for the same month last year. And while more than 1 billion Android phones shipped last year, there are a total of 2.8 billion active Android users. Based on a report from SportsLens.com, 7.4% of these phones are Samsung Galaxy models.
Samsung holds a leading position with 34.6% of the global Android market this month
It probably comes as no surprise that the Galaxy brand is the most popular Android phone line in the world. After all, Samsung ships the most smartphones every year. Samsung’s dominance in the Android market may have been one of the reasons LG pulled out of the business. What about HTC? Well, let’s just say its problems were choices made by the company itself along with Samsung’s popularity.
Samsung Galaxy A12 is the most popular Samsung phone this month based on shipments
AppBrain data shows that Samsung is responsible for a market share of 34.6% of the global Android market this month. Xiaomi is behind the South Korean manufacturer with 14.3% followed by Oppo with 10.3%. Vivo (9.8%) and Huawei (6.7%) round out the top five. As recently as 2019, Huawei was the second largest smartphone company in the world with 17.6% share of the global market trailing Samsung with only 21.8%.
But in both 2019 and 2020, the United States made life difficult for the company by preventing it from obtaining supplies from the American supply chain and by preventing the company from obtaining chips produced by foundries using American technology. The company ended up selling its Honor subsidiary, developing its own HarmonyOS to replace the Google Mobile Services version of Android, and using Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chips designed to only work with 4G LTE.
So what was the most popular Android device worldwide for the first half of the current month? This would be the mid-range Samsung Galaxy A12 with a 2.1% slice of the Android pie so far this month. This model is followed by the Samsung A21s with a share of 1%, and the Galaxy A10s also with a share of 1%. These phones are all part of the mid-range Galaxy A line which includes large screens, viable cameras, and large batteries.
For example, the Galaxy A12 features a 6.5-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600. It is powered by 12nm MediaTek Helio P35 and includes 4GB of memory with 64GB of storage (48.2GB is user available). There’s a 1TB microSD slot for additional storage, and around the back is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48MP (f/2.0) primary lens, a 5MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera for close-ups. 2MP depth sensor. There is an 8MP front camera for selfies and video chats.
The trend over the past five years is to favor iOS over Android
Not surprisingly, considering it’s a Galaxy A device, the Galaxy A12 is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery that charges at up to 15W. Given that the display is HD+, the battery life on this device should be phenomenal.
November AppBrain Market Share for Android Phone Manufacturers. Credit – SportsLens
Samsung is the leader when it comes to the foldable phone market. Last year, the most popular phone in this category was the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Earlier this year, the company released the Galaxy Z Fold 4 (which opens to reveal a tablet-sized 7.6-inch screen), and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 (a clamshell that unfolds to reveal a 6.7-inch screen).
It should be noted that while the worldwide Android market share is around 71%, in countries like Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and Vietnam, Android has an 85% share of the market. For iOS, the global market share is around 28% keeping it flat year-on-year. But the long-term trend seems to be the best apple. Over the past five years, Android’s global market share has fallen by 1.8 percentage points While iOS saw an improvement of 8 percentage points over the same time period.