Like clockwork, every September Apple unveils a host of new product offerings ahead of the holiday shopping season. This year is no exception and two weeks from now the company is expected to announce details of its latest iPhone. This will no doubt lead to media frenzy but, while all that’s happening, Android continues to gain momentum.
In case you haven’t been watching closely, here are five enlightening statistics about Android’s growing user adoption.
- Global Dominance. In the second quarter of 2014, and for the first time in history, more than 300 million smartphones were shipped - 96% of which were either Android or iOS. With more than 255.3 million of these devices shipped (not necessarily sold) being Android smartphones, the Google-owned mobile OS now represents an 84.7% share of the global market.
- Nudging Ahead. While Android has had a larger install base than iOS for some time now, its usage statistics have lagged behind that of the Apple OS. However, new data suggest that Android-enabled smartphones and tablets are now being used more than iOS devices. A report from Net Applications shows that in June iOS usage fell to 44.19% whereas Android usage grew to 44.62%.
- A Billion. At a Google I/O developer conference earlier this year, senior VP for Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai, acknowledged that over 1 billion users are active on the OS at least once a month.
- Apps. Apps. Apps. According Android-focused website AppBrain, there are now 1,341,897 apps on Google Play Store. In July alone, 31,394 “regular apps” were added.
- Just For Fun. In a blog dated June 25th, Google noted that up to 20 billion text messages are sent every day using Android. Apparently, 93 million selfies have also been taken.
Though originally designed smartphones usage, Android is evolving to serve other markets, including game consoles, TVs, terminals and even medical devices. It will be interesting to see if Android's expansion into these verticals helps spur its continued growth.