How Many Android Users Are There? Global and US Statistics (2023)

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The Rise of Android: Why is Android Successful?

3.3 billion people worldwide are expected to own Android phones, with a global market share of 71.64%, making it the widely used operating system. It continues to rise despite the pandemic as it has become popular in most countries, particularly Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, India, and Brazil.

Android is an open-source platform that is free to access and control for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, Motorola, Google, and many more. These manufacturers often sell their phones cheaper, with a $261 average selling price (ASP) in 2021 than Apple iOS, which makes it one of the factors why Android is successful today.

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  • There are expected 133.4 million Android smartphone users in the United States by 2022. It has shown a growth rate of 52.10% over the last eight years. (Source: Statista)
  • With an anticipated, 307 million smartphone users in the United States, 43.45% or 133.4 million will be Android smartphone users in 2022. (Source: Statista, Statista)
  • Today, there are 3.3 billion expected android smartphone users spread across 190 countries worldwide. (Source: BusinessofApps)
  • With an estimated 7.26 billion smartphone users worldwide, 45.45%, or 3.3 billion, are expected to be Android smartphone users in 2022. (Source: BusinessofApps, Statista)
  • The Android operating system was installed on 83.32% of mobile devices sold in 2021. (Source: Statista)
  • Android dominated globally with a 42.25% brand penetration rate in 2021, while Apple iOS reached only 17.33%. (Source: Statista, Statista, BusinessofApps)
  • With an estimated 307 million smartphone users and 133.4 million Android users in the United States, Android reached a 43.45% brand penetration rate, while iOS reached 40.61% in 2022. (Source: Statista, Statista, Statista)

How Many Android Users Are There in the World?

Today, there are 3.3 billion expected android smartphone users spread across 190 countries worldwide. It is forecast to ship 1.2 billion smartphone units globally by 2023. (Source: BusinessofApps, Statcounter, Statista)

Android, a mobile operating system, is developed by Google and powers over 2 billion active devices, such as smartphones, tablets, TV, watches, and cars. It is said that they are less expensive compared to their competitors, with an average sale price of significantly lower than $300. (Source: Android, Statista)

In Q4 2022, Android rules the mobile operating system market share globally with 71.64%, followed by iOS with 27.76%, Samsung with 0.34%, KaiOS with 0.08%, and Windows with 0.02%. (Source: Statcounter)

Number of Android Users Worldwide (2012-2022)

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

*The 2022 figure is an estimate using regression analysis data from BusinessofApps.

(Source: BusinessofApps)

With an expected growth rate of 10% from 2021, 3.3 billion people worldwide are estimated to own Android phones in 2022, up by 3 million from the previous year. Officially bought and launched by Google in 2005, it reached 5 million users after seven years. (Source: BusinessofApps, Britannica)

  • Android became the most popular mobile OS in 2014, reaching 1 billion users. (Source: BusinessofApps)
  • Android has taken over the global market as the popular operating system except in the United States and Japan, which Apple iOS dominated. (Source: BusinessofApps)
  • Android accounts for more than 85% market share in Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, India, and Brazil. (Source: BusinessofApps)
  • In 2022, Huawei AppGallery takes the top spot with 44.31% market share in China, followed by Oppo Software Store and VIVO App Store. Google Play Store is not on the list as Google is banned in the country. (Source: Statista)
  • Samsung is the largest manufacturer of Android mobile devices, with a market share of 28.33%, followed by Xiaomi, Oppo, and Huawei in 2022. (Source: Statcounter)

Percentage of Android Users Worldwide

With an estimated 7.26 billion smartphone users worldwide, 45.45%, or 3.3 billion, are expected to be Android smartphone users in 2022. Additionally, more than 1 billion Android mobile devices were sold last 2021. (Source: BusinessofApps, Statista)

  • Samsung shipped more than 64 million units in Q3 2022, making it the largest smartphone vendor today. (Source: Statista)
  • The Android operating system was installed on 83.32% of mobile devices sold in 2021. (Source: Statista)

How Many Android Users Are There in the US?

There are expected 133.4 million Android smartphone users in the United States by 2022, a 4.3 million increase from 2020. Along with this, Android’s market share is steadily growing. In the fourth quarter of 2022, it had 44.5% of the market share, following iOS, which ranked first. (Source: Statista, Statcounter)

Number of Android Users in the US (2014-2022)

Year No. of Android users per year (in billions)
2014 87.70
2015 98.50
2016* 107.70
2018 120.50
2019 124.40
2020 129.10
2021* 131.20
2022* 133.40

*All values are estimated

(Source: Statista)

133.4 billion people are anticipated to have Android devices in the United States by 2022, an increase of 2.2 billion from the previous year. It has shown a growth rate of 52.10% over the last eight years. (Source: Statista)

Samsung, the leading manufacturer of Android in the global market, generated a 30% market share of smartphone sales in the United States in the second quarter of 2022. In support of this, consumers preferred Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models, particularly the Note10+ model, which received an 85 out of 100 American customer satisfaction index score, dominating all smartphone models in the United States. (Source: Statista, Statista)

Percentage of Android Users in the US

With an anticipated, 307 million smartphone users in the United States, 43.45% or 133.4 million will be Android smartphone users in 2022. The rise of this mobile operating system is because of its open-source platform that is adaptable and usable in many smartphone manufacturers, unlike iOS, which can be only utilized within the Apple ecosystem. (Source: Statista, Statista)

Percentage of Android vs iPhone Users Worldwide

Which mobile OS has the most users worldwide? Android dominated globally with a 42.25% brand penetration rate in 2021, while Apple iOS reached only 17.33%. Read on to see more of Android vs Apple users in the United States and their demographics. (Source: Statista, Statista, BusinessofApps)

Before the competition between Google Android and Apple iOS, several mobile operating systems built by software developers such as Microsoft, Symbian, and Research in Motion (RIM) were strong competitors in 2009. Symbian is an open-source platform like Android used by Samsung, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson, accounting for roughly half of the mobile operating systems market. At the same time, Android generated only less than 2%. (Source: Statista)

Percentage of Android vs. iPhone Users in the US

With an estimated 307 million smartphone users and 133.4 million Android users in the United States, Android reached a 43.45% brand penetration rate, while iOS reached 40.61% in 2022. Therefore, the majority of the consumers in the US have Android phones more than iPhones, with a 2.84% difference. (Source: Statista, Statista, Statista)

Google Android and Apple iOS have a 99% market share combined, topping the mobile operating systems in the United States. Blackberry OS, Windows, and other operating systems could not keep a mobile market presence, with Android and iOS continuing to dominate, not only in the US but around the globe. (Source: Statista)

Android vs iPhone User Demographics

  • Android smartphone users are primarily male, with 54%, while 51% of females preferred Apple’s iPhone in 2019. (Source: Statista)
  • 36% of those aged 25 to 34 preferred Android OS, while 44% of those ages 16 to 24 used iOS devices in 2019. (Source: Statista)
  • A combined percentage of 34 people aged 35 to 45 had Android devices in 2019. (Source: Statista)
  • Even though Android smartphone users install twice as many apps in Google Play Store as iPhone users, they spend less money on app purchases. (Source: Nix United)
  • Consumers who owned Android-powered phones in the United States spent $10.4 billion in subscriptions, in-app purchases, and premium apps, while the iOS App Store reached $21.2 billion in the third quarter of 2022. (Source: Statista)
  • People who own Android devices spend 3 hours and 42 minutes per day looking at their phones, while those who own devices running iOS spend 4 hours and 54 minutes daily. (Source: Nix United)
  • Android and iPhone users tend to spend their money on gaming apps. The gaming apps in the Google Play store achieved $36 billion in consumer spending while $51.6 billion in the Apple App Store in 2021. (Source: Statista, Statista)
  • The Google Play platform has always accounted for most app downloads, but the Apple App Store is more profitable in 2022. (Source: Statista)
  • Android and iPhone users are hooked on social media apps. With 23.96 million downloads in Google Play Store, TikTok is the most popular app among Android users, while BeReal dominates the Apple App Store in the stats from September 2022. (Source: Statista, Statista)
  • Android users left the highest five-star ratings on Finance apps with 77%, while iPhone users liked healthcare, travel, and shopping apps with 87% in 2021. (Source: Statista, Statista)