Google’s Android operating system has been a breakout success, quickly gaining worldwide market share among smartphones. Our infographic shows how Android has grown, the success of its app market, the sudden increase in customer acceptance and loyalty, and where we think it will be in 2014.



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  1. That info graphic just made my day – Thank you!


    P.S. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Info graphic is just listing mobile telephone handsets. Android runs on set-top boxes, televisions, tablets, picture frames, home appliances, scientific instruments, automobiles, industrial robots, etc.

  2. So Android will sell ~300k in all of 2014 while activating ~200k a day end of 2010 and will only sell ~50k in 2010. How does that work?

    1. Should be 6 zeros after that # :) 50 Mill this year and 300 mill by 2014.

      1. Thanks for pointing that out. We’ve corrected the graphic.

    2. Thanks for catching this, we have made the correction.

  3. UGH! I’m sorry but Android is linux, meego is linux, and webos is linux. Thank you gigaom for creating a bs graphic that divides linux users. We all appreciate it.

    1. Android adoption is good for the free software movement. As a GNU+Linux user, I’m glad Android adoption is increasing.

    2. Android is primarily Java running on Linux kernel. Meego is the real linux.

  4. Unless there is a crystal ball somewhere, how can anyone predict 2014 when we have two new contenders, WP7 and MeeGo coming up?
    It is like predicting the OS market share of 2010 in 2007 when Android was still metamorphosing from a Blackberry clone to an iOS clone.

    1. Exactly

      Right now, android is like my taste in vegetables. I hate spinach but if that’s all there was to eat, I’m not going to starve, I’ll eat it. The iPhone took the mobile market by storm, suprise and caught everyone off guard. The only thing to eat was android. That may not be the case once there are other options and iPhone goes Verizon.

      It’s impossible to be a prophet

      1. This is worldwide not just US and what do you think is going to happen when 100 dollar android phones are released in countries like India and China ? India and China together account for 1.5 billion mobile phones.

      2. Bob – I’ll grant you it may do that in those areas but only the carriers in those countries really care do they? I mean, Nokia isn’t exactly tearing up the profits scene servicing that market segment – there’s no money there except for maybe Google search – Ooops, forgot, Google isn’t in China.

  5. David Stenglein Thursday, October 14, 2010

    Really cool infographic. The color pallet royally messes up the reading of the chart.

    The graphic is all about android, but the dominant color (blue for gigaom) represents symbian! “Carving out Market Share” Little blue outline of an android. Big share, then smaller share. What? Oh, that’s symbian in decline.

    I love the globe part of the graphic but the confusing use of a brand-limited set of colors kills a lot of it.

    Keep it up though. This isn’t a bad graphic, it just needs some color tuning.

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  7. Except for the many competing shades of blue and gray, great graphic.

  8. You may also like the poster of the first 100 Android Devices we saw at PercentMobile. This was a couple of weeks ago, now its 20 more.


    Keep in mind with all these devices we still only see android at around 15% share in US, with BB at 25% and iOs at 36%.

  9. Thanks for the in-depth graphic :) I was about to go for a Android, but now I figure out what phone brand I should go for ;)

  10. The information displayed is interesting, but the graphic quality leaves something to be desired.

    I think the principal reason for this is that fonts turn out all fuzzy when translated to JPEGs.

    Is it possible to produce these things in SVG?

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