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21 Android vs iOS statistics 2021: which is the most popular mobile OS?
Last updated: January 17, 2021

In 2021, there are two actors on the stage of mobile operating systems — Android and iOS. Owning a smartphone is not a luxury — it’s a necessity. Mobile technologies are here to stay and one of the most fundamental questions we face is: Which is the most popular mobile OS in 2021?

Today, we here at decided to research the mobile phone market and have a good look at where things are going. The bulk of smartphone users are either on Team Android or on Team iOS. (The big difference being that unlike iOS, Android is used as the operating system for more than one brand of smartphones.) 

In the ongoing battle of Android vs iOS, we’re here to answer all your questions and provide you with the latest statistics on the topic. 

We start with:

Latest Android vs iOS market share 2021

Both mobile operating systems have loyal audiences, no matter what. So, which OS is dominating the niche in 2021? 

1. In September 2020, 74,43% of the global mobile operating system market share belonged to Android and 24.99% to iOS.(Source: gs.statcounter)

2. In September 2020, 59.71% of Americans are iOS users and 40.09% are Android users. (Source: gs.statcounter)

3. In 2020, Android accounted for 53.24% of the mobile OS market share in the UK. (Source: Statista)

4. 88.37% of South American smartphones run on Android in 2020, and 11.36% run on iOS. (Source: gs.statcounter)

5. 87.22% of African smartphones run on Android in 2020, and 10.16% run on iOS. (Source: gs.statcounter)

6. According to IDC, by 2023, 87.4% of all global smartphone shipments would be of Android smartphones and 12.6% of iPhones. (Source: IDC) 

As you may know, as a leading smartphone vendor, Apple has never intended to dominate the niche. Their products are high-end and sometimes called “luxurious but not functional enough”. However, the Apple community is strong in America. And in 2021, they are one of the world’s most valuable brands in the world.

On the other hand: 

Android devices dominate the market in many areas of the world. The array of products is spectacular — from the most affordable to the high-end smartphones and tablets. Android devices are more customizable than Apple devices, that’s why many people stick to Android. It depends on the customer expectations. On the other hand, one of the advantages of iOS is that it’s very well optimized and iOS users all over the world are enjoying the perks. Now:

What is the percentage of Android users vs iOS users in 2021?

iPhone users vs Android users statistics 2021

As you may know, not only is Android a product of Google, but it’s an open-source operating system for mobile devices which uses the Linux kernel as a base. Every smartphone brand running on Android, uses their own slightly modified version. Now, after that short detour, we can go back to the question:

How many Android and iOS users are there in 2020? 

7. In 2020, 45.3% of Americans will use an iPhone. (Source: Statista)

8. In 2020, 127.8 million Americans use Android smartphones. (Source: Statista) 

9. In 2019, there were 2.5 billion Android active users globally. (Source: The Verge)

10. In May 2020, 79.39% of all Chinese smartphones ran on Android and 19.76% ran on iOS. (Source: Statista)

11. By June 2020, 81% of iPhone users had installed iOS 13. (We’re waiting for statistics to come out for the latest iOS version — iOS 14.) (Source: Statista)

12. In July 2020, Android 10, had already been installed on 400 million Android devices. (The latest version of Android is Android 11, but we’re still waiting for statistics on that.) (Source: Android Authority)

According to Statista, in 2021, there will be around 130.6 million Android users in the US alone. The popularity of Apple products may not be widespread, but the audience is loyal and their products receive quite the attention on global media.

It’s a matter of taste when it comes to smartphones. Now, let’s talk about the future:

What are the latest trends in the mobile world in 2020? According to the latest 5G statistics, the rise of the new mobile network will have more users switch to 5G-compatible smartphones in the next few months. The 2020 models of iPhone use Qualcomm's newest (and fastest) 5G-capable chip.  So we can safely assume that every new iPhone that’s coming out will be a 5G iPhone. The newest Samsung Galaxy models also support 5G networks. 

Android sales vs iPhone sales 2021

Climbing the market share takes years to get to the top. Apple and Google were there since the beginning and in 2020, their dominance is indisputable. 

13. In September 2020, Apple became the first US-listed company to reach the $2 trillion market capitalization. (Source: Business Insider)

14. In 2019, the global revenue of Apple amounted to $260.17 billion. (Source: Statista) 

15. In 2020, Android smartphone sales are expected to drop 10.7% YoY as well as iPhone sales — a drop of 2.2% is to be expected YoY. (Source: IDC) 

Last but not least, we came up with a list of statistics, that turned out to be most intriguing:

Global smartphone market share 2020

The number of smartphone users is on the rise proportionally to the global human population growth. Smartphone usage is predicted to rise exponentially in the years to come. Why? There are still many people who only possess a smartphone but not other connected devices. Smartphones are affordable and depending on the price of mobile internet in different regions in the world, one can relatively easily obtain a device in 2020. 

What is the mobile device vendor market share in 2020?

16. In Q2 2020, 46% of all smartphones sold in the US were iPhones. (Source: Counterpoint)

17. In Q2 2020, 20% of all shipped smartphones globally were Huawei, 20% — Samsung, and 14% — Apple, and 10% — Xiaomi. (Source: Counterpoint)

18. In 2020, the estimated number of smartphones which will be sold to end customers is 1.57 billion. (Source: Statista) 

19. In 2020, according to the forecast for smartphone sales in the US, the staggering $79 billion would be spent on smartphones. (Source: Statista)

20. In 2019, the annual revenue of one of the leading smartphone manufacturers - Huawei, amounted to 506.73 billion yuan (roughly $74.6 billion). (Source: Statista) 

21. Xiaomi was the leading smartphone seller in India in 2020. (Source: Statista)

According to the statistics of iPhone usage by country in 2021, iPhones are not extremely popular nowadays. One of the main reasons, no doubt, is that the Apple products are outrageously expensive at launch. There are Android products which come with an arguably more affordable retail price. However, the business strategy of Apple has never been to drive the process towards domination of the entire niche.  

Because of the COVID-19 outburst, smartphone shipments are expected to decline in 2021. According to IDC, the number of shipments is to 

Key Takeaways

Currently, there are around 3.5 billion smartphone users in the world. Google Android and Apple iOS combined form 99% of the global mobile market share. The market share of mobile operating systems is dominated by those two giants and no matter how dispersed their dominance is in different countries across the globe, there doesn’t seem to be a third mobile OS on the rise in 2020. 

  • Android is the most popular mobile OS in 2021.
  • Android users vs iOS users are respectively 75% and 25% of all smartphone users.
  • Almost half of all US citizens are iPhone users. 
  • In 2020, Apple is the most valuable publicly traded company in the world.
  • 80% of Chinese users prefer Android smartphones. 

The number of Android vs iPhone users in 2021 is in favor of Android smartphones.


What is the most used mobile OS? 

Android. In September 2020, 74,43% of all mobile devices use Android. 

Which is the most popular smartphone in the US in 2021?

iPhone. 46% of all the sold smartphones in Q1 and Q2 2020 were iPhones.    

How many people don’t have smartphones in 2021? 

4.3 billion. The current population of the planet is 7.8 billion. 3.5 billion of us have smartphones. This means that around 4.3 billion people still don’t own a smartphone in 2020. According to the smartphone usage forecasts, in 2021 there will be 3.8 billion smartphone users. 

Where are Apple products most popular? 

North and South America, China, Europe and Japan. 

What is the difference between Android, iOS and iPhone?

Android and iOS are operating systems which combined form 99% of the mobile OS market share in 2020. Many brands which produce mobile devices use Android as their operating system. Only Apple uses iOS - the iPhone and iPad. You can say both “Android vs iOS” and “Android vs iPhone”, both would be correct but would also mean different things. 

Was this article helpful for your research? Our collection of the latest stats on Android vs iOS helped us see things in perspective and get to know the mobile market better. How about you?

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