Android first appeared back on 23 September 2008 on the T-Mobile G1 which was over a year before the original iPhone arrived on the scene. Google’s open approach to building an open platform paid dividends as within three years Android become the most popular mobile OS in the smartphone market.

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The chart below depicts the sales numbers for the smartphone market over the past 10 years. As can be seen, Android’s market share has increased year on year up to 86% of the market with just over 1.5 billion smartphones sold in 2017.

 Android sales figures over 10 years

Android’s growing popularity will online continue as the rise of the reasonably priced Chinese phones with extremely impressive hardware take a firm hold of the market, holding the best value in today’s smartphone offerings. Take a look at the Statista article that features these results right here.