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What's the most popular mobile operating system in the UK?

What's the most popular mobile operating system in the UK?
I swear when I'm commuting all I see is iPhones and maybe the occasional HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4.
And I don't think I've EVER seen a Windows Phone :p

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TJ Skywasher  Sep. 17, 2013 at 14:51

I would probably say it's Android due to the huge range of devices it's on and price ranges that it's available at. That said like you I rarely see anyone with an Android device, I see the odd Blackberry and I've never seen a Windows Phone in the wild.

mrew42  Sep. 17, 2013 at 14:54

When I'm commuting I would say 60% of peeps have Android devices. the rest are mainly iPhones, then Old BBs, seen a couple of WIndows and a couple of new BBs. (windows and new BBs outnumbered by dumb phones...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 17, 2013 at 15:42

Probably same as what mrew's described - although I do see more and more WP devices.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 17, 2013 at 15:42

Oh, I'm not in the UK. Apologies

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 17, 2013 at 15:49

Oh, I'm not in the UK. Apologies
I can't imagine the percentage breakdown of OS usage is vastly different in Ireland to that of the UK. Also, yeah what Mrew described sounds pretty much like what I see when I'm at work and out and about. My commute is done in my car from my driveway to the office car park, so that's not much use as a measure haha.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 17, 2013 at 16:45

Oh, I'm not in the UK. Apologies
I can't imagine the percentage breakdown of OS usage is vastly different in Ireland to that of the UK. Also, yeah what Mrew described sounds pretty much like what I see when I'm at work and out and about. My commute is done in my car from my driveway to the office car park, so that's not much use as a measure haha.


Not sure: if I had to guess from what I observe here in the west of I reland, I'd guess WP had a marketshare of 25% or so... No kidding. I see quite a few these days. And both O2 and CPW manager dudes tell me they're selling well. "Better than non-Samsung Androids" is what I've been told more than once. Seen more Lumia 925 units in the wild than SGS4 ones. Must be different in the UK?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 17, 2013 at 17:51

Oh, I'm not in the UK. Apologies
I can't imagine the percentage breakdown of OS usage is vastly different in Ireland to that of the UK. Also, yeah what Mrew described sounds pretty much like what I see when I'm at work and out and about. My commute is done in my car from my driveway to the office car park, so that's not much use as a measure haha.


Not sure: if I had to guess from what I observe here in the west of I reland, I'd guess WP had a marketshare of 25% or so... No kidding. I see quite a few these days. And both O2 and CPW manager dudes tell me they're selling well. "Better than non-Samsung Androids" is what I've been told more than once. Seen more Lumia 925 units in the wild than SGS4 ones. Must be different in the UK?

Yeah, I've not seen a high end WP since the Lumia 800. Most of the ones I see are 620s and 520s.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 17, 2013 at 20:03

According to comcore's figures for the UK from May 2013, Android has 50% marketshare and is the most used smartphone Mobile OS in the UK. There are over 33m smartphones in the UK with around 17m using Android.

Android- 50%
iOS- 29%
Blackberry- 11%
Windows Phone- 5%
Symbian- 4%

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 17, 2013 at 20:49

Wonder how many of those BBs are 2 years or older?

AhmadCentral  Sep. 17, 2013 at 21:52

Wonder how many of those BBs are 2 years or older?

99% of them are old blackberrys that people have chucked in a draw because the scroll wheel broke.

This was found in an independent study that i just made up.

(Nah, majority of them are business users and kids tbh)

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