Android has New Top Device; Samsung Maintains Dominance

Android has a new top device, and to nobody’s surprise it’s another variant of the Samsung Galaxy. The Samsung Galaxy S III took over the top spot in January from its older brother, the Samsung Galaxy S II, and Samsung’s place as the dominant Android device maker continued: of the top 10 Android devices in January, eight were made by Samsung, and seven were some variant of Samsung Galaxy.

Android devices - top 10 - January 2013

Only Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Motorola’s Droid RAZR managed to crack Samsung’s stranglehold on the top 10. In fact during January, Samsung as a whole made up 47% of Android devices worldwide. This is nothing new, however, as Samsung accounted for 47% of Android devices in December, 2012, and 48% in November.

It’s interesting to note that despite their overall Android dominance, Samsung does not hold the number one spot for Android tablets; that honor goes to the Amazon Kindle Fire, which accounts for 37% of all Android tablets, the vast majority being US-based. After December’s huge growth in Android tablets, the Fire’s successes may show why Samsung’s share of total Android devices is holding rather than growing.



Localytics provides analytics and marketing tools for mobile app developers and marketers. Data for this study reflects all devices worldwide seen by apps with Localytics integrations, and covers the full month of January, 2013.

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