Even though Apple sparked a revolution in the world of smartphones, Android has made these devices ubiquitous.
Bloomberg published statistics on the distribution of mobile operating systems in the world. As the above data shows, in most countries of the world there are already more mobile phones than people. The only exceptions are developing countries such as India, Pakistan, as well as some African countries and North Korea.
At the same time, almost everywhere the leader is precisely Android, and by a significant margin. The only exceptions are the US, where Apple has traditionally been the leader, and the UK, where iOS has just over 50% of the market. Apple's system feels best in Japan - only 30% users own Android here.
In Europe, the systems ratio averages 75% to 25% in favor of Android. A similar situation is observed in Russia - 73% and 26% (1% was occupied by systems classified as "other"). In Africa, South America and most of Asia and the Pacific, the average ratio is approximately 80% to 20%. Android has the best position in the world in Bangladesh, where iOS belongs to only 1% of the market.
Although Google bought a startup called Android in 2005 (according to some sources, by paying the amount of $50 million), work in this direction was sluggish, and the system being created was intended for smartphones with a QWERTY keyboard, such as the then popular BlackBerry. But the arrival of the iPhone in 2007 had the effect of a bombshell and determined the development of smartphones for years to come - the touch screen became the dominant idea.
The iPhone has turned the smartphone into an all-important device, and Google knew it was time to act. The main move was that Android was made open, as opposed to the completely closed iOS. This determined the spread of the system in the world and made smartphones familiar devices.