The iPhone vs Android debate usually involves which platform is better than the other. Each platform has its advantages and disadvantages, and people can choose whatever works for themselves. However, who is better debating, other than that, how do the two platforms compare in sales numbers?
Does Apple sell more iPhones than Android phones, or is it the opposite? This article will acquaint you with all the nuances.
How many smartphones were sold in 2021?
Individually, smartphone companies never disclose their total sales figures. For example, Apple stopped disclosing sales figures in 2018. Thankfully, there exist analytics companies that do the heavy lifting for everyone in order to provide insider information on industry performance.
In 2021, Counterpoint Research pegged the total number of global smartphone sales at 1.39 billion units. IDC underestimated that number at 1.35 billion, representing an increase of 5.7% from 2020, while Gartner’s estimate was slightly higher; 1.43 billion, an increase of 6.0% over the previous year.
While estimates vary slightly, one thing remains constant: South Korean tech giant Samsung sold more than 270 million smartphones during the year, followed by Apple with more than 235 million smartphones.
In the US market, Gartner told MUO that the companies sold 153.27 million smartphones in 2021. Although the research company didn’t give a breakdown of company figures per se, if data from other companies is anything to go by, Apple dominates the market, accounting for at least half of total sales.
Apple’s iPhone Sales vs. Android Manufacturers
The race between Apple and Android makers has been relatively consistent for the past five years. According to research data, from 2017 and 2021, Apple has barely captured 20% of the global smartphone market in annual sales.
Starting in 2017, Gartner estimates that Apple shipped 214.92 million units, a 14% market share. However, 2018 saw a decline in global smartphone sales, and so did Apple’s to 209.05 million, with the company’s market share falling to 13.4%.
In 2019, the company’s smartphone sales fell again, falling to 193.48 million with a market share of 12.6%. In the same year, Huawei surpassed Apple to become the second best-selling smartphone maker.
Apple’s shipments grew astonishingly in 2020, with only two top sellers (Xiaomi’s) experiencing growth during a pandemic-ridden year filled with lockdowns, the global economic crisis, supply chain issues and low demand for non-essential items. addition) became one of the
According to Gartner, Apple’s sales rose 3.3% to 199.85 million. Compared to overall sales, mainly dominated by Android makers, Apple’s sales numbers accounted for just 14.8% of the 1.35 billion smartphone sales and reclaimed its second spot.
Apple retained its position as the second largest smartphone vendor globally in 2021. However, despite its massive sales figures, the company doesn’t stand a chance against countless Android makers combined. According to Gartner, Apple shipped 235.70 million iPhones in 2021, while Android makers shipped more than 1 billion units.
However, the story has been day and night in the US market relative to the global market. Apple rules the US market and has consistently accounted for nearly half, if not slightly more than half, of total sales quarterly in 2021. According to Counterpoint Research’s quarterly market share data in August 2022, Apple continued to dominate the market from Q1 2021. Q2 2022.
Apple has grown its US market share from 33% in Q1 2017 to 48% by the end of Q2 2022, though it is down from the impressive 65% it recorded in Q4 2020, data from Counterpoint Research shows. From the data, Apple sold more iPhones in 2021 than all Android makers.
Can Apple sell more smartphones than Android vendors?
Given the number of companies using Google’s Android OS on their smartphones, it’s hard to imagine whether Apple will ever dominate the smartphone market globally.
It’s even more difficult to beat Android’s market dominance, as unlike iPhones, Android manufacturers offer a wide range of phones at varying price points. Android always has a choice, no matter how much you want to spend on a smartphone.
Many people want to buy an iPhone, but they don’t come cheap. Certainly, Apple sells more iPhones in developed markets like China, Japan, and the US and less in developing economies.
For anyone considering buying an iPhone 13 Pro Max or Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, it mainly depends on preferences, not money. But if you have a $200 budget and are looking for a new phone, you might not consider an iPhone unless you buy from a carrier through a partial payment or buy a used iPhone. .
Android is the king of sales
From market figures, Apple barely hits 20% of total sales relative to Android manufacturers. The company’s devices may last longer, work seamlessly with each other and have longer support times, but when it comes to sales figures, Android is king.
It is difficult for Apple to compete against all these different smartphone makers, who release multiple flagships in a year at attractive price points. Unless Apple changes its pricing strategy, global domination seems far-fetched.