In an IDC study of global shipments of devices in 2016, Statista raised the chart above to show that Android devices made up 85.1% of all 1.52 billion device shipments, while iOS took 14.7% and other types of operating systems took the rest of the pie at 0.2%.
By 2021, Android’s numbers are expected to increase to about 85.5%, iOS taking 14.5%, while other OSes take 0.1% of all operating system market share on devices shipped, that number being around 1.74 billion.
In Zambia just a few years ago, BlackBerry and Symbian were the leading operating systems on mobile devices but as support and demand for these devices reduced, there was a noticeable switch to Android devices. iOS was still expensive and rare to find among users but has now gotten some demand. How could I forget Windows?! That one was also quite popular when Nokia launched devices running it.
It now seems that the double-monopoly, duopoly even, is stuck between the two operating systems: Android and iOS, and the battle will not end anytime soon only between the two, unless some other operating system maker rocks up before then.