Just how many different Androids are out there?

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How many Android models can you think of that launched this month? What about since the start of summer? This year? And if you start looking past devices from just the big OEMs, also considering those from off-brands many of us have never heard of, just how large can that number get? OpenSignal’s latest report on the state of the Android market looks at just how many unique models are currently in use, and the figure’s large enough to shock even us.

Looking at nearly 700k devices in operation over the course of the past year, OpenSignal saw close to 19,000 distinct models. Sure, a lot of those a probably close cousins (like the baker’s dozen of Galaxy S flagship regional variants we tend to see), but that’s still an impressive number. It’s also one that’s up from under 12,000 just one year prior.

As for individual models, the stalwart Galaxy S III continues to hold to the top spot (though with a considerably smaller share than it had last year), with the GS4, GS2, and even Note 3 not far behind. All told, some 43 percent of Androids currently in use appear to be Samsung models.

OpenSignal further breaks things down by Android version, and while those numbers aren’t anything we haven’t seen before, we do get to check out some interesting analysis of them, like how nations with lower GDPs tend to (not so surprisingly) have more hardware running older Android releases.

Source: OpenSignal
Via: GigaOM

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!