Tired of the same smartphone market reports reiterated over and over again, showing this manufacturer on the rise this quarter, that other one no longer doing very well, and the OS duopoly strengthening by the day?
A web statistics analysis firm called DeviceAtlas has a special and interesting outlook of the mobile industry for the year’s third quarter, tracking things like OS, vendor, diagonal screen size, and smartphone model diversity in general, then going into great detail as far as footprints and resolutions are concerned in 10 selected countries from around the globe.
The main takeaway is Apple remains a phenomenal trend-setter, making the 4.7-inch form factor the most popular worldwide after just two larger-than-4-inch iPhone generations. But 5.5 inches isn’t the second screen size favored in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Australia, India, Japan, Nigeria, and USA once you add up all the numbers, trailing both 5 and 5.1 inches.
Stateside, the iPhone 6 and 6s apparently account for a massive 41.5 percent slice of the pie combined, with the 6 Plus, 6s Plus and probably LG G4 helping 5.5 inches narrowly beat the 5.1-inch size of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S5. But it’s actually the “other” category that snatches the US silver medal, proving how eclectic people’s tastes are in the land of the free.
In regards to pixel counts, the very unique 1,334 x 750 res of smaller iPhones leads the American pack, yet across the 10 markets surveyed, 1,920 x 1,080, aka Full HD, prevails, with 1,280 x 720, or HD, in third place, and 800 x 480 in fourth.
Wait, where are all the Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) Android flagships? Well behind lower resolutions overall, and perhaps most surprisingly, essentially tied with 720p stateside. Clearly, it’s still going to take a while until the masses are convinced of the real-life benefits of 2K displays, let alone 4Ks.