Did you know how many Android phones were launched last year? Here's the answer

If we asked you how many Android phones were launched last year, you'd probably count through all the major models that come to mind: the Galaxies, LGs and other noble citizens of the Android universe. Those who follow the industry will remember about the brands out of China like Huawei, Lenovo and the more obscure Xiaomi and Meizu.

Fellow industry followers will easily know a few other names for more obscure brands that you probably don't need to know much about, but at the end of the day, your guess about the number of Android phones last year would probably be in the tens, not the hundreds.

It turns out, however, that there were many more phones that you (and even we) could possibly know about: Google has counted over 600 different phones launched last year.

That's mind-boggling variety and goes to show how fierce the competition is in the Android land: from high-end devices to the more affordable ones, the competition comes not from tens, but from hundreds of other devices. And this number truly confirms that there should be a device with every size and form you can think of with such a plentiful choice. After all, that's the beauty of Android.

source: Google



1. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

247 were from Samsung alone :)

8. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

actually Samsung announced 51 devices last year ,that's tablets AND smartphones. 56 if you include tizen running devices.....so there ..fact versus trolling

9. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Don't harsh their hate.

20. skyline88

Posts: 700; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

averaging 1 new device every 7 days, thats crazy!

21. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

51? That's crazy. Why not focus on like 4 devices (low-range, mid-range, flagship and note) and actually supporting them, instead of releasing dozens of devices that will not get any patches or updates

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

HTC released a gazillion One variants while Samsung relased one too many A, E, J and Z variants even if they killed off Star, Core, Mega, Grand, Young, Pocket, Win, and so on..

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

Samsung really made progress this year with Touchwiz and narrowing their Series: Currently they just have the J and A series with S7 and S7edge and probably 2 Note 6. I wonder if they will release the Z, E, On series or just the new C series?

12. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

We are only five months in.....give Samsung some time

23. NoAllegiance unregistered

I was expecting that comment ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

5. ahmadkun

Posts: 670; Member since: May 02, 2016

why there is The All new iPhone 6S Gold Rose with the android Phones in the pic

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

don't be salty

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just some apple tax... ignore it please..

22. gsv619

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Thats actually a spy sent by the App(le) CEO himself...

6. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Technically "More than 600 different phones" is not how many phones launched but ok Victor.

10. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 199; Member since: May 03, 2012

Exactly why they have the market share. Quantity over Quality.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Because the iPhone is one quality phone. Each Android OEM, has at least 3 quality phone. Samsung has several. The Note, S, A and even the latest J. LG has the G, Moto with the X, Sony with the X and HTC with the M. There is plenty of quality options all better than at iPhone with both features and price. Android has market because Google made it available to everyone like how Microsoft made Windows available. Because the OeMs, make for every market, not just some. It's because one OEM can't make a phone for everyone and Apple isn't going too. Just like Apple didn't want poor people using macs. Because somehow that's a bad image. Every product has a luxury model, but they aren't going to be the top selling. Because the world is not majority rich. It's majority poor compared to the rich. Rich people products tend to be pretty, but come with all sorts of limitations. Example, the Lexus RX is an SUV, but would you take it off-road like a Jeep Cherokee? Not hardly! Android is where it is because you have multiple OeMs using it. Because they all release a phone for everyone and they obviously build more phones that aren't luxury models. After all, if Samsung made all their phones like the S, most people wouldn't be able to afford them.

11. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

i guess they included all the phone that are only sold locally per country,,,


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

This article is about Android phones, but still PA managed to include a picture with Android phones.......and yes also an iphone......FAIL! Apple propaganda, now you can"t deny that you are paid by Apple to do so!

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