By one count, this was the most popular smartphone in the world during the second quarter

By one count, this was the most popular smartphone in the world during the second quarter
What smartphone was the most popular handset in the world during the second quarter? DeviceAtlas published data indicating the 12 most widely used models in a variety of different countries. The results are based on second-quarter mobile web traffic over sites that are partners with DeviceAtlas and its device detection platform. Before we answer that opening question, let's build up the suspense by looking at the results in the U.S.

In the states, 10 out of the top 12 most popular phones from April through June were iPhones with the iPhone 7 leading the way. With a 7.85% share, the 2016 model edged out the iPhone 8 Plus. The 2018 iPhones can be found at number six (iPhone XR-5.06%), number eight (iPhone XS Max-3.00%) and number 12 (iPhone XS-2.76%). The Samsung Galaxy S8 (2.98%) and Galaxy S9 (2.95%) were numbers nine and 10 respectively.

In fact, during the second quarter the Apple iPhone 7 was the most used phone in the U.K. (9.58% share), Germany (6.02%), France (6.86%), Spain (4.69%), Italy (4.83%), Ireland (7.67%), Netherlands (7.66%), Portugal (5.03%), Romania (4.19%), Poland (6.94%), Russia (6.76%), Sweden (9.93%), Norway (9.63%), Denmark (10.63%), Finland (6.43%), Colombia (5.38%), Turkey (5.58%), Japan (11.73%), Singapore (7.21%), Australia (6.98%) and South Africa (4.22%). In some markets, like Mexico, the iPhone 7 Plus (5.22%) and iPhone 7 (4.19%) finished numbers one and two, respectively. In Ukraine (a country that has been in the news lately), the iPhone 7 was second.


It should be no surprise that in South Korea, domestic manufacturers like Samsung and LG dominate at the top. The Galaxy Note 8 (5.54%) and Galaxy Note 9 (4.97%) were numbers one and two with the LG X4+ (4.22%) next. In India, the world's second-largest smartphone market, Xiaomi and Samsung dominated the list with the Redmi Note 4 (3.22%) on top followed by the Redmi Note 5 Pro (2.45%) and the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2.39%).

So it is pretty obvious that the Apple iPhone 7 is currently the most popular smartphone in the world. But that might change since it could lose support for iOS updates in the next year or two. The phone was released on September 16th, 2016 and is equipped with a 4.7-inch LCD display with a 750 x 1334 resolution. It is powered by the Apple A10 Fusion chip and sports a 12MP rear camera and a 7MP FaceTime camera. A 1960mAh capacity battery keeps the lights on.

The iPhone 7 is still available from some U.S. carriers. Verizon will give you the 32GB version of the phone for free with the purchase of a new line ($399.99 otherwise) while those adding a new line can pick up the 128GB variant for 24 monthly payments of $5 ($449.99 otherwise). At Metro by T-Mobile, the 32GB iPhone 7 is $49.99 when you switch to the pre-paid carrier.

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  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

kind of shows that apple is a phone doesnt need overblown specs to attract the consumers. if a phone works well and it is simple to use, it's all you need for the consumers to purchase the product and not all those fancy gimmicks.

2. dumpster666

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

or people just like to show off

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

dont think people show off an iphone 7. its the fact that you can still get support on iphone 7 compared to all android phones which leaves you behind after a 2 year update service. are iphones expensive? yes, but do you get the most out of the phone especially when you keep it more than 3-5 years with their unparalleled services? yes. sure theres stuff thats expensive and how they dont allow third party repairs but you cant deny that iphones are reliable which is why so many people still uses an iphone 7.

16. JCASS889

Posts: 554; Member since: May 18, 2018

Let me ask, for every android phone on the market do they just turn off and stop working at all after two years? No I have android phones running 5.0 and they run without issues. This update argument is all Apple users have but when it comes to it Android is just fine how it is but Apple users are so starved for features and change that all they talk about is what's next in an update, usually features already found in 4 year old Android versions.

19. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I still have a working s6 which is past it’s prime. if I were to choose an iPhone 6 or a Samsung s6, I’d choose the iPhone 6. Why? Because it’s way more reliable than the s6. the iPhone 6 only dropped its support for iOS 13 this year. it doesn’t matter for most of us who swap phones every year to 2 years here since we are phone geeks but people who use the phones for a very long time, would rather use the iPhone 7 than any other android.

20. JCASS889

Posts: 554; Member since: May 18, 2018

The iPhone 6s I have for work is the slowest most pathetic piece of tech I'm forced to deal with. Yeah they get updated but they still run like crap on the 2gb of ram that Apple gave it. While my midrange moto g6 has 4gb of ram and runs better than the iPhone 6s, updates are not everything. Maybe for apple users but Android does not need constant updates to run well for the age. I can still do everything an android 10 phone can do on my 5.0 nexus 6. My LG g3 is still going and it runs kit Kat. No issues here.

21. TS020

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 16, 2019

I'm still using a Galaxy Note 3 as a daily driver. Sure it's slow, but it still works and if the battery screws up it's $10 and 30 seconds with a fingernail to replace it.

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 2182; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Butthurt android fanboy spotted!

3. PartTimePhoner

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 03, 2019

Meaning it just has a name nothing else

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

just because it has a name does not mean anything. he built customer trust therefore gained the name. building the brand does not come from thin air.

8. midan

Posts: 2981; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Well, How you think they got the name?

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2182; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Butthurt android fanboy number two spotted! It's best I stop counting.

13. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

If you don't think people buy iPhones because of name recognition, you are seriously deluded.

18. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

as I written it before, if Apple made a crap product, the pricing will fall heavily. look at nokia it was one of the best smartphone brands but they made real crap decisions and look at them now.

4. midan

Posts: 2981; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

IPhones have very good specs overall. But yes specs doesn't sell devices even if paper specs android boys think like that. We can see it from S10 sales and Note 10 sales or any high end android device. End of the day it's the overall experience which sells. You can sell specs one time for people, but if the user experience isn't there, people wouldn't buy another from the same brand. Apple has the whole packet figured out and that's why they have most satisfied users and people want to buy another iPhone when they want to upgrade.

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Gotta say, even though iPhones don’t have the best specs or maybe newer functions and features of a lot of newer android phones, but it does well on all the basic stuffs like taking a quick pic, surfing the net, installing apps, playing games etc. It’s good for majority of the consumers out there. Not saying iPhone is the best phone out there, but you gotta give it to Apple, they do good on what they do, even if they don’t do a lot.

10. midan

Posts: 2981; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

it's all about making those features useful what you have and make them easy to use. Great another example is night mode on new iPhones. it feels like you aren't even using it. Right away when the phone thinks you would benefit from it, it automaticly kicks in automaticly without any difference. If you think about Nokia phones in many years ago, they had so many features, but no-one didn't use them because the implementation was so bad and the rest is history. Everytime when Apple add feature or function they make sure it's so good that people actually wan't to start using it.

14. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

You need to lay it on a little thicker. I can't tell if you like Apple for sure.

15. libra89

Posts: 2290; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Interesting but this makes a lot of sense. Aside from the SE, the iPhone 7 was the iPhone that I liked the most. It was also the first iPhone in the smaller size that included OIS,

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