Where the Android Market Sits Now (For Your Crowdsourced Testing Needs)

The Ubertesters’ R&D team reveals changes within the most popular smartphones in the US and EU. See what devices you should consider for crowdsourced testing.

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The Ubertester’s R&D team gave us an early look at their June 2016 stat report, revealing changes within the most popular smartphones in the US and EU. Six months have passed, and it is now time to find out what changes have taken place on the markets and what devices you should request using crowdsourced testing services. The sources for the report are referenced at the end of this article.  

Here are some highlights from the December 2016 report.

The United States

Model Market share
Samsung Galaxy S5 7.3 %
Samsung Galaxy S6 6.4 %
Samsung Galaxy S7 5.7 %
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 4.3 %
Samsung Galaxy Note5 3.2 %
Samsung Galaxy S4 3.1 %
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 2.8 %
HTC 10 2.7 %
LG M1 2.5 %
Sony ‘Xperia’ Z5 2.1 %


Source: Appbrain, Mymobo Tips

Samsung Galaxy S7 is up by 10% (both S7 and S7 Edge)  compared to 7.9% last month. A 2.1% increase reflects the growing stability of their products and the finality of their new flagship on the market.


Model Market share
Samsung Galaxy S6 8.1 %
Samsung Galaxy S5 7.5 %
Samsung Galaxy S4 6.9 %
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo 5.4 %
Samsung Galaxy S7 4.8 %
LG G3 4.7 %
LG G4 4.0 %
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 3.4 %
Samsung Galaxy S3 3.2 %
LG  Nexus 5 2.7 %


Source: Appbrain, Android Police

The Samsung Galaxy S family is ranked among Canadians in the top 3 as well. The LG G series is runner-up and receives the silver medal. We strongly advocate adopting the G3 and G4 devices into your crowdsourcing app testing sessions.

The United Kingdom

Model Market share
Samsung Galaxy S6 10,00%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 6,90%
Samsung Galaxy S5 6,90%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 5,20%
Samsung Galaxy S7 4,60%
Samsung Galaxy S4 3,00%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2,40%
Motorola Moto G4 1,90%
Sony Xperia Z5 1,40%
HTC One M9 0,90%


Source: Appbrain, Mobile atlas


Model Market share
Huawei Mate 8 Lite 4.4 %
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 3.8 %
Samsung Galaxy J5 3.0 %
Samsung Galaxy S3 2.6 %
Samsung Galaxy S4 2.5 %
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.3 %
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo 1.8 %
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) 1.8 %
Samsung Galaxy S6 1.5 %
LG K10 1.4 %


Source: Appbrain

The substantial growth of Huawei devices among EU5 members is firmly displayed. If you want to maximize crowdsourcing mobile apps testing for your projects, then we also recommend that you include the following devices:

  • Huawei Mate 9 Lite
  • Huawei Honor Magic
  • Huawei Nova Plus

To sum up, Samsung is the dominant smartphone brand across global markets. It retains more than 50% of the global market share. Earning the silver medal with in the European and US markets is LG with their G3-G5 smartphones. This tendency is a good indicator that they are going to acquire the #2 position for the global market share within the next 2 quarters. There are only a few brands competing to take home the Bronze medal, and they consist of the prospering Huawei, Motorola, HTC 10 and Sony ‘Xperia’ Z5.

The latest stats indicate that in 2017 we should expect tremendous updates within the latest versions of their flagships. We could also forecast that the new device models manufactured by Huawei, ZTE, and OnePlus will insert themselves into the list.

Only time will tell, so let’s wait and see!

The Ubertesters report is based on Appbarin, Mymobo Tips, Android police, and Mobile atlas information as well as inner Ubertesters data collected from devices in the mentioned regions.

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