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Samsung Holds a Whopping 63% Share of Android Devices Worldwide

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It is no secret by this point that Samsung is the top dog in the Android world, but just how far ahead might be hard to imagine sometimes. There is an easily-calculated reason that Samsung has millions and millions of dollars to throw into marketing and advertising for their devices. A recent survey including units from  around the world shows that Samsung accounts for 63% of all Android devices. 

That enormous share is a share of the largest mobile operating system in the world. The numbers from the survey are crazy, showing that Samsung almost out-gains every other manufacturer by 2 to 1. 8 out of the 10 most popular phones in the world are manufactured by Samsung, including the Galaxy S2, S3, S4 and both Notes. The most popular non-Samsung device is the HTC One. This counts for tablets as well, with the Galaxy Tab 2 series of tablets apparently accounting for almost 40% of tablets worldwide.

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As with all statistical studies, you cannot measure every device in the world, but this sample was reported as being 25 million unique devices from just last month. Is this good or bad news for the world of Android?

Via: Localytics

  • ClausewitzBro

    The scary part about this is that Samsung having so much of the market share means that they could switch a large portion of their phones to Tizen (or begin offering Tizen and Android models, with Tizen being default), carrying a large portion of their current user base with them, while gaining from not having to pay any fees to Google, all without the casual Samsung user noticing any significant change. THAT would be bad for Android. Fewer Play store users means less incentive for app developers.

  • John T. Wildman

    Let’s forget about touch wiz. Samsung has a phone offered in about every segment of the marketplace from small to large. something for everyone. Is there another manufacturer who makes apple sweat?

  • Nobody

    One less as of this past weekend. Retired the VZ Galaxy Nexus for a shiny new MOTOROLA Droid Maxx. The crappy GNex radios soured me on Samsung for a very long time.

  • Justen DeBowles

    This is obvious news, but also very hilarious because of the image companies like samsung have now to “android fans.” So Verizon single-handedly got android off the ground with motorola and the Droid campaign, and now Samsung (with all carriers now ) is obviously single-handedly carrying android on its back and propelling marketshare far above apple…

    but these are the two companies that are always called the devil and evil for android…lol
    fickle fickle group these internet fans there…

  • Raven

    There is no doubt Samsung is king. I see Galaxies everywhere, but what surprises me here is how low Motorola is. I would say that the number 2 phone maker among my friends and coworkers (I work for a large tech company) is easily Motorola. I see Droid’s everywhere, probably almost as many as Galaxies. I have yet to ever even see an HTC One in the wild (I think I know 1 person still with an Incredible 2), nor have I ever seen an LG or Sony Android phone in use. (Part of this may be due to the fact that Verizon is also king here. I would say it is probably %70 Verizon, %30 AT&T around here, with %0 Sprint or T-Mobile).

    • Egghead

      I’m not surprised Motorola has a low market share. They’re pretty much non-existent outside the US

    • bprichard

      Motorola really bungled along for a while there, and I really think they’re coming along nicely in terms of their products. They really need to recapture people’s imaginations, though, and make them realize how great the Moto X (and hopefully Moto G) is.

      They’re still pulling pretty big quarterly losses, which may affect how willing they are to pump money into advertising. People who read sites like this don’t need advertising to hear about great phones, but we’re a tiny minority.

      Google seems to be taking it as a gradual process, which is probably a great way to go long term, but it’s hard to take on the leviathan that is Samsung toe-to-toe. If they just keep building great products, people will realize it eventually I hope.

      They’re trying to re-establish in the US market right now, and hopefully once that is accomplished, they can start making strong moves globally. Egghead is right about their international presence.

  • jimbob

    Its funny to me that people always say things like “Its only because of marketing spend that Samsung is the highest selling.” So, who’s fault is that? If Moto, backed by Google, is so good, they should try to out-market Samsung and thus take market share away.

    Marketing is probably the most important function within business. If you have a great product, but no one knows about it or thinks its great, you will fail. Its ignorant to think that the “product will sell itself”. So be mad at the company you like for not competing, not at the company who is winning because they have a smart strategy.

    • Mike Hilal

      The S4 and Note 3 are fantastic devices, even after verizon molests them. Just holding the Note 3 in your hand is enough marketing, the TV commercials dont do jack.

  • MikeSaver

    Bad news I think, just because Touch Wiz is so janky.

  • Mando

    What the, Samsungs run android? I cant recognize it

  • shmigga

    Niiice!

  • CensoredByU

    As long as we can beat the piss out of IOS I don’t care.

  • David Dudovitz

    As long HTC stays alive, I will be okay.

  • droidify

    Fear the Pleather

    • hfoster52

      Now if you can get a t-shirt made up like the “Fear the Turtle” but with a Samsung phone and that logo might make a $ or 2.

  • AbbyZFresh

    What most of us on the internet don’t understand is that people actually like touchwiz in the real world. With the combination of that along with the removeable battery and samsung’ls marketing, you can`t be surprised why they are on top.

    • Adrynalyne

      I know four Touchwiz owners besides myself.

      One likes it (I am not it)

      That is a small sampling, but it doesn’t count for most, or even 50%.

      People:
      Me: Dislike
      Friend: Dislike
      Aunt # 1: Dislike
      Aunt #2: Like
      Wife: Dislike

  • NC

    The Galaxy Nexus was my first Samsung and it almost became my last Android phone, it was so pathetic. Not considering a phone from them again for a very long time.

  • Bionicman

    we could argue all day that the ONLY reason why Samsung has that market share is because of marketing but I will only say what keeps me sticking with Samsung. it is because of options like bigger/removable batteries, micro sd cards, built-in software features such as all cast and things in general that meet my needs. IMHO they are doing a lot of right….plus marketing helps too ;)

    • fillyo75

      Agreed brother! If the HTC One had S4 battery life and addable storage, I would be all over it.

    • DodgingDonkey

      “the ONLY reason why Samsung has that market share is because of marketing”.. Based on your laundry list of features you enjoy that they provide it doesn’t seem to be only marketing.

      • Bionicman

        yea it was kind of a response to Eric’s comment “Samsung has millions and millions of dollars to throw into marketing” comment.

  • Derek Duncan

    Doesn’t hurt that Best Buy, Sams, other retailers, etc, offer Galaxy phones for cheapo around Black Friday. Can’t get a Nexus 5 for free on Black Friday.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Hardware/Software giants come and go. Sammy’s on a good run right now, as is Android. But, there was a time when I used Windows Mobile and loved it.

    Things can change.

    • Stacey

      Samsung was a key player when Windows Mobile and Symbian were king. So Samsung was always relevant when it came to smartphones.

  • slow68

    I like Motorola yet I value the external SD card more then brand. So Samsung it is.

    • aBabyPenguin

      I used to try and get the biggest SD cards available, but I never managed to fill them up. After using a 32GB GNex (27 GB available to use) for awhile, I noticed I have never come close to hitting capacity. What does everyone do that hogs so much space that 32GB isn’t enough?

      • slow68

        I keep my music and backups on the ext storage – when replacing my phone I just swap the card.

        • aBabyPenguin

          Ahh, I just use about 8GB for music and move old backups to my PC, keeping only the newest backup on my phone.
          I have to agree that it is very convenient to just pop your SD card into your new phone and have everything there for you, but I have gotten used to storing most of my stuff on the cloud (Google Music, Google Photos, etc). Helium and Rom Manager Premium are also pretty useful in this case! Simply log in and you are good. And if you don’t trust the cloud, you can always download the files to your PC.

      • Adrynalyne

        Just two high end games can take up to 8+GB.

        • aBabyPenguin

          Yeah that is a problem, but I don’t see why a person would have more than a couple of those huge games on their phone at once. If you play them for more than about 15 minutes your battery will be drained pretty low. I had GTA on my phone along with Dead Trigger and noticed how huge they were. The games were fun but they burned too much of the battery when I played them so I uninstalled. I’d rather play them on a tablet, MK802, or OUYA type device.

          • Adrynalyne

            Well, even with just a couple of those games on there, if you install a lot of apps it will eat it up. it was a huge problem with my Note II because despite having an sdcard, the internal 16GB would keep filling from application data.

            And really, if you have a big battery, you can play for a while. I think Ive been able to get 3-4 hours out of my Note II playing Asphalt 8 almost nonstop.

          • aBabyPenguin

            3-4 hours is pretty awesome haha My GNex can’t compete with that XD
            Yeah, unfortunately Sammy loves throwing lots of stuff in their builds so you arent left with much internal memory. My brother’s S4 was almost at capacity right out of the box. It makes me wonder if non-samsung phones have this problem. I’d be peeved if my new phone had no memory out of the box and I couldn’t even add external memory.
            From what I can tell, the more AOSP type phones have more available memory, which explains why I haven’t had many issues. I am currently on the GNex, and before that I would use CM and other clean AOSP type roms.

          • Adrynalyne

            Nexus devices come with nearly all the storage (formatted capacity).

            Yeah, I have a Note 3 here that came with 32GB, and out of the box has 23 available.

          • aBabyPenguin

            You think that’s bad. Check out the Moto G, it’s got 8GB! Now THAT is tiny! Even for a low spec phone, that won’t cut it. I hope there is a 16GB variant.

  • Dave

    I’m curious what percentage they have of the entire global market, since they’ve outsold Apple 6 of the last 8 quarters, it has to be about half of all mobile devices on the planet or close, right?

    • Adrynalyne

      Apple still holds the spot for the number one sold smartphone in the world.

      If you combine 16/32/64GB iPhone sales, it dwarfs any single product of Samsung’s. Pretty impressive IMO. In fact, if you combine all the different iPhone capacity versions, I bet it outsells Samsung’s entire market.

      Most of the statistics out there include ALL Samsung phones, but only certain capacity iPhones.

      • ghajshg

        Link or reliable source?

        • Adrynalyne

          Google.

          Take any recent market figure. Now add the market figures for the 16 and 64GB versions for Apple.

          Simple math is your reliable source.

          As for being the number one sold smartphone, that is a known fact, also accessible via Google.

          • asdrfasfas

            still no link, s3 alone sold 50M earlier this year while 1phone 5 has been discontinued while s3 is still selling, apple did not state how many they have sold of the iphone 5 or separate sales by models they just lump them together, so your figures are just guesstimates at best

          • Adrynalyne

            You are too lazy to do your own digging?

            As of September:

            Iphone 5: 89 million.

            That is JUST carrier subsidized versions. It does not include anything outside the US.

            http://www.statisticbrain.com/iphone-5-sales-statistics/

            Now do your own research and stop being so lazy.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    It’s scary for Google because 1) Samsung has Tizen waiting in the wings 2) Samsung has yet to announce definitive plans for KitKat updates to the GS4 & GNote 3, which is cause for alarm since just about every other major OEM has for their devices.

    • socarwolverine

      I don’t think Tizen is quite “waiting in the wings”, they still haven’t managed to put out a phone with it like they planned for earlier this fall, but it should definitely be a concern for Google.

      • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

        Samsung tends to move fairly rapidly … much faster than most people think.

        • socarwolverine

          Tizen is already late per their own goal of this fall, looks like they may have pushed it to February.

      • Adrynalyne

        Why? Samsung will have no app ecosystem, nor Google services, both of which attract Android users. On top of that, other companies will swarm in and divide up Samsung’s market share. Some will go back to Apple before they take on a cool new OS with no apps.

        • lookatmyfunnyusername

          Samsung is trying to do exactly that. I can’t remember where I read it, maybe it was on this site, but they held a event for developers to start developing only samsung compatible apps. Even look at the way the galaxy gear watch worked only with samsung phone. Imagine when they have a truly great product they’re going to entice people to buy their phone more since it works with that one product.

          • Adrynalyne

            Trying, not succeeding.

            Samsung’s own offerings are dwarfed even by the Windows Phone app market, which is pretty sad in itself.

          • lookatmyfunnyusername

            I didn’t say succeeding, I said trying. There was a point in time where Google was TRYING, and in some people’s eyes not succeeding, to make Android a successful os. Now they have 81% of the smartphone market. Something else that they have going for them is the brand loyalty, which is approaching apple levels. So all they would have to do continue marketing and people will flock to them. 63% is a lot of market share, lets say just 40 % percent stuck with Samsung, that’s still a lot of people enough that developers would have to cater to that market. Not saying I want that to happen, I feel like they’re turning into the new Apple.

    • Adrynalyne

      If Samsung switches to Tizen, watch them take on water and sink.

    • AbbyZFresh

      This won’t affect anyone really. Most people still associate android with Samsung. Not Google.

      What’s gonna stop Google from porting their own apps to Tizen the same way they currently do for iOS. I don’t think Google is that concerned. All they care about is as many devices using their services as possible.

      If anything, Samsung’s departure can free up more space on Android for Google to utilize Motorola fully to put their brand as the face of Android

      • bprichard

        If you’ve been following what Google’s been up to lately, they’ve been taking a huge amount of stuff out of Android core and into Google Play Services. Without Google Play Services, Samsung is screwed. They’re just not very good at software development, and replicating Google Play Services with anywhere near the level of refinement that it has is a task that Samsung is probably not equal to and probably doesn’t even want to bother with.

        Samsung and Google are going to be in bed together for quite a bit longer.

  • Dave Amburn

    I’m part of that 63% I love my GS4 since I started using Hyperdrive ROMS.

  • MichaelFranz

    Ok samsung, you have my attention, now make something I will like. I liked my GS3, but it never saw touchwiz, had AOSP on it right after i got it.

    Samsung needs to change touchwiz, and give us more useful software features. Very much how moto x and droid line looks. thats my opinion, agree with me or not..

    • JoshGroff

      I agree entirely, I’ve gotten used to touchwiz on my Note 2, but I would prefer a more toned down UI with the same features.

      • MichaelFranz

        I think that’s the problem is that having 60+% of the market means they won’t risk changing the UI. I agree with them because ultimately you want that number to grow and maybe changing the UI scares people away. But it’s due for a change

        • Adrynalyne

          The more marketshare you have, the less motivation to innovate as well.

          • MichaelFranz

            Unfortunately I agree with you. Its a apple born disease…

          • Richard Yarrell

            You sound just as clueless as all the other stock android people. Time to wake up and smell reality it’s Samsung who makes android what it is today not any silly stock android device or anyother android device today.

          • MichaelFranz

            You may be right…but that’s your opinion. I just think while Samsung has done some innovative things…nothing appeals to many of people who read this site. Maybe some…but not all.

            And its not just the software. While the specs are great I don’t like the build quality. And I’m not anti-samsung. I owned an s3, just preferred a different phone after a while

          • Adrynalyne

            Samsung still paying you to troll?

          • TylerChappell

            You realize that Google develops Android, not Samsung, right? Samsung isn’t that important in in how Android is designed or what features it has. Do you see Google developing a bunch of gimmicky features that no one ever uses? No.

          • squiddy20

            And you sound worse than all the “iPhone heads” (as you call them). You claim all sorts of crap that I swear are completely made up, and clearly have your own version of the reality distortion field. After all, you’re the idiot who “knew” the specs of the S4 weeks in advance, and turned out to be totally, completely wrong. You’re the idiot who claimed rooting was for “2plus year old devices”, despite at the time owning an Evo 4G, which had an absolutely huge root community behind it. You’re the idiot who “knew” the “legendary” Evo 3D would be “Sprint’s flagship device well into 2012″, and we all know how that turned out. Could you be any more stupid?

          • Keg Man

            I’ve owned a motorola x and x2 (motoblur), a galaxy nexus (stock), and note 3 with touchwiz. I gotta admit, the touchwiz categories in settings is annoying and help me none. the quick access bar in the notification bar is helpful but i’ve been using an app to have that since the droid X. The only awesome feature I like with touchwiz is the duel screen. Other than that, I miss my stock android experience.

            I think the reason Samsung is doing so well is because of its marketing. Much like Apple’s greatest strength.

          • bprichard

            I’m a devoted Android person, but comparing Apple to Samsung isn’t right. Apple makes a very usable phone with excellent industrial design. Samsung does neither of those. Yes, Apple is good at marketing, but they also have a very cohesive and coherent product that makes sense for people who don’t require flexibility in their phones.

          • Keg Man

            the only thing I compared here was the marketing. Both companies are a direct result of good quality backed by superior marketing. Without their marketing, they are just HTC

          • Richard Yarrell

            Being innovative has been SAMSUNG for years while all the other android manufacturers sat back and did nothing including Google’s famed NEXUS LINE products. Samsung was the first to bring 2gb of ram into the Galaxy S3, was the first to bring 3gb of ram in the Galaxy Note 3 and will be the first to bring 4gb of ram to the Galaxy S5. The have other software solution and feature implementations that NO OTHER android device on the market has today especially in the Galaxy Note products. Plain and simple the ANDROID PLATFROM is a sad conclusion in so many ways it’s pretty comical when it comes to the other manufacturers. Without SAMSUNG android SUCKS MONKEY BALLS plain and simple.

          • Adrynalyne

            You aren’t even an original troll. Get new material because your crap is old hat.

          • TylerChappell

            You’re the only one here that sucks monkey balls, which quite frankly, probably just means you suck your own.

          • jose

            Dude you sound like such a POS, stop talking. You’d think when Samsung hires trolls to loiter the internet they’d actually put in a bit of quality control to weed out the stupid ones, but I guess not.

          • MicroNix

            While his presentation was in extreme poor taste, a lot of what he said was true. Phones lagged to hell all the time before Samsung figured out to finally ship a phone with more memory. Samsung practically created the larger phones we enjoy today all the way up to the phablet. Samsung phones take a picture BEFORE the moment is over with zero shutter lag. Motorola seems to never be able to make a camera that works right (that’s a running track record in my experience) and Motorola is what everyone at this site worships.

            Pure stock is nice but there’s nothing really that wrong with Touchwiz either. After coming from phones with stock and custom roms, I really think the only reason people honestly bash Touchwiz is because they have the OG Droid with the plain screen engrained in their head. If TW made the phone laggy and things like the camera software FC’d all the time and the phone constantly rebooted, yeah, maybe TW would be eligible for the POS award. But it works. And its solid. Which is much better than what I can say for my last Motorola Android phone.

          • michael arazan

            Except Samsung has come out and said they are dumping 1 Billion just for R&D

          • Adrynalyne

            Hopefully that isn’t just PR speak like it feels.

        • SplashMTN
      • chaoslimits

        NinjaWiz?

      • bassman418

        I had the note 2 and was rooted with Beanstown106 running using Nova launcher and very happy. I now have the Note 3 and I’m using Nova launcher and I very happy. Stock 4.3 rooted on this phone is awesome. I won’t even have to Rom it.

    • EC8CH

      Support Moto people… you know it’s the right thing to do. ;-)

      • MichaelFranz

        I am a moto person…droid maxx :)

      • KleenDroid

        I would if they would allow a custom recovery along with root.

      • TC Infantino

        Oh I am. I got the Droid Maxx. I like the Samsung devices, with the exception of that physical home button, plus touchwiz is ugly in my opinion. I like the Maxx’s great screen, excellent speaker, awesome battery, and the active notifications with voice controls. BUT I wish Moto would have gone with a removable SD card. That is the only thing I really am disappointed with Moto about.

      • Richard Yarrell

        MOTOROLA is the laughing stock of android always has been and so is the crappy battery draining NEXUS line products.

        • squiddy20

          So Motorola was the “laughing stock” when it and Verizon were pushing the Droid brand, bringing Android into millions of users hands simply because of an advertising push? What a joke.

      • MicroNix

        Support Moto? Why? They’re going the wrong way (no SD, non-removable battery, etc). They’re taking away what everyone used to demand in an Android phone.

    • antonbeasley

      There’s 100 million people between the galaxy devices that don’t agree with you. There is however a Google edition galaxy s4. They have that area covered as well. Personally, I like touch wiz. I have a note 3 so it runs flawlessly.

      • Richard Yarrell

        There NO PRODUCT on the market today that is better than the current GALAXY NOTE 3. NO Nexus 5, NO Htc One, NO LgG2, NO Htc One Maxx, NO Sony devices, NO Motorola devices, NOTHING PERIOD.

        • TylerChappell

          Oh great, this belligerent nitwit is back again. Grab your popcorn, everybody.

          • jose

            Ah the good ol Richard Yarrell. An intellect rivaled only by garden tools.

        • blootz

          your right all these tech guru’s are clueless to what the major population want. the numbers speak for themself. samsunghas the newest tech out, and no one else can keep up. im realy fighting tye samsung revolution, but verizon doesnt have the nexus 5 and the note 3 is too bad ass to turn away from. my cons of the note3 are touch wiz and that stupid button; but the pro’s out weigh the cons. nexus5 is what i realy want, but even nexus has many cons like nonremovable battery, non extendable memory, battery life is not as good as note3, and its not offered on verizon, more cons than pros, but would easily go nexus if it was offered on verizon even tho in my book is still out beaten by the note3.

          • squiddy20

            You say the battery life on the Nexus 5 isn’t as good as the Note 3′s. Hmmm, I wonder why? Could it maybe have something to do with the extra 1000-or-more mAh crammed into the Note 3?
            You say the Note 3 beats out the Nexus 5 (I assume in terms of specs). Hmmm I again wonder why? Maybe it could have something to do with the fact that the Nexus 5 is, for all intents and purposes, a high-mid range device? Maybe it has something to do with the bigger physical size of the Note 3? After all, bigger cars usually have more power than smaller ones (V6 or 8 in an SUV vs a 4 cyl in most sedans).

        • squiddy20

          And that is your opinion PERIOD. Learn the difference moron.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Agreeing with you doesn’t matter what you are saying here. If you don’t like it don’t buy Samsung devices you represent ONE PERSON not MILLIONS who appreciate the current Nature UI. Plain and simple SAMSUNG is ANDROID without them ANDROID is exactly like BLACKBERRY.

      • squiddy20

        “Plain and simple SAMSUNG is ANDROID” Too bad Google could pull the plug on Android at any time, and Samsung et. al. would be screwed.

      • TylerChappell

        People don’t buy Samsung devices because they “appreciate” the Nature/Touchwiz UI. Most of them don’t even know what that is. They buy Samsung because the don’t want an Apple device, and in their minds, Samsung is the only antihesis to Apple.

  • socarwolverine

    Isn’t Samsung developing their own operating system with Intel? It’ll be interesting how strong a push they will make to take that 63% with them if/whenever they abandon Android.

  • droidify

    I think the others will start to catch up now. LG finally has a great phone, Moto seems to be figuring things out, and HTC has the ONE line that is a success. Samsung really put Android on the map but I think their domination is ultimately bad for android.

  • Disqus_n00b

    These numbers do not include the Nexus 5. By January LG will have overtaken HTC. Amazing drop. Disappointing – the One is an outstanding device.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      HTC earned it. I’ve owned three of their devices, and what killed me was the Thunderbolt. That phone was a piece of crap, and HTC’s terrible support of it (coupled with Verizon’s lack of support of it) ensured that I will look everywhere else I can for a smartphone before HTC (and Verizon).

  • Adam Truelove

    This is depressing.

  • crazed_z06

    Samsung FTW. Note 3 is a beast.

  • DodgingDonkey

    LG is really jumping into the picture here, taking on HTC, good for them.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      I agree with this.

      I’ve never been able to understand why one of the OEM’s doesn’t just hire the guys who built Nova Launcher (one example of many) to provide customization and a unique look and feel, rather than building a total ROM for every single device.

      Just run AOSP, build some pretty widgets and launcher themes, and maybe give me some improved camera software.

      That way, when the next iteration of Android comes out, it doesn’t require the OEM to move mountains to get the update out.

      • EdubE24

        Well said..

      • Matthew Rebmann

        Not only well said, but I’m kind of baffled that the exact same thought as you put it never entirely occurred to me.

        • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

          we could team up and get rich!

          (except i know nothing of software development…)

        • Adrynalyne

          In short: Control.

          OEMs want control over the user experience. On top of that, a single launcher allows someone to take their user experience to other phones. They want people to buy their devices by enticing them with their custom features.

      • droidify

        That is basically what motorola did with the X. I like what LG did but it takes some time to set it all up because there are so many features. The G2 launcher allows you to customize everything. You can build your own vibration patterns and assign them to contacts, change the notification light colors, change lock screen shortcuts, animations, even themes. I loaded the stock JB theme and I’m using Auto hide softkeys with the stock button setup and it feels just like AOKP and Nova launcher on my Gnex except it’s virtually bug free.

        • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

          that’s really interesting. i just bought an N5, but i’m keeping an eye on LG. given the build quality of the N5, they might earn my future business. i didn’t realize their software was so close to stock. thanks for sharing!

          • droidify

            It really isn’t close to stock, it’s closer to a custom ROM like AOKP.

          • TylerCameron

            There is nothing close to stock about the G2. Hell, LG screwed up the navbar! The navbar was perfect! And LG decided “Hmmm.. Let’s remove recent apps and replace it with a menu key!” -.-

          • droidify

            I didn’t say it was like stock, but like a custom rom. There are about a dozen apps in the play store that will change the soft keys to stock.

      • malcmilli

        I think part of the reason is that like it or not, these OEM roms have many enhancements over stock android. Sure they go overboard a bit on the customizations, but they do improve a great deal. With the method you suggest these non nexus phones would all have nexus quality-cameras for example. There are also battery consumption optimizations that interact with the hardware on the system level, which is why you get phones with same specs and battery size as nexus but you see the nexus get less battery life (optimus G vs nexus 4). As much as we all love stock android, Google needs these OEM’s to tweak the mess out of android to appeal to mass markets.

  • David Narada Brown

    Cant fault samsung for what they have done to gain popularity with smartphone users. They are getting of track at the moment and the other OEM’s should take advantage of this time and release some solid phones. I like what Motorola did with the X but they need a heavy hitter to compete with other flagship devices. And when i say that i mean the specs need to be comparable on paper. From what ive seen and heard the device performs up there with the S4 and ONE, Just dont want that hardware to limit us on down the road.

    • JPfingsten

      The hardware won’t limit you. You need to actually use the device before you bad mouth it. I owned the S4 One and now the Moto X. The Moto X is the MOST COMPLETE Android phone I’ve ever owned. The new Moto is going places. This tech is amazing.

      • Dave

        Until you run apps and browsers side by beside with a GN3 (or high end hardware device) and a X. Granted Moto is going for the experience, but performance (what most people buy for) has a way to go to catch the competitors. Moto is definitely moving in the right direction though, I like their new direction.

        • Adrynalyne

          I ran a Droid Maxx side-by-side with a Note 3, and sorry, but the Maxx was smoother despite lesser specs.

          • Dave

            That’s pretty impressive, thanks for the info….you don’t have to be sorry to me…LoL I don’t build phones. The X is great, but they probably should have made bit look better on paper as well as in the hand. Do you have a MaXX? I wondered about a rumor that I heard all SD800 devices had a always listening function, even better than touchless controls, is this true?

          • Adrynalyne

            It is true. Whether it is better or not, I am not sure. I’ll test it on my Note 3 when I get a chance.

            Right now the battery is pretty poor with it off (vs my Note II), so it will probably be this weekend, LOL.

          • Dave

            I can’t see any reason to upgrade from my GN2. Still plenty quick, and if I don’t go totally bananas on it, I’m still getting around 48 hours with about 5-7 of screen time on a one year old unit.

          • Adrynalyne

            Right.

            My wife stole my Note 2. That is the only reason I upgraded.

      • KR

        I don’t think he’s really bad mouthing. I also own the Moto X, and find what he is saying to be true.

        As great as the device is, perception is reality, and too many people get caught up in spec sheets. In the spec wars, as ignorant as they are, the Moto X isn’t winning ground. In all-out benchmark testing, as silly as it is, raw horsepower wins. In Android world, 1080 is more than 720, so the latter is unacceptable. So long as these things remain true, and the cost of the device competes with devices which make the above true, there will be an uphill battle.

        That said, I don’t think Motorola needs to change their approach. It makes total sense to sidestep spec wars and build user-friendly, practical software, much the way the fruit company has for years.

        That said, I have no concerns about the hardware being a limit. With Android, the hardware is rarely the problem, as it’s more the carrier and manufacturer that are limits. The dev community has shown that old hardware can do some of the newer tricks, and the Moto X is no slouch, in any shape or form. My eyes are on Motorola, not the device in my pocket.

        • Derin Richardson

          “…Perception is reality…”

          I love how Aldous Huxley/Vern Heisenberg concepts made it into this post. Awesome!

      • David Narada Brown

        I didnt bad mouth the Moto X. If you actually read what i said i complimented the X. I stated that on paper it should be more comparable to other flagships, cause lets be honest no one test drives a 4 cylinder when their shopping for a V8! I think the Moto X is a great device, I just cant choose it over the Nexus 5. Wish the 5 had touchless controls from sleep screen tho.

    • Kofi Williams

      Windows phones and Apple use different hardware but no one gets on them about it. Only people who look at these kinds of websites or haven’t used the Moto X daily really think it’s not up to par for whatever reasons. Every phone since the S3 has been future proofed to last the life of a contract.

      • zionlion02

        If I could up vote this more I would. Droid-Life people are in no way the norm. I think we fail to realize this too often. Real people care more about how the phone performs in real life, regardless of the specs, as well as caring about (sadly) how popular it is. See, iPhone/Apple. “It just works” which is the dumbest thing ever for why a person buys a phone (since they’ve never used the competition) – is the battle cry. Not, “It just has better specs”. Only the phone nerds care about that. I mean phone nerds endearingly, self included.

      • David Narada Brown

        You are correct, no one gets on apple or windows for not goin with the latest biggest processor. But in all fairness i dont think those OS’s are as powerful as android. I mean with it being open and all. No other OS can do what android is doing right now, and we tend to push our phones to the limit.

        • Kofi Williams

          I agree completely but whenever I show my g/f all the cool things I can do on my Nexus (She’s an Apple user) she really doesn’t give a sh*t. The only thing I was able to convert her on was using Google Now instead of Siri for information.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I wonder how many are samsung loyal

    • Big_EZ

      Not me, everyday I’m beginning to hate my Note 2 more and more (touchwiz). I just wish I had other options besides Samsung, I need a microSD slot, or at least a decent amount of storage.

  • GE918

    I’m not surprised. Samsung releases a lot of phones.

  • Samvelavich

    Not surprised. Honestly I see more Galaxy S phones than iPhones now. Which is a good thing :)

    • Adrynalyne

      Its an indicator that they flooded the market with many different devices. I find it impressive that Apple holds its own with just one, including the older versions of it.

      • Khary Anderson

        Very impressive

      • Samvelavich

        Such impress. Very improve.

      • Elliot Kotis

        2 now. Plus most of them are iPhones 4-5

  • Pablo hernandez

    That is amazing. Good job Samsung

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    This is what we wanted right? Someone to go toe to toe with Apple? Be careful what you wish for.

    • Derin Richardson

      Forgive me but besides inherent good of Android gobbing up market share, this is rather distasteful to me. Maybe because it is Samsung and touchwiz irritates me so.

      It does feel bittersweet.

      • DodgingDonkey

        I really disliked touchwiz back in the Gingerbread days. I worked at Verizon and just couldn’t bring myself to like it. But now after using a note 2 for awhile, it’s more refined, polished and generally not a bad skin.

        • Elliot Kotis

          still behind, ugly and laggy aswell.

          • MicroNix

            Not laggy on my S3. Never has been. And how can you call something that delivers more features (however gimmicky) behind?

    • AbbyZFresh

      We wanted Google to go toe to toe with Apple. Not freaking Samsung.

      Too bad Google’s not a hardware company, at least not before the Motorola aquisition.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      If by toe to toe you mean gain enough market share so that OEMs make compelling devices for Android, then sure.

      Personally, I’m happy there’s Apple, Windows Phone, BB, etc. in the market. And I hope even more begin to gain market share (CM, Firefox OS, Ubuntu, etc). I prefer Android, but I hope consumers start having and making more choices based on their needs.

      • Elliot Kotis

        instead of buying samsung and apple sh** blindly?

    • EC8CH

      This is what we wanted right?

      Nope, I just wanted a Nexus on Verizon… or at least a wood back for the Moto X.

  • Greg Morgan

    I think it’s both good and bad. Good that someone is having very good success, bad in that the other OEM’s are struggling so hard to gain ground.

    • Adam Truelove

      And bad because most people’s first and only impressions of Android come from awful Touchwiz. It’s hard to explain to people who hate Android just because of Touchwiz that Android itself is actually very good.

      63% of Android users think Android is much worse than it actually is.

  • jbdan

    Interesting

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing