Ten years ago, the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, made its debut a year after the Apple iPhone. Unlike the iPhone, T-Mobile’s device had a physical keyboard. That feature didn’t last, but Android grew in popularity, overtaking iPhone in three years.
As the above chart from Statista shows, “most of the smartphone market’s exponential growth over the past decade was driven by Android devices, with sales surpassing 1 billion for the first time in 2014. According to Gartner, worldwide sales of Android smartphones amounted to 1.3 billion units last year, which is equivalent to 86 percent market share for Google’s mobile operating system.”