Last year almost 3,100 Android devices with Google Play certification were launched, and there are many interesting subgroups that show some of the main trends of the year. For example, the Android tablet market, which many OEMs left for dead, is still clinging to life with 664 new devices added to the catalog (more than 21 percent of the total). Samsung is one of the notable original manufacturers that still launches tablets for Android, including its Galaxy Tab S4 with its S-pen style Galaxy Note included. However, Samsung is not alone in propping up the Android tablet market that refuses to die, since most of its 53 devices added in 2018 were phones.
Here are some other interesting statistics from last year that we noticed:
- Only 22 of the nearly 3,100 devices added to the Google Play certification list in 2018 were powered by Snapdragon 845.
- Including televisions, Xiaomi launched 20 new certified Android devices, led by its flagship Mi 8.
- Huawei launched 31 new devices, led by its flagships P20 and Mate 20.
- As mentioned above, Samsung launched 53 devices led by its flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9.
- 41 devices have official versions of Android Pie certified by Google.
- 121 devices have more than 4GB of RAM.
- The statistics of Snapdragon 845 and RAM are particularly interesting, especially for those who use
- flagship phones. We tend to pay close attention to these devices, but there are many, many more
- Android devices that do not have first-line specifications. Snapdragon 845 devices do not even make up 1% of the ecosystem and only about 4% have more than 4GB of RAM.
However, there are a couple of caveats to keep in mind. Devices that start without Google Play, such as those from lesser-known manufacturers that are only sold in China, are not included in any of the numbers mentioned above. However, devices sold in China from manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi still receive Google Play certification, even if they do not start with any installed Google applications. In addition, some devices that were released in 2018 have not yet been added to the Google Play certification catalog, such as the LG Watch W7 with the Wear OS operating system.