Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.
We talk a lot about the hottest new phones here at AndroidPIT, but recently we've been talking and we've realized something: not everyone out there owns (or even cares about) the latest models. Aspirational phones like the Galaxy S3 may generate a lot of news, but what phones do the majority of folks in the U.S. actually use?
A company called Handset Detection – which monitors device use and sells the data to app developers – has been tracking the phone models people use across the globe. With software installed on over 35 million devices, the company claims it can say with authority which devices are most popular in the U.S.
According to the company, here are the most popular Android devices in the U.S. today:
10. Google Nexus 7
Well, I suppose it's not surprising that Google's best-selling tablet, which is the second most popular Android tablet in the world, is the 10th most popular Android device in the U.S. According to Handset Detection, it makes up 1.5% of all devices running Android.
9. Motorola Droid X
Even at three years old(!), the Motorola Droid X has remained relatively popular. At its release, it was considered one of the best competitors against the iPhone 4. It only runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but is easily rootable. It's one of only two Motorola devices that made it into the top 10.
8. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Galaxy Note 2 might be what you'd think of as a niche product, given its large girth, but it is a wildly popular device. Announced less than a year ago, it crossed the 5 million mark two months after its release. It remains incredibly popular.
7. HTC Evo 4G
A fan favorite, the HTC Evo 4G was first announced in 2010, which is the Pleistocene era in the smartphone era. Back then, it featured the largest screen on the block – 4.3 inches, to be exact. It remains popular to this day.
6. Unknown Android Device
Because of the insane modding community in the U.S., about 1,360 different Android device don't identify as any particular device. That's a lot of custom ROMs.
5. Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch (Sprint)
One of the longest-named Android devices ever released, the Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch was later shortened to become, simply, the Galaxy S2. It remains very much in demand, even years after it first arrived on Sprint.
4. Samsung Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile)
To the shock of no one, the Galaxy S2 also sold well on the T-Mobile network. The HSPA+ device was recently officially upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
3. Amazon Kindle Fire
This tablet caused quite the stir when it first went on sale for a measly $199 in September of 2011. The bargain basement device upended the Android tablet market, causing manufacturers to rush to lower their prices. Almost a year later, it remains well-liked (especially since its price was cut to $159).
2. Motorola Droid RAZR
Given the tepid media coverage, you may have thought that the Motorola Droid RAZR didn't sell well. In fact, it remains the second most popular Android phone in the country. It's a fast, ultra-thin device with a Kevlar backing and a decent camera. It's still being used 18 months after its release.
1. Samsung Galaxy S3
As if you didn't know this already, the Galaxy S3 is the most-popular Android phone in the country. Considered widely to be an iPhone-killer, it was rated No. 1 handset by magazines like Stuff and won "phone of the year" by T3 magazine. With four of the top ten Android devices in the country, it's not surprising that Samsung's profits are so high these days.