One of the most prominent mobile os (OS) in South Africa is Android, controling the nation’s market show approximately 81% in between January 2017 and also June 2022.

MyBroadband evaluated mobile OS market shares in South Africa utilizing Statcounter International information.

Significantly, iphone’s market share in South Africa has actually raised progressively, almost increasing from 8.32% in January 2017 to 16.38% in June 2022.

Android’s mobile OS market share likewise raised substantially, climbing 10.28% over the exact same duration.

Nonetheless, Android’s supremacy over the South African market is not a surprise.

The OS ships on basically all non-Apple smart devices offered in the nation, consisting of extremely inexpensive 4G designs with rates beginning at R550.

Numerous economical smart devices run some kind of Android, whether it be an older variation of the software program or its stripped-down variation, Android Go.

Producers that rely upon Android for their smart devices consist of Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and also Xiaomi, which make use of personalized variations of Google’s mobile os.

On the various other hand, iphone is just offered with Apple’s apples iphone, with the 2020 version apple iphone SE marketing for R9,000.

The graph listed below tracks mobile OS market share in South Africa from January 2017 to June 2022.

Information: Statcounter International

A current MyBroadband evaluation contrasted 10 smart devices South Africans can purchase for much less than R1,000, every one of which ship with a variation of Android Go.

While Apple offers one economical smart device, the apple iphone SE, it is reasonably pricey contrasted to its Android choices.

For example, Samsung’s Galaxy A73 5G — its newest, highest-specced mid-range phone — costs R9,999, while the most recent apple iphone SE is offered for R12,499 from the iStore.

While both tools provide 5G connection, the Galaxy A73 5G includes a bigger 120Hz screen, even more memory, and also a bigger battery.

Statcounter Global’s information likewise reveals different other mobile OS market shares over the contrast duration, every one of which have actually decreased to the factor at which they are minimal.

For instance, Nokia had a mobile OS market share of 6.14% in January 2017, which went down to 0.07% by June 2022.

Likewise, Blackberry OS held a 5.28% share southern African market, which went down progressively to 0.02% in June 2021. Statcounter Global’s information reveals that Blackberry had no market share in South Africa in 2022.

This is anticipated, as the business deactivated its solutions for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and also earlier, BlackBerry 10, in addition to PlayBook OS 2.1 and also earlier, since 4 January 2022.

Protection naivety amongst South African iphone individuals

Stellenbosch College scientists Martin and also Rika Butler released a term paper in 2015 validating fascinating distinctions in cybersecurity recognition amongst South African Android and also iphone individuals.

Their study exposed that South African apple iphone individuals reported reduced degrees of protection expertise and also showed weak protection behavior than Android individuals.

“This research validates that there is undoubtedly a distinction in between the protection behavior of individuals of various os, validating previous study which examined this issue,” their study short article reviews.

The group’s example of 549 participants consisted of 201 iphone and also 348 Android individuals. The study discovered that Android individuals, on the various other hand, presented significantly extra security-related practices than iphone individuals.

They likewise discovered that Android individuals concern themselves as substantially even more at risk to risks than iphone individuals, with the last seeing much less demand to safeguard their smart devices.

“Scientist developed that iphone individuals presented reduced degrees of protection expertise which might influence their hazard assumption,” the study group stated.

“Additionally, study has actually likewise suggested that Android individuals view themselves extra prone to protection risks than iphone individuals which Android individuals are extra privacy-aware than iphone individuals.”

The table listed below sums up mobile OS market shares in South Africa in between January 2017 and also June 2022.

Mobile OS market shares in South Africa
Year Android iphone Tizen Blackberry Nokia Unidentified Windows
January 2017 73.15% 8.32% 0.85% 5.28% 6.14% 2.30% 2.66%
June 2017 74.62% 9.80% 1.54% 4.05% 4.05% 3.05% 2.15%
January 2018 77.81% 11.32% 1.96% 1.75% 2.09% 3.10% 1.46%
June 2018 81.11% 11.71% 1.63% 1.06% 1.32% 1.87% 0.96%
January 2019 81.25% 15.26% 1.02% 0.79% 0.71% 0.21% 0.50%
June 2019 81.60% 16.07% 0.75% 0.43% 0.44% 0.16% 0.32%
January 2020 84.79% 14.05% 0.45% 0.12% 0.31% 0% 0.17%
June 2020 84.26% 15.30% 0.20% 0.04% 0.09% 0% 0.02%
January 2021 84.05% 15.59% 0.12% 0.03% 0.13% 0% 0%
June 2021 85.02% 15.70% 0.09% 0.02% 0.11% 0% 0%
January 2022 83.93% 15.89% 0.07% 0% 0.06% 0.01% 0%
June 2022 83.43% 16.38% 0.05% 0% 0.07% 0.03% 0%

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