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Mobile OS share by African country, May 2012

June 28, 2012  »  Statistics2 Comments

Using StatCounter’s most recent .csv file of mobile OS share by country, we were able to compare all African countries on one screen. From here, we looked at median share of each operating system at a continental level (more telling than average), along with a few extremes.

In general, within an African country, the leading mobile OS (Nokia’s Symbian) holds approximately a 40% share. When combined with Series 40 phones, we find that Nokia operating systems are found on roughly half of phones that accessed the Internet from Africa in May 2012. The most extreme (at volume) is Libya with a 71% Symbian OS share. The most spread-out is Algeria with Android, iOS, Symbian OS all at 22% shares.

By mobile operating system

Symbian OS

  • Median share: 38%
  • 100% share in Guinea-Bissau, 73% Sudan, 71% Libya, 67% Mozambique
  • Essentially no share in island nations of Comoros, Reunion, Mayotte

Nokia Series 40

  • Median share: 13%
  • 53% Somalia leads by far

Android

  • Median share: 10%
  • The island nations have the highest share of Android users. Mayotte 76%, Reunion 45%, Comoros 33%, Cape Verde 28%
  • Guinea-Bissau, Somalia, and Nigeria show essentially no Android phones used to access the Internet. (Not sure why this would be the case for Nigeria – seems like faulty data)

iOS

  • Median share: 6%
  • Guinea and Eritrea show 40% share of iOS while Central African Republic has a 20% share. It comes as a surprise to have these countries rank so high for iOS share when mobile Internet is hardly available. Perhaps only the super-wealthy are accessing the Web in these locations.
  • Zimbabwe, Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Guinea-Bissau have essentially zero iOS share

Samsung

  • Median share: 6%
  • Burkina Faso 19%, Mali 18%

BlackBerry

  • Median share: 2%
  • South Africa 4%, Nigeria 1%

Ericsson

  • Median share: 2%
  • Madagascar 15%, Congo 15%

Unknown

  • Median share: 8%

Full data from StatCounter is below:

Country SymbianOS (%)Series 40 (%)Android (%)iOS (%)
Guinea-Bissau100000
Sudan731731
Libya711454
Mozambique671343
Niger621042
Swaziland611643
Egypt581786
Ethiopia572133
Rwanda5610125
Malawi561242
Tanzania551673
Seychelles5417117
Lesotho511933
Mauritania512136
Mauritius50141410
Liberia492376
Dem. Rep. of Congo487123
Sierra Leone471874
Zambia461152
Burundi469105
Uganda4315114
Djibouti432154
Nigeria413421
Burkina Faso41753
South Africa40141210
Togo395128
Gambia3951210
Namibia38191211
Cote d'Ivoire38673
Zimbabwe382141
Benin3817127
Central African Republic375821
Mali368106
Botswana352699
Chad34101320
Kenya3427172
Senegal3452022
Equatorial Guinea343154
Madagascar324109
Morocco32132016
Somalia325310
Tunisia32141417
Ghana3118103
Cameroon30484
Eritrea2771638
Gabon26121113
Congo235158
Algeria2292121
Cape Verde21172813
Guinea1971941
Angola19311713
Sao Tome and Principe1061832
Comoros683343
Reunion304537
Mayotte107620