Several of you - there are dozens of us! - have asked on a number of occasions that Android Police list off some of the most popular mobile devices used on the site by our readers. Using Google Analytics, we actually have pretty granular insight on this, and so I figured I'd share with you the top devices in the last month as well as some of my obscure favorites and their respective positions on our list. Ready? We'll start with the top 12 (more on why in a second), in order of popularity.
- Google Nexus 6P
- Apple iPhone*
- Google Nexus 5X
- Google Nexus 6
- Google Nexus 5
- Galaxy S7 edge
- Apple iPad*
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S5
- Galaxy S7
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy Note 4
The reason I used a list of twelve, you may have guessed, has to do with those Apple asterisks. Apple does not use individual device user agents, but merely an "iPhone" and "iPad" agent - one for each form factor. This is obnoxious for statistics, so they get special little asterisks to denote the fact that they really shouldn't be up that high on the device popularity list technically speaking, but I find them interesting to include since you probably might not guess that only the Nexus 6P outranks iPhone traffic on Android Police.
The rest of this probably won't remotely surprise you: it's all Nexus or Samsung. Until recently, the OnePlus One had been holding onto a solid portion of our traffic, but the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have absolutely surged ahead and displaced some of the popular devices as a result.
You'll notice Nexuses not present in the top 10 are the Nexus 9, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 (2013). The Nexus 7 actually just sits outside the top 12 in fourteenth place below the OnePlus One in thirteenth. Before I move on, numbers exceeding 25th start to become inaccurate in their assigned position because of our inability to "group" SKUs of a single device that show up as different in our analytics. For example, rounding up all those Galaxy S6 and S6 edge SKUs into two devices probably meant combining 20 SKUs from the top 500 list, meaning the number of items in the list decreases, in essence. It's beyond difficult to adjust the ranking numbers for this. So for any phone listed higher than "100" or so, just consider it a ballpark range. The higher the number, the more rough the estimate is. (Sorry, I don't have hours to export this all, combine it, add everything up, and get it organized - this is for fun.)
Here are some of the more interesting rankings, in my opinion.
- 25th: Google Nexus 4 - still alive and kicking.
- 35th: LG G5 - a handful of positions below the HTC One M8.
- 40th: Google Pixel C - better than I personally expected!
- 50th: HTC 10 - marginally less popular than the global unlocked Galaxy S IV.
- 115th: OnePlus 3 - accounting for roughly as much traffic as the Huawei Ascend P8 Lite.
- 125th: Nexus 10 - imnotdeadyet.gif
- 175th: BlackBerry Priv - it's something.
- 250th: Nextbit Robin - well that's not surprising.
- 275th: Amazon Fire Phone - what.
- 350th: Galaxy Nexus - this is not a joke.
- 500th: Nokia XL - remember that thing?
I'm not sure if I'll make a recurring post series out of this, but I have to admit it was fun - especially digging through all the obscure stuff!