In the past few years, Android has been the dominant OS in Iran, why? the answer is simple, Android is the most popular OS in the whole world and Apple can’t have a business relationship with Iran although they have a great market here. The other key factor for the popularity of Android is that Android devices are cheaper to buy and Iranians are tech savvy and into gadgets. When we say tech savvy, we don’t mean it in a normal way, there are many Iranians who have trouble paying their rent but they have high-end smartphones such as iPhone or Samsung Galaxy s series in their hands. Plus, they change their smartphones very often to the latest model. Apart from the fact that people are tech-savvy, the rise of the internet era and online businesses forced the old generations to adapt and buy a smartphone as well. Right now according to the latest statistics by the government, there are 40 Million smartphones in the hands of Iranians. Keep in mind that Iran’s population is 78.5 Million so more than half of the country have smartphones and the population is really young.
According to the latest statistics published by Cafe Bazaar, the biggest Android market in Iran, there are 28 Million Cafe Bazaar users. Based on the latest statistics by the government there are 40 Million Smartphones in Iran. So it’s safe to say that the Iranian Android users must be over than the 28 Million users on Cafe Bazaar.
Looking at the statistics we can see that the most installed Android OS versions in Iran are Jelly Bean with 46% and Kitkat with 29%.
Samsung is still the dominant device brand in the market with 41% of market share and after that the Chinese giant Huawei with 27%.
Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, and Huawei G610 U20 with 2.53%, 2.44%, and 2.24% respectively are the most popular Android smartphones in the market.
As you can see there are also statistics on most paying device brands and device models in Cafe Bazaar with Samsung leading most paid device brand and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.0 the most paid device model in the market.
Android is leading the way in Iran and with Cafe Bazaar’s new initiatives such as providing In-App Purchase for domestic and foreign companies, it has expanded its reach in the recent years. Not to mention that they have been gathering Android developers under one roof and maintaining the android community with their 5shanbe Bazaar event which will take place in the next few weeks.