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1.1 billion Chinese use cellphones; Android owned 90.1% of the Chinese smartphone market during Q3

1.1 billion Chinese use cellphones; Android owned 90.1% of the Chinese smartphone market during Q3
Some interesting information was released by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. As of the end of October, the country had a whopping 1.095 billion mobile communication subscribers which was a .98% gain sequentially from September, and a 13.63% gain over last October. Of the total, only 212.42 million (19.39%) of them were 3G users. Amazingly, the number of cellphone users in the country equals 80.6% of the population in the country. In China, 280.34 million people have a landline which represents just 21% of the population. Meanwhile, In October there were 71.83 billion text messages sent, or 2.13 text messages per phone number a day.

Android owned 90.1% of the Chinese smartphone market in Q3

Android owned 90.1% of the Chinese smartphone market in Q3

Featurephone ownership in the country is declining. During the third quarter, 63.73 million handsets were sold in the country which was a decline of  4.1% from September and 7.5% from last October. On the other hand, 49.17 million smartphones were sold in the same three month period. That is up 28.7% from September and is a stunning 121% increase from last year.

According to Analysys International, Android flavored smartphones had a vice-like grip on the country with a 90.1% market share of smartphones sold during the third quarter. iOS had a 4.2% market share and Symbian powered phones had a 2.4% slice. The average Android device cost CNY 1,393 ($223.67 USD) while the average iOS device was priced at CNY 4,523 ($726.25 USD). The Symbian powered models were priced at CNY 1,114 ($178.87 USD) on average. Apple usually doesn't discount in emerging markets, explaining the large price discrepancies between iOS and the other two platforms.

source: Digitimes (1), (2)

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posted on 03 Dec 2012, 01:48 10

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 1492; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


ANDROID FTW! I hope wp catches up too...

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:57 2

16. wolf_in_sheep (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


I remember Nokia said that sales of WP phone beat iphone in China.
So, it was a lie...
WP is not even mentioned here....

I think Microsoft / Nokia / WP is like a kid that yell "HELP, WOLF!!!"
after a couple of time... no one really care about Microsoft / Nokia / WP anymore.
WP / Microsoft / Nokia is DEAD

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 14:46 1

17. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Ballmer has been spitting a lot of BS lately.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 23:21

21. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


:D is wat I say 2 Chinesers (LOL, that was so racist!!)
No offense, I've always wanted 2 go 2 China :D

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 01:48 6

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Google Android!!! :D

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 02:03 1

3. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


go symbian!!!

see nokia, even symbian, not market and killed with irrelevant reason, is still love!!!
so better recreate symbian!!! belle is the biggest improvement and belle fp1/fp2 just make it more awesome!!!!

WP is nowhere to be found..but the biggest WP in china is lumia 610!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 03:19 3

10. Johnnokia (Posts: 540; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Nokia should comeback with a new Operating System.
WP sales is increasing because people still love Nokia and buy it.
Nokia should have its own Operating System.
I hate that idiot Stephan Flop;

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 19:31

19. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


like i said!! Re invent symbian!!!

have you seen that leak nokia air? it might be the next generation symbian! or they merge it with meego!and that is very promising!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 02:06 1

4. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


its no shock that android is the most popular due to its oben source...and china phones nowadays are powered by android!

but hoping other linux will have a slice! like mozilla firefox OS which is i guess promising due to its all HTML5 nature! and so is open webOS... i love webOS!!!

but i dont know if sailfish OS is really open source..but heck! i'll buy every device that ruun sailfish OS!!! LOL! so hoping that they'll go skyhigh as well!

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 02:16

5. Shubham412302 (Posts: 300; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


india has 729 million

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 03:02

9. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


India actually had 960 million subscribers before unused subscriptions were removed :-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_number_of_mobile_phones_in_use

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 16:20 1

18. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Barely 3% Apple.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 02:38 9

6. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Android 90%, iOS 4.2%..
Can you say OWNED?

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 02:51 4

7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Or in numbers.. 44 million android phones vs 2 million iPhones!
That is seriously low figure for Apple in a three month period on the largest phone market.
And the pattern will just repeat all over the "third world"

In other words, Android will soon boom into by far the most used OS ever and Apple can't do nothing about it.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 02:53 2

8. phil2n (Posts: 476; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE is mostly used on that country

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 05:52

11. Aeires (unregistered)


The impact of foreign factories relocating there, the workers little by little are making slightly more money which raises their quality of life. Now more people can afford luxury items so smartphone sales are increasing. They also have some of their own companies making some great, affordable phones there.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:18 1

12. mrochester (unregistered)


It's interesting to note that the average selling price of Android devices is far lower than the iPhone. I guess this goes to show that Android uptake is driven mostly by price than pretty much anything else. But then, I think we all knew this anyways as that's pretty much the same in every country/the world.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 07:41

13. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


there are also highend phones that are same or more expensive than the iphone say the s3 or note 2...sure there are lots of cheap androids but not everyone gets android because its cheap...we need to remember you can get the iphone for cheap as well ie the 4 which is free on contract .

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 22:25

20. cttan456 (Posts: 60; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


mrochester, if popularity is mostly driven by price like what you said then why is Symbian, being cheaper than Android, a distant 3rd? The fact that Android outnumber Symbian by 3750% despite being more expensive proves your assumption wrong.
Android is No.1 mainly because its the most open, most customisable, most functional..its No.1 mainly because it does everything that iOS and Symbian can do PLUS it does many other things iOS and Symbian cannot do..its No.1 mainly because its the most advanced phone OS out there.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 08:09 3

14. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Chinese knowing iOS is a POS.

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 09:56 3

15. wolf_in_sheep (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


Microsoft / Nokia / WP is a joke.
I remember Nokia said that sales of WP phone beat iphone in China.
Big LOL

I think Microsoft / Nokia / WP is like a kid that yell "HELP, WOLF!!!"
after a couple of time... no one really care about Microsoft / Nokia / WP anymore.
WP / Microsoft / Nokia is DEAD

btw, a couple of days back ballmer says 40 million WIndows 8. i guess he lies too,

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