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Android makes up nearly 70% of mobile market in China

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Android makes up nearly 70% of mobile market in China
If you've been wondering where Android's huge growth has been coming from, well look no further, because we've got the answer: China. The big green machine has more than doubled its share of the smartphone market in China in less than a year, and since we recently found out that China has almost 1 billion mobile users, that means some big numbers from Android. Of course, that 1 billion number is the total number of cell phone users in the country, whereas the recent numbers for Android is specific to smartphones, so we don't know exactly how many Android devices are in the wild in China. 

Android makes up nearly 70  of mobile market in China
Analysys International, a research firm in Beijing, has said that Android smartphones made up 68% of the Chinese smartphone market at the end of 2011, which is more than double its market share of 33% at the end of Q1 2011. Apple's iPhone has yet to see a very big uptake in China, but the company only just began offering the device through a second carrier in China in February. iOS holds just under 6% of the Chinese market, which is actually a drop from a high of 7% in Q2 2011. Android has been taking share from everyone as Symbian, BlackBerry and all other mobile platforms saw a decline in 2011. 

One thing that is unclear about these numbers is how many of the Android devices are Google Android devices. China is one region where non-Google Android (NGA) devices are said to take up a pretty large part of the market, especially with Chinese search giant Baidu using Android as a base for devices. When Google releases numbers regarding Android adoption, it only counts Google Android devices and not forks or NGAs in its totals. 

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posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:12 11

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


called that one as well. not too many Chinese can afford the phone they build for others.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:31 10

29. Shangri-La (Posts: 47; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


called what?? 'not too many Chinese can afford', what, a phone?

lmao. The Chinese spend much more on anything and everything than you'd ever imagine.

Which country is the second biggest market of luxury goods consumption? China.

The good old USA? number three.

And you're calling 'not too many Chinese can afford', what, a phone?

LMFAO.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 20:42 7

39. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The ONLY reason there is a large luxury consumption in china is because of the population. Percentage wise, the vast vast majority of chineese people are well below what we call "poverty" in america. Their middle/class is what we would call "barely makin it", and their rich a raking it in even more than our rich are. But the population is soo massive, even a small % of population = big numbers of people.

The average pay in china is less than $2 bux an hour. Do you really think they can afford a $600 iphone? You think they get some sort of magic break? Android and soon WP7 do great in china because they are willing to hit lower pricepoints. Apple wants to be the high snobbery device, great. Android wants to be prolific.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 00:06 5

45. Shangri-La (Posts: 47; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


are you trying to explain why the US has been borrowing money from China??

O.O

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 08:25 1

47. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you think its because they are rich? lol. the chinese government has been artificially keeping the price of their money low so we can borrow against it and then let it inflate to mess with our debts. They are doing espionage out in the open and we are too dumb to stop spending ourselves stupid as a country to stop it. Their goal is to replace the dollar as the world currency, which will take us off our last crutch and send us into a long term economic tailspin, effectively destroying our stance as a world power without ever firing a shot.
You think things are bad now? Just wait to see what happens if they get what they want. And the best way to let them do that? Keep putting politicians in office that want to tax and spend more and create even more government programs like Obamacare. We are over 60% spending to GDP. Thats as much or more than greece and spain were. The ONLY reason we havent had a complete collapse is because we are the world economy trading currency.

The more we spend, the more we borrow from them. The more we borrow, the stronger they become and the weaker we become. We dont even have enough GDP left over after all the increases in government spending to pay more than the interest we owe them. What happens if you only pay interest on your credit card? Think about it.
We are addicted to government spending, and they are the crack dealer that is letting us continue. Its gonna be a painful day when they stop selling to us.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:38 3

34. Imakefood (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


This is just simply ignorant. Just got dump your head into the nearest toilet bowl and flush multiple times.

There is so much hype about the iPhone 4 and the 4S in the mainland that I find this statistic quite surprising. Then again the reports for 2012 Q1 haven't been released so it'll be hard to tell whether or not China will have a predominantly iOS crowd or Android crowd.

Also, does this report take into account illegal iPhones bought from neighboring countries?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:14 13

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3521; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is simply BIG! Android has such a HUGE market share. It's official the world loves Android!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:37 2

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


so are roaches and I dont think the world loves roaches... again just saying

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:41 7

7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


we must. we haven't squashed u yet. ;)

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:43 3

9. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


c'mon now.. why the violence?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:13 5

20. TROLL.IS.AHA (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Android roaches.dosnt ryme.
More like iRoaches....

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:42 8

8. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


AGD: Android Global Domination.

By the way, don't know where you're from but, MY world is not filled with roaches; maybe iRoaches but, nothing a good can of iRaid can't take care of.

Android = iExtermiNation °•°

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:46 2

10. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


lol you guys watch too much tv this is not the Terminator rise of Android... global domination?... get a decent tablet that will appeal to nongeeks before you guys talk about donimation

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:50 6

11. taz89 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 03 May 2011)


lol you serious believe that you need to be a geek to use android...all you need is common sense.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:01 3

12. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


not to use Android.. but to take advantage of Android.. only geeks install custom roms rooted and use it to control their life's but a cell phone with the Android OS out of the box is average at best, and you guys know it

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:08 1

14. Veigald (Posts: 224; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


A phone with ICS out of the box is a pretty darn good phone. It's when they start customizing it that the phones turn worse, e.g. HTC Sense.
And of course, when all manufacturers do that, you get the infamous fragmentation and lack of updates.
If the manufacturers had left ICS alone the phones would have been ten times better, Imo. But then they would all have looked exactly alike, obv.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:11 5

16. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Do you mean all aliKe, liKe an iSomethiNg?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:17 4

24. Veigald (Posts: 224; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


No, an iphone is one phone made by one manufacturer. Most droids are unfortunately very similar in design (black plasticky body and similar screen size), and rely on their modified OS skins for differentiation. And when ten-fifteen manufacturers go down that road you get the situation you have today.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 22:37 1

44. tedkord (Posts: 3954; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The situation today? You mean android outselling iOS 2 to 1? That's what choice breeds.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 22:36 2

43. tedkord (Posts: 3954; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Gotta disagree. Sense is the s**t. I could put an AOSP or desensed Rom on, and I have. They're just nowhere near a functional and useful as sense. I go back to a sense Rom every time. Running Eternity now, Sense 3.5, and its awesome.

Your point about it delaying updates us valid, but HTC us one of the better OEMs at updating. Far better than Samsung so far.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:10 3

15. TROLL.IS.AHA (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


And all IOS Users are inarticulate......

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:12 4

18. PAPINYC (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iNartiCulAte; they are …

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:15 1

22. TROLL.IS.AHA (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Ha haha ha aha ha....

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:12 2

17. taz89 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 03 May 2011)


agree to mod and root you need to be a ''geek'' but i dont think the average consumer gives a second thought too rooting etc...as long as you get a mid to high end phone,you can do anything with the phone out of the box and can still do alot more than the iphone without rooting.nearly everything you do with iphone jailbreak can be done on a out of the box android...my s2 out the boxt was not average at all lol if it was average it would not have been voted by many people as the best smartphone of 2011.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:20 2

25. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


yes the SGSII is a great phone ... but that is only a small fraction of the Android world... most of the Android device released are well... average...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:30

28. taz89 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 03 May 2011)


i guess it depend on how much the consumer spends,if you buy a low end device or mid(or an lg lol) then you cant really expect anything more than average.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:33 1

31. taz89 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 03 May 2011)


also all phones honestly even the iphone is average out of the box. how good the phone can be also depends on the user and if they take advantage of the phones capabilities...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:21 2

26. TROLL.IS.AHA (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Uve been drinking to much iJuices.....

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:46 1

36. good2great (Posts: 1036; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


they wont accept that gallito...

we all know the only cool part about android is its ability to "customize" which does take a little more than common sense to do.

and i'm laughing about the GLOBAL DOMINATION claim... if thats true then the tables automatically turn and make all Droid users apart of a system where the only choice in the world is android... which pretty much makes them exactly like the people they hate on in every post... "Sh$$P"

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 17:01 1

37. taz89 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 03 May 2011)


lol really i know plenty of people that have android that are not geeks that have no problem customizing there phones..as long as you can read you should have no problem customizing a phone...not everyone needs to have the hands held like apple like to think.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 20:46 2

41. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it takes more than common sense to... hit "menu", and either select widget, live background, folder, background, or shortcut"?
or even better.. screw menu.. you can just hold on to the screen for 2 seconds and make it pop up.

Wow, you guys must be really dumb to be confused by that.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 20:44 2

40. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


android is phenomenal. Manufacturer crap is what bogs it down. Most of the "modding" you hear about is people trying to get to stock ROMs and get off manufacturer BS.

Dont confuse the 2. :)

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 12:26

48. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4650; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Talking not about the geeks, but about the real world use:

Android vs iOS the truth about Apple and Google's OS

YouTube video part 1:http://goo.gl/ZuTmL

YouTube video part 2:http://goo.gl/isXhG

YouTube video part 3: Coming soon.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:14 2

21. TROLL.IS.AHA (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


What about cydia.... thats geeks...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:37 1

33. good2great (Posts: 1036; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i wouldnt say they "LOVE" android... but there are hundreds of android phones that fit all demographics... so why wouldnt android be on every shelf globally...?

great software thats very cost effective to market...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:17 4

3. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Android is simply going from strength to strength

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:22 3

4. TROLL.IS.AHA (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


The world will run on Android soon....

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:35 1

32. good2great (Posts: 1036; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


is that what you want?

everyone's only choice to be android?

hmmmmmmmmmmmm??? sounds like talk of some other mobile cult we are familiar with...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:43

35. eyephone (banned) (Posts: 69; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Android is EXTRICTION
Apple is confined
the world the humans are born to have
autonmy.....

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 15:29 3

5. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Eat it,Apple!!!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:02 4

13. Veigald (Posts: 224; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Not to spoil the party for the droid fanbois, but what the numbers really tell is that the Chinese market consists almost completely of cheap, low end phones, thus androids and symbians. Which is obviously not surprising, given the level of purchasing power, but it also means that as the market matures, it will stabilize towards the same patterns as in other markets. The big question is what impact Nokia can make with its Lumia phones given its good brand name in China.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:17 2

23. tedkord (Posts: 3954; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Hate to break it to you, but this is the pattern in the worlds markets. And, if this has anything to do with the level of wealth of the market, then why is android outselling ios 2 to 1 in the US?

I suppose that if all the CEOs of the world form their own country, Android will have zero market share there.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:26 1

27. Veigald (Posts: 224; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


This is not the pattern in developed markets. That android has a dominant market share is, but not that symbian is that big and blackberry and ios that small. What that means is that the android market share is made up of cheaper, lower end phones which are easier to replace for the other systems as purchasing power allows more flexibility in choice.
Very few people even in this forum are attached to a low end android, they are attached to higher end devices.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 19:12

49. tedkord (Posts: 3954; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, Android does have the most market share in developed countries, like say the US. It has nothing to do with "cheap phones", but variety of phones. If you want a 4" screen, there's an android for you. If you want a physical keyboard, there's an android for you. If you want LTE, NFC, animated widgets. If you just want a basic texter. If you want a balls to the wall full blown powerhouse. There's an Android phone for you.

If you want a 3.5" screen, 4x4 rows of icons, 3G, video chat over WiFi only and only apps that someone else says are OK for you, there's an iPhone for you.

I like choice, and so do most people. That's why it was inevitable for Android to rule market share, assuming the software was good. It's the reason Windows is dominant over OSx. If you want the latest processor and video card, and custom hardware, you can't get it on a Mac. You can on a PC.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:13 2

19. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Chinese people are smart for having Android as their #1 mobile OS.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:32 1

30. good2great (Posts: 1036; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


so guys what happens when Android has 100% share... would you guys eventually migrate to Windows Phone to avoid becoming Droid Sh$$p???

yall really are giving apple a hard time because of its past global popularity now android will be on that same throne...

WHATS THE DIFFERENCE???

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 18:55 1

38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5664; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I'm just suprise the Chinese people have more Android phones than iPhones.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 22:17

42. hutty24 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


70% whats that in dollars????

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 01:38 1

46. bbblader (Posts: 537; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


for people who would say that android has more companies that makes them and that is why the Iphone is less on market share
what would happen if iOS was made by other companies?what would happen to your ''unique'' product?
even less market share!
why? because alot of people like phones that are only made by one company
and take that away
and iOS would become less than wp7.5

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