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Android winning in China, Nokia "dying much faster than expected"

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China is probably the most important developing market in the world, if only because of the huge number of subscribers in the Asian country, but while smartphone adoption was initially slow, the mobile revolution is quickly catching up. Apple has already admitted that China is a key market for the company, and the Apple Store expansion plan over there proves that.

But if we are to believe Wang Hua of Innovation Works, John Lagerling, Director of Android Global Partnerships at Google, and David Chao of DCM, it’s Android that’s really starting to get traction. There are over 40 million Android smartphones active in China and the country ranks third in terms of SDK downloads.

“Nobody is making money on Android software in China,” Chao noted. “But over the next two or three years it’s going to be one of the most lucrative properties.”

And it’s not just smartphones, there’s an explosion of Android-based tablets in China and we can imagine that all of those tablet manufacturers will quickly switch to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as soon as it gets open sourced. Currently, the majority of China-made Android tablets run on Gingerbread.

While Android is booming, though, traditionally well known brands like Nokia are fading away quicker than expected.

“Nokia is dying much faster than we expected,” said Hua.

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:02 10

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3849; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is a natural thing. People in all walks of life love options & this holds true in the most populous country in the world China. Android is capturing the world & China is no different. People see what Android offers compared to other OS's & is always coming on top. The raw data states Android is the #1 smart phone OS in the world. Anyone who tries Android more than likely falls for Android. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will make EVEN more people switch. Android has the pedal to the metal. This is GREAT for Android. Nokia will not fade though, Windows Phone 7 Mango is the real deal, Apollo will make WP7 a house hold name & take a huge bite out of iOS's market share. Nokia WILL bounce back!

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:10 1

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


I agree.. X gets the square!! :)

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:17 2

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3849; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I like Press Your Luck, you remember the Whammy’s! lol

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 13:08 1

26. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


While I do think Android is a fantastic mobile OS...you have to also take into consideration that people buy Android smartphones because there are a lot of lower end options as far as hardware goes. There are some folks who buy Android for the price more than the function. Just like people buy the iPhone because it has that symbol on the back...not because the phone does something magical for them. Android will always be on top because there are so many varieties and flavors of Android...which is good because there is choice. That's how Microsoft became the giant they are. But that doesn't speak of quality or why people buy them.

And I don't want that to come off as a diss on Android. It's just most consumers aren't nerds...or well informed about technology they are buying.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 13:45 1

27. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I'll mention aswell a lot of the people who buy Andros buy for specs yes they do offer budget phones but in terms of tech specs and the need for the best the market currently offers Android offers those high end phones to tickle those consumers. Take into consideration most out the people who are Android fans who actually post on this forum aren't rocking cricket Android phones.. If that makes sense lol.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:02 1

28. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I respectfully disagree. As tech enthusiasts, we tend to think a lot of people think like us...but that's extremely far from the truth. We are the minority when it comes to purchase power. The general public can figure out why their email does work or how to reset their phone. They don't know what 4G is...but they know they want it.

I agree, there are folks out there that do their research whether they are nerds or not. But the overwhelming majority don't take technical specs into consideration. They may hear a lot of specs spouted off in a commercial or by a sales rep and think "whoa...this is awesome." But if you asked them to tell you what those specs meant, they'd be clueless (When I worked for AT&T, my favorite question was why do you think 4G will help you?).

Most people who use Android love their phones for the same reason they could love any other phones. For us in the minority, we love our phones for far more specific reasons...

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 17:37 1

29. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


So in a sense you're saying people buy IPhones because they are misinformed and the commercials tell them to regardless of tech specs. granted I've used both Android and iPhone and can only express my own opinions id have to say Android brings a equal if not superior experience to the table. I left my iPhone 4 behind when Apple fell behind the curve.. More expensive phones for one that just isn't up to par in just a few years look at the improvement of Android (I used an og Droid for a while) compare that to the newer phones ie sg2 our bionic.. Upcoming phones like the Razr Or prime.. Majority of consumers actually knowing bench marks are and what tech specs mean are on the rise. Not saying Apple won't keep up but at a glance it seems like they are forgetting how to innovate. Stuck in a playground a few years ago they were the big dogs on campus and now that the other kids are grown up and can put up a fight in my opinion they are just relying to much on refreshing old tech to stay afloat.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 20:48 2

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


working in the industry, i feel its a great week if i get 2 customers that actually know anything about the products and what all the stuff they are spouting about.. actually means. I think there might be 2 customers off the top of my head that come anywhere near my knowledge base. So, long story short, what Jeff is saying in that regard, is quite true.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 10:59 1

35. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


That's exactly what I'm saying. The general public is very often misinformed or ignorant to technology as a whole. They love numbers and tech specs, but have no idea what they actually mean or how it works in their lives. That's for Android and iOS alike.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:24 7

4. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


China the land of illegal pirating and cheap knockoffs uses the os which is just a copy of ios. Figures when i saw the knockoff apple store i knew they were up to no good. I am just kidding : ). There needed to be a fanboy post here right? O well for real now this is great for android they are all about market share and getting the most people possible to increase google searches and ads. Thy are doing a great job cant wait till ice cream sandwhich.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:28

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


oh i was just a bout to bust ya a lil too.. lol. good thing im not like some people and read the entire post before replying. :)

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:30 3

6. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Sorry to get you all excited maybe next time. I thought it would have been funny if someone just read the first two lines then went on a rant. Ssshhhh it still might happen. :):):):):):):):):)

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:34 2

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3849; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You sneaky little devil you! lol

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:42 2

8. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


The really funny thing is even though we are having this whole conversation about how i am just joking i still will get thumbed down and have some guy read the first two sentences and will go an angry rant. Just sit back relax and get your popcorn ready this shall be funny.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:55 3

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


bio, in order for that to happen, you have to do an anti-apple rant for the first 2 lines. we all know taco has no reading comprehension and will attack after reading a few words... right or wrong.. lol

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:04 2

12. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


At remixfa good idea next article :)
At super android evo :););)

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:26 1

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


i thumbed you down to get the ball rolling.. lol :)

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:24 1

17. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Where is taco anyways... You would assume any good news for Android and he would come running to troll this post.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:55 2

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3849; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You know what? I have to agree with you. There are some people that are conditioned to react first & finish the post after. It’s just a matter of time before you get your first thumbs down. lol Ohh & just so you know I put some pop corn in the microwave! This will be funny!

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 08:58 2

11. dmakun (Posts: 149; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


LOL!! Yeah, I suspect you most likely will get a thumbs down but for extra measure I gave you a thumbs up ;-)

There u go!

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:06 2

13. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Glad to have you on the reading team:)

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:22 1

16. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Had me going for a sec I'm like wtf serious.. No need for more Android/Apple flaming in this post lol.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 12:46 1

25. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I totally agree up to I'm kidding...

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 20:49 1

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


point proven... taco got exactly 2 lines in. :)

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 22:27

33. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Should have taken bets

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 12:48

34. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Lol u got me there bud!

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:13

14. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Good for android
Very sad for nokia

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:19 2

15. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


April 2014... Google became self aware and the purge of humanity began.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:29 2

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


unfortunately Apple became self aware in 2012. One too many snarky canned responces sent Siri over the edge. the G-man became self aware after loading siri files into its search engines and now fights for humanities survival. An army of mindless snarky ibots fights to enslave humanity. A rag tag but large group of people behind the G-man fights back for survival.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:39 3

21. bayhuy (Posts: 287; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


But they will have to change their name to Skynet first...

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:45

22. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I gotta agree remix.... Google isn't the one imposing their ways on us.. *rubs chin* which companies motto is "our way or no way" sounds like a sirious threat to me.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 20:50

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


a... SIRIous threat.. lol

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 11:01 1

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


the future is always in flux. due to recent events skynet was named Sirinet

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 09:38 1

20. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Lol.. When I think of iBots I think of the bots from the game portal. Hardly a threat. :P

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 12:35

24. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Judgement Day has come...

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