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China tops U.S. in active Android and iOS devices

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China tops U.S. in active Android and iOS devices
Metrics firm Flurry uses data to see how well your mobile ads are reaching the intended target. Thanks to all of the data that is created, Flurry is able to look at the numbers and make some proclamations. For example, with "The Year of the Snake" having just started for the Chinese, the country has surpassed the U.S. and is now the top country in the world among active iOS and Android users. This happened just one year after China was cited for its tremendous growth in smart device use.

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Flurry uses the data generated from 2.4 billion anonymous application sessions per day, from more than 275,000 apps around the globe. Flurry says that this is good enough to capture the activity from an estimated 90% of the world's smart devices. As of last month, there was an installed base of 222 million iOS and Android devices in the U.S. versus 221 million in China. Flurry estimates that by the end of this month, the numbers will show 246 million iOS and Android devices active in China and 230 million active in the states. And the U.S. will never get the lead back. Why? Consider that the population in China is 1.3 billion people vs. 310 million in the U.S. The only country that might have a shot at China is India, with a population of 1.2 billion. But there are only 19 million active smart devices in India right now, meaning that India will not be seen as being competitive with China for some time.

The third largest market after the U.S. and China is the U.K., with only one fifth the number of active iOS and Android devices used in either the U.S. or China. Despite being the largest iOS and Android active market, China still showed remarkable growth of 209% among active iOS and Android markets last year. On top, with 278% growth, was Colombia.

Consider that the U.S. first topped the 100 million mark in active iOS and Android users in May 2011. China hit that benchmark a little more than a year later. Now, China has not only caught up to the U.S., but has surpassed it.

source: Flurry via AndroidAuthority


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posted on 19 Feb 2013, 04:27 3

1. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Its only natural due to the fact that their economy is on the rise and they have triple the popularion of the us, as handheld media becomes more mainstream. It also explains why they have the largest carries in the world. As more people can become globaly aware of everyhting the better the world is off.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 05:32 1

8. raunak (Posts: 502; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


not just triple... more than quadruple

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 04:32

2. MrJerry (Posts: 392; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Sooooo many people

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 04:55

4. homersimpsons (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


And sooooooo many hackers. They probably have bots in place actively monitoring both Apple and Google in the States. They could probably tell you what the next iPhone/iPad will look like and when it is going to released.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 05:52 1

9. almostdone (Posts: 110; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


They're built there so they already know what the next iPhone/iPad looks like.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 07:57

12. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


and sooooooo many copycats

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 04:35 1

3. pwnarena (Posts: 843; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


so many people with repressed freedom. what good is having some of the best smartphones and mobile computers if your every online activity is monitored and many of the best websites in the world are banned?

i pity the chinese. couldn't easily break free from their oppressive government.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 07:57

11. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


no wonder here..china is the largest north korea ally which means -> communist

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 05:04

5. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


That's also cause they make all of them over there.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 05:09

6. KiranPAUSER (Posts: 73; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


in india every website is allowed to visit. india will surpass the us in 1 or 2 year and ultimately china within 5 years.. India is the future of world.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 05:31 1

7. raunak (Posts: 502; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


lol i'm also an indian but to say that india is the future of the world sounds a bit stupid...

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 14:56

16. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


joke of the year

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 06:53

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 10530; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Duhhh

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 08:04

13. thachlel (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Lmao he meant cows n animal walk with smartphones on street in India

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 08:08

14. speckledapple (Posts: 878; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Come on Alan, you know that this is not a surprise considering the shear amount of people in the country. We couldn't hope to be the largest in everything especially android or iOS users. The US is only 300 million+.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 08:46

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I don't understand what could possibly account for those huge dips in smart devices in the US market. How could the number go down by over 10 million in 2 months? Makes me question the accuracy of the chart.

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