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In China, Android is blowing away iOS; Symbian leads Apple as of the end of last year

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In China, Android is blowing away iOS; Symbian leads Apple as of the end of last year
According to an analytics firm in Beijing, Analysys International, Android is red hot in China. Google's open source OS wound up 2011 with a whopping 68.4% market share in the country, more than double the 33.6% slice of the pie that it controlled at the end of 2010. At the end of last year, iOS trailed badly with just 5.7% of the Chinese market and was behind even Symbian's 18.7% share.

Some of the low iOS share could be blamed on Apple's decision not to allow the device to be purchased at its brick and mortar stores. That has been in the case since violence at one Apple Store the day of the Apple iPhone 4S launch forced the Cupertino based tech firm to halt sales at its stores. The unit can still be purchased online on Apple's website and at the retail locations of the two carriers that sell the phone in the country, China Telecom and China Unicom.

The report also notes that since the Apple iPhone is considered a status symbol in the country, the lack of any outwardly change in appearance between the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPhone 4S gave those Chinese concerned about their image, less of a reason to upgrade and buy a new model.

Earlier this year, one international brokerage firm predicted that Apple would sell 40 million units of the iPhone in China in 2013. The big question is how many of those purchases will be made at the expense of an Android sale.

source: MacWorld via AndroidCentral

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posted on 15 Apr 2012, 00:53 12

1. biophone (Posts: 1993; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Does this count all iphoney devices sold. Because if it did ios would dominate.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 03:12 8

10. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


wow look at you trying to count even fake iOS devices just because apple doesn't have good marketshare
pathetic

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 03:28 20

14. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


wow, look at you not being able to understand sarcasm...

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 03:45 9

15. StreetNerd (Posts: 826; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


lolololololol +1

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 10:55 7

41. biophone (Posts: 1993; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Well golly atleast someone has a sense of sarcasm. +1 for you :).

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 04:06

56. Raptor9142 (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


if ppl arent gona buy ios phones that would purpose for ios remains ?? :D

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 03:48 17

17. remixfa (Posts: 14263; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


since its going by OS and not device, i would say yea it includes all iOS devices sold.

dominate? lol, not at apple's pricing. minimum wage in america is what.. 7.50 an hour. ipad factory workers get like 0.60 cents an hour. Only the top few percent in china can afford a shiny new iphone.

Apple doesnt want marketshare, they want pure profit. They are not fighting the same war.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 05:41 7

21. rf1975 (Posts: 258; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Agree. In china you can find cheep Android / Symbian devices as many as you want. Most of the people can not afford a iPhone or iPad in china.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 10:58 5

42. biophone (Posts: 1993; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Yea but chinese can afford iphoney devices with a pear on the back.

On a setious not yep ios isn't fighting the market share war apple is fighting the profit war. Completly agree with your post.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 11:48 8

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


One of the few times I agree with you. Apple and Google aren't fighting the same battle with the mobile OS game. Android is going after market share while Apple goes after profit on hardware sales.

Both are successful in what they do.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 16:11 3

47. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


its very rare that you talk sense taco so gotta agree with you. +1 for you.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 17:42 7

48. remixfa (Posts: 14263; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


not only did your comment have merrit and make sense.. you also agreed with me. taco, have you been replaced by aliens? can we keep the new alien replacement? :)

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 19:54 5

52. biophone (Posts: 1993; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I second that motion.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 15:23

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


I vote Aye!!

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 00:09 1

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


I will ignore how ignorant you are about China's economy. There's a big difference in lifestyle between major cities and rural areas. The poor Chinese you refer to working in factories come from rural areas. Chinese in major cities enjoy the same lifestyle and economics as Americans. Considering China's population there's 100's of millions of well of Chinese that can afford iPhones. They probably live better than you Remix.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 01:31 1

54. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Depends on where you are .
What Foxconn pays those workers are at the countryside
In the city like Beijing and shanghai there's rich people everywhere and iPhones everywhere too but sadly that's only a small part of china

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 10:19

58. RobotMan (Posts: 145; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


He agree with you is because Apple is losing market share in China but he still think Apple is winning when it making a lot money and that is a win for him. Even though Apple over charge for it product.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 08:20 5

39. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Where is PAPINYC!?

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 01:05 4

2. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Well, people need to realize that different OS' differ in popularity. So I don't think it is really "oh iOS is better then android" or the other way around. I think it is really based on opinion and this shows that many things differ in different environments.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 17:43 1

49. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


http://tinyurl.com/bq8bb5x

WHAT IS THE ELOP EFFECT

The Elop Effect is similar to the Osborne Effect and the Ratner Effect. Both of them were COMMUNICATION errors. Not errors of management decisions. Errors of communication. Osborne Effect bankrupted the Osborne Computer Company in Britain, and the Ratner Effect almost did the same for Ratners Jewelry Store also in the UK, but they survived only by firing their CEO and changing the name of the company. Imagine how severe your troubles have to be, if you are a retailer and have to change your company name and branding. If Walmart was so poisonous as a brand, or Tesco or Ikea, that they can only survive by changing totally their corporate identity and trying to convince consumers that they are now somebody else. Ouch indeed. Stephen Elop caused the modern version of the Osborne Effect, when he announced that Nokia would switch from Symbian to WP, while at that time, he had no Microsoft WP based Nokia smartphones to sell, or even to show.

That is exactly what Osborne did with his computers. Osborne saw its sales collapse overnight. So did Nokia too. We have now seen Nokia lose more than half of its market in a matter of months - a world record destruction of a global customer base. Elop actually even made matters worse than what Osborne had done. Elop not only announced his current smartphones are instantly obsolete on that fateful February 11 day, he then told the world, that Nokia under his leadership would boldly release dozens more new smartphones on that suddenly-undesirable Symbian OS for more than a year to come. He in fact committed to 150 million more Symbian phones - which would take us to about the end of 2012 before Nokia would stop peddling new Symbian phones at us. And this, when in February he announced to the world that Nokia's own Symbian was to be terminated. What a fool! So Elop looked at the most damaging management communication about new products ever, and decided he can do better. He actually out-Osborned Osborne.

Yes. That alone would qualify us for creating a new word in his honor to commemorate this disgrace. But he was not done. Elop wanted to guarantee he will end up in the Guiness Book of Records for the most incompetent management ever, he compounded his error by replicating the Ratner Effect, except that too, he did with his Microsoftian style.

So just before his big Microsoft announcement, Elop decided to issue an internal memo to all staff, about his thoughts. This is the infamous Burning Platforms memo, the costliest management memo ever written. A memo so toxic it not only wiped out Billions in sales and profits at the smartphone unit - it even caused severe loss at the supposedly unrelated featurephones unit of Nokia (ie dumbphones). The Burning Platforms memo was so devastating it gives new meaning to the term 'poison pen'.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 01:11 2

3. pongkie (Posts: 636; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


interesting for most of the google services is not available there. google hk is available for search at least

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 01:53 10

4. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)


My friend who is from Beijing says that iPhones and iPods are a lot more expensive in China than in America. I bet the price is the main reason it is selling not as many in china.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 01:54 4

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


ios is the best!!! the rest are completely s**t!!

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 03:13 10

12. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


really then tell me how a samsung,htc,lg or nokia phone can drop from 1 metre and shatter the screen?

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 05:10 3

20. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


really then tell me how samsung copied apple's UI on the galaxy s**t

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 06:18 5

22. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


They didn't.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 06:44 7

26. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


samsung releases face unlock on galaxy nexus
: meh
iphone 5 with face unlock: ITS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE DO YOU HEAR ME?

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 06:44 2

25. rf1975 (Posts: 258; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


You mean to say that OSes on HTC, Samsung, LG & Nokia protect the phone from shattering. LOL.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 04:06

55. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


lol actually when he said iOS
I imagined all the iOS devices like the iPod iPad and iPhone
and btw don't joke like that the iPhone and iPad use iOS as a shield

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 08:12 1

38. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Ile enjoy it half cooked os...

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