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Report: Android hits it big in China while iOS is in trouble in the U.S.

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Report: Android hits it big in China while iOS is in trouble in the U.S.
Informa Telecoms is an analytics firm that grabs market intelligence, computes statistics, and tries to make sense out of the whole thing. According to the firm, an amazing two-thirds of all handsets sold in China this year have been powered by Android. At the same time, one out of every three Android devices sold in 2012 was sold in China. That compares to 11% of all Android sales taking place in the U.S.

"This situation could lead to even the most ardent Apple fans churning as they become disillusioned with using the same UI framework for more than six years."-Malik Saadi, principal analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media.
Those numbers sound amazing, but they need to be adjusted a bit since 41% of those Chinese Android sales were models that did not use an "authentic" build of Google's open source OS and in fact, did not have Google services. Taking those phones out of the picture means that China still accounted for 20% of Android sales in 2012. Quite impressive, still.

The fastest growing smartphone market is China with an 85% year-over-year gain, led by demand for Android models. The Apple iPhone has a 5% market share in the country while Windows Phone accounts for 1%. The Apple iPhone 5 launched in China this past Friday, selling 2 million units over the launch weekend which was the best launch all-time of Apple's smartphone in the country. Not only did Apple institute a new pre-ordering process in China, but for the first time the device is available on two carriers instead of just one.

Apple will need to develop a model for China's TD-LTE or else lose market share in the country. The world's largest carrier, China Mobile, has been unable to sell the iPhone because of its proprietary 3G network. It is hoped that the operator's build out of TD-LTE in 2013 will allow China Mobile to offer the Apple iPhone next year. Meanwhile, Informa sees Microsoft doubling its share in 2013 to 2% of China's mobile phone market.

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Turning to the U.S., Informa says that if Apple doesn't update iOS, it risks losing even more sales to high-end Android models. Malik Saadi, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, says that next year 50% of all mobile phones sold in the United States will be flavored by Android. The report says that Apple could be forced to cut margins to keep market share, which is econo-talk for "Apple must cut the price of the Apple iPhone 5 or else risk losing more business." The report also says that even the most diehard Apple fan is becoming disillusioned with the aging iOS and forecasts U.S. sales of 34 million units of the Apple iPhone in 2013, down from 35.5 million units this year. Windows Phone is estimated to grab 6.5% of the U.S. market next year as HTC and Nokia improve marketing and take advantage of closer relationships with U.S. carriers.

By 2015, Android will control 50% of the global market, according to Informa. But Android will peak or decline in 2016, says the report, thanks to "more aggressive penetration of the alternative OSs, most notably Windows Phone," said Saadi. He pointed out how strong the global smartphone market is, estimating sales of 786 million units, up 45% from last year. And yes, that figure includes those Android phones in China that were not authentic.

"Despite the economic downturn, the global smartphone market is enjoying healthy growth and consumers are actually spending more to acquire more technologically-advanced devices. It is estimated that around 786 million smartphone devices were sold in 2012 (including the devices powered by non-certified variants of Android that are proliferating in China), which is 45% more than the total number of smartphones sold in 2011."-Malik Saadi, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media

source: Informa via AndroidCentral

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posted on 18 Dec 2012, 22:57 12

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


I make sure I carry both :)
ios and android :)
but will consider to pick wp soon and also bb10 :)

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:05 18

2. eDiesel (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


And I thought I had a problem.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:09 1

5. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


While you do that I'm going to hold on tight to my Galaxy note II and wait for Jolla to show us their merchandise lol

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 00:11 1

31. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Current state of industry is like war of the Ships. OSes are Ships, manufacturers are the boarders.

Fun part is, even people on same ship are against each other. This marks two responsibilities for each one.
(1) To assure your ship never sinks\
(2) To dominate over the ship, not to allow others.

Now put this model in real world. SS boarding (And dominating) Android ship, WP by Nokia and iOS solely by Apple (and the ship is sinking as of now).

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 23:59

61. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


yeah i can't wait to get my note 2 either.. my Samsung rep Brought that monster in and i was baffled... also would like to see if there is any future in Tizen or bada OS.. Jolla Sound like a good plan i just hope Nokia doesn't want to buy that company back or has a clause that says something like for when Nokia help the employees found a company....

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 01:14

63. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Either that or that nokia takes Jolla to court because they're basically infringing all patents, Jolla itself is a patent of nokia, so hopefully they don't do something like this

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:22 8

11. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


If China is the "litmus test" for the industry, it just proves how bad a shape apple is in, as well as how Android and Windows Phone are the true leaders in the industry in the eyes of consumers.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:25 3

14. iMacCEO (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


well another one apple hater..!! what can we expect else..!! dude hate the product if you don't like but respect the company ..!! Apple is not forcing you to buy their products..!! It's your choice finally ..!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:33 9

19. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Oh, I am well aware of that. I stopped using apple junk in the late '90s when you were probably still in diapers. They're not innovative, they continue to abuse human rights in their partners' factories, their devices are still cheaply-made fragile overpriced trash, ios is a glorified feature phone OS, OSX is about 5 years out of date, and apple cannot innovate anything on its own, and relies on its partners to come up with its best features (Sony camera, Samsung mobile processors, Intel desktop processors, Sharp, LG, and Samsung screens, Sony's Display Port etc). Not to mention apple's refusal to pay taxes or invest in the US (eventually bringing one mac line to the US is a token gesture at best).

So yes, my money goes to GOOD useful companies who make stuff I actually respect, like, and want.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:38 3

23. iMacCEO (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


as i already said...!! what can we expect anything else from people like you..!! :-D

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:47 8

27. kach22 (Posts: 116; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Sorry iMac. I do not hate apple products. They are pretty good at what they are aimed at. But i couldn't help hating Apple because of their policy, for creating a false sense of elitism by adding heavy price for common features, for claiming IP rights of features with the sole intention of suing other companies (most of which is bought with their heavy profit) and finally to show excessive arrogance when it comes to flaw in their products (remember antennagate).

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 00:38 3

33. willard12 (Posts: 818; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


The reason he has a choice is because Apple has lost just enough lawsuits so that his device hasn't been banned. Though Apple isn't forcing him to buy their products, it's not from the lack of trying.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:22 4

12. iMacCEO (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


are you confused wendy..??

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:25 7

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


No I love tech, problem?

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:26 2

16. iMacCEO (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


no problem...i thought you might be confused beacuse you are buying all devices..!! CONFIRMED..!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:38 2

22. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I think that is called having an eclectic taste.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:50 3

29. kach22 (Posts: 116; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Dear Wendy, I admire your boldness and openness to admit your love for quality tech products be it apple, android or others. I see no problems in that and I hope you continue to love these as before and continue to ignore what others say about you. It's your life after all.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 00:01 2

30. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i carry 2 androids and a ipod touch ......

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 00:17 5

32. wendygarett (unregistered)


I also recommend some android user to pick iPod touch instead, in order to learn ios... But i'll make sure they won't throw away their android, unless they are truly really satisfied ios...

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 01:15 2

36. Rocksteady (unregistered)


first time I give Wendy a thumbs up, always hated your comments, but it's good to see you write something that I enjoyed reading.
Have a nice day.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 01:18 2

37. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thank you :)
and here's yours

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 01:47 1

40. a_tumiwa (Posts: 280; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


hey, why not consider to pick Symbian? it`s not dead yet!!

...
just kidding

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 02:07 3

41. wendygarett (unregistered)


I had, but gave it to my mom :p

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 19:32

60. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


agree!!!!

i love to carryt all my devices with all carriers! :)

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:07 1

3. ray77 (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


good for android

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 04:01 2

44. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5854; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Apple may be seeing market saturation in the U.S. If so, expect further downward pressure on Apple's share price.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:08 3

4. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Undoubtedly an article written by Alan, Micheal Heller would've written it Apple-biased, real talk, look at the article "worse phone of 2012" the nexus appears there because of Verizon's slow update, yet the iphone is left out, even though their ios6 update was far worse, and something funny is how he mentioned the Galaxy note 1, and I'm like Wtf that phone came out in 2011 lol but thanks Alan, keep keeping it unbiased man don't be like others lol

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:20 9

9. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Are you seriously still contending Michael H is pro-apple? He's a self-admitted Android fan, but appreciates other OSes (his early Windows Phone article was particularly illuminating), and is THE least-biased well-written tech writer I have yet encountered. If anything, Alan leans pro-apple, though very subtly (or he just gets stuck with a lot of apple articles, namely the lawsuits and patents).

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:35 2

20. MeoCao (unregistered)


I think all of them prefer Androids as they are geeks and would be bored to death if used iPhone.

But they are professionals so they must be objective, or at least try to be.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 08:40

53. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Did you even read the article he wrote? He moderated every comment that bashed the iphone, andwhen I asked him why did he moderate the comments he said it was because they were attacking him, but the comments were CLEARLY on subject and CLEARLY NOT insulting him, that's where I come to this, plus he went on to say that the iphone got 9 out of 10, but so did the nexus because of the software, well the whole ios 6 was messed up, and the funny part is that he included the original Galaxy note, which had nothing to do with the article since it was released in 2011

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 10:53 1

55. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


You're pretty blind... Out of all the writers in PA, Michael is confirmed definitely un-biased... He's been writing neutral articles all this time regarding fan wars. He respondes to iOS flame comments to create neutrality between the comments.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:30 2

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


dude chill, Michael is good....

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 05:50 1

49. Luuthian (Posts: 217; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Galaxy Nexus Verizon got a "worst phone" commendation because the phone itself was a crappy version of the Nexus device. Michael singled out a SINGLE device on a SINGLE carrier. He wasn't insinuting that the Nexus phone itself was bad, but a particular carrier version. It was a crappy phone because Verizon made it crappy, thus ruining the whole point of the Nexus device to begin with.

The iPhone 5 didn't make the worst list because the phone is a damn good phone. If you have to add the iPhone 5 to a worst list simply because of Apple maps, you'd have to add all versions of the iPhone to the list seeing as they ALL got the iOS6 update. But the list wasn't about a single app; it was about the hardware. And the iPhone 5 is premium hardware. It just has a bad mapping app, a problem which was easily and recently remedied.

Unfortunately for the Verizon Nexus... There's no way to remedy its problems unless Verizon wants to completely change their hardware policies.

Reading comprehension. Use it.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:09 10

6. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I tried WP... I really did...

The UI however is for those who use the phone for SIMPLE things...

It honestly reminded me of an LG FEATURE PHONE I had years ago... the only difference is its all screen, not flip and you can touch it! Otherwise, the big blocky display, scrolling, and inability to customize make it just that...

Windows Phone = Feature Phone... ADVANCED!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:26 5

15. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


You obviously didn't try hard enough. There's lots of customization options, and even more with WP8. I agree the UI is somewhat simplistic, but it is extremely clever and intuitive; it doesn't need to be complex to accomplish the same goal. WP is a true smartphone, whereas ios is a feature phone with WiFi and apps. In short, it works for mist users, and those that want more tweaking can hack it, or go with Android, Sailfish, or Symbian.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:42 6

25. D.Aceveda (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Being able to change placement and the color of the tiles inside Windows Phone. Truly a revolution in OS customization. Really. You must not have tried hard enough @Hammerfest

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 01:10 3

35. wendygarett (unregistered)


Some people doesn't appreciate the beauty of simplistic... I understand you box, I love simplistic, so that I won't felt pressure on using it...

Yes customization is good, but it's not a deal breaker... I seldom customize phone actually, since I'm a lazy busy guy...

I hope android user understands that...

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 04:55

45. dmakun (Posts: 196; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


Are you a guy??

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 10:57 1

56. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


DUH...!

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 01:31

38. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


I would love to try symbian again. I read about it and realised I knew nothing about it. But no good phone with capacitive touch screen.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:12

7. iMacCEO (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


hope jony ive will come up with improved UI...!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:18 7

8. shinywindow (Posts: 50; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Windowa phone is soooooo boring. Totally for grannys.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:36 5

21. iMacCEO (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


did you use it or you are just commenting..?? which handset..?? because i think nokia+wp8=kinda cool..!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:21

10. iMacCEO (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


how can be ios in trouble..?? there are over 200 MILLION ios6 devices out there..!! i know it needs some improvement...but it is one of the most finest mobile and tablet platform with best apps and better apple ecosystem..!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:28 7

17. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'll keep this simple: Because it is rubbish. No, there aren't. Yes, it does. No, no, no, and no.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 11:02 1

57. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Less market share = less phones sold. Less phones sold = less money... Less money will eventually lead to no money, then lose money... So yes... in trouble it will be.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:41

24. iMacCEO (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


yeah no for sure for people like you..!! if the numbers were for android then you would have definitely agreed. but how can i convince you..?? you are apple hater..!! Dude again i am saying dislike the product but respect the company..!!

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 00:59 4

34. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Im a former apple user. The ecosystem at some point was great. gaming, email it was all in one place. But you have to admit that its the same IOS no matter how you look at it over the years. I would say that if they dont change the face of IOS they will start to loose some customers (myself for instance)

Do you remember Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5? It was horrible. Windows Phones are way more better than it was, because they change "everything".

I have used Android, Windows and IOS and I rather stay with the first two as I feel I could see something new on each major upgrade they do.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 01:34 1

39. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


For me its other way round. I can respect the product, but not the company. That is the reason I even hate to touch the iPad at my home. I know when it comes to Tablets (not smartphone), Apple is best, in performance and ecosystem, not in features. But sorry, I will go with Nexus 10.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 05:32 1

47. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I dislike the product, and might hate the company. I take that back....I might actually like the iPhone and iPad. But I seriously dislike Apple as a company. Business practices, strageties.....it was the reason I didnt get an iPhone in 2010. I was on Verizon. I wanted a phone with a physical keyboard.... Thats 2 strikes against Apple.

Fast forward to now and its too late. Android offered everything I wanted, Verizon had what I wanted in 2010.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 07:51 2

52. Aeires (unregistered)


Draconian companies that use lawsuits to block devices based upon generic shapes and designs deserve no respect. EVER.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 11:07 2

58. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I respected the just the original iPhone, but hard to respect the company. I gave Steve Jobs props, but I dislike him. I liked the iPhone 4, but too bad it didn't impress me enough. True Apple hater would be Sniggly and he's proud of it.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:44 1

26. frydaexiii (Posts: 1235; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Oh, we're losing marketshare? MORE LAWSUITS SO PEOPLE KNOW WE WERE THE FIRST TO MAKE A PROPER SMARTPHONE!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 23:48 1

28. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Not first, just more well-known.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 03:24 1

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


I have been saying this ... Apple will have to respond to "Market Needs" to stay in market else they would be another Nokia / RIM

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 03:33

43. rajagopalan.k (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


"......that even the most diehard Apple fan is becoming disillusioned......"
dis illutioned?

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 05:28 1

46. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


So an analyst is predicting Android market share dropping due to WP, not the iPhone. Android is dominating so much right now.....feels really good that I backed the underdog back in 2010. WP is the new underdog now.....I do root for the under dogs, so good luck WP.

Apple is really gonna have to change the UI on iOS so it can seem fresh, new, different. They did it with OS X, that seemed to work out fine, what are they scared of?

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 05:47 2

48. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5854; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"...what are they scared of?"

Change? Upgrading the iOS UI to be competitive with JB and WP8 would be like turning the OS inside-out. Additionally, there would likely be a requirement for dramatic increase in hardware specs, all of which would send costs northward. Apple is caught in a bind where they are seeing diminishing returns for their stale premier platform. Kind of where RIM was around 2009 or 2010 timeframe.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 06:02

50. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I also root for underdogs. but when I used WP, I did not last 10 minutes. maybe it needs a major major overhaul.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 07:06

51. ibap (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Apple will respond by suing everyone in sight.

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