Samsung the top Android dog in China April-June, HTC follows, Galaxy Ace most popular
The battle for the hearts and minds of Chinese consumers is raging between the big smartphone makers, and rightfully so - the untapped market has millions upon millions of potential smartphone customers, and disposable income is on the rise, as is status-chasing.
According to the Chinese research firm Umeng the Android market is currently dominated by Samsung with 23.8%, followed by HTC, Motorola, and the locals from ZTE and Huawei. The "Others" category represents just 6.5% of the market. The firm counted device activations with at least one app session among the 40, 000 apps it tracks in the April-June period.
The breakdown by handsets shows that mostly affordable devices is what goes in China, as the first place is occupied by the Galaxy Ace, which was considered midrange even when it came out, let alone now, whereas the Galaxy S II is right smack in the middle of the list, as the only more established handset in the top 10. The Motorola Defy's second place shows that the Chinese like their smartphones longer lasting.
Umeng's statistics also tracked a whopping 87% increase in active Android users in Q2, and 42% in iOS users, which shows the growth potential of the Chinese smartphone market. Have look at the slideshow below for some interesting tidbits about Apple and Android device distribution in China.