1 in 5 people in Japan have a smartphone, most are Android
posted by Michael H. / Aug 22, 2012, 10:43 PM
phone users in the country had a smartphone, but now the number is 1 in 5 people in the country. That's a solid jump.The most recent data says that 1 in 5 people in Japan has a smartphone, which adds up to just about 24 million people. This is even more impressive given that back in February, there were only 19.3 million smartphone subscribers. Back in February, that number meant that 1 in 5 mobile
Android has been pretty dominant in Japan, again after a slow start. The iPhone took an early lead a couple years ago, but now Android holds 64% of the smartphone market in Japan, which is up 1.9% from March. Apple and Microsoft (the data doesn't distinguish Windows Phone vs Windows Mobile) both dropped in that timeframe, with Apple now at a respectable 32%, and Microsoft well behind at 3%.
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and most might be sony phones :)
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 10:59 PM 7
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M/S in 2Q 0. Apple (32%) 1. Sharp (22.6%) 2. Panasonic (13.6%) 3. Fijitsu (11.8%) 4. NEC (8.9%) then 5. Sony (7.9%) http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57497144-94/android-apple-tops-among-smartphone-users-in-japan/
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 11:53 PM 7
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That's how Japanese roll :)
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 11:00 PM 5
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And each season, their networks offer the best phones in both look and specs
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 11:26 PM 3
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Best is debatable; you have to wonder why the modern world smartphone did not originate in Japan. The Japanese phones do have some world class leading features, but that alone does not make them the best phones.. Btw, T. Obata is a great mangaka.
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 4:46 AM 1
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Japaneses have their own phones, but it actually looks very nice. The features are also very nice. Every phone is very unique. I heard when our phone was using standard 5mp theirs was at least 12+mp standard.
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 1:37 AM 1
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I'm very envious of the mobile device world outside of the US... they either seem to get better service, better plans, or better handsets - if not all of the above. We need to break the carrier's grip on the market over here. My next phone is so so sooooooo (enough o's there?) going to be unlocked right out of the gate.
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 2:01 AM 1
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where's samsung and LG? (Boycott)
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 2:09 AM 1
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1 in 5??? Sounds like a wide open market. Unless they still prefer feature phones.
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 4:38 AM 1
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well as the article says, their feature phones are better than ours. They actually HAVE features.
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 1:49 PM 0
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Those feature phones from NTT DoCoMo were always several years ahead of feature phones in the US. They had video conferencing, large camera sensors and MP count, email, web browsing, TV... basically a smartphone in its own right.
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 3:56 PM 0
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I remember when the SE k800i came out and there's no way to get it here cept to get it unlocked. 8MP camera with front facing camera and 3G capability, while the phone offered here were just 2.0 to 3.0MP with only 2G data. There was a reason why they didn't see the immediate need to change to a smartphone, because their cell phone could do a lot already.
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 2:46 PM 0
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