Android dominates the world's biggest smartphone market

Android dominates the world's biggest smartphone market
Recently, the United States lost its position as the world’s biggest smartphone market, but that’s nothing to lament about - it’s something that had to happen sooner rather than later. China, the world’s most populous nation, is now the world’s biggest smartphone market, and interestingly enough it’s dominated by Android handsets.

While in the US, the iPhone is in tied competition with Android for the top smartphone spot, in China 66% of the smartphones sold ran on Google’s operating system. At the same time, the latest iPhone 4S is now offered on two major Chinese carriers.

Samsung holds the lead among fellow Android phone makers with 22% piece of the pie in Q1 2012 alone. The iPhone in return had a share of around 19% during the same period.

A quarter of all Android phones sold across the world accounts for China, but it’s a whole different experience as there is a number of third-party app stores replacing Android’s app catalog, Google Play. Chinese white box manufacturers are also ubiquitous and have large sales on home turf. 

source: DigiTimes



2. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

that is not a surprise but what is a surprise is why only now when there are so many android phones of different brands in the market as against one iphone. also, iphone is too expensive.

3. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Not to mention India

8. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

It's inevitable. India will be a powerhouse in the future, it's already gaining momentum as of the moment. And with the growth of a nation comes different luxuries. Including, but not limited to, smartphones.

4. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

It's just stupid Google doesn't have certain rules for using its free aOS. Like I dunno, maybe you don't remove our frikn app store, you can add one. You don't remove ANY Google apps, and you don't make a freaking tablet that you don't even allow our products/apps to be on. Amazon is making millions.... for free without ANY money flow to Google. There's open source, and then there's just stupid. I honestly don't think Google anticipated Amazon or other manufactures completely biting the hand that is feeding them. Manufactures and anti trust lawyers are worried that Googlerola will be a competitor to them , they don't have to, the competition is already striking first. If Google doesn't change its stance, Android will be useless to them as more and more manufactures say thanks for the free OS that makes us rich , now screw you Google.

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

My Prediction, Windows Phone will start eating 10% of Android Market share by 2015

6. aarongzmn

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 22, 2010

You might want to check your sources. There was just another article released on this site that said Android has a 48% market share to Apples 32%.

7. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

its not the 1st time he got his numbers wrong

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

10. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I just read an article that S Korea stopped a smuggling operation of pills from China that were made of human baby's flesh. China is a sick country. They said that in Northern China it's considered a thing to help fight disease and the Chinese that moved to S Korea wanted to keep getting these pills. But there's an entire manufacturing plant for these things in China. SICK BASTARDS!!! Someone needs to start selling birth control in China. They're obviously having too many babies and they're starting to eat each other.

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