Android makes up nearly 70% of mobile market in China

Android makes up nearly 70% of mobile market in China
If you've been wondering where Android's huge growth has been coming from, well look no further, because we've got the answer: China. The big green machine has more than doubled its share of the smartphone market in China in less than a year, and since we recently found out that China has almost 1 billion mobile users, that means some big numbers from Android. Of course, that 1 billion number is the total number of cell phone users in the country, whereas the recent numbers for Android is specific to smartphones, so we don't know exactly how many Android devices are in the wild in China. 

Android makes up nearly 70  of mobile market in China
Analysys International, a research firm in Beijing, has said that Android smartphones made up 68% of the Chinese smartphone market at the end of 2011, which is more than double its market share of 33% at the end of Q1 2011. Apple's iPhone has yet to see a very big uptake in China, but the company only just began offering the device through a second carrier in China in February. iOS holds just under 6% of the Chinese market, which is actually a drop from a high of 7% in Q2 2011. Android has been taking share from everyone as Symbian, BlackBerry and all other mobile platforms saw a decline in 2011. 

One thing that is unclear about these numbers is how many of the Android devices are Google Android devices. China is one region where non-Google Android (NGA) devices are said to take up a pretty large part of the market, especially with Chinese search giant Baidu using Android as a base for devices. When Google releases numbers regarding Android adoption, it only counts Google Android devices and not forks or NGAs in its totals. 

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49 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

called that one as well. not too many Chinese can afford the phone they build for others.

29. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

called what?? 'not too many Chinese can afford', what, a phone? lmao. The Chinese spend much more on anything and everything than you'd ever imagine. Which country is the second biggest market of luxury goods consumption? China. The good old USA? number three. And you're calling 'not too many Chinese can afford', what, a phone? LMFAO.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The ONLY reason there is a large luxury consumption in china is because of the population. Percentage wise, the vast vast majority of chineese people are well below what we call "poverty" in america. Their middle/class is what we would call "barely makin it", and their rich a raking it in even more than our rich are. But the population is soo massive, even a small % of population = big numbers of people. The average pay in china is less than $2 bux an hour. Do you really think they can afford a $600 iphone? You think they get some sort of magic break? Android and soon WP7 do great in china because they are willing to hit lower pricepoints. Apple wants to be the high snobbery device, great. Android wants to be prolific.

45. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

are you trying to explain why the US has been borrowing money from China?? O.O

47. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you think its because they are rich? lol. the chinese government has been artificially keeping the price of their money low so we can borrow against it and then let it inflate to mess with our debts. They are doing espionage out in the open and we are too dumb to stop spending ourselves stupid as a country to stop it. Their goal is to replace the dollar as the world currency, which will take us off our last crutch and send us into a long term economic tailspin, effectively destroying our stance as a world power without ever firing a shot. You think things are bad now? Just wait to see what happens if they get what they want. And the best way to let them do that? Keep putting politicians in office that want to tax and spend more and create even more government programs like Obamacare. We are over 60% spending to GDP. Thats as much or more than greece and spain were. The ONLY reason we havent had a complete collapse is because we are the world economy trading currency. The more we spend, the more we borrow from them. The more we borrow, the stronger they become and the weaker we become. We dont even have enough GDP left over after all the increases in government spending to pay more than the interest we owe them. What happens if you only pay interest on your credit card? Think about it. We are addicted to government spending, and they are the crack dealer that is letting us continue. Its gonna be a painful day when they stop selling to us.

34. Imakefood

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

This is just simply ignorant. Just got dump your head into the nearest toilet bowl and flush multiple times. There is so much hype about the iPhone 4 and the 4S in the mainland that I find this statistic quite surprising. Then again the reports for 2012 Q1 haven't been released so it'll be hard to tell whether or not China will have a predominantly iOS crowd or Android crowd. Also, does this report take into account illegal iPhones bought from neighboring countries?

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is simply BIG! Android has such a HUGE market share. It's official the world loves Android!

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

so are roaches and I dont think the world loves roaches... again just saying

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

we must. we haven't squashed u yet. ;)

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

c'mon now.. why the violence?

20. TROLL.IS.AHA

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Android roaches.dosnt ryme. More like iRoaches....

8. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

AGD: Android Global Domination. By the way, don't know where you're from but, MY world is not filled with roaches; maybe iRoaches but, nothing a good can of iRaid can't take care of. Android = iExtermiNation °•°

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

lol you guys watch too much tv this is not the Terminator rise of Android... global domination?... get a decent tablet that will appeal to nongeeks before you guys talk about donimation

11. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

lol you serious believe that you need to be a geek to use android...all you need is common sense.

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

not to use Android.. but to take advantage of Android.. only geeks install custom roms rooted and use it to control their life's but a cell phone with the Android OS out of the box is average at best, and you guys know it

14. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

A phone with ICS out of the box is a pretty darn good phone. It's when they start customizing it that the phones turn worse, e.g. HTC Sense. And of course, when all manufacturers do that, you get the infamous fragmentation and lack of updates. If the manufacturers had left ICS alone the phones would have been ten times better, Imo. But then they would all have looked exactly alike, obv.

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Do you mean all aliKe, liKe an iSomethiNg?

24. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

No, an iphone is one phone made by one manufacturer. Most droids are unfortunately very similar in design (black plasticky body and similar screen size), and rely on their modified OS skins for differentiation. And when ten-fifteen manufacturers go down that road you get the situation you have today.

44. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The situation today? You mean android outselling iOS 2 to 1? That's what choice breeds.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Gotta disagree. Sense is the s**t. I could put an AOSP or desensed Rom on, and I have. They're just nowhere near a functional and useful as sense. I go back to a sense Rom every time. Running Eternity now, Sense 3.5, and its awesome. Your point about it delaying updates us valid, but HTC us one of the better OEMs at updating. Far better than Samsung so far.

15. TROLL.IS.AHA

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

And all IOS Users are inarticulate......

18. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iNartiCulAte; they are …

22. TROLL.IS.AHA

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Ha haha ha aha ha....

17. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

agree to mod and root you need to be a ''geek'' but i dont think the average consumer gives a second thought too rooting etc...as long as you get a mid to high end phone,you can do anything with the phone out of the box and can still do alot more than the iphone without rooting.nearly everything you do with iphone jailbreak can be done on a out of the box android...my s2 out the boxt was not average at all lol if it was average it would not have been voted by many people as the best smartphone of 2011.

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yes the SGSII is a great phone ... but that is only a small fraction of the Android world... most of the Android device released are well... average...

28. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i guess it depend on how much the consumer spends,if you buy a low end device or mid(or an lg lol) then you cant really expect anything more than average.

31. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

also all phones honestly even the iphone is average out of the box. how good the phone can be also depends on the user and if they take advantage of the phones capabilities...

26. TROLL.IS.AHA

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Uve been drinking to much iJuices.....

36. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

they wont accept that gallito... we all know the only cool part about android is its ability to "customize" which does take a little more than common sense to do. and i'm laughing about the GLOBAL DOMINATION claim... if thats true then the tables automatically turn and make all Droid users apart of a system where the only choice in the world is android... which pretty much makes them exactly like the people they hate on in every post... "Sh$$P"

37. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

lol really i know plenty of people that have android that are not geeks that have no problem customizing there phones..as long as you can read you should have no problem customizing a phone...not everyone needs to have the hands held like apple like to think.

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