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. 

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

46. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

for people who would say that android has more companies that makes them and that is why the Iphone is less on market share what would happen if iOS was made by other companies?what would happen to your ''unique'' product? even less market share! why? because alot of people like phones that are only made by one company and take that away and iOS would become less than wp7.5

42. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

70% whats that in dollars????

38. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm just suprise the Chinese people have more Android phones than iPhones.

30. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

so guys what happens when Android has 100% share... would you guys eventually migrate to Windows Phone to avoid becoming Droid Sh$$p??? yall really are giving apple a hard time because of its past global popularity now android will be on that same throne... WHATS THE DIFFERENCE???

19. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Chinese people are smart for having Android as their #1 mobile OS.

13. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Not to spoil the party for the droid fanbois, but what the numbers really tell is that the Chinese market consists almost completely of cheap, low end phones, thus androids and symbians. Which is obviously not surprising, given the level of purchasing power, but it also means that as the market matures, it will stabilize towards the same patterns as in other markets. The big question is what impact Nokia can make with its Lumia phones given its good brand name in China.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hate to break it to you, but this is the pattern in the worlds markets. And, if this has anything to do with the level of wealth of the market, then why is android outselling ios 2 to 1 in the US? I suppose that if all the CEOs of the world form their own country, Android will have zero market share there.

27. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

This is not the pattern in developed markets. That android has a dominant market share is, but not that symbian is that big and blackberry and ios that small. What that means is that the android market share is made up of cheaper, lower end phones which are easier to replace for the other systems as purchasing power allows more flexibility in choice. Very few people even in this forum are attached to a low end android, they are attached to higher end devices.

49. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, Android does have the most market share in developed countries, like say the US. It has nothing to do with "cheap phones", but variety of phones. If you want a 4" screen, there's an android for you. If you want a physical keyboard, there's an android for you. If you want LTE, NFC, animated widgets. If you just want a basic texter. If you want a balls to the wall full blown powerhouse. There's an Android phone for you. If you want a 3.5" screen, 4x4 rows of icons, 3G, video chat over WiFi only and only apps that someone else says are OK for you, there's an iPhone for you. I like choice, and so do most people. That's why it was inevitable for Android to rule market share, assuming the software was good. It's the reason Windows is dominant over OSx. If you want the latest processor and video card, and custom hardware, you can't get it on a Mac. You can on a PC.

5. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Eat it,Apple!!!

4. TROLL.IS.AHA

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

The world will run on Android soon....

32. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

is that what you want? everyone's only choice to be android? hmmmmmmmmmmmm??? sounds like talk of some other mobile cult we are familiar with...

35. eyephone

Posts: 69; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Android is EXTRICTION Apple is confined the world the humans are born to have autonmy.....

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Android is simply going from strength to strength

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: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

43. tedkord

Posts: 17519; 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 …

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