Android market share surges to commanding 90% of China's smartphone market

Android market share surges to commanding 90% of China's smartphone market
Once upon a time, Symbian ruled supreme in China. Then, Nokia adopted Windows Phone, and Symbian fell off a cliff. And if there is one story of complete market capitalization that is of Android eating up Symbian’s share in China.

Google’s platform now has increased its market share to more than the mind boggling 90% in the world’s most populous country, according to the latest report by Analysis International. The share is likely even higher, but the analysts don’t count knock-off Android devices.

Just last year Android’s share of the Chinese market was 58.2%, so that is some very, very impressive growth.

While Symbian was the biggest loser in China, the iPhone has also lost market share and now has a tiny 4.2% of the market, down from 6% last year.

And just how much did Symbian lose? Catastrophic does not describe it well enough - it slumped to 2.4% in Q3 2012 down from 31.5% in Q2 2011.

Still Android’s rise in China does not necessarily translate into huge gains for Google. China is actually blocking many of the company’s services.

source: The Next Web



1. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

well, windows phone has nothing to do with the demise of symbian. it had to fall off. windows phone might save nokia.

3. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012


9. MeoCao unregistered

Android is the most advanced OS, and the best thing is it's opensourced. Google is generous with Chinese manufacturers even when it doesn't benefit the OS developer.

11. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Android FTW! OH that's a punch for a certain fruit...fruit punch anyone? :)


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And always will, Big up to Linux and WeboS 3.3

6. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008



Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Really so what happen Windows1234567& no 8? All failed?

21. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

i guess if you call 84% market share a failure

2. Aeires unregistered

In a word, WOW. It helps to have Chinese OEMs using Android, just bring some of those killer phones to other countries, please.

4. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I always said android is the future when the fact is its also the present

5. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I thought Apple would have a boost after opening Apple stores in China... Seems like that's not the case.

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

power of OpenSource. Google is the future.

10. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

If that's the case in China, I wonder how is it in's probably 95% or higher.

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

sooner or later it would be the same all over Asia. some credit goes to apple as well for overpricing. iphone5 costs over $1k here in India. People are loving Android.

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yea $1K and Airtel showing just panormama as feature in TV advertisements that have just started for IP5. Only kids who want to show off their dad's money buy these toys not for features but only for price... India is Android, Symbian, RIM still.

14. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

And India is to follow the same pattern.. and then Africa

15. Aeires unregistered

Certain fans make fun of cheap Android phones, but it's the full spectrum of low, mid, and high end phones that will make your comment a reality. It's not just the openness of Android that makes it successful, it's the rich diversity of handsets available. I think Google saw that early on and knew they had a winner because of it.

16. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

What is the point when google is not making any on those phones? Most of these android phones can't even access the playstore. At this moment, it is more of a bragging right than anything else.

19. Aeires unregistered

Proliferation of an ecosystem is worth far more than not making much, if any, on low end handsets. Not only that, if OEMs can make money on them, it creates more opportunities to work on high end handsets.

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

They don't make fun of cheap phones ... they just showcase their ignorance :)

20. Aeires unregistered

Lol. ;-)

22. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

good job for zte, huawei, and tcl communications, then add to that all the unbranded chinese mock-up phones. Im sure they are all having the same experience as you would have, albeit not paying that much for an s3 or other high-end android phones that you paid for. now, who's the loser?

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