Android winning in China, Nokia "dying much faster than expected"

Android winning in China, Nokia
China is probably the most important developing market in the world, if only because of the huge number of subscribers in the Asian country, but while smartphone adoption was initially slow, the mobile revolution is quickly catching up. Apple has already admitted that China is a key market for the company, and the Apple Store expansion plan over there proves that.

But if we are to believe Wang Hua of Innovation Works, John Lagerling, Director of Android Global Partnerships at Google, and David Chao of DCM, it’s Android that’s really starting to get traction. There are over 40 million Android smartphones active in China and the country ranks third in terms of SDK downloads.

“Nobody is making money on Android software in China,” Chao noted. “But over the next two or three years it’s going to be one of the most lucrative properties.”

And it’s not just smartphones, there’s an explosion of Android-based tablets in China and we can imagine that all of those tablet manufacturers will quickly switch to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as soon as it gets open sourced. Currently, the majority of China-made Android tablets run on Gingerbread.

While Android is booming, though, traditionally well known brands like Nokia are fading away quicker than expected.

“Nokia is dying much faster than we expected,” said Hua.

source: TechCrunch

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35 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is a natural thing. People in all walks of life love options & this holds true in the most populous country in the world China. Android is capturing the world & China is no different. People see what Android offers compared to other OS's & is always coming on top. The raw data states Android is the #1 smart phone OS in the world. Anyone who tries Android more than likely falls for Android. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will make EVEN more people switch. Android has the pedal to the metal. This is GREAT for Android. Nokia will not fade though, Windows Phone 7 Mango is the real deal, Apollo will make WP7 a house hold name & take a huge bite out of iOS's market share. Nokia WILL bounce back!

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I agree.. X gets the square!! :)

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I like Press Your Luck, you remember the Whammy’s! lol

26. JeffdaBeat unregistered

While I do think Android is a fantastic mobile OS...you have to also take into consideration that people buy Android smartphones because there are a lot of lower end options as far as hardware goes. There are some folks who buy Android for the price more than the function. Just like people buy the iPhone because it has that symbol on the back...not because the phone does something magical for them. Android will always be on top because there are so many varieties and flavors of Android...which is good because there is choice. That's how Microsoft became the giant they are. But that doesn't speak of quality or why people buy them. And I don't want that to come off as a diss on Android. It's just most consumers aren't nerds...or well informed about technology they are buying.

27. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I'll mention aswell a lot of the people who buy Andros buy for specs yes they do offer budget phones but in terms of tech specs and the need for the best the market currently offers Android offers those high end phones to tickle those consumers. Take into consideration most out the people who are Android fans who actually post on this forum aren't rocking cricket Android phones.. If that makes sense lol.

28. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I respectfully disagree. As tech enthusiasts, we tend to think a lot of people think like us...but that's extremely far from the truth. We are the minority when it comes to purchase power. The general public can figure out why their email does work or how to reset their phone. They don't know what 4G is...but they know they want it. I agree, there are folks out there that do their research whether they are nerds or not. But the overwhelming majority don't take technical specs into consideration. They may hear a lot of specs spouted off in a commercial or by a sales rep and think "whoa...this is awesome." But if you asked them to tell you what those specs meant, they'd be clueless (When I worked for AT&T, my favorite question was why do you think 4G will help you?). Most people who use Android love their phones for the same reason they could love any other phones. For us in the minority, we love our phones for far more specific reasons...

29. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So in a sense you're saying people buy IPhones because they are misinformed and the commercials tell them to regardless of tech specs. granted I've used both Android and iPhone and can only express my own opinions id have to say Android brings a equal if not superior experience to the table. I left my iPhone 4 behind when Apple fell behind the curve.. More expensive phones for one that just isn't up to par in just a few years look at the improvement of Android (I used an og Droid for a while) compare that to the newer phones ie sg2 our bionic.. Upcoming phones like the Razr Or prime.. Majority of consumers actually knowing bench marks are and what tech specs mean are on the rise. Not saying Apple won't keep up but at a glance it seems like they are forgetting how to innovate. Stuck in a playground a few years ago they were the big dogs on campus and now that the other kids are grown up and can put up a fight in my opinion they are just relying to much on refreshing old tech to stay afloat.

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

working in the industry, i feel its a great week if i get 2 customers that actually know anything about the products and what all the stuff they are spouting about.. actually means. I think there might be 2 customers off the top of my head that come anywhere near my knowledge base. So, long story short, what Jeff is saying in that regard, is quite true.

35. JeffdaBeat unregistered

That's exactly what I'm saying. The general public is very often misinformed or ignorant to technology as a whole. They love numbers and tech specs, but have no idea what they actually mean or how it works in their lives. That's for Android and iOS alike.

4. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

China the land of illegal pirating and cheap knockoffs uses the os which is just a copy of ios. Figures when i saw the knockoff apple store i knew they were up to no good. I am just kidding : ). There needed to be a fanboy post here right? O well for real now this is great for android they are all about market share and getting the most people possible to increase google searches and ads. Thy are doing a great job cant wait till ice cream sandwhich.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh i was just a bout to bust ya a lil too.. lol. good thing im not like some people and read the entire post before replying. :)

6. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Sorry to get you all excited maybe next time. I thought it would have been funny if someone just read the first two lines then went on a rant. Ssshhhh it still might happen. :):):):):):):):):)

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You sneaky little devil you! lol

8. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

The really funny thing is even though we are having this whole conversation about how i am just joking i still will get thumbed down and have some guy read the first two sentences and will go an angry rant. Just sit back relax and get your popcorn ready this shall be funny.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

bio, in order for that to happen, you have to do an anti-apple rant for the first 2 lines. we all know taco has no reading comprehension and will attack after reading a few words... right or wrong.. lol

12. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

At remixfa good idea next article :) At super android evo :););)

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i thumbed you down to get the ball rolling.. lol :)

17. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Where is taco anyways... You would assume any good news for Android and he would come running to troll this post.

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know what? I have to agree with you. There are some people that are conditioned to react first & finish the post after. It’s just a matter of time before you get your first thumbs down. lol Ohh & just so you know I put some pop corn in the microwave! This will be funny!

11. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

LOL!! Yeah, I suspect you most likely will get a thumbs down but for extra measure I gave you a thumbs up ;-) There u go!

13. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Glad to have you on the reading team:)

16. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Had me going for a sec I'm like wtf serious.. No need for more Android/Apple flaming in this post lol.

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I totally agree up to I'm kidding...

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

point proven... taco got exactly 2 lines in. :)

33. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Should have taken bets

34. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Lol u got me there bud!

14. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Good for android Very sad for nokia

15. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

April 2014... Google became self aware and the purge of humanity began.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

unfortunately Apple became self aware in 2012. One too many snarky canned responces sent Siri over the edge. the G-man became self aware after loading siri files into its search engines and now fights for humanities survival. An army of mindless snarky ibots fights to enslave humanity. A rag tag but large group of people behind the G-man fights back for survival.

21. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

But they will have to change their name to Skynet first...

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