China is the planet's fastest growing Android and iOS market

China is the planet's fastest growing Android and iOS market
World-wide, there are 640 million devices running on either Android or iOS with 165 million of them on U.S. soil. That is according to Flurry, and the analytics firm broke down growth country by country for the year ended last July. Of countries with at least 500,000 active devices, the fastest growing for both iOS and Android is China. The number of units activated with either OS soared a hefty 401% for the year ended in July.

Mobile devices are being adopted faster than any other technology in history according to Flurry, ten times faster than the PC revolution of the 1980's and even twice as fast as the 1990's Internet explosion. And while China might be activating Android and iOS devices at a faster clip than anywhere else, the country still trails the U.S. in overall users of the two platforms. Stateside, 165 million users have a device with one or the other OS compared to 128 million in China. These figures are not hardware sales, but are based on devices that apps were downloaded on.

Flurry's stats show some more room for iOS and Android sales in the States. Only 78% of those in the U.S. age 15 to 64 own a iOS or Android device. That is good news for Apple and Android manufacturers. Compare that to Singapore where the two operating systems have 92% of the 15-64 year old market.

Another chart made by Flurry shows that app use on iOS and Android devices is expanding world-wide. In July 2011, U.S. app use on the two operating systems comprised over 50% of global use of apps. A year later, U.S. use is now 36% of global app use on iOS and Android.

source: Flurry via GigaOM



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15 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Duh!!!! It's also happens to be the most populous country in the whole world also. lol

13. AppleIsGod

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Yes but India has almost same population as China but you don't see that kind of growth there...Compare the percentages man, not the real number... Apple Is God and Apple wins.

2. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

What about Africa, don't Africans use android and iOS also?

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no they use blackberry…

6. Aeires unregistered

And Symbian too, if memory serves.

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Impressive to see brazil on those charts

5. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Well I guess that's mostly Android. After all, there was an article posted yesterday I think that said iPhone shares dropped 50% during Q2.

7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

glad to see the U.S in 1st place but sad to see it ignore by most carriers.. making the international version usually better thanks to our carriers..

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

India ~80% of smartphone market is Samsung+Nokia+RIM with samsung at 40%+ Other 20% is HTC/Sony/Karbon/Micromax/LAVA/LAVA-XOLO (intel)/Apple/So many others. World wide OS share per Q2 results is: Android: 68.1 iOS:16.9% BB:4.8% Symbian: 4.4%

10. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

If you believe in the theory of disruptive technology, then something will overtake android, which by the way, is a victim of success as predicted by disruptive technology. I know Apple has been fight against disruptive technology with stickiness, ease of use, etc, but the competition is closing that gap. It's just amazing how as technology gets better AND cheaper, and how established companies just get blindsided. The best way to see disruptive technology is to look at no-contract handsets. For $300, I bought the Moto Triump last July. Today, if I went back into the market, I could buy the Samsung Galaxy S2 for the same $300 on the Walmart/T-mobile plan. I can get 4G WiMax phones on Virgin or Boost for $279, or Samsung Galaxy Reverb for $249 on Virgin. The LG Optimus V type phones are going for $80 to $100. It's no wonder android has taken over the world, price is a major barrier for people who are income challenged. Right now, you can go to Wal-mart and walk out with an android device for as little as $60. Next year, that $60 android handset will come with a faster chip, more RAM, a better display, possibly a larger display, a better camera, possibly 4G access, etc simply because the technology gets better AND cheaper. We saw how prices collasped in desktops, then in laptops, and smartphones will follow that trend.

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Well said. And what's happening is that those who are scouting for max return for their money (don't care whether it's Apple or it's Orange or Banana) they are also looking at the best feature sets available. If i could buy Xperia P for my son for ~$400 he was looking at what max he can get while he was selecting the device. For him it didn't matter if it was Sony or Samsng but he never wanted HTC/LG/Apple/Nokia/BB Apple dictates what customers wants and what customers are expected to do with their device. Certain markets this will never work. We are in a democratic world and communist attitude of Apple will be counter productive as teenage kids are the the biggest chunk of future clients at least in this part bof globe. They despise Apple. I know that from personal experience. They talk Samsung and Sony. For them even Nokia is outdated and LG has poor support for phones HTC is dead ... they research more than we think they would do and that's how perception differs from market to market despite Apple's claim that they make best device in Universe. They cannot force this on well informed kids to believe what they want them to believe :)

14. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Android dictates what u want too

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What if American ban Android and the rest of the world still continue to use them. Android is an American's product for now and its open source meaning China could take over the development if they choose to. The chinese government wanted Google to keep Android open for at least another five years. Would American give up their mobile technology leads and hand it over to another country?

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

My favorite part of this article is the third graphic, entitled, "Countries with Highest Penetration Among Adults 15 - 64 years old". Apparently, 15 year olds are adults & people 65 & over are not.

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