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

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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.

"Compared to recent technologies, smart device adoption is being adopted 10X faster than that of the 80s PC revolution, 2X faster than that of 90s Internet Boom and 3X faster than that of recent social network adoption."-Flurry
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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posted on 27 Aug 2012, 14:10 2

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


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

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 20:14

13. AppleIsGod (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Aug 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 14:38 2

2. twens (Posts: 1064; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 15:04 1

4. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

no they use blackberry…

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 15:26 1

6. Aeires (unregistered)

And Symbian too, if memory serves.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 14:51

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Impressive to see brazil on those charts

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 15:25

5. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 15:59

7. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


posted on 27 Aug 2012, 15:59

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 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..

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 16:17

9. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 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
Symbian: 4.4%

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 16:41 1

10. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 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.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 17:04 1

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 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 :)

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 20:31

14. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)

Android dictates what u want too

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 20:12

12. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 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?

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 22:55

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3823; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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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