China tops U.S. in active Android and iOS devices

China tops U.S. in active Android and iOS devices
Metrics firm Flurry uses data to see how well your mobile ads are reaching the intended target. Thanks to all of the data that is created, Flurry is able to look at the numbers and make some proclamations. For example, with "The Year of the Snake" having just started for the Chinese, the country has surpassed the U.S. and is now the top country in the world among active iOS and Android users. This happened just one year after China was cited for its tremendous growth in smart device use.

Flurry uses the data generated from 2.4 billion anonymous application sessions per day, from more than 275,000 apps around the globe. Flurry says that this is good enough to capture the activity from an estimated 90% of the world's smart devices. As of last month, there was an installed base of 222 million iOS and Android devices in the U.S. versus 221 million in China. Flurry estimates that by the end of this month, the numbers will show 246 million iOS and Android devices active in China and 230 million active in the states. And the U.S. will never get the lead back. Why? Consider that the population in China is 1.3 billion people vs. 310 million in the U.S. The only country that might have a shot at China is India, with a population of 1.2 billion. But there are only 19 million active smart devices in India right now, meaning that India will not be seen as being competitive with China for some time.

The third largest market after the U.S. and China is the U.K., with only one fifth the number of active iOS and Android devices used in either the U.S. or China. Despite being the largest iOS and Android active market, China still showed remarkable growth of 209% among active iOS and Android markets last year. On top, with 278% growth, was Colombia.

Consider that the U.S. first topped the 100 million mark in active iOS and Android users in May 2011. China hit that benchmark a little more than a year later. Now, China has not only caught up to the U.S., but has surpassed it.

source: Flurry via AndroidAuthority



1. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Its only natural due to the fact that their economy is on the rise and they have triple the popularion of the us, as handheld media becomes more mainstream. It also explains why they have the largest carries in the world. As more people can become globaly aware of everyhting the better the world is off.

8. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

not just triple... more than quadruple

2. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Sooooo many people

4. homersimpsons

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

And sooooooo many hackers. They probably have bots in place actively monitoring both Apple and Google in the States. They could probably tell you what the next iPhone/iPad will look like and when it is going to released.

9. almostdone

Posts: 450; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

They're built there so they already know what the next iPhone/iPad looks like.

12. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

and sooooooo many copycats

3. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

so many people with repressed freedom. what good is having some of the best smartphones and mobile computers if your every online activity is monitored and many of the best websites in the world are banned? i pity the chinese. couldn't easily break free from their oppressive government.

11. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

no wonder here..china is the largest north korea ally which means -> communist

5. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That's also cause they make all of them over there.

6. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

in india every website is allowed to visit. india will surpass the us in 1 or 2 year and ultimately china within 5 years.. India is the future of world.

7. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

lol i'm also an indian but to say that india is the future of the world sounds a bit stupid...

16. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

joke of the year

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31644; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


13. thachlel

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Lmao he meant cows n animal walk with smartphones on street in India

14. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Come on Alan, you know that this is not a surprise considering the shear amount of people in the country. We couldn't hope to be the largest in everything especially android or iOS users. The US is only 300 million+.

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

I don't understand what could possibly account for those huge dips in smart devices in the US market. How could the number go down by over 10 million in 2 months? Makes me question the accuracy of the chart.

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