In China, Android is blowing away iOS; Symbian leads Apple as of the end of last year

In China, Android is blowing away iOS; Symbian leads Apple as of the end of last year
According to an analytics firm in Beijing, Analysys International, Android is red hot in China. Google's open source OS wound up 2011 with a whopping 68.4% market share in the country, more than double the 33.6% slice of the pie that it controlled at the end of 2010. At the end of last year, iOS trailed badly with just 5.7% of the Chinese market and was behind even Symbian's 18.7% share.

Some of the low iOS share could be blamed on Apple's decision not to allow the device to be purchased at its brick and mortar stores. That has been in the case since violence at one Apple Store the day of the Apple iPhone 4S launch forced the Cupertino based tech firm to halt sales at its stores. The unit can still be purchased online on Apple's website and at the retail locations of the two carriers that sell the phone in the country, China Telecom and China Unicom.

The report also notes that since the Apple iPhone is considered a status symbol in the country, the lack of any outwardly change in appearance between the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPhone 4S gave those Chinese concerned about their image, less of a reason to upgrade and buy a new model.

Earlier this year, one international brokerage firm predicted that Apple would sell 40 million units of the iPhone in China in 2013. The big question is how many of those purchases will be made at the expense of an Android sale.

source: MacWorld via AndroidCentral

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59 Comments

28. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Shame, seems the Android haters have a major problem with its dominance. Live with it. :)

44. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

lol i think the article clearly says everything :) what dominance are u talkin bout?

45. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Apparently you can't read as well...

19. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

The only reason android is there due to the dirty cheap factor, user satisfication will always be low with those 600~800mhz processor, 4gb memory etc and people will tend to switch whenever possible. Even with the 6% marketshare Apple has, it is already making up almost 10 billion of Apple's profit. There's much room for Apple's growth in the coming years. Those guys defending the 68% spydroid marketshare is a fool here.

24. GellerDoesDallas

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

You're an imbecile, your statement is just so stupid, it's pathetic you sound like a crybaby lookin for an excuse, I mean who are you trying to convince? Yourself!!! Because that's the only person that's in denial, just accept. Haha(D•:)>

27. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Lmao fandroid

33. GellerDoesDallas

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Fandroid? I think not, I like all mobile operating systems. I don't like the whey Apple handles business, but that doesn't mean I hate the iPhone, I have a 2g,3gs, and 4s and Titan and Galaxy Nexus. U mad?

36. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Apple with just 1 phone. No choices how cheap.... you buy a bmw theres 3 series 5 seried 6 series 7 series. Merc e class. C class. M class. S class. B class. Amg. Brabus. A class. And apple with 1 phone To choice. Wow what inovation revolution evolution More like out of idears. What nonsense crap!

35. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Overpriced phone. Every-one want's an iPhone cause it's fashion. I will look COOL. They will say i'm rich. I will be typical like other's. That's why people bye iphone!

40. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Despite so, are you jealous of those who have iPhones since you assume they all flaunt how rich they are? So you are poor eh?

46. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Nope. I do own a ip4s 64GB and a 8800 carbon arte! No how stupid they are.... if u wana show off u posr And posses with NOKIA 8800 series. not iphones!!!!

51. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

maybe you should go break down some chineese numbers. since most people cant afford the i4s, they go for the older models, like the 3GS which is still commonly sold brand new there. That 660mhz processor sure is speedy.

16. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Aandeloide

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Makes sense. I doubt WP would catch up, why buy a crappy Lumia 800 or worse, a rubbish Lumia 610 when you can get a low end Android thats far more functional, has more apps, games and memory, no point in counting WP in, its going to be a iOS vs. Android race. Will be interesting to see the iPhone5 go up against the GALAXY S III later this year in China. :)

11. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

But will run like a slug.

30. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

No, it wont. Phones like Xperia Mini and Wildfire S run very smooth and fast.

31. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

We are all awaiting for ICS, then every-thing will be owrite.....

57. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

explain owrite

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the wildfire S is a cheap piece of buggy trash that lags and crashes like no bodys business. and it barely has enough room on it to download 3 good sized apps. its not even on the same level as the old mytouch3g and G1. If im going for the ultra low end, ill take a WP7 phone. I love android, but the low end sucks.

37. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And even if it does on the low series. Unlike enjoy life in boundaries on ur ios.... we will all take freedom rejoice and seranade while you enjoy solitary.

13. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

bitch please how can you compare iPhone 5 with the almighty SGSIII? i5 would lose even to last year phones like SGSII

32. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Right.....

18. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

lmao what a fandroid or is`heep, you are better off dead sir.

23. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

LOL! Look, if you dont agree with what i say then fine, but there's no need for such a rude and poor comment...the internet is great for people like you I guess, as you know you wouldn't be able to say ruch in someones face.

8. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Same applies to india, android is simply murdering all other platforms. But unlike china, popular brands make the gain from the massive growth of android. I dono why people here are not so excited about iphone, whether its the price or....

7. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Android products are a commodity in the mainland. This is to be expected. Android will have a commanding lead for the forseeable future given how cheap android handsets are selling.

6. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Windows Phone is very new to China, I think they can eat a large piece of the cake. Why buy some crappy Android when you can buy a Nokia 610.

29. Hafiz

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

why is everyone disliking this comment ?? He is absolutely right!! Nokia 610 will be better than any other android phone at its price.

34. Hafiz

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Thats just great! :D

5. wendygarett unregistered

ios is the best!!! the rest are completely s**t!!

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