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

1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Does this count all iphoney devices sold. Because if it did ios would dominate.

10. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

wow look at you trying to count even fake iOS devices just because apple doesn't have good marketshare pathetic

14. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

wow, look at you not being able to understand sarcasm...

15. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

lolololololol +1

41. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Well golly atleast someone has a sense of sarcasm. +1 for you :).

56. Raptor9142

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

if ppl arent gona buy ios phones that would purpose for ios remains ?? :D

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

since its going by OS and not device, i would say yea it includes all iOS devices sold. dominate? lol, not at apple's pricing. minimum wage in america is what.. 7.50 an hour. ipad factory workers get like 0.60 cents an hour. Only the top few percent in china can afford a shiny new iphone. Apple doesnt want marketshare, they want pure profit. They are not fighting the same war.

21. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Agree. In china you can find cheep Android / Symbian devices as many as you want. Most of the people can not afford a iPhone or iPad in china.

42. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Yea but chinese can afford iphoney devices with a pear on the back. On a setious not yep ios isn't fighting the market share war apple is fighting the profit war. Completly agree with your post.

43. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

One of the few times I agree with you. Apple and Google aren't fighting the same battle with the mobile OS game. Android is going after market share while Apple goes after profit on hardware sales. Both are successful in what they do.

47. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

its very rare that you talk sense taco so gotta agree with you. +1 for you.

48. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

not only did your comment have merrit and make sense.. you also agreed with me. taco, have you been replaced by aliens? can we keep the new alien replacement? :)

52. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I second that motion.

59. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I vote Aye!!

53. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I will ignore how ignorant you are about China's economy. There's a big difference in lifestyle between major cities and rural areas. The poor Chinese you refer to working in factories come from rural areas. Chinese in major cities enjoy the same lifestyle and economics as Americans. Considering China's population there's 100's of millions of well of Chinese that can afford iPhones. They probably live better than you Remix.

54. thelegend6657 unregistered

Depends on where you are . What Foxconn pays those workers are at the countryside In the city like Beijing and shanghai there's rich people everywhere and iPhones everywhere too but sadly that's only a small part of china

58. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

He agree with you is because Apple is losing market share in China but he still think Apple is winning when it making a lot money and that is a win for him. Even though Apple over charge for it product.

39. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Where is PAPINYC!?

2. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Well, people need to realize that different OS' differ in popularity. So I don't think it is really "oh iOS is better then android" or the other way around. I think it is really based on opinion and this shows that many things differ in different environments.

49. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

http://tinyurl.com/bq8bb5x WHAT IS THE ELOP EFFECT The Elop Effect is similar to the Osborne Effect and the Ratner Effect. Both of them were COMMUNICATION errors. Not errors of management decisions. Errors of communication. Osborne Effect bankrupted the Osborne Computer Company in Britain, and the Ratner Effect almost did the same for Ratners Jewelry Store also in the UK, but they survived only by firing their CEO and changing the name of the company. Imagine how severe your troubles have to be, if you are a retailer and have to change your company name and branding. If Walmart was so poisonous as a brand, or Tesco or Ikea, that they can only survive by changing totally their corporate identity and trying to convince consumers that they are now somebody else. Ouch indeed. Stephen Elop caused the modern version of the Osborne Effect, when he announced that Nokia would switch from Symbian to WP, while at that time, he had no Microsoft WP based Nokia smartphones to sell, or even to show. That is exactly what Osborne did with his computers. Osborne saw its sales collapse overnight. So did Nokia too. We have now seen Nokia lose more than half of its market in a matter of months - a world record destruction of a global customer base. Elop actually even made matters worse than what Osborne had done. Elop not only announced his current smartphones are instantly obsolete on that fateful February 11 day, he then told the world, that Nokia under his leadership would boldly release dozens more new smartphones on that suddenly-undesirable Symbian OS for more than a year to come. He in fact committed to 150 million more Symbian phones - which would take us to about the end of 2012 before Nokia would stop peddling new Symbian phones at us. And this, when in February he announced to the world that Nokia's own Symbian was to be terminated. What a fool! So Elop looked at the most damaging management communication about new products ever, and decided he can do better. He actually out-Osborned Osborne. Yes. That alone would qualify us for creating a new word in his honor to commemorate this disgrace. But he was not done. Elop wanted to guarantee he will end up in the Guiness Book of Records for the most incompetent management ever, he compounded his error by replicating the Ratner Effect, except that too, he did with his Microsoftian style. So just before his big Microsoft announcement, Elop decided to issue an internal memo to all staff, about his thoughts. This is the infamous Burning Platforms memo, the costliest management memo ever written. A memo so toxic it not only wiped out Billions in sales and profits at the smartphone unit - it even caused severe loss at the supposedly unrelated featurephones unit of Nokia (ie dumbphones). The Burning Platforms memo was so devastating it gives new meaning to the term 'poison pen'.

3. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

interesting for most of the google services is not available there. google hk is available for search at least

4. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

My friend who is from Beijing says that iPhones and iPods are a lot more expensive in China than in America. I bet the price is the main reason it is selling not as many in china.

5. wendygarett unregistered

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

12. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

really then tell me how a samsung,htc,lg or nokia phone can drop from 1 metre and shatter the screen?

20. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

really then tell me how samsung copied apple's UI on the galaxy s**t

22. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

They didn't.

26. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

samsung releases face unlock on galaxy nexus : meh iphone 5 with face unlock: ITS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE DO YOU HEAR ME?

25. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

You mean to say that OSes on HTC, Samsung, LG & Nokia protect the phone from shattering. LOL.

55. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

lol actually when he said iOS I imagined all the iOS devices like the iPod iPad and iPhone and btw don't joke like that the iPhone and iPad use iOS as a shield

38. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Ile enjoy it half cooked os...

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