Report: Apple is gaining market share in China
whopping 86% market share as of last December. The version of Android used in the country is different than the one used elsewhere. China's government controls the internet there, so no Google applications like Google Maps or Gmail or YouTube can be on Chinese versions of Android phones. Apple's momentum could lead to a reduction in the large gap between the two platforms. 10,000 more stores will have the Apple iPhone 5 this year than last year. That includes new Apple Stores and 400 new premium resellers. During the fourth quarter, Apple's Cook said that Apple iPhone sales doubled in the region and some analysts believe that 40 million Apple iPhone units will be sold in 2013 in the Asia-Pacific market.
Meanwhile, Android and iOS have quite a lock in China with a 98% share of the smartphone market at the end of last year, up from 79% in 2011. Overall smartphone shipments rose 64% year-over-year to reach 53 million units in the fourth quarter.
source: StrategyAnalytics via electronista