iPhone tops Japan’s sales charts for the first time

iPhone tops Japan’s sales charts for the first time
The iPhone might be the most popular phone stateside and in many developed countries, but Japan has always had its own very different market dominated by strange water-proof devices, folder Android phones often equipped with TV tuners, and with its own mobile payment systems. But the iPhone has finally grown enough in popularity to trump all of those specifics of the local market and gets to the top of Japan’s phone sales charts in Q4 2011, according to a report by IDC Japan.

The iPhone grabbed a 26.6% share of all phone shipments in the last quarter of 2011. It zipped past Fujitsu-Toshiba and Sharp which had 18.3% and 15.7% respectively.

For the full 2011, though, Apple remained third. Sharp was the best selling brand for the year in the Land of the Rising Sun, followed by Fujitsu-Toshiba.

It’s been a long road for the iPhone which grew consistently and made inroads to the first place by landing on Japan’s second-biggest carrier KDDI. Prior to that, KDDI offered a safe harbor for Android handsets, so the carrier’s customers had limited choice in mobile platforms.

After all those numbers it’s no wonder that Apple announced support for Japanese language in the latest Siri now, is it?

source: IDC Japan via Electronista


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22 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Well, the Japanese people are no fools. It's like a tech-country. They didn't buy the previous Apple producst simply because they aren't exactly the best specs-wise. Lately though, Apple has been producing top-quality internals so I guess that's why the Japanese are now interested. So am I.

4. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

As a tech country they don't like to have LTE, DLNA, or a file browser in a smartphone =)? Believe me, it's just hype.

5. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Have you seen Japanese only Fujitsu Phones?

12. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

hm no...explain update: the one that can dual boot symbian and wp7? so ugly feature yeah , luckily someone else simplified their lives.

14. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I was referring to the high-end Fujitsu Droids. They are dual-cores that can make the GS2 a run for it's money. Add the resistant thing (shock, dust, water) and it rocks. They are kinda rugged but they don't look like it. What I'm saying is the Japanese weren't interested with previous Apple products because they had crazily good droids. IMO, Apple hit a good spot with the new iPad. It's actually the first Apple product I actually wanna have.

15. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Well I'm happy if you're happy with your possible future purchase, I'm just afraid of people manipulation. Again, can't immagine a portable tech device with no file browser, 20 years of progress and such device does less than a 486 in terms of file management. With a cheap transformer I can open the device via windows explorer, set an animated wallpaper and have smooth screen transitions with ics and nova launcher. I had an iphone and macbook pro, while I found iOS good until I discovered I was mesmerized - OS X still seems a solid system. So I'm not judging without knowing it - I even jailbroke the iphone and made bluetooth file transfer with celeste, knew many secrets. iOS: they choose Android/Linux: you choose

17. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

P.S: Does Nutella exist even in the u.s? Cool O:-)

20. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I never actually owned an iDevice but I had a lot of time playing with my officemate's phones. And the only thing I liked about iOS is the really smooth and responsive experience. And now the only thing I like about this new iPad is the screen. Like I said I actually wanna have it, just because of the screen :p It'd be really nice watching HD stuff on a tablet. BUT I don't have any plans on buying one! Waste of money, really over-priced for me. And yeah I hate that about Apple, the term you used is perfect "people manipulation". I'm all for OpenSource! I love droids and if I actually have money what I'd get is the Optimus 4X and a 700 series tab. I'll never buy an iOS device. I'd take one as a gift though :p

7. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

The 4s definitely has the best camera of any phone out there. The processor doesn't have the highest specs, but with optimized iOS the 4s is far more responsive than any Android phone.

8. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

best camera? nokia n8, xperia s, i could go on... and i haven't even mentioned the 801 yet.... think before you talk ! more responsive? meh, i'm happy with a little lag (which hardly ever happens) on my SGSII, as long as I actually have a real OS, not just an app launcher... get it?

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Agreed the N8 camera is far superior to the iphones especially in night time photos like pubs,I've used both in both day time and night time shots and the n8 wins hands down.

10. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

If it were for apple they would change the color of their icons in the name of major Os update and bump the clock speed of the processor by 100Mhz every decade or so and the iLemmings would love it because it provide smooth experience. So much for revolutionizing the mobile industry ha. People rarely utilize the full power of Intel and Amd processors, does that mean we should set the computing progression backwards by delivering only something that provides smooth user experience.

13. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

You love your crap cameras don't you. There's a reason the iPhone camera is the most used on Flickr by far. Glad you like your OS. Lots of geeks love their Windows Vista too. I suffered with the unstable iOS ripoff they call Android for 2 years before I switched. Someday you will wake up to reality too.

19. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

iOS ripoff u do realise that Android was being made before ios right isheep believes what they wanna believe

16. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

No No you are wrong. If you are not using an Android device then you are a fool. No matter you are a Japanese or Russian. That what I learn from this comment section.

2. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

well we will see what 2012 sales say but im actually surprised by this

3. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

iPhone is just recently coming to all of these Asian countries, it's not wonder why it's a high demand. Not only that, they release a new version once a year, so for 1 quarter it dominates everything else, and it's the only manufacturer to offer iOS, so there is no competition if someone is dying to have iOS, so this makes sense....... but I still would never buy one, Apple is too controlling!

6. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

By controlling, do you mean getting all your OS updates on the date of release vs Android where you can't get the 3 month old ICS? Or maybe you mean it controls the phone so Verizon can't flood it full of crapware that make it crash repeatedly? I love "controlling", I hate fake "Open" OSes that are only open to the carriers and that don't give their users updates.

11. iiiiiphonearena

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

oh nono nono no.... my mom is right, hell is real (as sheldon said) (apple article again... = hell)

18. iKnowiCan

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Japanese people have a choice and choose Apple. Same thing US consumers did when they got a choice. Fandroids worst nightmare is Apple taking market share. That's the only thing cheap crapdroids were good at.

21. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

along with being a better overall phone, but ya know...thats nothing to scoff at, cuz im just a fandroid that doesnt know what hes talking about hype will do a lot of things

22. TimTebow

Posts: 70; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Japan slowly losing IQ....

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