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Android Takes 90 Percent of Smartphone Market in China

By - Source: Tech in Asia | B 23 comments

iOS slips due to iPhone's higher price tag.

Android continued to dominate the Chinese smartphone market, with the Google mobile operating system increasing its share during the third quarter.

In the period, Android attributed to 90.1 percent of China's smartphone market, representing an increase from the 83 percent share it had during the second quarter.

According to Beijing-based research firm Analysys International, Apple's iOS settled for a distant second with a 4.2 percent hold, a decrease from the 6 percent share it had in the second quarter. Symbian, meanwhile, saw its market share drop to 2.4 percent.

Apple struggles in China as the iPhone retails for a much higher price than its Android-powered device counterparts. The iPhone's average cost is 3.25 times higher than that of the average Android smartphone sold in the region.

Overseas, Android is also experiencing a stronger grip on the smartphone market, with the platform accounting for 72.4 percent of all smartphones sold during the third quarter.

 

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    cats_Paw , November 16, 2012 10:36 AM
    If you have 90% in china, you have about 1/5 of the world consumers. Thats something!
    Well, hopefully this will force more honset competition rather than more patent wars.
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    cats_Paw , November 16, 2012 10:36 AM
    If you have 90% in china, you have about 1/5 of the world consumers. Thats something!
    Well, hopefully this will force more honset competition rather than more patent wars.
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    bugidugi , November 16, 2012 10:51 AM
    A patent? in China? LoL
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    greghome , November 16, 2012 10:59 AM
    judging from the news, It will be so funny if China's Great Firewall blocked off Google's services completely.

    :lol: 
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    DjEaZy , November 16, 2012 11:08 AM
    ... how much of them are brand phones and what percentage is cheep ones and knockoffs?
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    freggo , November 16, 2012 11:10 AM
    Less than 5% market share in the world's largest phone market.
    As I and many others predicted, Apple is on it's way to becoming a "B-lest" player in the market.
    Just like they did in PCs. Wondering how long until the Stock Market will pick up on it.
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    freggo , November 16, 2012 11:14 AM
    DjEaZy... how much of them are brand phones and what percentage is cheep ones and knockoffs?


    Who cares as long as they work ?
    'Brand' is important -to a degree- on cars. The right car can get you a date, a sale or a job.
    But a cell phone? Do you really carry your self-confidence in your pocket ?
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    wemakeourfuture , November 16, 2012 11:17 AM
    freggoLess than 5% market share in the world's largest phone market.As I and many others predicted, Apple is on it's way to becoming a "B-lest" player in the market.Just like they did in PCs. Wondering how long until the Stock Market will pick up on it.


    Apple still make a lot of profit in China on their phones, tablets and computers.
    These Android phones that make up the 10% are small margin products for the most part.
    Apple has very high margins and does not need as much of the market share to make as much or more than any other firm that exists in that 90%.
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    cats_Paw , November 16, 2012 11:21 AM
    freggoLess than 5% market share in the world's largest phone market.As I and many others predicted, Apple is on it's way to becoming a "B-lest" player in the market.Just like they did in PCs. Wondering how long until the Stock Market will pick up on it.



    Thats kinda obvious :D . Noone expected Apple to continue in the saw path. In economy there are many rules, but one of them is, if you grow very fast, you drop very fast. And that is true for everything related with global economics.
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    cats_Paw , November 16, 2012 11:21 AM
    freggoWho cares as long as they work ?'Brand' is important -to a degree- on cars. The right car can get you a date, a sale or a job.But a cell phone? Do you really carry your self-confidence in your pocket ?


    Why you think people buy Iphones in the first place? Its obvious the phone itself aint worth that much. They sell "Status", not quality.

    You would be amazed how many people buy things for self confidence.
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    spookie , November 16, 2012 11:43 AM
    Cats_PawWhy you think people buy Iphones in the first place? Its obvious the phone itself aint worth that much. They sell "Status", not quality.You would be amazed how many people buy things for self confidence.


    They also buy it because they think they are different and what to express their individuality (that is what most of them believe)
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    rantoc , November 16, 2012 12:20 PM
    Seems the Chinese goes for functionality and choice rather than shiny!
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    wemakeourfuture , November 16, 2012 2:09 PM
    wemakeourfutureApple still make a lot of profit in China on their phones, tablets and computers.These Android phones that make up the 10% are small margin products for the most part.Apple has very high margins and does not need as much of the market share to make as much or more than any other firm that exists in that 90%.


    Not sure what you guys are down voting. This is the economic reality in their market.
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    DjEaZy , November 16, 2012 2:12 PM
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/iPhone-5-Clone-Android-Apple,18097.html
    http://micgadget.com/28057/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-knockoff-unveiled-with-720p-display-and-android-4-0-videos/
    http://www.gadgettweet.com/2012/09/Nokia-pureview-808-running-android.html#.UKZlYob4JlY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HBo7prlED0

    just google android powered knockoff
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    wemakeourfuture , November 16, 2012 2:33 PM
    rantocSeems the Chinese goes for functionality and choice rather than shiny!


    No they go by price. Their average income is factions compared to North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. Those with the income go for the higher end products like Apple.
    If you ask people if they want an iPhone in India and China the answer would be yes, if you ask them can they afford it the answer is no.

    Average person in China makes $5000 a year. Average American makes $40000.
    a $700 iPhone costs an American 1.75% of their Gross. For the Average Chinese its 14%.

    That's like an iPhone costing $5600 in the USA. Obviously the market share is going to be smaller, but the actual Gross and Net income made by Apple is significant with a small market share in China.

    The Demand curve is very high for iPhone in China considering the cost of it.

    Nothing to do with "functionality and choice rather than shiny!". Its all about cost and affordability.
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    mariusmotea , November 16, 2012 2:40 PM
    Ok, iphone is expensive, but Nokia Lumia?
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    dameon51 , November 16, 2012 2:58 PM
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    my neighbours step-aunt's-sisters-dogs-lizards-husbands-best friend says your a spammer
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    zybch , November 16, 2012 5:35 PM
    And how many of those android devices are actually usable?
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    Fokissed , November 16, 2012 6:33 PM
    wemakeourfutureNot sure what you guys are down voting. This is the economic reality in their market.

    "These Android phones that make up the 10%". This is why I down-voted your post. Androids are 90%, not 10%.
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    wemakeourfuture , November 16, 2012 6:58 PM
    Fokissed"These Android phones that make up the 10%". This is why I down-voted your post. Androids are 90%, not 10%.


    Was a typo, you're right I meant to say 90%.
    Of the 90% they are mostly small margin phones.
    So a company for example with a smaller market share may actually make a lot more money.
    Which is the case with Apple.

    Thanks for the correction!
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    madjimms , November 16, 2012 7:32 PM
    spookieThey also buy it because they think they are different and what to express their individuality (that is what most of them believe)

    What happened to "expressing individuality" with your ACTIONS rather than forcing everyone else to see what you did?
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