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China Becomes World's Largest Android Market

By - Source: Informa | B 12 comments

Google's platform accounts for 90 percent of Chinese smartphone market.

China has become the world's largest market for Google's mobile operating system Android.

Market researcher Informa predicts that around 786 million smartphones will be sold worldwide by the end of the year, representing an increase of 45 percent when compared to 2011.

Overall sales of smartphones powered by Android in 2012 will reach 461 million units, with one-third of all Android devices sold this year being within China, consequently making it the world's largest market for the platform.

United States follows in second place with an 11 percent share of all Android device sales this year. Informa added that the OS is running on two-thirds of all smartphones sold in China this year and on half of all handsets sold in the U.S. Additionally, Android accounts for 90 percent of all smartphone sales in the region.

"Looking forward, Android is expected to continue gaining market share globally and, by 2015, one in every two handsets sold worldwide will be powered by it," Informa principal analyst Malik Saadi said. "However...the market share of this platform could potentially peak -- or even decline -- after 2016 owing to a more aggressive penetration of the alternative OSs, most notably Windows Phone."

Apple's iOS, meanwhile, settled for a 5 percent share of the Chinese smartphone market this year, while Microsoft's Windows Phone followed with a 1 percent share.

Worldwide, Android accounts for 72.4 percent of the smartphone market, while iOS has a 13.9 percent share.


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    halcyon , December 19, 2012 4:08 AM
    Not surprising in the least. The Chinese are smart.
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    john15v16 , December 19, 2012 4:30 AM
    Agreed, not surprising at all...This article seems more in line with reality...

    On another note do any of you remember a news article Zak posted right after thanksgiving this year entitled: "iPad accounts for 71% of china's tablet market"? He made is seem like the rich Chinese were buying apple products in droves. We called BS on it though. Here the tomshardware article:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/iPad-China-Tablet-Market-Lenovo,19391.html

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    sacre , December 19, 2012 4:44 AM
    China is next in line for being a very big super power. Just like everything in this universe, things come and go.
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    alexthager , December 19, 2012 5:55 AM
    Time for the iSheep to rejoice. Zak wrote an article about Android.
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    Anonymous , December 19, 2012 6:12 AM
    Haha the picture shows a little Android guy eating a bunch of money, which is appropriate because despite the fact that Android is the biggest player in the smartphone market, Google STILL can't figure out how to make money on it. It's like, instead of the money getting to Google it's being eaten by a lumbering, uncaring, unfeeling robot, which is a nice description of Android users generally.
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    Anonymous , December 19, 2012 7:13 AM
    a chinese here. oops. just bought another andriod system an hour ago. the andriod os is free so most of the money I spent for the system would goes for better hardware. crazy extremely over price iphone cost me a kidney to buy one with nothing new since 2007.
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    kensingtron , December 19, 2012 7:57 AM
    Zak. You have won the hearts of your readers, this time...
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    abbadon_34 , December 19, 2012 8:54 AM
    john15v16Agreed, not surprising at all...This article seems more in line with reality...On another note do any of you remember a news article Zak posted right after thanksgiving this year entitled: "iPad accounts for 71% of china's tablet market"? He made is seem like the rich Chinese were buying apple products in droves. We called BS on it though. Here the tomshardware article:http://www.tomshardware.com/news/i [...] 19391.html

    wow 71% to < 10% in a month, hmmmm
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    house70 , December 19, 2012 11:00 AM
    Xperia bad phone badbad badHaha the picture shows a little Android guy eating a bunch of money, which is appropriate because despite the fact that Android is the biggest player in the smartphone market, Google STILL can't figure out how to make money on it. It's like, instead of the money getting to Google it's being eaten by a lumbering, uncaring, unfeeling robot, which is a nice description of Android users generally.

    Wow. That must be the most retarded thing I read on TH in a while. I feel dumber just for reading it.
    Congrats. Let's see how you're going to dig yourself out of this hole.
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    acerace , December 19, 2012 11:09 AM
    kensingtronZak. You have won the hearts of your readers, this time...


    You said like readers of Tom's are fagdroids. Nice try.
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    freggo , December 19, 2012 11:25 AM
    "5 percent share of the Chinese smartphone market"

    Apple is used to the 5% numbers...
    Like when they missed to boat on the PC market when the C-64s and Apple IIs came to an end.

    A few more years and Apple will be back where they belong. A high end 2bit player catering to a 5% minority with more money than IT savvy. Then watch how quickly that fat bank account will get drained.
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    bustapr , December 19, 2012 5:43 PM
    abbadon_34wow 71% to < 10% in a month, hmmmm

    read titles of articles again. tablets =/= smartphones
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