Android dominates China with over 90 percent of the smartphone market

To say that Google’s Android phones are a hit in China might be understating it, with news from Analysys International surfacing that Android-equipped smartphones have surpassed the 90 percent mark in the crucial market of China. This is even higher than Android’s 75% global marketshare.

With that kind of dominance, you can probably guess where the other players in the smartphone race are sitting. Apple’s iOS has dropped from 6 percent to 4.2 percent. And Nokia continues its decline with only 2.4 percent of the market.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the coming year, as many of theses companies have made significant shifts in strategy. Apple has secured LTE rights in China, paving the way for the iPhone 5 to be released in the country and up Apple’s market share. Nokia, on the other hand, has moved to a fresh new mobile OS with Windows Phone 8, which could possibly renew interest in the company’s handset offerings.

It’s going to be a tough battle though, because, due to its ubiquity and flexibility, many of the phones with Android are offered at significantly cheaper price points. Regardless of how you feel about cheap phones, cheap phones sell. And in one of the largest markets in the world, that strategy seems to be working just fine.

[via TNW, image via Marriott]

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  • clockmendergb

    It,s all to do with My hate of patent hoarding.
    I am totally against this modern day commercialization of patents that has done nothing for innovation and indeed has helped keep the cost of technology a lot higher than it needs to be..

    I have said before that patents for the inventor are a good thing but I see the inventor as the original conceptour of the idea or product.

    I do not agree with the buying and selling of patents.
    They should not have a finite lifespan other than for the life of a single individual who deserves to get recognition of something original he or she created.
    For Industry created idea,s 10 years is the Maximum I would hope to see.

    This back and forth in court has created a situation that is unsustainable for small industry.
    It is just putting more and more power into the hands of very large Corporations.
    Its also created a new form of business person that will create a business in the sole hope it will be bought by a larger company.

    To finish I feel that it is unethical to be patenting idea,s that are in the general world and have been for some time .

    Page flipping is one example .
    Corners and oblong shapes are another.

    Plus they stole the Apple logo in the first place.

  • Enrique

    @clockmendergb: I agree with the higher prices! They can get pretty pricey at times! But I’m curious as to why you think they lack ethics?

  • clockmendergb

    The reality is .
    Android works.
    I cannot justify paying for an Apple when my Android phone at half the price does all I expect of it.

    The Chinese obviously shop more wisely.
    maybe that,s a lesson we need to learn.

    I have no problem with the Apple,s of course other than the inflated pricing and a company that seems to lack ethics.