Android Dominates Smartphone Market In China

Google may have pulled its search engine out of mainland China over two years ago but, of every 10 smartphones, nine of them run on its Android OS.

Android Dominates Smartphone Market In China

Smartphones running Android dominate China, according to a new survey. Market share of Google’s OS has almost doubled in 18 months, from 46.8% in Q2 of 2011 to 90.1%, says the report, from Analysys International. The real figure, however, could be even higher, reports The Next Web, as the survey only covers sold and officially owned phones: What about all the knock-off versions?

Of the other operating systems, Nokia’s Symbian was the biggest casualty. Actually, non-Android software barely figures: iOS has dropped from 6% to 4.2%, but remember that the iPhone 5 has still not gone on sale in the mainland. Given Android’s strength, however (and bear in mind that it’s the OS that most China-centric services are built on–both Baidu and, almost certainly, Alibaba have Android-based software) don’t expect its arrival to put much of a dent in those figures.

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