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Android Now Operating on Over Half of China’s Smartphones

by Jacob Kleinman | May 31, 2013May 31, 2013 9:00 am PDT

Android-China market share

Android is officially dominating the Chinese smartphone market, just recently edging over the 50 percent benchmark according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The Android adoption rate in China increased by 2.8 percent this quarter, pushing the operating system’s overall market share up to 51.4 percent. That figure, however, is drastically different from a report published by Analysys International, which suggested Android has 90.1 percent share of all smartphones in China. Kantar predicts the rate will only increase in the next few years as more Chinese make the jump to smartphones and choose Android for its more generous price points.

”Featurephones are losing their price advantage as Android Smartphones are rapidly becoming more affordable and delivering better value,” said Craig Yu, the Consumer Insight Director at Kantar. “We expect to see accelerated Smartphone adoption in China in the coming months.”

As Google’s mobile OS continues to dominate in China thanks to domestic smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo, Google’s competition is still lagging far behind. Symbian and iOS currently operate on just 23 and 19.9 percent of China’s smartphones, respectively, according to Kantar’s report.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...