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Old 04-11-2012, 02:25 AM
Brendan Hugo Brendan Hugo is offline
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Default Symbian/Belle losses help Android achieve over 100% market share growth in China


We all know that China has an insatiable appetite for, well, everything. You may even know that China activates more Android devices per day than even the US. But you probably don’t know—or didn’t, until you read the title—that Android saw massive gains in China last year. Unfortunately, a huge portion of that came from losses in Nokia’s Symbian/Belle.

While Android has been flirting with the 50%-of-market-share mark in the US for a little while now, it blew right through it in China last year. At the beginning of 2011, Android held 33.6% of China’s smartphone market, not a bad number by any calculation. At the end of 2011, Android accounted for a whopping 68.4% of Chinese smartphones.

Probably the best news for people who would rather not see Apple take over the world is that while Android blitzed ahead, Apple only saw a gain from 4.1% to 5.7%. Less than six percent of the market with Android nearly at 70? If only the US would follow suite.

On the unfortunate side of things, Symbian/Belle lost more than half its market share, finishing 2011 below 20% at 18.7%. I know Nokia’s Windows Phone handsets are blow-your-mind amazing, but does anyone out there miss Symbian and wish it could hang on just a little bit longer? What will you miss most about it, or what do you wish other systems would pick up? Now that we’ve had our moment(s) of silence for Symbian—long live Android!

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Old 04-11-2012, 05:01 AM
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Apparently Samsung is doing really well there with the galaxy note and the s2. Hopefully Samsung with China sales will really pull ahead of Apple as Galaxy S line is fair more deserving to be the most popular model of phones than the iphone line. Hopefully the Chinese will so some Nokia/Windows love too.
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