China is officially the world’s largest smartphone market. According to data released by Needham & Company, the country has jumped 164 percent to 33.1 million smartphones sold in the past quarter.
The United States sold 25 million units in the same time period, falling behind China. As AppleInsider notes, Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf attributes this to China’s competitive smartphone prices. When smartphones first came on the Chinese market, they were priced to compete with feature phones. Having a lower price tag out of the box may have encouraged more people to buy initially.
Andriod beat iPhone:
Android squarely beat Apple in China, with 69.5 percent of the market, while Apple sits at 17.3 percent. That still marks significant growth for Apple, which at this time last year only had 9.9 percent of the market.
Two things to remember. 1) iPhone isn't even on China's largest carrier, and 2) I see a lot of Android phones, but only 10% of them or less that I see are Samsung Galaxy 2s/Notes or modern HTCs. The rest are older, cheaper, or very underpowered. There are MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of cheap, slow phones that 'run' Android (or some really old version of it).