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270 Million Android Users In China 44

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes "Until now, it was particularly difficult to obtain reliable figures on the results of the Android operating system in China. Indeed, there is no 'centralized app store' and most smartphones sold in the country do not use Google services, including activation. In fact, it is very difficult to know the actual results. The search engine Baidu has corrected this by publishing a report on trends in the mobile internet for the 3rd quarter 2013. It appears that there would be now 270 million active users of the Google platform in the country (more than 20% of the total population). Growth would, however, decrease with a small 13% against 55% for the same period last year but up 10% compared to Q2 2013."
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270 Million Android Users In China

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  • > there is no 'centralized app store' and most smartphones sold in the country do not use Google services, including activation.

    Get this on this side of the Big Pond and I'll sign up in a heartbeat.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      www.dealextreme.com

      You're welcome

    • Get this on this side of the Big Pond and I'll sign up in a heartbeat.

      Sign up?

      Just but the phone. No "signing up" needed.

    • Re:Almost heaven (Score:5, Informative)

      by zequav (2700007) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @05:50AM (#45566837)
      Nobody forces you to use the google services with a Nexus, and you can buy one now in USA or Europe. Get AOSP/CM/AOKP/PA/whatever from git, compile it (or get it from xda from someone who compiled it) and voila: (mostly) open source OS with no traces of google. With fdroid replacing the play store, humble indie bundle for some nice games and DAVdroid (available in fdroid) for contact and calendar sync with your own carddav/caldav server you get a nice private smartphone.
    • by brunes69 (86786)

      I don't know what you are talking about really but no one forces you to use Google services with any android device. Adding a google account is optional, and there are several app stores available.

  • Not that supprising (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 01, 2013 @05:24AM (#45566765)

    I was browsing this page the other day ...

    http://www.tech-thoughts.net/2013/11/smartphone-market-share-by-country-q3-2013.html#.Uppjs6kW1dU

    It seems that the Android market in China has roughly 80% of the market but the surprising thing is the level of iPhones. Some European countries have less iPhone uptake than that.

    Android clearly dominates the market outside the US and Australia.

    On interesting figure is that in China there are 1.2 billion in China so lots of room for growth as phones come up for replacment.

    • by jbeaupre (752124)

      On interesting figure is that in China there are 1.2 billion in China so lots of room for growth as phones come up for replacment

      Growth may be not be that great as your stats also show the population has recently shrunk by 150 million.

    • by iamhassi (659463) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @01:55PM (#45568743) Journal
      The numbers are probably skewed since android can be put on any device by anybody while iOS is only available on iPhone so naturally everyone in china is using android. Even though a iPhone 5s costs more than the average monthly wage in China they're still selling out in hours [appadvice.com]. Can't ask for better sales than that, the fact anyone spends a month's salary is amazing, that would be like what, $3,000 in the US?
      • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

        Even though a iPhone 5s costs more than the average monthly wage in China they're still selling out in hours. Can't ask for better sales than that, the fact anyone spends a month's salary is amazing, that would be like what, $3,000 in the US?

        The link you provided doesn't give exact sales numbers, but it is a fairly common tactic to limit the supply of expensive items artificially to keep them expensive and exclusive. iPhones are aspirational purchases, if they were cheap and plentiful it would take the shine off.

        As for costing more than the average monthly salary that's because there is even bigger disparity of wealth in China than in the US. A friend of mine works in a clothes shop over there and some of the dresses she sells are more than a m

        • The link you provided doesn't give exact sales numbers, but it is a fairly common tactic to limit the supply of expensive items artificially to keep them expensive and exclusive. iPhones are aspirational purchases, if they were cheap and plentiful it would take the shine off.

          Sure, many companies play the "limit the supply" game, but given that the WSJ [wsj.com] says that they've increased production of the iPhone 5s, I don't think that Apple is playing this game.

          • by tlhIngan (30335)

            Sure, many companies play the "limit the supply" game, but given that the WSJ says that they've increased production of the iPhone 5s, I don't think that Apple is playing this game.

            Limiting supply also means scalping, and Apple is against scalpers - a lot of their purchase policies are basically enacted to foil scalpers (it doesn't always work, because if you're willing to throw people at the problem...).

            It's far less likely that Apple is artificially limiting supply - the iPhone has traditionally sold for

  • Imagine how hard Google, Cisco, M$ and others must be pressed to put backdoors in their products.
    It's like having "swiss cheese" of networking, so many holes.

    • by citizenr (871508)

      Why would you think so? Not a lot of Americans in China at the moment. NSA is mostly interested in spying on US citizens.

  • Some friendly users translated my free (open source) app to Simplified Chinese.

    Where should I upload the APK to reach most of the Chinese market? What 2-3 app markets are the most popular in China? Thanks a lot!

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      Some friendly users translated my free (open source) app to Simplified Chinese.

      Where should I upload the APK to reach most of the Chinese market? What 2-3 app markets are the most popular in China? Thanks a lot!

      Don't bother - someone else in China probably already has. And maybe even charge for it, and a couple of versions probably have added malware as well.

      Quality control, piracy (both ways - paid apps for free in the store, and other devs submitting the same app and making money off it), etc., are non-ex

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