Android eclipses 50% Chinese smartphone market share


Google's Android now powers more than half of all smartphones in the enormous Chinese market, researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports.

Android closed out March 2013 with a 51.4 percent Chinese smartphone market share, an increase of 2.8 percentage points over the fourth quarter of 2012. Symbian is a distant second at 23 percent, followed by Apple's iOS at 19.9 percent.

Chinese smartphone penetration now stands at 42 percent, up 1.2 percentage points quarter-over-quarter. "Feature phones are losing their price advantage as Android smartphones are rapidly becoming more affordable and delivering better value," said Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's Consumer Insight Director Craig Yu. "We expect to see accelerated smartphone adoption in China in the coming months." Release

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