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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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China to Hit 246 Million iOS and Android Devices in February, Becoming World's Largest Market




According to a new report from Flurry, China is now the world's largest smart device market, passing the United States just after the Chinese New Year. The country has the most active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

China began catching up to the U.S. late last year and as of January 2013, the two countries had approximately the same smart device user base, with 222 million in the United States and 221 million in China.

Based on the number of devices per country in the first half of February and growth trends, Flurry predicts that by the end of February 2013, China will outpace the U.S. by a wider margin with 246 million devices compared to 230 million in the United States. China is expected to retain that lead due to population numbers.

The U.S. and China have a huge number of active smart devices compared to other countries, with almost five times more devices than the U.K, which represents the third largest smart device market. As of January 2013, the U.K. had 43 million smart devices. South Korea and Japan are the fourth and fifth largest markets, with 30 and 29 million respectively.

China in particular has experienced rapid growth, adding 150 million devices during the course of 2012, compared to 55 million new devices in the U.S.

During Apple's quarterly results call this January, the company reported a 67 percent increase in revenue in China, amounting to $6.8 billion during the first fiscal quarter of 2013.

China has become an increasingly important market for Apple, as its second largest region. CEO Tim Cook spent part of January in the country, where he emphasized Apple's plans to expand in the country.

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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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I wonder how many of those 221 Million are iOS ...
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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Here comes China!
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That's impressive. I would also like to know the split of each device.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 06:37 AM   #5
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i wonder how many of those 221 million are ios ...
~15%
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:59 PM   #6
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I'm adding 3 iPhones + iPad in the UK. I'm making my contribution. Where are the people without one? Shame on you.

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Old Feb 18, 2013, 01:07 PM   #7
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China is a big market, very big. No wonder apple put an effort in ios personalization for the chinese market.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 01:07 PM   #8
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Really? The world biggest developed country is the worlds biggest market? How?
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Really? The world biggest developed country is the worlds biggest market? How?
It's one of those statistics that catch people by surprise, like when you point out that more people in the World speak Chinese than English.
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It's one of those statistics that catch people by surprise, like when you point out that more people in the World speak Chinese than English.
not true.
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Makes sense. 1.2 billion population vs 350 million population. They were bound to catch up.
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not true.
what is not true?
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 07:27 PM   #13
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not true.
And you base your claim on...?
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not true.
Nope, you're wrong.


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not true.
It is true. Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ative_speakers
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It's one of those statistics that catch people by surprise, like when you point out that more people in the World speak Chinese than English.
China was a major civilization if not world power for over 2000 years until the late 1700s; the country has only been in decline for ~300 years, with most of its major defeats in the mid-1800s; a short time in history.

It's not all that surprising China would ascend again; what comes around goes around.


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I think he was simply being sarcastic of how come the world's biggest country become the world's largest market cannot be more OBVIOUS
Not necessarily, look at India, it is poised to be larger than China, but several factors have been impeding its economy: casted based system, corruption, poor infrastructure, education, poverty, etc. China is by no means perfect, but at least it has its economic house and government policies somewhat in order.

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It seems a lot of Europeans are still satisfied with their Nokia dumb phones or can't afford smartphones (over 50, immigrants, etc.). Here in the US, a lot of people have upgraded to a smartphone, including many over the age of 50.
In Europe, there are restrictions on phone subsidizations... therefore it is cost prohibitive to buy a smartphone outright. In the US, everyone buys on credit - and in this case, a long term, locked in cell contract.

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I'm in the U.S., but was just going to say this. Emerging markets are where the growth is now. I think this is why you saw Blackberry launch in UAE and UK first
Tee hee hee, the UK is now an emerging market!

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not true.
It's true - sorry to burst your bubble but in the grand scheme of things, there are actually quite few English speakers. They just happen to be clustered in some of the wealthiest nations and English is the de facto language of business (but that may change in the future... who knows):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ative_speakers

Take a look at Wikipedia, the numbers may shock you.
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China was a major civilization if not world power for over 2000 years until the late 1700s; the country has only been in decline for ~300 years, with most of its major defeats in the mid-1800s; a short time in history.

It's not all that surprising China would ascend again; what comes around goes around.




Not necessarily, look at India, it is poised to be larger than China, but several factors have been impeding its economy: casted based system, corruption, poor infrastructure, education, poverty, etc. China is by no means perfect, but at least it has its economic house and government policies somewhat in order.

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In Europe, there are restrictions on phone subsidizations... therefore it is cost prohibitive to buy a smartphone outright. In the US, everyone buys on credit - and in this case, a long term, locked in cell contract.

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Tee hee hee, the UK is now an emerging market!

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It's true - sorry to burst your bubble but in the grand scheme of things, there are actually quite few English speakers. They just happen to be clustered in some of the wealthiest nations and English is the de facto language of business (but that may change in the future... who knows):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ative_speakers

Take a look at Wikipedia, the numbers may shock you.
I guess Europe knows what's best for their people, clamping down on those silly phone subsidies. I love to have my nanny tell me what to do.
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China was a major civilization if not world power for over 2000 years until the late 1700s; the country has only been in decline for ~300 years, with most of its major defeats in the mid-1800s; a short time in history.

It's not all that surprising China would ascend again; what comes around goes around.




Not necessarily, look at India, it is poised to be larger than China, but several factors have been impeding its economy: casted based system, corruption, poor infrastructure, education, poverty, etc. China is by no means perfect, but at least it has its economic house and government policies somewhat in order.

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In Europe, there are restrictions on phone subsidizations... therefore it is cost prohibitive to buy a smartphone outright. In the US, everyone buys on credit - and in this case, a long term, locked in cell contract.

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Tee hee hee, the UK is now an emerging market!

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It's true - sorry to burst your bubble but in the grand scheme of things, there are actually quite few English speakers. They just happen to be clustered in some of the wealthiest nations and English is the de facto language of business (but that may change in the future... who knows):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ative_speakers

Take a look at Wikipedia, the numbers may shock you.
We weren't talking about native speakers. We were talking about speakers in general. There are so MUCH MORE people who speak English.. You wouldn't believe if i told you.
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Really? The world biggest developed country is the worlds biggest market? How?
Yeah! Isnít the USA the centre of the universe?
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Yeah! Isnít the USA the centre of the universe?
I think he was simply being sarcastic of how come the world's biggest country become the world's largest market cannot be more OBVIOUS
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Soon enough,India will come charging up the charts-thanks to 1.2 billion of us and growing
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I think he was simply being sarcastic of how come the world's biggest country become the world's largest market cannot be more OBVIOUS
Yeah I know, haha.
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I'm adding 3 iPhones + iPad in the UK. I'm making my contribution. Where are the people without one? Shame on you.

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It seems a lot of Europeans are still satisfied with their Nokia dumb phones or can't afford smartphones (over 50, immigrants, etc.). Here in the US, a lot of people have upgraded to a smartphone, including many over the age of 50.

Edit: Forgot, this applies to iOS.

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It seems a lot of Europeans are still satisfied with their Nokia dumb phones or can't afford smartphones (over 50, immigrants, etc.). Here in the US, a lot of people have upgraded to a smartphone, including many over the age of 50.

Edit: Forgot, this applies to iOS.
Well you say that but 43m in the UK is actually one for about 72% of people, 220m in the USA is 1 for just 70% of people

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