Apple want some of the China market for their iPhone, but it looks like they'll have to compete much more than people think. China has become the world's largest single Android market, thanks to the latest data from Informa Telecoms & Media.
The firm notes that two-thirds of all handsets sold in China in 2012 were powered by Android, and that China totaled a third of all Android devices sold this year - crazy. The US is the second-largest Android market with just an 11% share. Malik Saadi, Principal Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media said:
Despite the economic downturn, the global smartphone market is enjoying healthy growth and consumers are actually spending more to acquire more technologically-advanced devices. It is estimated that around 786 million smartphone devices were sold in 2012 (including the devices powered by non-certified variants of Android that are proliferating in China), which is 45% more than the total number of smartphones sold in 2011.