China is now the biggest smartphone market in the world, tech analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co. reported in a note to clients on Monday. There were 33.1 million units sold in the last quarter alone, and Android is flat-out dominating those sales. With almost 70 per cent of China’s smartphone market share, Google’s mobile OS is far ahead of Apple’s nearly 18 per cent share. Nokia follows with 11 per cent share this quarter. (Hat tip, AppleInsider.)
It should cheer Apple that since last year it has doubled its market share in China: In the same quarter a year ago its share stood just shy of 10 per cent. But it’s very obvious that Apple needs to do something about its carrier availability in China — and fast, if it wants to compete with Android there.