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No Stopping Smartphone Shipments in China

Smartphone shipments in the country dwarf those in all other nations

July 9, 2014 | Mobile

There’s no contest when it comes to which country leads the world in smartphone shipments—and there won’t be for the foreseeable future, according to estimates released in June 2014 by Canalys.

Leading Countries Worldwide, Ranked by Smartphone Shipments, 2014 & 2017 (millions)

China’s giant smartphone market will gobble up nearly 423 million devices this year, a figure that will surpass 534 million in 2017, the firm estimates. By contrast, second-place US will account for just 156.0 million smartphone shipments in 2014.

Another Asia-Pacific nation—and, significantly, the one with the second-largest overall population—makes Canalys’ list of top smartphone markets by new shipments. This year, India will sell 61.0 million smartphones, a fraction of China’s figure. But that number will more than double by 2017 to 127.5 million.

eMarketer estimates that this year, the installed base of smartphone users in China will reach 521.7 million, up 16.7% since 2013. In India, we expect 123.3 million individuals to use a smartphone at least monthly in 2014, an increase of 62.1%.

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