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In China, Android Dominates Mobile, Tablet Space

Half of tablet users, three-quarters of smartphone users have Android-based devices

August 1, 2014 | Mobile | Technology

According to figures released in July 2014 by the Data Center of China Internet (DCCI), Android-based devices were most common among both smartphone and tablet users in China, though their dominance in the tablet market was markedly smaller.

Smartphone and Tablet Users in China, by OS, 2014 (% of total)

Just less than half of tablet users reported having an Android-based device, compared with 40.3% running iOS. The overall worldwide dominance of the iPad in the tablet market holds up at least somewhat in Asia-Pacific’s largest country.

But for smartphones, the tilt toward Android was huge: More than three-quarters of all users in China had such a handset. Fewer than one in five used an iOS-based device, while other operating systems, like Windows Phone, barely had a presence among smartphone users in the country.

DCCI research from 2013 found that half of all mobile app downloads to Android-based devices in China happened through channels built by web firms like Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, compared with 19% coming from mobile manufacturers’ app stores. Third-party app stores accounted for another 18% of app downloads.

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