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China Surpasses U.S. as World's Largest Smart Device Market

By - Source: Flurry | B 12 comments

China expected to finish February with 246 million active Android and iOS devices.


China has surpassed the United States as the world's largest smart device market, according to mobile analytics firm, Flurry.

Following a year after being named the fastest-growing market for smart devices, China is expected to account for 246 million active Android and iOS smartphones, as well as tablets at the end of February; the U.S. is estimated to account for 230 million. Comparatively, the U.S. was leading the market with 222 million smart devices in January; China had 221 million.

"The U.S. will not take back the lead from China, given the vast difference in population per country," said Peter Farago, vice president of marketing at Flurry. "China has over 1.3 billion people while the U.S. has just over 310 million. Considering that the U.S. has the world's third-largest population, the only other country that could feasibly overtake China sometime in the future is India, with a population of just over 1.2 billion."

India had an install base of 19 million smart devices in January, in which it tied ninth place with Russia and Brazil. Coming in third was the U.K., accounting for 43 million smart devices, while South Korea (30 million) and Japan (29 million) completed the top five.

As for the growth between January 2012 and January 2013, Colombia boasted a growth rate of 278 percent; China experienced growth of 209 percent. Vietnam followed Columbia in second with 266 percent. Rounding out the top 5 were Turkey (247 percent), Ukraine (237 percent) and Egypt (211 percent).

Flurry based the aforementioned data on information attained by tracking more than 2.4 billion app sessions each day across more than 275,000 applications globally.

 

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    Azn Cracker , February 20, 2013 2:26 AM
    Not that impressive given the fact they have 5 times the population of the US
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    dudeknows , February 20, 2013 2:32 AM
    Made in China..seriously?
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    sacre , February 20, 2013 2:39 AM
    And?

    China will continue to grow and fast too due to their massive population.

    As capitalism eats and diminishes the system over here, China will grow and grow and in 40 years time things will definitely be a LOT different.
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    ipwn3r456 , February 20, 2013 2:44 AM
    That's pretty common. China had alot more population than in the U.S. I don't think everyone in the U.S. owns more than 2 smart devices.
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    digiex , February 20, 2013 3:22 AM
    Quote:
    As capitalism eats and diminishes the system over here, China will grow and grow and in 40 years time things will definitely be a LOT different.


    China is a capitalist nation with a dictatorial government.
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    loomis86 , February 20, 2013 3:57 AM
    sacreAnd?China will continue to grow and fast too due to their massive population.As capitalism eats and diminishes the system over here, China will grow and grow and in 40 years time things will definitely be a LOT different.


    Are you mentally challenged? the only reason "here" still has a larger economy than China even with the handicap of having only 1/4th the population...IS BECAUSE OF CAPITALISM, PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS, AND FREE MARKETS, ya nitwit.
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    okibrian , February 20, 2013 4:07 AM
    Most of them are Droids, so they are not that smart of devices. :D  Sorry, I just had to get that shot in. Only playing.
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    chumly , February 20, 2013 6:47 AM
    Yeah, but our phones are better. :) 
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    TheMadFapper , February 20, 2013 9:31 AM
    I have the feeling that China just wants to appear better than everyone else, at all costs. And we're over here like "umm yeah don't really care bro, wouldn't live in your dirty overcrowded country even if you paid us."
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    rantoc , February 20, 2013 12:26 PM
    Azn CrackerNot that impressive given the fact they have 5 times the population of the US


    Look at the headings of the curves and extrapolate them, its not hard to predict how the market will look 5 years from now if the same growth patterns continue.

    TheMadFapperI have the feeling that China just wants to appear better than everyone else, at all costs. And we're over here like "umm yeah don't really care bro, wouldn't live in your dirty overcrowded country even if you paid us."


    You know each new born American already owns over 56.000$ in foreign debts right? China has lend US the most of that so if that pattern continue in the same pace China will likely end up in reversed roles.
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    Osmin , February 20, 2013 6:55 PM
    We can now begin to see the success of the Global Economy in action. The shifting of the wealth of the middle-class and lower-class of the wealthiest nations, to the nations with a large population of lower income workers. This increases the stock value of the wealthiest people by increasing the demand of existing products from the new growing markets. As China buys more products than the United States to become the greatest consumer market in the world, then the loyalties of the business world will follow. The dream is coming true for all the wealthy and powerful business people throughout the world. Their money buys political power and they use it to buy elections and create welfare for the rich legislation. Imagine the wealthiest millionaires and billionaires that make most of their money through capital gains and only pay 4% taxes from their winnings. Meanwhile, they reinvest in foreign factories with workers that do not contribute any tax to the United States and create a fiscal crisis with record breaking deficits. We needed to increase the amount of manufacturing jobs in America in order to keep up with the growing population, but we are still at 34% percent below from the 1970's without adjusting for the population growth. That's six million fewer middle class jobs in the manufacturing business without adjusting for the population growth. No wonder in America we have so many hidden taxes and fake unemployment numbers. The majority of Americans and Europeans are on the same leaky boat.
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    loomis86 , February 21, 2013 7:00 AM
    When did this place become infested with communists? Not too many places in the world are still clinging to that pathetic idea. Cuba and North Korea come to mind.