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The country with the largest population will also become the country with the largest smartphone market.  Surprised?  Not really, smartphones are becoming cheaper and much more accessible than in the past, so it’s only a matter of time before China took over the top spot.

The country with the largest population will also become the country with the largest smartphone market.  Surprised?  Not really, smartphones are becoming cheaper and much more accessible than in the past, so it’s only a matter of time before China took over the top spot.

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In 2012, 26.5 percent of all smartphone shipments will head to China according to the International Data Corp., that’s about nine percent higher than shipments to the U.S (17.8 percent). 

India, the country with the second largest population, unfortunately, will only account for 2.5 percent of the smartphone market share.  The 2011 GDP for India is USD $1.848 trillion according to data from the World Bank. China’s 2011 number on the other hand is $7.298 trillion, which is possibly one of the main factors in why two countries with similar populations have a huge gap in the availability of smartphones.

IDC analysts pointed out that the surge in smartphone shipments to China in 2012 is due to “strong end-user demand and an appetite for lower-priced smartphones.”

Prices of low-end smartphones are expected to continue to decrease, and low-end Android smartphones will account for much of that.  Intense competitions in the Android smartphone arena have given birth to decently spec’d sub-$100 Android devices, and the country that’s making the most out of that is China.

Another IDC analyst also added to the conversation by saying that low-end smartphone growth will continue to have a strong presence in China, but mid to high-end devices will also experience tremendous growth because they  “are desired as status symbols.”

Source: IDC via Forbes
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