chart 2486000b China ousts US to become largest smartphone market

China has outpaced the US to become the biggest smartphone market in the world, according to research by market analyst Flurry.

China has outpaced the US to become the biggest smartphone market in the world, according to research by market analyst Flurry.

 
China is expected to have 246 million Android and iOS smartphones and tablets this month, significantly ahead of the US' 221 million. Both are miles ahead of the next closest contender, the UK, which has 43 million devices.
 
The remaining countries in the top ten are South Korea with 30 million devices, Japan with 29 million, Germany with 27 million, France with 23 million, Canada with 23 million, Russia with 19 million, and India with 19 million.
 
chart 2486000b China ousts US to become largest smartphone market
 
While India is last in the top 10, it is considered a viable threat to China, given similar populations and high growth rate. China has 1.3 billion people and a phenomenal growth rate of 209 percent, while India has 1.2 billion people and an equally impressive growth rate of 189 percent.
 
The research found that throughout 2012 the US added 55 million new smart devices, while China added nearly three times that much, 150 million, in the same period. Of course, market saturation is much higher in the US due to longer exposure to the smartphone boom, but the significantly higher population of China gives it much more room for continued growth.
 
The Flurry report made use of activity on more than 90 percent of the world's smart devices, employing 2.4 billion anonymous, aggregated application sessions each day, with 275,000 applications used in the research.
 
Source: The Telegraph