China Beats The U.S. In Terms Of Active iOS And Android Devices: 246 Million Active Smart Devices In China [Report]

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Now, popularity of mobile computing has reached to its all time highest level. Thanks to technology companies like Google and Apple, which have sparked out a technology revolution around the world. According to Flurry’s latest report, which tracked more than 2.4 billion anonymous (aggregated application sessions per day across more than 275,000 applications worldwide), China is now the world’s biggest smartphone and Tablet market. This is the first time in the history when the country surpassed the U.S. in terms of active smartphone and tablet devices.

List Of The World’s Top Active iOS And Android Devices

At present, China has highest number of active iOS and Android devices. More importantly, China is also among the fastest growing countries in terms of smart devices adoption. Till the end of January 2013, the U.S. topped global smartphone and tablet market with 222 million active smart devices, followed by 221 million devices in China. However, on the basis of historical growth trends as well as number detected devices per country, the firm (Flurry) has estimated that China might have surpassed the U.S. by the mid of February this year. As per Flurry, China is expected to have 246 million active smart devices by the mid of February 2013, compared to 230 million in the U.S.

As China has 1.3 billion people, it’s tough for the U.S. to take back the lead over China with just over 310 million population. With a population of just over 1.2 billion, India is the only the country which could feasibly take China in terms of active smart devices base in coming years. However, with just 19 million active smart devices, India is still far behind of China, which isn’t likely to see any competition in terms of device base over next few years from India.

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It’s pretty much clear from the chart (below) that number of active iOS and Android devices in China and the U.S. were more than five folds, compared to the active base installed in the U.K. during January this year. The world’s third largest smartphone and tablet market was lagging behind the world’s second and third largest market by 178 or 179 million units respectively in January this year.

The U.S. added 55 million new devices between January 2012 and January 2013. In comparison, China added 150 million new devices. Last year, China already surpassed the U.S. in terms of smart devices adoption. However, massive holiday season during Q4 last year enabled the U.S. to hold off China for an additional two months period in terms of smart devices adoption. Look at the list of the top 12 countries in terms of active iOS and Android devices till the end of January 2013.

active android and iOS device

Interestingly, China isn’t the fastest growing country in terms of smartphone and tablet adoption. Last year, five more countries such as Colombia, Vietnam, Turkey, Ukarine and Egypt were ahead of China in terms of fastest growing Android and iOS markets. Colombia topped among all countries with 278% Y/Y growth in Android and iOS device adoption, followed by Vietnam, Turkey, Ukarine and Egypt with 266%, 247%, 237% and 211% respectively.

On the other side, among the four BRIC countries–Brazil, Russia, India and China–Brazil and Russia weren’t among the top 12 countries in terms of percentage growth. However, all these four countries are among the list of top 12 in terms of the number of net active devices added during January 2012-2013.

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