“According to the same report from Umeng, China’s brand distribution of active Google Android devices as of Q4 2013 is quite fragmented,” Sikka writes. ” there are hundreds of smartphones based on the Android operating system in China. Samsung has the highest market share, at 24%. However, this means Apple doesn’t have a single most competent opponent that can challenge the company. If we calculate the individual market shares for Apple and Samsung in the overall Chinese smartphone market, assuming the data provided by Umeng is true, they will come out as 21.6% and 18.8%, respectively. This means Apple has already beaten Android’s highest-selling smartphone maker, Samsung, by some margin. This gap could increase even further if we consider the gains that Apple could see from its recent partnership with China Mobile and the impending launch of the iPhone 6 this year.”
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