By the End of This Year, China Will Have as Many Android Users as the U.S. Has People

By Christopher Mims

March 25, 2013

More than 300 million Chinese will have Android smartphones by the end of this year, according to China-focused Android app store Wandoujia. That’s a growth rate of 34% since 2012, when the country had 224 million Android users.

While it’s hard to imagine that growth can continue at this pace, picture this: There are around 700 million Chinese with non-Android mobile phones. And 86% of new smartphones sold in China run on Android. (While 73% of new phones sold in China are smartphones.)

Perhaps the most interesting thing about all this growth is what’s conspicuously absent from it: Google. While Android succeeds in China, it’s largely versions of Android uncoupled from Google’s “official” version—all of which is possible because Android is open-source, which means anyone can copy it for free.

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By Christopher Mims

March 25, 2013

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