After tripling smartphone sales during 2012, Samsung have overtaken Apple and Lenovo in the Chinese market; a sector that is thought to be in an increasingly important position in the world market. Yonhap News reported on Sunday that Samsung sold a total of 30.06 million smartphones in China, a figure three times the amount sold in 2011. The closing 2012 figures now show that Samsung control 17.7 per cent of the Chinese market.
Samsung’s leap means that Lenovo have taken second place with 13.2 per cent of the market, dropping once former leaders, Apple, down to third with only 11 per cent of the market. Though it is assumed that the placings will be enough to frustrate Apple, it is assumed that they won’t be quite as disappointed as Nokia, who during the year, fell from the number one spotlight down to seventh-place in 2012; dropping from 29 per cent through to 3.7 per cent in 2012.
As technology moves on, the Chinese market is becoming imperative to international businesses and thanks to Flurry, an research firm, it found that during 2012, China had in fact surpassed the U.S. market for the amount of smart phone devices in operation.
According to the report, which was released in February:
“We also conclude that the U.S. will not take back the lead from China, given the vast difference in population per country. China has over 1.3 billion people while the U.S. has just over 310 million.
“Considering that the U.S. has the world’s 3rd largest population, the only other country that could feasibly overtake China sometime in the future is India, with a population of just over 1.2 billion.”
With such a fluid and changing international climate, it is therefore important to ask just what this change will mean to consumers. For the Chinese at least, this now means that they are leading the mobile and smartphone revolution, though intriguingly countries such as Columbia, Vietnam and Turkey led the way for fastest growing iOS & Android Markets by Active Devices in 2012.
We may therefore be entering a world where soon we shall be connecting, buying and sharing in any country; creating an increasingly important market for Pre-Paid international SIM cards, which can be bought from websites such as www.simsmartprepaid.com