The number of iPhones and Google Android smartphones in China hit 200 million in the third quarter, according to a new report from Umeng Analytics Platform, a leading Chinese mobile app and analytics service.
That represented a 125 percent surge in just six months, Umeng said. Android phones far outpace Apple devices in the smartphone market — 140 million Google-based devices versus 60 million iPhones.
“It’s growing dramatically. It’s crazy,” said Linda Jiang, Umeng vice president of business development. ”Actually, the third quarter was a bit slower. We think that’s because people in China are waiting for the iPhone 5. People are excited about that. It’s going to be very interesting to see how many people update to the iPhone 5.”
Apple is expected to start selling the iPhone 5 in China next month.
Apple’s iPad dominates China’s tablet competition with 79 percent of China’s tablet market, according to Umeng. The iPad is stronger in China than it is globally, where it has 68 percent of the worldwide market, the report noted.
“People still love the Apple brand in China,” Jiang said.