Although Chinese companies (Proview and Zhi Zhen Internet Technology) are trying as hard as they can to pull down Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) by firing suits here and there, their efforts to obstruct the i revolution are going in vain as the masses simply can’t get enough of Apple. The Smartphone market share of Apple has risen consistently over the last year in the world’s largest population from a 9.9 percent share in 2011 to a 17.3 percent share for this quarter so far (Needham & Company, analyst Charlie Wolf’s quarterly report) . This 74% increase from the last benchmark was coupled with a 164 percent increase in the number of Smartphone shipments to China, which signifies a global rise in the popularity of Smartphones. Once the iPad sells freely in China (after the settlement of infringement claims in Chinese courts), the iOS market share in China is expected to rise even further.
While Apple’s iOS is slowly marking its territory in China and other major economies, the tech giant has to jump through many hoops to reach the top. The leader of Smartphone market in China, not surprisingly, is Google’s Android technology. Android takes away a solid 69.5 percent of the mobile business and Nokia comes off with 11.2 percent share. Also in the US, Apple’s iOS claims a 31.4 percent share, while the Android operating system holds onto a 50.8 percent share of Smartphone business.
The major wireless providers in China are Unicom(762:HK), China Telecom (728:HK), China Mobile (the largest wireless operator of the world with over 650 million subscribers). Apple is already in business with China Unicom and China Telecom. China Unicom was China’s first carrier to offer the iPhone with a service contract in October 2009.
Earlier this year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced its newly forged partnership with China Telecom, which has launched iPhone 4S in mainland China on March 9, 2012. After the launch of iPhone 4S, Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for Apple, said, “iPhone 4S has been an incredible hit with customers around the world. We can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers in China.”
From news reported by Apple Insider, it seems that the next expansion target of Apple iOS is China Mobile. The company is making its new iPhone compatible with China Mobile’s 3G network. If Apple’s Smartphone are successful in synchronizing with China Mobile, the sixth-generation iPhone will become a ‘true world phone’ and the iPhone market share will rise beyond its present value.