Last November I wrote about the third smartphone ecosystem
, and wondered which one it would be. Some stats I linked to claimed it was Windows Phone
that was trailing Android and iOS worldwide, but there is actually another contender for third place. If you're willing to accept a small cheat, the third most popular smartphone platform might, in fact, be Android.
According to a report from Baidu, China has some 270 million Android users
. But unlike here in the west, 70% of those users don't use Google's Play Store. Because Android is an open source platform, any hardware maker is free to take and use it as they see fit.
All this is only to say that Android is hugely
popular in China. And the good news, for us, is that some of their best products are coming our way.