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iOS, Windows Phone seen clawing market share back from Android in China

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:43PM EST
China Smartphone Market Share

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Google’s Android operating system has ruled the roost in China for a while now but research firm IDC thinks that its iron grip on the Chinese smartphone market looks set to slip. According to the firm’s latest projections, Android’s market share in China will top out at around 90% this year before gradually tapering off in subsequent years while both iOS and Windows Phone gain at its expense. IDC says that the iPhone 5c and a likely deal with China Mobile will give Apple a big boost in the country while Windows Phone figures to get a bigger marketing push from Microsoft now that it’s bought out Nokia’s handset division. A chart of IDC’s projections follows below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.