Smartphones and China

The world’s biggest smartphone market China will likely ship in more than 450 million devices in 2014, at least a quarter more than this year, research firm IDC said.

From Digitimes Research Tablet AP shipments to China to rise 53% in 3Q13

Shipments of tablet-use application processors to the China market are set to register growth of 24.9% sequentially and 53.3% on year in the third quarter of 2013. The top-3 suppliers – Allwinner, Rockchip and MediaTek – are expected to contribute a combined 70.2% to the overall tablet AP shipments to China in the third quarter.

China Passed U.S. as Top Smartphone Market by Volume in Q3 2011, according to Strategy Analytics.  China Mobile, the largest Chinese operator, has 700 million subscribers.

China will easily remain the world’s largest market for smartphones, specifically low-cost handsets based on the Android operating system and to a lesser degree iOS.

Chinese smartphones will be made by:

With Chinese services on top, like: Tencent, Sina, Baidu, Alibaba, RenRen.

A huge market but very competitive and Chinese companies are becoming more and more relevant, not only in China. The next step will be their international expansion.