Market share held by mobile operating systems in China from January 2012 to July 2016

The statistic depicts the market shares held by mobile operating systems in China from 2012 to 2016, broken down by month. In September 2014, the market share of the Android OS was at almost 70 percent.


China mobile OS market – additional information

China is one of the largest mobile phone markets in the world. Almost three quarters of the Chinese population used a mobile in 2014. This figure is forecast to grow to nearly 80 percent by 2019. It is estimated that the number of mobile connections in China will amount to more than 1.4 billion by 2019.

Google’s Android has been the most popular operating system worldwide since early 2011, taking over the top position from Symbian OS. In China, this shift happened in early 2012 when Google’s Android had 36.17 percent of the share, compared to Symbian’s 18.75 percent. Within only one year, the share of the Android OS increased to almost two thirds of the market. Apple’s iOS is the second most popular operating system in China, with a quarter of the share as of July 2015.

Smartphone users in China accounted for almost 50 percent of all mobile phone users in 2014. This figure is expected to grow to more than 60 percent by 2019. Android is also the most popular operating system among Chinese smartphone users, with more than 70 percent of the share as of January 2015. In terms of apps, 40 percent of Android smartphone users in China have 11 to 20 mobile apps installed on their phones. In average, iOS users have more apps installed; almost 50 percent of them have over 50 apps installed on their smartphones.

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Jan '12 23.08% 12.6% 39.02% 0.05% 0.19% 0% 1.96% 23.09%
Feb '12 25.89% 12.79% 35.28% 0.05% 0.22% 0% 1.81% 23.95%
Mar '12 36.17% 15.8% 18.75% 0.07% 0.29% 0% 0.94% 27.97%
Apr '12 36.06% 16.65% 17.61% 0.11% 0.3% 0.12% 1.09% 28.05%
May '12 38.97% 16.01% 16.24% 0.14% 0.38% 0.53% 1.04% 26.68%
Jun '12 44.92% 15.85% 13.8% 0.2% 0.56% 0.64% 0.67% 23.35%
Jul '12 46.25% 19.76% 10.55% 0.22% 0.64% 0.79% 0.89% 20.9%
Aug '12 50.8% 14.13% 9.37% 0.21% 0.81% 0.97% 0.92% 22.81%
Sep '12 50.3% 11.75% 10% 0.17% 0.58% 1.09% 1% 25.11%
Oct '12 53.6% 11.29% 9.02% 0.14% 0.63% 0.94% 0.97% 23.41%
Nov '12 60.77% 12.88% 7.12% 0.14% 0.61% 0.95% 1.17% 16.35%
Dec '12 72.1% 14.33% 3.2% 0.12% 0.58% 0.49% 0.96% 8.23%
Jan '13 81.27% 8.07% 1% 0.05% 0.25% 0.38% 0.48% 8.49%
Feb '13 61.55% 15.12% 5.1% 0.07% 0.61% 0.88% 1.59% 15.08%
Mar '13 62.28% 13.65% 5% 0.07% 0.56% 0.84% 1.82% 15.78%
Apr '13 61.23% 15.06% 4.63% 0.07% 0.54% 0.69% 1.69% 16.09%
May '13 62.45% 16.16% 4% 0.07% 0.55% 0.67% 1.56% 14.55%
Jun '13 66.14% 17.69% 2.55% 0.14% 0.74% 0.4% 1% 11.34%
Jul '13 71.75% 18.44% 1.05% 3.35% 0.91% 1.51% 0.85% 2.13%
Aug '13 72.47% 14.03% 2.97% 4.64% 0.6% 1.33% 0.75% 3.19%
Sep '13 63.39% 17.55% 3.16% 6.81% 0.84% 1.93% 1.03% 5.29%
Oct '13 60.05% 20.66% 2.86% 7.12% 0.95% 1.97% 1.11% 5.27%
Nov '13 62.54% 20.89% 2.12% 5.38% 0.86% 2.08% 1.05% 5.07%
Dec '13 63.46% 20.99% 1.64% 5.63% 0.78% 2.18% 1.04% 4.29%
Jan '14 63.81% 22.48% 1.35% 5.04% 0.74% 1.91% 0.92% 3.75%
Feb '14 65.12% 23.51% 1.15% 4.26% 0.76% 1.29% 0.63% 3.29%
Mar '14 67.14% 23.45% 0.79% 4% 1.04% 0.31% 0.32% 2.96%
Apr '14 67.52% 23.33% 0.74% 3.96% 1.07% 0.31% 0.28% 2.79%
May '14 66.7% 24.48% 0.74% 3.95% 0.92% 0.28% 0.25% 2.67%
Jun '14 67.2% 23.59% 0.68% 4.28% 0.78% 0.27% 0.25% 2.94%
Jul '14 68.47% 22.64% 0.52% 3.94% 0.76% 0.22% 0.22% 3.22%
Aug '14 70.02% 21.8% 0.4% 3.4% 0.76% 0.19% 0.18% 3.25%
Sep '14 71.65% 22.35% 0.39% 0.67% 0.87% 0.2% 0.15% 3.73%
Oct '14 72.63% 21.3% 0.31% 0.48% 0.82% 0.17% 0.15% 4.14%
Nov '14 73.47% 20.69% 0.22% 0.39% 0.74% 0.14% 0.13% 4.21%
Dec '14 75.6% 20.87% 0.21% 0.39% 0.7% 0.13% 0.13% 1.98%
Jan '15 75.48% 21.81% 0.19% 0.36% 0.76% 0.13% 0.13% 1.13%
Feb '15 74.89% 22.72% 0.15% 0.31% 0.69% 0.1% 0.11% 1.02%
Mar '15 74.05% 23.69% 0.12% 0.26% 0.67% 0.1% 0.11% 1%
Apr '15 72.88% 25.13% 0.1% 0.21% 0.63% 0.08% 0.09% 0.89%
May '15 74.09% 24.11% 0.08% 0.18% 0.55% 0.08% 0.08% 0.84%
Jun '15 72.53% 25.5% 0.07% 0.18% 0.59% 0.13% 0.08% 0.91%
Jul '15 73.38% 24.92% 0.06% 0.15% 0.57% 0.09% 0.08% 0.75%
Aug '15 73.31% 25.29% 0.05% 0.14% 0.46% 0.07% 0.06% 0.63%
Sep `15 73.32% 25.24% 0.04% 0.15% 0.46% 0.07% 0.06% 0.67%
Oct '15 74.74% 23.84% 0.04% 0.15% 0.48% 0.06% 0.05% 0.63%
Nov '15 73.58% 24.91% 0.04% 0.15% 0.52% 0.07% 0.05% 0.7%
Dec '15 74.36% 23.76% 0.04% 0.16% 0.72% 0.06% 0.06% 0.85%
Jan '16 74.9% 23.14% 0.03% 0.15% 0.82% 0.06% 0.05% 0.85%
Feb '16 74.44% 23.75% 0.03% 0.13% 0.74% 0.05% 0.04% 0.81%
Mar '16 76.87% 21.98% 0.03% 0.13% 0.37% 0.04% 0.05% 0.53%
Apr '16 76.24% 21.77% 0.03% 0.13% 0.9% 0.04% 0.04% 0.87%
May '16 75.06% 22.43% 0.02% 0.12% 1.22% 0.03% 0.03% 1.09%
Jun '16 77.15% 21.08% 0.02% 0.1% 0.8% 0.03% 0.03% 0.79%
Jul '16 78.87% 19.89% 0.01% 0.08% 0.55% 0.02% 0.03% 0.55%
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