Smartphone shipments in China – additional information
Since 2011, the number of smartphone shipments in China has steadily increased, reaching over 135 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 alone. For all of 2016, about 450 million smartphones were shipped in China. In 2015, China was responsible for almost 30 percent of the smartphone shipments worldwide. The country is forecast to maintain its leadership, as China is projected to account for about a quarter of the worldwide smartphone shipments in 2019.
Almost 60 percent of the Chinese mobile phone users are expected to use a smartphone by 2018. In 2016, there were 626.1 million smartphone users in China. By 2019, this figure is expected to almost reach the 733 million mark. Oppo and Huawei, two local brands, made the most smartphone shipments in the Chinese market in 2016 - Oppo's shipments being 78.4 million units and Huawei's being 76.6 million units. In terms of operating systems, Google’s Android holds more than 83 percent of the market share, whereas Apple’s iOS accounts for about 17 percent of the smartphone operating system market in China.