Although China is the world’s largest market for smartphones running Android, 41 per cent of these devices to not use Google services, according to a new report. By Phil Goldstein.
A new report from Informa Telecoms & Media found that 41 per cent of Android devices in China “support alternative application frameworks from the likes of Baidu, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, Wandoujia, Anzhi and other locally-based channels”.
The fact that 41 per cent of Android devices sold in China do not use Google services is striking, since Android is the vehicle through which Google can sell advertising and promote its services.
The Informa report said that, globally, one out of every three Android phones is sold in China, and that almost two-thirds of the handsets sold in China this year will be powered by the Android OS. Many Chinese use alternative Chinese mobile Internet search services like Baidu and Alibaba.
FierceWireless: Report: 41% of Android phones sold in China eschew Google services; TelecomTV content partner.
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