Let’s start Monday morning with some big numbers. Now that smartphones account for 73.2 percent of all mobiles sold in China, and with many locals opting for Android devices across a variety of price-points, it’s not too big a surprise that China is an Android nation. As neatly outlined in this brand-new infographic, China had 224 million Android users at the end of last year (already three times larger than the number of US fandroids), and is on course for 300 million by the end of this year.
Thanks to the flexibility of Google’s Android OS, various research groups reckon that 86 percent of smartphones sold in China run Android, leaving Apple’s iOS to take much of what remains (12 percent).
Chinese devs dominate apps; Foreign studios make the top games
The Chinese startup behind this infographic is Wandoujia, the third-party Android app store that went global last summer with its SnapPea app for Android-to-desktop syncing. Using the analytical data from its hundreds of millions of individual Android app downloads, Wandoujia reveals an interesting dichotomy when it comes to the top apps and games that Chinese Android users enjoy. This is largely true on iOS as well (1). Essentially, it’s mostly Chinese developers that make the nation’s favorite apps, but foreign gaming studios create China’s most-tapped games.
Indeed, only 10 percent of Wandoujia’s top app downloads are from overseas developers, while 70 percent of the leading games are from outside China’s borders – led by the ever-frantic Temple Run. Chinese giant Tencent makes four of the 10 smash-hit apps, with its WeChat messaging app rising fast to the top alongside Tencent’s old-skool QQ instant messenger app.
Good news for developers is that monetization on Android is finally getting better, especially on games. Here’s the full graphic: