China surges past U.S. As world’s largest smart device market

Strong competition

China has surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s top country for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, according to a new Flurry report.

Both China and the U.S. have more than five times as many active installed base devices than does the next-highest market, the United Kingdom.

The two countries had largely equal smart device installed base in January 2013, with 222 million devices installed in the U.S. and 221 installed in China. By the end of February 2013, though, China will have 246 million devices compared to just 230 for the U.S.

According to Flurry: “In this new era of mobile computing, sparked by a confluence of powerful innovation across microprocessors, cloud storage and network speeds, Apple and Google have helped create the fastest adopted technology revolution in history, 10 times faster than that of the PC Revolution and 3 times that of the Internet Boom. And now, as the largest and fastest modernizing country in the world, Chinese consumers lead that revolution.”

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