Android and China, how the phone market will change in the coming years.
Android came out about 2 years ago and steadily rose up from being the niche smartphone to the ‘alternative’ smartphone. Mobile manufacturers like Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG clearly are in the game while other companies like Dell, Lenovo, and Acer will have smartphones down the pipeline.
But what does Android and China have do with this? After all, google (which developed Andriod) and China were at odds with the censorship issue earlier this year. Despite this, China has been embracing the Android market with open arms. They are creating Android services with their own email app stores, search engines and maps from google.
It all sounds nice, but how can an average Chinese afford can’t afford a phone from Motorola and Nokia and would rather buy a nice looking Shanzai phone for about $60? Cheaper chipsets. Recently lesser known companies like Mediatek, Rokchip, and telechips are coming out with cheaper solutions for the Chinese market. While ipads are sold at a premium of $500+ each, Chinese companies like Eken are selling them beginning at the $100 range. Next year we will probably see Android phones come out based on the cheaper SOC’s (system on chip) that will push the phones coming down starting at the $100 range. So Apple has alot to worry about from Android.
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