Google has a Monopoly in ChinaIf you question the success of Android, now's the time to give up the goat. In China, Google's little green machine has managed to gain over a 90% marketshare. That means that 9 out of every 10 phones run Android. 9 out of 10! A year ago, the number was a much more palatable 58.6% marketshare. Now, I love Google, and I love Android. But monopolies, even ones caused by better products, breed slow progress. Come on Microsoft. Make some inroads already!
Even more interesting, the actual statistic is likely higher. That number counts only brand phones, not knock offs. China is famous for its knock off phones, and they are reasonably popular over there, too.
iOS, meanwhile dropped to a mere 4.2% marketshare, though, like Google, that percentage is likely low.
Android's ownership of China is astonishing when you consider that a few years ago Symbian had a stranglehold on the country.
For Google, in the short term, this is really good news. Unlike here, where all the developers develop first for iOS devices (you know how few rockstar Android developers are out there?) China will see its next generation develop cutting edge apps for Android. Hopefully, we'll see some of the tricks and technologies trickle down to the States.
As nice as the marketshare is, though, Google isn't getting much out of it. Google China is a gimped thing, anemic from restrictions and hacks. Many of the services we know and love here are blocked by the overzealous content filter covering the entire nation.
And, of course, Google's competitors plan on exploiting this. Just like how Amazon took Android and made it the base for the Kindle line of tablets, local search company Baidu has used Android as a platform to build new operating systems from. Since the new platform uses Baidu instead of Google, well, Google is effectively cut out.