Cheap Androids own 90.1% of market — Tech News and Analysis

August 18, 2014 – 08:01 pm

Wired’s editor-in-chief, Chris Anderson tweeted out the data,which we found through Thomas Morffew on Google+ and the chart is stunning when you see Android’s rise since the second quarter of 2011. It’s also notable how fast Nokia’s Symbian platform declined over the same period.

I can understand the Symbian decline,but was surprised to see Android’s continual ascent into dominance. Then I saw what’s the mostly likely reason: Device cost.

Analysis International also tracked the average selling price of handsets by platform and that helps explain the situation. While costs for all smartphones have been decreasing in China,the average Android handset costs about one-third that of an iPhone.In the most recent quarter,for example,an Android handset costs 1393 Yuan (US $223.36) on average. The average price for an iPhone is 4523 Yuan (US $725.25),or roughly three times the cost.

I wouldn’t expect most of the Android devices in the Chinese market to be flagship smartphones or high-end devices,but that may not matter as Chinese consumers migrate to their first smartphone. A low- to mid-end Android model is surely more capable than the phone its replacing. And perhaps this situation shouldn’t have surprised me after all. Just two years ago,I noted that Android was poised to power the next 500 million web users in India,the second most populous nation.

I suspect Apple will still sell more than enough iPhones in China to add billions of profit for the company. But any ideas of iOS taking a large portion of the market in China — or India,for that matter — have to be tempered due to the fast growth of Android.


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2004-09-11 15:19:58 by Moe14

All 7 things in your original post are indeed causes for the price inflation (you're also forgetting a few like empty nesters from the suburbs trading in their house in Jersey for an apartment in the City). But your analysis quite honestly is really a "Craig's-list centric" kind of analysis.
You are forgetting the main thing that is driving outer-borough home prices - immigrants and ethnics. For every area in Brooklyn that's had housing prices driven up by the yuppies or whoever, there's 3 that have them driving up by upwardly-mobile immigrants. Many groups have their own financing systems, extended family to help with the mortgage, or rich members of the community willing to invest

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