Android phones now account for 58% of China’s smartphone market in the third quarter of this year, helped largely by the proliferation of Android devices, according to a report by Analysys International, a Beijing-based market researcher and think tank.

It seems that the Android’s gain came at the cost of Symbain’s loss. Symbian’s market share has declined to 23% from 48% in the first quarter of this year.

According to Analysys International, Android’s huge progress and Nokia’s plunge in Q3 can be boiled down to:

  1. New Android devices hit the market in this quarter.
  2. HTC has established a comprehensive distribution channels in China while Samsung has also rectified its sales networks which enhanced both companies’ sales ability.
  3. Low price (RMB 1000 yuan, US$ 157) Android devices were made available through vendors’ cooperation with operators.
  4. Lacking of blockbuster plus continuing negative news affect Nokia’s sales in Q3 2011.