Despite all the hype, Android is still small among different smartphone platform in China. Researcher estimated there were only about 250,000 – 280,000 Android phones China, at the end of October. Nevertheless, industry experts have high hope in the free and open-source OS. Many phone manufactures have embraced it as the de-facto smartphone OS, as it allows them to easily control applications preload and distribution. HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Chinese local phone markets, such as Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, Meizu, Coolpad, etc., have all launched their version of Andriod phones.

MediaTek, which supplies the chipset of about a quarter of all mobile phones in China, has also started shipping Android supported chips since October. This will make Android affordable to the mass market. Already, there are Android phones selling at RMB 1000 (about US$140) a piece in Shenzhen. Many expected next year, Android phones will flood the China market.

Surprisingly, there are more Blackberry than Android phones in China. Researchers estimated there are more than 300,000 Blackberry phones in China. Blackberry has been the love of bankers and traders since day one. As long as they survive (and no doubt they will no matter how many market crash there will in the future), Blackberry will always find its fans.

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Sherman So

Author of Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution, the first book to completely survey the nature of China's internet. (http://redwiredrevolution.com/) She previously was the lead China technology reporter...