As the country’s most popular mobile OS, Android has almost as many faces in China as there are smartphones. And it’s something that hasn’t gone beyond the notice of Android founder Andy Rubin. 

According to Rubin, the biggest transformation in the mobile market over the past ten years will see the U.S. market take queues from China.

In a Recode conference in California yesterday Rubin said the shift from carriers to manufacturers as the primary distributors of phones is the biggest change of the decade, one that will see the U.S. market looking a lot more similar to China. 

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com