Technology

China passes US in smartphone activations

March 22, 2012

China’s smartphone buyers accounted for nearly a quarter of global activations. — Picture by kool99/shutterstock.comChina’s smartphone buyers accounted for nearly a quarter of global activations. — Picture by kool99/shutterstock.comSAN FRANCISCO, March 22 — China has passed the United States when it comes to how many people are adopting smartphones and tablets powered by Apple or Google software, mobile analytics firm Flurry said yesterday.

China seized the global lead for “smart device” adoption in February and is on pace to be the country with the highest concentration of such gadgets being used by its citizens, according to Flurry.

“China is now the world’s fastest growing smart device market,” the Flurry report said.

Flurry projected that for March, China will account for 24 per cent of all Apple and Android mobile gadget activations, compared to 21 per cent for the United States.

China also leads the world when it came to the rate at which people are using hip, fun or helpful “apps” on mobile devices, according to Flurry. — AFP/Relaxnews