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By the End of This Year, China Will Have as Many Android Users as the U.S. Has People

Google China headquarters in Beijing

Google China headquarters in Beijing // Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP File Photo

More than 300 million Chinese will have Android smartphones by the end of this year, according to China-focused Android app store Wandoujia. That’s a growth rate of 34% since 2012, when the country had 224 million Android users.

While it’s hard to imagine that growth can continue at this pace, picture this: There are around 700 million Chinese with non-Android mobile phones. And 86% of new smartphones sold in China run on Android. (While 73% of new phones sold in China are smartphones.)

Perhaps the most interesting thing about all this growth is what’s conspicuously absent from it: Google. While Android succeeds in China, it’s largely versions of Android uncoupled from Google’s “official” version—all of which is possible because Android is open-source, which means anyone can copy it for free.

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