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‘AOSP’ Android phones without Google propel Chinese sales

The number of smartphone owners keeps increasing – and many are in China, buying low-end “Android” phones which don’t run Google services, according to new data published by the research companies Gartner and IDC.

Gartner has for the first time lifted the lid on the gigantic growth in sales of Android phones which don’t run Google services in China – so-called “AOSP” (Android Open Source Platform) handsets, which use local app stores and do not count towards “activations” measured by Google, nor hook into Google services.

The figures, released on Thursday, show a two-speed smartphone market, with AOSP sales in China nearly doubling in a year – increasing to 84.1m in the third quarter of 2013 from 42.3m a year ago – while growth outside it was only 28% year-on-year.

This shows how Google is using local versions of Android phones to be able to sell them more easily & cheaply in certain areas of the world.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/14/china-smartphone-android-google-iphone

By Matthew Salava

A senior Information Technology student at FSU. I will be graduating in Spring 2014.

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