It’s an open secret that Apple phones are used more than half an active three billion smartphone users, but latest analysis suggests that the top five Chinese Smartphone makers could now challenge the Apple and its years-long dominance.
According to a report in Forbes, Chinese Smartphone makers make up 30.2% of actively used mobile devices in the world today, versus Apple’s 34.8%, according to a fourth quarter report on the global mobile industry from market intelligence firm Newzoo.
The China growth story is happening in apps too. China has already overtaken the U.S. (as of 2015) in how much money its consumers spend on apps. In 2016, Chinese consumers spent $11.9 billion on apps, versus $9.4 billion in the U.S. and that number will probably continue to diverge as, Newzoo says.
According to its research, five smartphone makers from China are among the top 10 vendors by active users globally. They include Huawei at number 3 with 5.4% of global market share, Xiaomi with its Mi series of smartphone and tablets, Lenovo, Oppo and Vivo.
Samsung is in second place globally with 23.5% of global active mobile users.