According to Mobile Industry Statistic Report in 2013 released by Tencent, there would be more users choosing Android device in the coming year. As for now, Android devices with large screen and high definition video were becoming the mainstream of the increasing Android market. For Apple, the newest iOS7 spread rapidly among “iFans” (fans of Apple products). At the same time, iOS7 reduced the jailbreak rate of iOS, representing a future of legitimate game.
The report shows that in China mobile device market, the share of Android was 73.3% and iOS accounted for 24.7%. Among all Google Android devices, more than 70% devices ran Android 4.0 or latter versions. The former mainstream Gingerbread (Andorid 2.3) which had about half market share one year ago fell to 15% now and kept decreasing. As Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 and 4.2) gained growing share on Android devices, there would be more low-end devices running 4.0 or above versions.
Among iOS devices, most iOS5 and iOS6 users chose to upgrade when iOS7 released. The golden iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C performed quite good in mobile market, so Apple and China Mobile signed a cooperation agreement. Benefited from the cooperation with mobile operator, iOS7 would gain higher penetration in the future. By December 2013, the newest version iOS 7.0.4 had accounted for over 40% of market.
Meanwhile, the monopoly status of Android was strengthened, encroaching iOS market share bit by bit. Every time one Android user turned to iOS, 5 iOS users would turn to Android.
As more large screen Android devices came out in the market, many Apple fans left iOS for Android. The statistic showed that users went after large screen mobile phones for watching video, as 5-inch devices became popular. It was said that Apple also intend to launch 4.8 inch iPhone 6 this year.
Samsung was still the leader of China Android market with about 30% market share, according to report. Domestic mobile brands such as Xiaomi (12%), Huawei (7%), Lenovo (6.5%), Vivo (6%), OPPO (4%), Shanzhai Phones (China pirated brands, 4%) and Coolpad(4%) also performed well. The market share of domestic Android devices totaled 45%. As domestic smartphones become popular, their price advantage would attract more users.
At present, 5-inch HD screen device was the majority in Android market. However, from the view of whole market, the leader was still low resolution devices. High-end Android devices with HD (1920*1080) screen, which was the primary resolution of 5-inch screen, rose to the top 5.
In terms of jailbreak, the jailbreak rate of iOS7 was far below iOS5 (61%) and iOS6 (28%), less than 5%. The monthly jailbreak rate kept decrease since iOS7 launched. Analysis suggested that jailbreak would be the less popular due to distribution channel improvement and operating system upgrading.