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Android beats iPhone in China

May 27, 2010: 12:23 AM ET

According to April Admob numbers, Android phones outnumber iPhones in Mainland China.

Google's new subsidiary, Admob pushed out its latest smartphone analytics numbers today and there is a bit of an Android surprise from Mainland China.

The numbers Admob got in China were: 725,358 iPhones and 882,384 Android phones.  That's about a 20% advantage for Android.

Credit: Admob April 2010 report

What do these numbers mean?  Well, if you add in (surprisingly high) iPad and iPod touch numbers, iPhone OS manages to squeak past Android's OS by about 40,000 devices.  At launch, Apple was forced to sell an unpopular version of its iPhone without Wifi as well.

It is also surprising that Google (GOOG) is doing so well in a country it ceremoniously left over censorship and hacking issues.  Google's Chinese search engine still points to servers in Hong Kong.  Apple (AAPL) on the other hand has been seeing phenomenal growth in China.

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