That said, Android was easily the top smartphone platform in China last year. Beijing-based research firm Analysys International said in a report on Tuesday that in terms of phones sold, at the end of 2011, Android had more than 2/3 of the Chinese smartphone market, with 68.4 percent. That is up from 33.6 percent at the end of Q1 2011.
Much of that overall gain of nearly 35 percent came at the expense of Nokia. Its Symbian OS based phones saw their market share cut by more than half, to 18.7 percent at the end of 2011.
Apple's iPhones are seeing strong demand in wealthier Chinese cities. That's not the case in most of China, though, as iOS only saw modest growth in 2011. It's market share rose from 4.1 percent in the Q1 2011 to 5.7 percent at the end of the year.
It will be interesting to see if things change somewhat when the iPhone does eventually hit China Mobile, but cost will always be an issue with Android handsets, in general, much cheaper.