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Nokia and Motorola nab 90% of China

Nokia's smartphones are proving popular in China
Nokia's smartphones are proving popular in China

A new report has stated that Motorola and Nokia are grabbing the lion's share of the Chinese smartphone market, one of the potentially largest in the world, with the rest forced to merely feed off scraps.

In fact, Nokia is lording it over everyone with a 69 per cent share and Motorola holds 20 per cent of the growing sector.

Both of these foreign companies are beating the likes of the Asia-native HTC, Samsung and LG.

Bad news for Android?

The reports come from TelecomTiger, which also states that S60 is by far the dominant platform, holding nearly three quarters of the market. It seems like bad news for Android, because it barely registers on the sales charts. However, given there's only one phone on the market, it's too early to cast aspersions on the system.

Revenues and sales also increased in the last year in the region, so at least China is still up for phoning people on fancy handsets.

The news will be welcome for ailing manufacturer Motorola, as it faces a make or break year with a slew of new products ready to hit the market.

But if you're making 2010 predictions, it's probably best to factor in the minimal influence the iPhone currently has in Asia, given the lack of an official carrier for so long. Come the end of the year, we could be seeing a much more Apple-i-fied picture if Mr Jobs (or his stand-in) have anything to do with it....

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth was in charge of phones, tablets and wearables at TechRadar for the best part of a decade and now runs the entire editorial team. He can instantly recommend the best phone for you, or can be found running around the nearest park with the latest fitness tech strapped to his wrist, head or any other applicable body part.