China experiences staggering Android and iOS app use growth

iOS and Android applications are becoming more and more popular in the huge growth market that is China.

According to analysts at Flurry, while China ranked 10th in application sessions at the beginning of 2011, it has now jumped to second place behind the United States.

It is starting to look like China has become the world’s second largest app economy. According to the report, China now leads in new smart device adoption, specifically iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

The Chinese also spend more time using apps, with the length of time using them going up by over a staggering 1100 percent between the first quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012.

The report notes that China’s growth rate is particularly impressive given that it was already the world’s 7th largest country in terms of app sessions by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

In January 2011, the US accounted for 28 percent of the world’s total iOS and Android device activations, while China accounted for eight percent. In February, Flurry worked out that China surpassed the United States in monthly new iOS and Android device activations for the first time in history.

This makes China the world’s fastest growing smart device market. For March, Flurry thinks China will account for 24 percent of all iOS and Android device activations, while the US will account for 21 percent.