Data from app tracker Flurry reveals that China will likely surpass the U.S. as the number one install base of Android and iOS devices sometime in Q1 2013. Not only that, and it should be no surprise at all, China is the fastest growing country in the world.
In a blog post today, Flurry released their app data, summarized by TechCrunch:
Mobile analytics and ad company Flurry today released a new report examining the global growth of the smartphone ecosystem, including which countries have the largest install base, which are growing the quickest, and how app usage itself is becoming more international. One of the most significant findings from the report is growth of the Chinese smartphone market, which is poised to top the U.S.’s install base early next year.
And if you look at the growth chart, it’s pretty clear where the next big markets are going to be:
What does this mean for app makers? Assuming that users in these countries buy a decent amount of apps, you’d better make sure your app has been translated for those regions.
What does this mean for the rest of us? You know all those cyberpunk stories where Asia drives technology and culture? This could be the beginning of that tipping point.