Wang Hua of Innovation works, John Lagerling the Director of Android global Partnerships at Google, and David Chao of DCM headed the Android Fever panel at Disrupt Beijing. These people are in no doubt, hardcore Android fanatics and said that China is also heading in this direction.
The trio noted that there are 40 million Android devices in China and that they are 3rd in SDK downloads. Chao said, “The Android market in China is going through a chaotic phase.” They are finding that Android will win the favoritism of the Chinese, especially in the low end and that they are replacing basic phones in the entry-level segment.
They all focused on Android, but also discussed other operating systems in China. Hua went onto say that “Nokia is dying much faster than we expected.” Chao discussed his previous relationship with Apple saying “I used to work for Apple and I understand the shortcomings of Apple…I believe Android is the MS DOS/Windows vs Mac in the 80s and 90s. Android surpasses the iPhone and iOS and for the ecosystem to thrive it all about numbers.” He also said, “The Chinese market is much more chaotic, more open. It favors the Android ecosystem much more.”
They also somewhat addressed the Google Android Marketplace as there is approximately 70 independent marketplaces. Google wouldn’t directly give an answer when moderator Greg Kumparak asked, “Do you think the Android Market needs to launch in China? And if so, when will that happen?”
Lagerling: “I can’t predict the future.”
Source: Tech Crunch