The Android operating system commanded a 59 percent share of China’s smartphone market in the third quarter, up from 55.5 percent from the second quarter, the Securities Times reported Thursday, citing data from a report issued by Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. Apple’s iOS was second with 18 percent of the market, slightly down from the 19.5 percent it accrued the previous quarter. The surge in Android use was attributed to more and more consumers opting for low-end handsets from domestic manufacturers. The report also said that over the last year, Chinese consumers have shown a big change in their buying behavior, switching from smartphones priced between 1,000 yuan (US$164) and 2,000 yuan to sub-1,000 yuan models. In the high-end market, the bulk of consumers are buying handsets priced 2,000 to 3,000 yuan, the report said.
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