The government of China has just confirmed that the country now has over 1 billion mobile phone users. In the first quarter of this year alone, the country had an additional 43 million devices on the market, more than the populations of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland combined.
The number of mobile devices activated in the country, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, has already reached 1,030,052,000, thanks to the first round of activations in the first quarter of 2012.
Of course, the vast majority of these activations were done on feature phones, although China's smartphone market is on the way to becoming the largest in the world. Android accounts for almost 68% of all smartphone sales, which gives the green little robot the edge over the iPhone. However, Android should not be too comfortable as Apple has doubled its market share compared to last quarter.
China represents a huge market for Android devices. As Android continues to flood the Chinese market with low-cost smartphones, it must still secure its place as the number 1 operating system in the world's largest smartphone market.