In the world's largest mobile market (also largest smartphone market) Samsung has managed to outshine Apple and also helping the Android platform to become China's most used. With a market share of 68% and growing consistently, Android is the ultimate leader in China.
The data comes from Beijing-based research firm Analysys International. The research is based on collected data from the whole year of 2011. Google's Android managed to increase over 33% in market share in just the first three quarters of 2011. In the beginning of 2011, it had only 35% of the market.
With a population of 1.3 billion and over 988 million mobile subscriptions, it's pretty easy to say that Android simply rules China. The iPhone is a somewhat popular device among Chinese, but as Chinese factories create many of the Android devices, they end up being sold a lot cheaper in the country.
Although the iPhone sells decently in China, the country's largest carrier China Unicom, owned by the state, only carries 15 million iPhone users. And even though Apple is playing a catch-up to Android (especially Android in Samsung devices) in China, the country was -alone- responsible for 16% of all earnings Apple had in 2011.