China Leapfrogs U.S. to Lead World in New iOS and Android Device Activations

The world’s biggest mobile community is flexing its muscle. That much is clear in a new report from Flurry, which illustrates some pretty startling developments.

This report, Flurry says, reveals that, for the first time ever, China now leads the globe in new smart device adoption (iOS and Android smartphones and tablets).

Hard to believe? Well, the numbers don’t lie.

In January 2011, the U.S. accounted for 28% of the world’s total iOS and Android device activations, Flurry says, while China accounted for just 8%. By February of this year, Flurry calculated that China surpassed the United States in monthly new iOS and Android device activations for the first time in history.

China is now the world’s fastest growing smart device market. For March, we project that China will account for 24% of all iOS and Android device activations, while the U.S. will account for 21%.

“With China now activating more devices per month than the U.S.,” Flurry’s report reads, “this means that the gap is closing between the two countries in terms of installed base. Not only is China already the second largest app economy, but also could eventually overtake the U.S. as the country with the largest installed base of smart device users.”

To learn more about this eye-opening report, check out the Flurry Blog.