UMeng, the Innovation Works’ portfolio company which offers the solution that helps Chinese mobile developers to gather statistical information about how app users are using their apps, recently a report on the iOS usage in China.
According to this report (in Chinese, download here), by end of March 2011
- iPhone 4 is the most popular iOS device which takes 54% of the market share; iPhone 3GS takes the 2nd with 16.1%;
- Majority of the iOS devices has been upgraded to 4.1 or above;
- In average, 34.6% of iOS devices have been jailbroken. Particularly, the percentage of jailbroken iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 has reached 40%. iOS users are relatively less interested in jaikbreaking iPad, only 27% of iPad are jailbroken;
- Users are willing to use iPhone more in daytime (before 7pm), and after 7pm iPad is a better choice;
- Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Zhejiang, Jiangsu are the major cities/provinces where 52% of iOS users are based.
With Jailbroken iPhone, users are able to install pirate apps from different resource other than App Store. 34.6% is not a small number which again leaves us the question, how difficult to get paid-download model working in Chinese App market? UMeng seems optimistic about this. It published some comment about this report on its official blog which saying the number of jailbroken iOS is not really linked with the number of paid apps, and the more important is to educate the market and convincing users to pay for the good apps.
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