China is without a doubt a very lucrative market, Apple certainly knows that, which is why it worked for so long in trying to get its iPhones on the world’s largest mobile carrier, China Mobile. Based on data collected by research firm IDC, The Wall Street Journal reports that iPhone market share in China is steadily rising. A full one percentage point growth was witnessed in the previous quarter alone, despite the fact that sales of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on China Mobile aren’t included in these figures. Apple only inked the deal with the carrier towards end of December.

As it stands, and as per IDC’s numbers, the iPhone now holds a seven percent share of the entire Chinese smartphone market, which is quite impressive. The increased market share also makes Apple the fifth largest cellphone vendor in the country, where it not only faces competition from the likes of Samsung, but also from local manufacturers who develop some of the most popular smartphones in China. Samsung is found to command 19 percent of the Chinese smartphone market, trailed by Beijing based Lenovo with 13 percent of the country’s market. Huawei, which doesn’t have that much presence in the U.S., sits ahead of Apple in China on the fourth slot, commanding 10 percent of the entire Chinese smartphone market.

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