Nokia ranked No.1 in the Chinese market for Q1 through Q3 of 2011. Nokia saw 15.96 Million shipments, while Samsung, the No.2 manufacturer shipped 13.45 Million handsets. Nokia’s marketshare, however, has been declining. Nokia took 43.7%, 30.4%, and 18% of the marketshare respectively for each quarter. Symbian had a 36.3% marketshare for 2010, that declined to 16.9% for 2011 at Android’s expense. Android’s marketshare hiked to 52.5% from 25.3% from 2010 to 2011. This is a clear sign that Symbian was no longer a viable consumer choice over newer operative systems such as Android and iOS.
On the other hand, Nokia has a decade worth of good reputation and influence in China. Nokia has successful outlets in fifth- and sixth-tier cities where competition is not as tough as in big cities. Nokia has not yet set a date for a Windows Phone announcement in China, but one is expected in the first half of 2012.