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China – The Ulitimate Mobile App Dragon

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As we are sure you are all aware, China is fast beoming one of the world’s most promising consumer economies. In fact, Bloomberg reported that in 2010 foreign direct investment in China rose to a record $106 billion. Within that sum, Wal-Mart alone invested $500 million. There’s tons more facts and figures we could throw around about China but what we really want to talk about is how this growth is having an impact on the App market.

Flurry Analyatics have complied another great analysis showing the growth in app sessions around the world during the period of January 2011 to October 2011, not surprisingly perhaps, China has had a whopping 870% App Session Growth.

Take a look at the charts below and more info from Flurry.

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This chart ranks the top 10 countries, in terms of mobile app session growth, from January 2011 to October 2011.  To be included in the analysis, countries had to have generated at least 10 million monthly sessions in January.  Inspecting the chart, it’s clear that China’s growth is astronomical.  While the top 100 countries are averaging session growth of over 200%, China is delivering more than four times this growth rate, spurred by a massive population voraciously adopting applications.

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With its hyper-growth in app sessions, China has moved up the ranks among the world’s top countries to now occupy the second spot behind the U.S.  The graph above charts China’s share of total mobile app sessions per month, relative to other top countries during 2011.  Note that to get a better view of movements among countries ranked second through fifth, we exclude the U.S. from the chart, given its scale.

China, represented by the red line, began the year ranked tenth in terms of app sessions, with 1.8% of all sessions tracked by Flurry.  By April, China had climbed to fifth with 2.7% of all sessions, and, in July, overtook the United Kingdom to become the second largest country, with 5.4% of sessions.  By the end of October, China had further grown to 7.3% of sessions.  The U.S., which declined in sessoin-share over the year, finished in October with 47%.  If both China and the U.S. were to continue along their respective trajectories, China could overtake the U.S. by the end of 2013, with both countries converging around 23% app session-share.   

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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