Android’s success is largely due its availability across a range of devices, from top-of-the-range superphones to budget nonsense. A new report from Digitimes suggests the latter scene will see a huge boom in Android devices in 2011.
The report attributes the anticipated boom to chips manufactured in China and Taiwan, driving “white box” sales (i.e. without fancy packaging) in emerging markets.
Digitimes defines “budget” as priced below $150. There were an estimated 2.5 to 3 million budget Android sales last year, and the report suggests that figure could rise to 20 to 25 million in 2011.
Incredibly, around half of those sales – 10 to 13 million – are expected to take place in China alone.
$150 equates to just over £90 in the UK, which, incidentally, is exactly how much the excellent Orange San Francisco will set you back.