We’re getting a bit fatigued with analyst press releases on how many smartphones and tablets shipped in the second quarter of this year. Canalys‘ latest set of numbers is interesting for its focus on the biggest countries though. Check out China, for example, whose 88.1m smartphone shipments in Q2 was up 108% year-on-year, streaking away from the second-placed US with its 32.9m shipments and 36% growth. China thus accounted for 37% of global smartphone shipments during the quarter. Also look at India, which has raced to third place in Canalys’ table, overtaking both Japan and the UK in the last year. Smartphone shipments in India reached 9m units in Q2, up 129% year-on-year, with Canalys noting that there is plenty more scope for growth as “hundreds of millions of users have yet to upgrade their feature phones”. This is good news for streaming music services like Saavn, Dhingana and Gaana, with their mobile-first strategies. Meanwhile, globally Android accounted for 80% of smartphone shipments in Q2: 190m devices. iPhone dropped to 13%, with Windows Phone and BlackBerry on 3% apiece.

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