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Apple Inc. (AAPL) & China: What Next?

As for the mobile phone OS world, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) isn’t just holding its own with Android; it’s continuing to pull away from the pack. Last year at this time, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android held about 57% of the global smartphone OS market, with Apple a clear second at 22.5%. In this year’s Q1, the two behemoths still own the OS market with a combined 92.6% share, but the gap between the two is widening in Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s favor. Google’s Android OS now runs on over 74% of all smartphones in the world, while Apple’s iOS market share has dropped to 18.2%.

Okay, so now what?
As Google and Samsung continue to grow their respective market shares, Apple is staring down what could be a tough couple of quarters — not a pleasant notion for shareholders patiently waiting for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to break out of its share price funk. So, what’s an iFan to do? If you’re on board with the long-term potential of Apple at these share price levels, patience has never been more important.

The article Good News and Bad News for Apple in China originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Tim Brugger .

Fool contributor Tim Brugger has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Apple and Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, China Mobile, and Google.

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