Google’s control of Android is slipping away on two fronts. At the high end, Samsung’s Galaxy line is the best known and most profitable Android segment (Samsung seldom mentions Google). At the low end Chinese smartphone sales make up about one third of the total Android OS market– without Google services. Benedict Evans:
Most Android phones sold in China come with no Google services pre-installed – no Maps, Gmail, calendar, Play etc. It is possible but very fiddly to add them… Android in China (or an estimate thereof) plus Samsung (excluding its sales in China to avoid double-counting) adds up to 60% of all Android unit sales. Samsung never mentions Google services; China, by and large, doesn’t have them.
Nearly two-thirds of the worldwide Android OS market is mostly devoid of Google. How is it again that Android is winning?