China now holds the No. 1 spot for Android and iOS activations.

Mobile analytics firm Flurry released new data that depicted the Chinese market skyrocketing from No. 11 in 2011 to No. 1 for smartphone activation, thereby bumping the United States to No. 2.

The statistics are staggering: China accounted for 8 percent of Android and iOS activations in January 2011, while the United States held a big slice of the pie with 28 percent. The tables have turned, however, as China passed the U.S. and now boasts 24 percent of activations by March 2012 (end-of-the month projections included). Meanwhile, the United States slipped to 21 percent.

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Flurry also noted app sessions over the past year. China led app session growth from Q1 2011 to Q1 2012 with a 1,126 percent year-over-year increase. The share of total sessions in the U.S. since Q1 2011 slipped from 56 percent to 46 percent, but the drop is indicative of the U.S. market’s maturity while the rest of the world is rapidly growing.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (translated), China has over 980 million mobile users and is the world’s second largest app economy.

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