We usually see numbers, sales, and financial reports of big companies. Almost every quarter, we learn of figures released by tech giants in several earnings calls. Some companies choose to be quiet though but when it comes to the “Fake Android Market” we’re interested to know how the extent of how this is destroying the legit mobile market.
You see, we’ve been hearing dozens of stories of fake Samsung and Xiaomi phones–all coming from China. It’s very unfortunate that there are still people being duped for hundreds of dollars because the phones really look like the original models that it’s hard to tell sometimes. There was this man who bought a nicely crafted fake Galaxy S6 for less than $500 and another one who purchased off Craigslist in Canada. And who can forget that fake Xiaomi being tested by Bluebox Labs which resulted to a Xiaomi Mi 4 getting low scores?
Xiaomi started cracking down on fakes last April because they’ve been losing millions of sales. It’s not only Samsung and Xiaomi that are victims of the fake market. Even Huawei is losing money because of the fake phones.
Benchmarking app AnTuTu managed to track how many fake phones have been tested during the first six months of 2015. The data is based on smartphones that run AnTuTu and it was found out that Samsung and Xiaomi already account for about two-thirds (2/3) of the knock-off Android market. Huawei follows in third place but with only 3.97%.
The most popular clones are the Xiaomi MiNote, Xiaomi Redmi Note, Xiaomi Mi3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.