When we spoke to him in April, Softbank EVP Ted Matsumoto openly stated that Android holds great promise, and that realistically “100 percent of our users cannot be iPhone users.” In addition, DCM’s recent A-fund (backed by gaming giant GREE) will do much to enhance the Android ecosystem.
Smartphone adoption is increasing not only in the larger cities like Tokyo, but throughout the smaller regions as well, signaling what could be the beginning of a tide change in the Japanese mobile market." As for the most popular handsets in Japan, that space is still dominated by the iPhone, with three models occupying a top five spot.
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia and Toshiba’s REGZA Phone T-01C rank at the second and fifth spots respectively as of March.
- Apple – iPhone 4 32GB
- Sony Ericsson – Xperia
- Apple – iPhone 4 16GB
- Apple – iPhone 3G S 32GB
- Toshiba – REGZA Phone T-01C