"I've certainly seen a big uptake of Android phones here in China too, whereas last year there seemed to be iphones everywhere."
I've seen both. On the subways in Beijing it's all sorts of crap - the occasional Blackberry, lots of iPhones, lots of ugly as sin cheap looking Android crap you and I wouldn't want to be seen dead with (imagine, phones that are at least 2cm thick!), and shock horror, lots of dumb phones :-)
Amongst people that can afford cars it's mostly iPhones and a reasonable percentage with high end korean phones.
The thing is, most normal people don't care about what the inept socially retards on The Register think. They buy whatever they think is best or whatever their local phone seller convinces them to buy. Which usually means whatever cheap POS they make the most margin on.