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  • lawstuff22 lawstuff22 Apr 12, 2012 1:29 PM Flag

    Number Of Mobile Internet Users In China Jumps 52%

    Number Of Mobile Internet Users In China Jumps 52%

    Posted 04/10/2012 11:36 AM ET

    A newly issued study by the government-run China Internet Network Information Center says that the number of mobile Internet users in China jumped by a whopping 52% in 2011, to 356 million.

    The official study, which was reported Tuesday by the Beijing Evening News, tracked users of mobile phones, tablets and other wireless devices. Some 122 million more people in China were accessing the Internet via mobile devices at the end of 2011 compared with year-end 2010, the agency said.

    It also says that smartphone users in China totaled 190 million at the end of 2011, with daily average mobile Internet use weighing in at 109 minutes.

    The most-used features were said to be Internet portal Tencent's QQ instant messaging platform and other IM services, as well as mobile search. China's search leader is Baidu (BIDU), and other popular Internet sites include NetEase (NTES), Sohu (SOHU) and Sina (SINA).

    The study focused on mobile Internet users in mainland China and didn't include those in Hong Kong and Macao.

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    • as per mobi last qtr;
      "We continue to invest heavily in Android in order to best position Sky-mobi once Android handset shipments reach meaningful levels early next year. We recently made a strategic investment in an Android ROM developer and have a strong pipeline in development. Following the launch of a card game center in September, we plan to launch a full Android community including an application store, PC suite and multimedia player by year end," Mr. Song continued.

      "We anticipate a continued growth in our user base, along with higher monetization rates, as we expand our relationships with leading Chinese social media and content partners, such as the recently announced SINA Weibo that went live on our community, encourage developers to provide compelling content via OPENSKY and establish our Android infrastructure. We are also exploring opportunities to expand our relationships beyond service providers to include carriers," Mr. Song concluded.

    • Smartphone Sales

      China has sold about 300 million mobile devices in the past 12 months, of which more than 90 percent were feature phones, Yeung said. The situation will change this year as sales of smartphones, which have computer-like capabilities for running software and accessing websites, may rise to about 30 percent of the mobile-phone market, he said.

      Sky-Mobi will benefit from increasing sales of smartphones starting from September this year, Yeung said. Contributions from smartphone applications to revenue will become “significant” in 2013, he said.

      Sales for the quarter ended Dec. 31 rose 3.8 percent from the same period a year ago to 167.3 million yuan ($26.6 million), Sky-mobi, based in Hangzhou in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, said in a Feb. 15 statement. Net income dropped 96.6 percent from a year ago to 6.4 million yuan.

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