Smartphones Surpass 15% of Cell Phone Shipments in China

China's smartphone market saw strong growth throughout 2008 with shipments showing a 30% increase over the previous year, reports In-Stat Smartphones accounted for 15.3% of total mobile phone shipments in China last year, up from 12% in 2007.

Mobile Internet applications, GPS, and multimedia functionality were the most important drivers. In the smartphone OS marketplace, Symbian retained its leading position and saw a small share increase in 2008 due to steady growth of Nokia smartphone sales and a drop in Linux smartphone sales.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • China's smartphone shipments are projected to more than triple by 2013.

  • The next wave of smartphone market growth will be driven by lower barriers to entry in both OS and chipset platform solutions.

  • A free and complete smartphone software platform from OHA and the Symbian Foundation will fuel smartphone market growth in the coming years.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,   Lower Barriers to Entry Will Drive China's Smartphone Market (#IN0904538CWW), which covers the Chinese market for smartphones. It includes:

  • Examination of the smartphone value chain.
  • Analysis of chipset market trends.
  • Smartphone OS market trend analysis including Symbian, Google Android, OMS, and Windows Mobile.
  • Examination of market drivers and barriers in China.
  • Forecasts of China's smartphone market unit sales through 2013.
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This research is part of In-Stat's China Wireless service, which provides insight into the technologies, consumer requirements, devices, applications, and business models of the world's fastest growing economy and mobile market.

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