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 http://www.in-stat.com . 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
- The next wave of smartphone market growth will be driven by
lower barriers to entry in both OS and chipset platform
- 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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