China is world's top smartphone producer

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 15:50 hrs

Beijing, Jan 16 (IANS) China last year shipped 224 million smartphones, making the country the world's largest smartphone producer, according to official data released Wednesday.

In 2012, over 730,000 Chinese apps were launched on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad platforms, Xinhua cited the China Academy of Telecommunication Research as saying.

Beijing-based research firm Analysys International has predicted that China's mobile internet market will reach 429.6 billion yuan ($68 billion) in 2015.

In 2012, China added 50.9 million internet users, bringing the total to 564 million, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.

With mobile phones becoming the primary channel for using the internet in China, the number of mobile internet users increased 18 percent to 420 million.

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