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A Glimpse of China’s Mobile Internet Industry in Q2 of 2012

The status of the mobile market in China.

The financial reports of several Internet companies have been published recently, along with a series of related data for Q2 of 2012. From the data, we can glimpse a few featues of the mobile market and the developmental trends of the mobile Internet industry in China.

China’s smart phone shipments take the lead.

Global smart phone shipments reached 158 million in Q2, and China took the lead with a share of 27%, while America accounted for 16%, according to a recent report by Canalys. Additionally, Samsung dominated China’s smart phone market with 17% of the whole share while Chinese brands including ZTE, Lenovo and Huawei followed in second, third and fourth place respectively. The three native mobile phone companies represent a total of 60% market share. This rise of Chinese mobile manufacturers is largely due to their sound understanding among local consumers and their quick reaction to market needs.

—-by Peng Luping, President of Canalys China Market Research Department

Ultrabooks will not stop the wane of PCs

The fast development of smart phones threatens the PC market, so Intel has launched its Ultrabook line to try to reverse the trend. However, according to data by IDC, the global shipment of Ultrabooks has failed expectations with merely 0.5 million in shipments. In fact, other companies, including Acer, Asus, Lenovo, etc. also face poor performance in the Ultrabook market.

The Ultrabook is just a replacement of the traditional laptop no matter how much it is valued. It has nothing to do with creativity and can’t bring users a different experience.

—-by Analysys International analyst Sun Peilin

There are more viruses targeting Android mobiles than Symbian.

In Q2 of 2012, Tencent’s Mobile Security Lab intercepted 23,413 mobile phone virus software packages, with 4,912 for Symbian and 18,501 for Android. This reveals that the growing popularity of the Android operating system has had its effect.

The rampancy of viruses on mobiles will provoke competition in the data security software industry and will develop an industry chain for mobile security.

—-by Tencent Mobile Security Lab

Translated from the Chinese original by Stella Wang (Wldbs)

Edited by Matt Johnson

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