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SMARTPHONES: China Ranks World N0.1, Ships 224m in 2012

China has become the world’s largest supplier of smartphones after it shipped 224 million units in 2012.

Citing official data, the Xinhua news agency reported that the country also added 50.9 million Internet users in 2012, bringing the total to 564 million at the end of last year

During 2012, over 730,000 Chinese apps were launched on Apple iOS platforms, and the number of apps in China Mobile’s online Mobile Market approached 150,000, according to a statement from the China Academy of Telecommunication Research.

The number of mobile Internet users increased 18.1 percent to 420 million, with mobile phones becoming the primary channel for using the Internet in China.

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