Smartphone Market in China: Challenges, Opportunities, and Promises

Smartphone Market in China: Challenges, Opportunities, and Promises

Jujian Chen, Xiaorui Hu
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1981-4.ch008
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In this chapter, the current smartphone market in China is investigated and a comprehensive view of the Chinese mobile market is offered to the global audience. The history of the Chinese mobile phone market is introduced, the smartphone market’s benefits and challenges are presented, and the competition in smartphone apps’ market is demonstrated. Besides providing a comprehensive view of the Chinese mobile market, this chapter offers insight to the Chinese government on mobile market regulations and legal enforcement, promotes mobile phone users’ awareness toward mobile application threats, and presents opportunities in the Chinese mobile phone market to the global smartphone manufacturers, mobile application developers, and mobile phone security software vendors.
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Chinese Mobile Phone History

Chinese Mobile Phone Development

The first Chinese mobile phone service was introduced in 1987 by the former China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC). The first generation analog mobile phones used the standards of AMPS, TACS, and NMT. At that time, however, the communication signals were unstable and eavesdropping was a serious problem. The second-generation mobile phones used GSM and CDMA standards, most of which supported GPRS and WAP network services. It added the data transfer function to the simple call function. The third generation of mobile phones combined the wireless communication functionality with the multimedia communication ability. Currently, three standards are used in China: the United States’ CDMA2000, European’s WCDMA, and Chinese unique TD-SCDMA. Because the third-generation mobile phone has achieved significant improvement in the speed of data transmission, it can efficiently process video, music, graphics, e-commerce applications and other multimedia functions.

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