China Mobile, the world’s biggest wireless phone carrier, has launched its self-developed operating system for the OPhone to pit itself against China Unicom which has signed a multiyear iPhone deal with Apple. The system is based on Linux and compatible with Google’s Android. It is reported that more than 20 phone makers, such as Lenovo, Dell, LG, Dopod, Philips and Hisense, are developing the handset for the OPhone. The one illustrated is from Lenovo. You think it looks a bit like an iPhone? Funny, that.
The China Perspective shows there is plenty of room for competition. China’s mobile services earnings rose 11% year-on-year to 59.3% of the total telecommunications sector, in the first 7 months of the year. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the number of the services is over 700 million.