Lenovo, China’s biggest maker of personal computers, aims to develop
smartphone applications in-house as it seeks to win market share from
Apple. Chairman Liu Chuanzhi told the Netrepreneur Summit in Hangzhou,
‘Besides hardware, there is the software content we also must think
about. We must move in this direction because the market for handsets
is very competitive.’
Lenovo also states it plans to sell a game console in China by the end
of this year. It started selling the LePhone smartphone on China’s
domestic market in May.
Apple’s iPhone is the bestselling smartphone in China with first-half
shipments of more than 900,000, according to industry consultants BDA
Bloomberg reports Lenovo received 98% of its RMB16.6 billion ($2.45
billion) revenue last year from personal computers, and less than 1%
from mobile phones. Thus it is imperative it produces mobile phones
with better, perhaps China focussed, features.