China Mobile Intros 'Ophones' - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
News
8/31/2009
01:15 PM
50%
50%

China Mobile Intros 'Ophones'

The provider hopes smartphones from Dell, HTC, Lenovo, and others will help drive mobile data adoption in the world's biggest mobile market.

Days after rival China Unicom said it would offer Apple's iPhone, China Mobile showed off multiple "Ophones" from Dell, HTC, and Lenovo.

China Mobile has been tailoring the Google-backed Android operating system to craft its Open Mobile System OS for smartphones. These Ophones will carry China Mobile's branding, as well as carrier-specific applications that deliver news, e-mail, and other services. These smartphones are expected to help boost the adoption of China Mobile's 3G service, which will be using the home-grown TD-SCDMA standard.

The Lenovo Mobile O1 will be the first Ophone to support 3G, and it will be available next month. With a large touch screen, the handset's design and user interface are similar to the iPhone. Dell's device also has a large touch screen, but it only has 2G capabilities. Dell maintains that its mobile computing devices are just a proof of concept, but it is widely expected to release a smartphone called the Mini3i later this year.

HTC will also be bringing its Magic smartphone to China Mobile with the carrier's specific OS. The touch-screen smartphone has multiple high-end features like 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, and a 3.2-megapixel camera, but it likely won't have Wi-Fi, to comply with government regulations.

China is becoming increasingly important in the mobile industry due to the number of potential subscribers. China Mobile alone has about 500 million subscribers, which is more than the entire population of the United States and Japan combined. China Unicom is the country's second-largest wireless operator with more than 125 million subscribers, and this is far larger than the subscriber base of AT&T or Verizon Wireless.

Multiple handset makers are lining up to capitalize on this huge potential audience, as China Mobile said it eventually expects Ophones from companies like Phillips, ZTE, Samsung, Motorola, and LG Electronics.


What are the five best practices for smartphone support? InformationWeek has published an independent analysis of this topic. Download the report here (registration required).

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll