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Global mobile brands find lines busy in China (9)

(China Daily)

13:29, September 24, 2012

As all the operating systems strive to boost user numbers, the only underdog is Symbian, an operating system abandoned by Nokia at the end of last year. Nokia said the Symbian operating system will be obsolete by 2016.

Symbian's penetration rate fell to 6 percent in the second quarter of this year in China, a drop from 32.3 percent a year ago, according to Analysys International.

But Nokia has found a stronger operating system to lean on: Microsoft's Windows.

In September, the Finnish cellphone maker launched its Lumia 920, the company's first device running the latest Windows Phone 8 system. The device is expected to enter the mainland market by the end of the year and will further squeeze the high-end market before the debut of iPhone 5.

During a New York news briefing earlier this month, Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Nokia Corp, said China has become the largest Windows Phone device market in the world.

The country is also the biggest single-country market for Windows Phone devices manufactured by Nokia, according to Flann Gao, Nokia China communications manager. With 1.06 billion mobile subscriptions, China has great potential in the global smartphone industry, he said.

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