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Apple's legal troubles open opportunities to competitors

By Tuo Yannan (China Daily)

09:09, March 22, 2012

Chinese and South Korean companies are moving to take advantage of Apple Inc's struggle over copyright and trademark disputes in the largest market for mobile devices in the world.

The South Korean company Samsung Electronic Co Ltd, which had the largest share of the Chinese market for smartphones and TVs last year, saw its revenue from sales of electronic devices in China reach $9.5 billion in 2011, a 32 percent increase year-on-year. That surpassed the average global growth rate for the company's revenue, which was 21 percent during that period, Kim Young-ha, president of Samsung Greater China, said on Wednesday.

Internet mobile devices include smartphones, tablet PCs and smartTVs. The market for those products is seeing intense competition among Apple, Samsung and the Chinese company Lenovo Group Ltd.

About 25.97 million smartphones were sold in China in the last quarter of 2011. Of those, about 22 percent were sold by Samsung and 6.9 percent by Lenovo. Apple's share, meanwhile, decreased by 1.4 percentage points from 7.1 percent in the first quarter, according to figures provided by the domestic IT research company Analysys International.

"In January of this year, Lenovo's market share increased to about 10 percent in the smartphone industry," said Yang Yuanqing, president and CEO of Lenovo. "Since Lenovo became the second-largest PC maker globally last year, we have been putting a greater emphasis on mobile Internet products."

To cater to the Chinese market, Samsung plans to introduce a smartphone that uses Google Inc's Android operating system. It will be called Galaxy Beam and will have a device that enables it to project pictures, documents and videos, the company said on Wednesday.

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