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Mobile browsing war intensifies as growth in smartphone population slows

By Li Qiaoyi (Global Times)

08:02, April 28, 2012

China's market for third-party mobile Internet browsers is seeing a moderation in user growth, resulting in intensified competition in the market, according to a research report released Thursday.

The number of third-party mobile browsing service users hit more than 230 million as of the first quarter of the year, but the growth rate shrank by 10 percentage points to 9.3 percent during the quarter, says the report from Beijing-based market research agency Analasys International.

The less vibrant growth seen in the country's smartphone population as well as homogeneous services attributes to the moderation, the report says, noting this has intensified market competition. They call for a market reshuffle.

Leading mobile Internet browser providers have already begun offering more value-packed services to strengthen their foothold.

UC Mobile, the country's largest provider for mobile Internet browsing, announced Tuesday they will cooperate with China UnionPay to launch a browser-based mobile payment solution, to combat rivals such as Chinese-developed Dolphin Browser, a popular mobile Internet browser operating overseas, which announced in March a return to its home market.


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