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China Mobile's upgraded smartphone OS to boost 3G use

Michael Kan | Dec. 15, 2010
China Mobile plans to launch OPhone OS versions 2.5 and 3.0 next year

The OPhone OS so far has been featured on higher-end smartphones. But officials with the China Mobile Research Institute said the goal is to begin using the OS on more medium and lower-end smartphones, to lower prices. Many smartphones are priced from 2000 yuan up to 5000 yuan (US$300 to $752). But companies have sought to lower the prices to 1,000 yuan ($150).

Major handset manufactures like Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have already begun building phones using the TD-SCDMA network. More than 20 devices operate with the OPhone OS. On Monday, China Mobile also announced it was working to establish an "innovation alliance" to further develop the OPhone OS, although the company provided few details of the project.


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