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Rumor: China Mobile to Continue Developing Android Variants

Tencent Tech, 5/05/11

An industry source says that following China Mobile's (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) release of its OPhone 2.5 mobile OS, the operator intends to continue its "Android+" strategy of developing a unique Chinese mobile operating system based on Android source code in the near future. In the long term, China Mobile may consider developing a fully independent operating system with Android application compatibility, switching to a self-developed system based on the open-source Linux kernel. A source at a TD-SCDMA handset manufacturer said that OPhone 2.5 was developed to provide smartphones priced at or below RMB 1,000 without sacrificing quality.

Keywords: pricing China Mobile mobile OS handset Linux wireless OPhone Android CHL 0941.HK smartphone

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