Netease Tech, 6/08/11
Wang Tun, VP of Beijing-based mobile software solutions provider Borqs, recently revealed that version 3.0 of China Mobile's (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) OPhone mobile OS will be released in Q1 2012, featuring improved security, IPv6 support, and new cloud-based services.
The OPhone or Open Mobile System (OMS) is an Android-based platform that supports a number of China Mobile data services, such as mobile IM client Fetion, the Mobile Market app store, and 139 mobile e-mail. Wang said Borqs is cooperating with over 20 handset manufacturers to produce OPhone smartphones, with R&D completed on 29 handsets, more than 20 of which have already been released. As of the end of last year, OPhone accounted for 38% of the TD-SCDMA smartphone market. A number of handset manufacturers, including Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ), and Sharp, will continue to release products this year featuring the recently released OPhone 2.5 mobile OS, at prices significantly lower than those in the past two years.