Mo­bile In­ter­net users turn to smart­phones

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The num­ber of mo­bile In­ter­net users in China was 500 mil­lion at the end of last year, and more than 80 per­cent of Chi­nese In­ter­net users are us­ing smart­phones, ac­cord­ing to an in­dus­try re­port.

The na­tion added roughly 80 mil­lion mo­bile ne­ti­zens in 2013, said the China In­ter­net Net­work In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter, a govern­ment-backed in­dus­try ad­min­is­tra­tive body.

The to­tal num­ber of Web users in China stood at 618 mil­lion at the end of De­cem­ber, a 9.5 per­cent in­crease over the year be­fore, CNNIC said.

The grow­ing num­ber of smart­phone own­ers also has driven a rapid rise in video, mu­sic and in­stant mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tions over the past year, said Liu Bing, deputy di­rec­tor at CNNIC.

Nearly 250 mil­lion ne­ti­zens in the coun­try are ei­ther watch­ing video con­tent or down­load­ing it us­ing their smart­phones, a surge of 83.8 per­cent, year-on-year.

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