Mobile Internet users turn to smartphones
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.