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China has more people going online with a mobile device than a PC

Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:53 PM
 
China is the largest smartphone market in the world, and by 2018 is likely to account for nearly one-third of the expected 1.8 billion smartphones shipped that year, according to data firm IDC.More people are now turning to a mobile device - such as a phone or tablet - to access the Internet, figures released on 21st July 2014 showed. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - The number of China's internet users going online with a mobile device - such as a smartphone or tablet - has overtaken those doing so with a personal computer (PC) for the first time, said the official China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) on Monday.

China's total number of internet users crept up 2.3 per cent to 632 million by the end of June, from 618 million at the end of 2013, said CNNIC's internet development statistics report.

Of those, 527 million - or 83 per cent - went online via mobile. Those doing so with a PC made up 81 per cent the total.

China is the largest smartphone market in the world, and by 2018 is likely to account for nearly one-third of the expected 1.8 billion smartphones shipped that year, according to data firm IDC.

 
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