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Mobile phones are used for internet access by half the Chinese population

According to a recent report, approximately 620 million people in China use smartphone to go online.

A new official report from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has said that around 620 million people in the country – about half of its population – use their mobile phones in order to access the web.

These figures were collected throughout last year and represented the statistics as of the end of December 2015.

This figure represents an increase of 63.03 million users of mobile phones for accessing the internet, last year. It is also a figure that represents about 90.1 percent of the total number of internet users in China, which is estimated to be 688 million. This helps to further illustrate the importance of mobile devices as a driver in the internet user population in China. Smartphones have allowed the country to achieve the highest internet using population in the world, by far, said the CNNIC.

That said, it is important to note that the users of those mobile phones experience the same online restrictions.

Mobile Phone Use in ChinaThe Chinese government imposes strict controls over the content that is permitted online. Despite the fact that e-commerce is among the core components of its efforts to convert its economy into one that is more consumer demand based, these regulations remain. In fact, the system currently in place has been called the “Great Firewall of China”, blocking out any content it has determined to be politically sensitive.

The CNNIC report showed that there are about 127 million people in China whose internet access is exclusively over mobile phones. Broad efforts have been made within the country in order to help to boost the internet coverage and, as a result, public services, the standard of living and e-commerce have all benefitted.

The statistics offered by the report have predicted that the number of people who are using mobile health, mobile wallets or online education over smartphones had reached the 152 million, 358 million and 110 million mark, respectively, last year. Furthermore, an estimated 96.6 million people in the country – that is, one in every 14 people in China – used a mobile device in order to call a cab in 2015.

Mobile apps are exploding in India

Indian consumers are showing their love for mobile apps

Mobile app usage in India is exploding. More consumers are beginning to use a variety of application in their daily lives, with these apps ranging from shopping platforms to social media tools and everything in between. At the recent Apps India conference, mobile experts noted that app usage was increasing due to growing smartphone penetration and the growing interest that consumers have in mobile commerce. As the country’s mobile Internet continues to expand, more consumers are likely to make use of mobile applications as well.

Growing mobile Internet usage is leading more consumers to use mobile apps

Consumers accessing the Internet through their mobile devices are most likely to use applications, especially when it comes to shopping online. Mobile shopping apps have become quite popular among consumers as these applications provide an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience. Notably, educational apps are also becoming more prominent among consumers, as these applications provide consumers with an opportunity to learn new things at their convenience.

App economy is having an impact on India’s economy

 Mobile Apps ExplosionGrowing app usage has also had a positive impact on India’s economy. The app economy has created approximately 75,000 direct jobs throughout the country with the potential to create some 600,000 direct jobs over the coming years. Retailers have also found significant success in the mobile space through their focus on mobile commerce. Mobile shopping applications have made it possible for consumers to shop with their smartphones and tablets in a more convenient way and this has lead to higher revenues for some retailers.

More than 9 billion apps to be downloaded this year

The number of consumers using mobile apps has increased significantly over the past year. Approximately 9 billion mobile apps will be downloaded throughout the country by the end of this year, which is more than five times the number of apps that were downloaded in 2012. This is presenting app developers with very promising opportunities that they can take advantage of to engage consumers and provide them with tools and services that they could be interested in.