China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has declared that smartphones shipments are exceeding those of feature phones.
In a report from China’s Sina Tech (via Tech In Asia) China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) revealed that, over the last three months, smartphones have accounted for 56.9 percent of the phones shipped to retailers in the country.
This figure is going to cause concern for phone manufacturers as feature phones continue to die out. Of the 2,099 new phone models that hit the Chinese market in the last six months, only 822 were smartphones. Of those smartphones, 801 (more than 97 percent) were Android-based.
It has been predicted by Nikko Partners that the number of active smartphones in China will pass 200 million by the end of 2012.
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