Mobile online overtakes desktop in China

Mobile online overtakes desktop in ChinaIn China, the mobile phone can now be regarded as the key terminal device for Chinese to get online. More people go online via mobile devices than on desktop computers.

According to an industry report, the number of people who go online via mobile devices in China has for the first time exceeded the number using computers. Currently, 83.4 per cent of China’s Internet surfers are using mobile phones to go online, according to the report issued by the China Internet Network Information Center.

China now has a total of 632 million ‘netizens’, 527 million of whom logged onto the World Wide Web through their smartphones, the report said. The increasing number of smartphone owners has driven a rapid rise in e-commerce, instant messaging and entertainment applications.

According to the report, the number of users who use mobile phones to make payments has increased 63.4 percent from January to June, with the use of payment apps growing in a similar fashion. Instant messaging applications like Weibo and Wechat are still used the most among mobile Internet users, followed by online shopping apps, including Taobao and Jingdong.

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