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This IDC study analyzes locally developed or homegrown Chinese mobile OSs, which were originally utilized by carriers in order to add more revenue streams to their business. More recently, Internet firms based in China and third-party developers have begun to roll out new breeds of locally developed mobile OSs. By introducing a localized user environment, integrated People's Republic of China (PRC)–specific services, and cloud integration, as well as attractive and affordable handsets, the recent entrants to the PRC homegrown mobile OS market are catching the eye of many Chinese consumers.
"Although many locally developed Chinese mobile OSs are thinly disguised attempts at increasing the vendors' bottom-line, there are gems in this group that truly shine. These vendors know that having a great OS is only half the battle," says Ian Song, research manager, Client Devices, IDC Asia/Pacific.