China United Network Communications Group Co, the parent of China Unicom, has launched the first domestically developed smart terminal operating system (OS). Officials said Motorola, HTC, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and Dell will launch the first batch of mobile phones using the Wophone OS later this year, challenging Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Phone 7. The average price for each phone will be less than RMB2,500 (USD380).
The Wophone OS can support all 3G mobile standards in use in China – W-CDMA, CDMA2000 1xEVDO and TD-SCDMA – as well as the 4G standard, Long Term Evolution (LTE). It can be used with different types of smart terminals, including tablets, TVs and game consoles, according to the company. Seven Wophone models are scheduled to hit the market this year, with Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment planning to produce and sell the first batch this month.