China Mobile Internet

In this March 28, 2012 photo, Chinese performers hold up cards showing the various apps available for online users for shopping and other services at the launch of a mobile phone in Beijing, China. In an abrupt shift, some 81 percent of China’s 618 million Internet users go online via smartphone or tablet, part of a worldwide trend known as the mobile Internet. The services Chinese users flock to are usually privately owned, while the competitors they leave behind belong to the state. Video websites compete with state TV, online financial services draw deposits away from banks and instant messaging apps take revenue from government-owned phone carriers. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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