New China Mobile App Store Supports Dell Device

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A Dell mobile device is listed beside handsets supported by the China Mobile application store launched this week.


A Dell device called the mini3i was listed beside Nokia and Samsung handsets on the mobile home page of the download store on Tuesday. Links on the Web site appeared to contain the application store software for supported phones.


China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, launched its application store on Monday, a China Mobile spokeswoman said in an e-mail. She did not reply to questions about the Dell device.


A Dell smartphone has been submitted to China's regulatory authorities for testing and is expected to go on sale next month, said Zhang Jun, an analyst at research house Wedge MKI.


The phone is 2G and uses China Mobile's in-house mobile operating system, Zhang said, citing sources at Dell and China Mobile.

A Dell mobile phone would mark its entry to the a crowded market, and a major move from its background in PCs.


The China Mobile OS is a version of the Google Android platform that comes with embedded applications owned by the carrier. Other "Ophones," the name for handsets that use the OS, are on the way from companies including Lenovo Mobile and Dopod, the China partner of High Tech Computer (HTC).


Dell has said it is working with China Mobile on "mobile product development" but has not announced when any device will be available.


China Mobile on Tuesday promoted its download store, called the Mobile Market, with a training conference for application developers. Developers will receive 70 percent of the revenue from paid downloads of their applications, while the carrier will keep 30 percent.


China Mobile claimed to be the world's first carrier to operate a mobile download platform, though the success of the iPhone App Store has also inspired handset makers like Nokia to open the platforms themselves.


China Mobile had 493 million mobile subscribers at the end of June. It was not immediately clear Tuesday how many applications were available in the carrier's download store, but a test version of the Web site that briefly appeared last month separated the applications into sections for games, music, videos, software, themes and reading material.

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