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China as an Innovation Nation$
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Yu Zhou, William Lazonick, and Yifei Sun

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753568.001.0001

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The Evolution of China’s Mobile Phone Industry and Good-Enough Innovation

The Evolution of China’s Mobile Phone Industry and Good-Enough Innovation

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China as an Innovation Nation

Shin-Horng Chen

Pei-Chang Wen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the evolution of China’s mobile phone industry, with a special focus on the effect of migration to smartphones on the industrial ecosystem and industrial transformation. The Chinese market was dominated not long ago by the notorious Shanzhai handset makers. In the migration from 2G to 3G and smartphones in China, a few home-grown brands have become the leading suppliers of smartphones, outperforming international premium brands. The chapter assesses the significance of layered platform-based development in the migration toward smartphones and mobile digital services. In addition, it discusses a co-evolution process of social and market factors, in shaping Chinese “good-enough innovations,” to highlight the role of distinct demands in the Chinese market and the growing popularity of mobile internet services within Chinese “walled garden” with heavy regulation and censorship. Moreover, the chapter discusses the “three-level model for standards and innovation in ICT,” including the infrastructure, middleware (service platform), and application levels.

Keywords:   smartphone, co-evolution of market and technology, mobile phone industry, platform, good-enough innovation, TD-SCDMA, Shanzhai handset

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