China Mobile, is set to launch its own Siri-like voice assistant service on Wednesday, a move which will provide more unwelcome local competition for Apple in the world’s biggest smartphone market. The carrier, which is the world’s largest by subscribers, will unveil its “intelligent voice portal” at its global developers …
China mobile is so big, I wonder if they may someday try to own their entire ecosystem
Create their own Android fork, using their own maps, app store and so on. Have a manufacturer like Foxconn make their own branded phones. They are state owned, if they decided that only the phones they produce could be used on their network, there would be no one to tell them that's wrong or anticompetitive. Suddenly China Mobile owns 70% of the mobile phone market in China, with Lenovo, Samsung, Apple and the rest fighting for the scraps on the two smaller carriers.
Re: China mobile is so big...
Basically, if CM were to have a Foxconn-a-like build their own branded smartphones for use on their own ecosystem the whole lot would have to be beautifully designed and constantly innovated/upgraded because, with smartphones, if you can't have the New Shiny on one network you can jump ship to another who will give you your toy.
It would be a big risk to their huge market share to go that way when hardware and UI design isn't their core business strength as opposed to the likes of The Fruity Company or HTC, for example. Not to say they couldn't theoretically do so, as you suggest, just that it would be a strange race for them to enter, considering the risks, for the possible extra revenue from owning the whole experience.