This year, no matter what kind of discussion on innovation we have, it seems that people just cannot help but come back to a few key topics: microblogging, location-based services, group purchasing, the iPad, and mobile networks.
Thus, it’s not surprising that in the space of one year we’ve seen a massive explosion in group-purchase sites; portal-sponsored and grassroots microblog platforms; checking-in becoming both popular and fashionable; and people going crazy over the iPad. More and more development teams are moving towards mobile networks, and capital markets are seemingly moving towards backing Android as the number one choice for mobile network development.
People on the edge of innovation seem to agree that opportunities abound, even though they may be very well hidden – the key is just finding, exposing, and exploiting them. The problems that have to be addressed, however, are not few: how to judge these opportunities; how to cater to and fit into the conditions they come with and create; how to forge one’s own path; how deal with violent competition; how to stand out from the crowd; and how to deal with risk and changing market conditions.
In this issue, we’ll explore how these major factors affecting development of the mobile network market within China, and at the same time introduce the domestic microblogging scene and its state of development. We’ll take a peek at the iPad and the development opportunities it presents for us, and through these themes showcase the directions in which innovation is proceeding in China.