You could certainly say that 2014 was the year of the Chinese tech company, but 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger.

The country’s largest tech brands exploded in a way that only China and its 1.3 billion consumers can manage. From Alibaba’s record-breaking IPO to the meteoric rise of smartphone maker (and world’s largest startup) Xiaomi, Chinese tech companies are proving that China has vast potential for ridiculously concentrated growth.

Augmented reality is one sector that’s come out of the shadows over the past year. Internationally, the AR market – for everything from wearables to retail – has been escalating since 2013, with experimental products and startups surfacing.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com