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The top 10 Android app stores in China in 2017

We’ve updated for 2018. Check out this year’s list here. While Apple continues to have their struggles in China, Android-powered smartphones are picking up the slack. Unfortunately, Google isn’t doing so well in China either. This means that if Android users want to download applications, they must rely on app stores operated by local players. The app […]

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Xiaomi Launches Mobile Payment Service Mi Pay

Mi Pay, the long-awaited mobile payment service from Xiaomi, will be available for all Xiaomi users from tomorrow (September 1st). Xiaomi registered a payment service company as early as in 2013, but only in January this year did the company obtain an official license by acquiring a controlling stake in local online payment services company Ruifutong. Like Apple […]

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China’s tech firms are adapting to an increasingly IP sensitive environment

Over the past few decades, China has been perceived as a land of copycats where local firms duplicate proven technologies and business models from the West without giving due credit. Counterfeit apparel, blatant technology infringements and pirated movies are still stereotypical portrayals of  the state of intellectual property (IP) protection dynamics in the Middle Kingdom. […]

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Xiaomi Has Revealed Their VR Headset

China is obsessed with VR, and Xiaomi is not about to be left behind. The hardware giant revealed their first VR product on Thursday: a smartphone-enabled headset called Mi VR. True to Xiaomi style, the gadget is ridiculously cheap at 1 yuan a piece (about $0.20), but before you go scrounging through your spare change jar, […]

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How Chinese manufacturers’ interception of foreign IoT tech is a threat to our privacy

The Internet of Things (IoT) is ushering in the world of connected devices. Set to become an industry worth $8.9 trillion by 2020, it is, however, one of the rockiest industries for startups entering the field, according to industry insiders. In the “factory of the world,” getting your product manufactured can sometimes also get it […]

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Is Xiaomi Pivoting Away From Smartphones?

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun wanted to make one thing clear when he spoke at the Summer Davos event in Tianjin on Monday: “Xiaomi was never meant to be just a smartphone vendor.” The company, which rocketed to fame through mega-sales of budget smartphones, is now stepping back from its revenue-driving product, amid a stagnating smartphone market and […]

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China’s underground anime fan culture is changing how brands market in China

Some Chinese tech firms get all the attention. BATJ, Xiaomi, ofo, and all the “sharing economy” startups have dominated headlines over the past few years. However, there is another group of companies who choose to keep a relatively low profile but are nonetheless an important part of China’s ever-growing tech landscape. Bilibili might be a lesser-known name […]

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