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Nine Mind-Blowing Things We Learnt On China’s Singles’ Day 2015 Mega-Sale

1. Alibaba’s Total Revenue Total GMV (Gross Merchandise Volume) settled through Alibaba’s payment affiliate Alipay was $14.3 billion USD (91.2 billion yuan), and increase of 60% compared to 2014.  2. How Much Was From Mobile? Total mobile GMV settled through Alipay was approximately 9.8 billion USD (62.6 billion yuan), exceeding total GMV in 2014, and accounted […]

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What’s The Next Phase In China’s Android App Market?

As China’s tech powers rapidly consolidate competing products, one area of the market continues to be conspicuously fragmented, Android app stores. So what does China’s Android app scene look like in 2015? Tencent’s Android app store MyApp has reached 180 million daily downloads as of the past October, up 80% year-over-year, the company announced at its 2015 […]

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Xiaomi Users Like History, iPhone Users Like Cars: What Your Smartphone Says About You

Brand is identity; from our sneakers to our coffee cup, we like to make sure our logos line up with our egos. And it’s especially true of the coveted digital sidekicks to China’s growing middle class; the smartphone. We know iPhones now outweigh other brands in China’s top tier cities, while Android still reigns dominant countrywide with homegrown startups like Xiaomi […]

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The Top Ten Android App Stores In China 2015

Looking for the latest figures on app stores in China? Check out our 2017 update. Google is hoping to launch a modified Play Store with approved apps later this fall. It’s a glimmering speck of hope for the U.S. tech company which has been largely shut out behind the firewall over the past five years. In […]

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Baofeng Sets Up Smart TV Brand To Take On Xiaomi and LeTV

China’s online video service Baofeng has established a joint venture with domestic animation company Alpha Animation and Culture, consumer electronics manufacturer 3Nod and Ririshun, the logistics arm of home appliance giant Hair, to develop a homegrown Smart TV brand Baofeng TV. The joint venture will mean the acquisition of Haier’s smart TV affiliate Tongshuai Chuangzhijia. Under the deal, Baofeng will […]

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Alibaba-Backed Paytm Granted Banking License In India

Paytm, a leading Indian mobile payment platform that is backed by Alibaba’s Ant Financial, is one of 11 Indian payment banks that has been granted “in-principle” approval to set up payment banks. The newly minted payment banks will go through an 18 month provisional period before they can receive a full license, according to the Reserve Bank of […]

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Xiaomi’s Custom Android System MIUI Has 100M Users

Xiaomi, the Chinese smart device and internet service developer, today announced that the activated accounts of MIUI, the custom Android system developed by the company, have passed 100 million. Launched on August 16th 2010, MIUI is preloaded in connected Xiaomi devices and compatible with more than 100 Android phone models. Since more than 87 million […]