With a bigger China editorial team, we’ve got a ton of cool news for you this week. Thanks to Steven, Paul, Charlie, and Josh for all their insights into the ever-changing landscape in China.
Guess who’s getting into the messaging app battle? Alibaba. Is it possible that we’ll start to see Alibaba use a kind of Kindle-like strategy with its chat app, pushing content and purchases on top of a platform everybody uses? Well, Alibaba has to win the chat app battle first.
Once again, the international press jumped the gun on this one. We really need to start reading the fine print.
Fast mobile internet coming to China very soon. With mobile adoption at the top of the world, this is big for China’s mobile users.
As much as Xiaomi’s CEO doesn’t want to be called the Apple of China, it’s interesting that the company is opening an Apple-like store. It’s an unbeatable model, after all. Google and Microsoft have also copied it.
In other words, China’s tech giants are all getting really into cloud. Are we about to see more big data and services by next year’s end?
The intersection of television and tech is of course a huge potential.
360 million is well beyond the size of the population of America. It’s only a matter of time before 100 percent of China’s population has a smartphone.
One of the leaders in pushing smartphones to Chinese citizens has to be Xiaomi. Shipping these numbers, although nowhere close to what Apple ships in a few days, is still huge.
Possibly one of the hottest pieces of news in China this week for tech. I wonder if we’ll start to see a Huawei for consoles in the near future? If a player can drive down the price and still get a gaming ecosystem, it’s certainly a possibility.
Tmall is keen to get more overseas retailers selling directly to Chinese consumers. This could be good news for medium-sized businesses who couldn’t access the Chinese market before. (Updated: Corrected this summary).