Posts Tagged: 2012 in review


Line 150 million users

2012 Was a Year of Crazy Growth for Japanese Chat App Line

NHN Japan had a pretty crazy year in 2012. In retrospect, things really got busy for the company and its wildly successful chat app Line aft...

  • January 3, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
Read More


7 Superb New Apps from China in 2012

With smartphone sales in China up 199 percent this year, all those phone owners will be keen to snap up some fun apps. And Chinese developer...

  • December 31, 2012
  • at 12:30 pm
Read More


Understanding DeNA and Mobage: A Graphical Overview

As the Tokyo editor for TechInAsia, one of the biggest tech players I’ve had to watch over the past year has been DeNA (TYO:2432), as the ...

  • December 26, 2012
  • at 1:00 pm
Read More


10 Insane Cases of Censorship on Sina Weibo in 2012

It has been a doubleplusgood year for Sina Weibo in terms of doubling its registered user count to 400 million. But, as China’s hottes...

  • December 24, 2012
  • at 3:20 pm
Read More

sina-weibo-app-icon

Sina Weibo’s Hottest Topics and Most Popular Users of 2012

Oh yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: the time when everyone starts releasing end of year lists. And while most of them ar...

  • December 20, 2012
  • at 10:00 am
Read More


6 Reasons Video-Sharing Apps Were the Biggest Startup Letdown of 2012

This time last year I was raving, I was gushing, all over startups making video-sharing apps. I named one such venture as one of my standout...

  • December 7, 2012
  • at 4:15 pm
Read More

gree-timeline

GREE’s 2012 Mobile Gaming Adventure [Timeline]

Last week we took a retrospective look at Japanese mobile gaming giant DeNA (TYO:2432), a company that surprised a lot of people in the past...

  • January 2, 2013
  • at 2:00 pm
Read More

happy-2013

TechInAsia: A Look Back At 2012, With An Eye On Even Better Things to Come

2011 was the year when we first established our core team, and building on top of that, 2012 has been a period of strong growth. This year s...

  • December 31, 2012
  • at 12:08 pm
Read More


Why 2013 Will Be the Worst Year Ever for China Tech

Amidst all the 2012 in review madness, I thought it might be fun to turn our eyes to the future for a moment and make some predictions about...

  • December 25, 2012
  • at 3:00 pm
Read More


The Top 10 Chinese Searches on Baidu in 2012 — Hint: There’s a Lot About Corruption

Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) loves lists as much as the next human, so the leading Chinese search engine has compiled the top ten searches for hot ne...

  • December 20, 2012
  • at 3:30 pm
Read More


5 Great iOS Apps from Japan in 2012

There have been lots of great applications to emerge from Japan over the past year. And while I can’t claim to have that many of them, I h...

  • December 17, 2012
  • at 10:30 am
Read More