Google inks patent deal with Tencent

Google inks patent deal with Tencent

Google has yet more news from China after the U.S. search firm announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Chinese tech giant Tencent. The terms were not disclosed, but Google said the tie-in with Tencent, which is valued at over $500 billion, covers “a broad range of products and technologies” and is “long-term.” The two firms […]

Didi Chuxing launches bike-sharing service in China

Didi Chuxing launches bike-sharing service in China

Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing launched a bike-sharing platform within its mobile app on Wednesday. Riders in Beijing and Shenzhen can use two popular shared bikes companies, Ofo and Bluegogo, via Didi’s latest version of the app, with no deposit required for riding Bluegogo bikes. Didi is an investor in Ofo, and it announced last […]

Global app downloads surge to 175 billion in 2017, India second largest market after China

Global app downloads surge to 175 billion in 2017, India second largest market after China

India downloaded more apps than the US in 2017, a new report by app analytics provider App Annie has revealed. Riding on increased smartphone penetration and dirt-cheap 4G data access, India accounted for nearly 58 billion of the world’s 175 billion app downloads in 2017. Only China, the world’s largest internet market, is ahead with […]

Lego partners with Tencent to create games and a social network for children in China

Lego partners with Tencent to create games and a social network for children in China

Toymaker Lego has struck a partnership with Chinese internet behemoth Tencent to collaborate across a broad range of digital content and platforms. In making the announcement, Lego said it was seeking to increase the awareness of digital safety among children and parents in China, and to provide Chinese children with “fun, creative and most importantly […]

WeChat opens its closed ecosystem for brands

WeChat opens its closed ecosystem for brands

WeChat has made a fundamental change to the way it works. China’s most popular social media app has always limited its posts’ visibility to the sharer’s friends, or an official account’s followers. While this closed ecosystem limits the potential for content to go viral, it has been an asset for the app’s parent company, Tencent, […]

Top 10 worldwide operators claim 76% of cellular IoT market

Top 10 worldwide operators claim 76% of cellular IoT market

A new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight says that the ten leading global mobile operator groups have a combined market share of 76 percent in cellular IoT. The top players reported a combined active base of 407 million cellular IoT connections at the end of H1-2017. China Mobile was number one with […]

Snap is planning a foray into the Chinese ad market

Snap is planning a foray into the Chinese ad market

Under pressure to boost its slowing revenue growth and a stock price that’s been in the dumps for months, Snap is turning to China. The company is planning on an “ambitious” effort to attract advertisers from China and other Asian-Pacific countries to its Snapchat app. Snap has a goal of quickly growing sales from the […]

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