Alibaba’s unknown browser app is dominating Google’s Chrome in emerging markets

Alibaba’s unknown browser app is dominating Google’s Chrome in emerging markets

UC Browser, a mobile browser owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has become more popular than Google’s Chrome in some of Asia’s fastest-growing markets, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing data from web analytics firm StatCounter, the paper reported that millions of people in India, Indonesia and other emerging markets getting online for […]

WeChat accounts could double as state IDs in China

WeChat accounts could double as state IDs in China

Some WeChat users in China will soon be able to use the chat app as a state-issued ID card. Financial Times reports that those living in Guangdong’s capital city Guangzhou will be able to use facial recognition to link their identities to the app in the Nansha district this week. The feature will apparently roll […]

Chinese app developers account for a quarter of global App Store earnings

Chinese app developers account for a quarter of global App Store earnings

1.8m developers using Apple’s platform in China have earned a total 112bn yuan (£12.5bn), representing around a quarter of total global App Store earnings. The figures were revealed by Apple chief executive Tim Cook in a speech given yesterday to a public cyber policy forum, organised by the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), which oversees internet regulation […]

Tappx continues global growth with China office opening

Tappx continues global growth with China office opening

Tappx, a fast growth mobile app monetisation company, announced the opening of a new office in Beijing and the appointment of Bob Wang as China Country Manager. This expansion means that Tappx now has active operations in Spain, India, UK and China. The Beijing office will deliver Tappx services and consultancy for local customers and […]

Chinese tech titans Baidu and Xiaomi announce AI and Internet of Things partnership

Chinese tech titans Baidu and Xiaomi announce AI and Internet of Things partnership

Two of China’s biggest tech companies, internet search giant Baidu and smartphone maker Xiaomi, have entered into a partnership that will see them “establish in-depth cooperation.” The businesses said on November 28 that the partnership would leverage their strengths in both artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) to provide “an enhanced experience” […]

Washington DC expands its partnership with WeChat to cater to the Chinese tourist market

Washington DC expands its partnership with WeChat to cater to the Chinese tourist market

Destination DC (DDC), the official marketing organisation for Washington DC, expands its partnership with WeChat by launching the first City Experience Mini Program in the United States to support Chinese travellers when they arrive in the city. Through Tencent’s instant messaging platform, DDC continues its expansion into Washington, DC’s top overseas market with the immersive new program built for the […]

Alibaba’s Alipay pilots facial recognition payment technology at KFC in China

Alibaba’s Alipay pilots facial recognition payment technology at KFC in China

China has become the first nation to embrace facial recognition technology to authorise digital payments following an innovative play by Alibaba to ease queues in local KFC restaurants. The so-called ‘smile to pay’ service has been introduced in the city of Huangzhou as part of a trial with the chicken chain to boost the customer […]

Apple Accepts WeChat Pay In Bid To Boost Sales In China

Apple Accepts WeChat Pay In Bid To Boost Sales In China

Apple will now accept WeChat Pay as a payment method for App Store and iTunes purchases as it seeks to boost sales in China. The move comes months after Apple and WeChat owner Tencent fell out over Apple’s stance on in-app purchases. In a statement to Chinese media, Apple said the company is “dedicated to providing multiple […]