Following China-based application processor (AP) supplier Rockchip’s entry into the Chromebook industry, China-based end device makers are also expected to join the Chromebook supply chain, according to information Digitimes Research has collected from the Greater China supply chain. China-based Bitland and BYD will start producing Chromebooks for brand vendors in 2015 and they will be among only a handful of makers capable of making the device.
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will sign agreements with Administration Commission of Zhengzhou Airport Economic Comprehensive Experimental Area in China by the end of 2014 to establish an airborne logistic hub 2km east of the airport. The hub is set to be fully completed in six years and after the completion, Foxconn’s e-commerce business headquarters will also be set up there.
Mobile gaming is huge in China, and thousands of new games come out each year. That’s good news for the tech industry, but it also means a lot of work for China’s government, and long delays for developers because every game released has to be formally approved by China’s censorship board. And until recently, the group that was reviewing mobile games included just ten people. (It has since been upped to twenty).
The OnePlus One smartphone has started an invite distribution for buying their smartphones in India through an exclusive contest. In the contest, participants need to post a quote along with their #neversettle hash tag and take a selfie. OnePlus will choose 100 lucky winners from among the posted picture to get the right to buy a phone in India. The entire contest strongly hints that the smartphone manufacturer is about to start selling devices in India through a local seller. According to sources, Amazon India is about to get the unique selling right for this smartphone.
China may have the ability to remotely shut down computer systems of US power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, according to director of the US National Security Agency Mike Rogers. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform “reconnaissance” missions to determine how the networks are put together.
NEW DELHI: Availability of low-cost smartphones and increasing penetration of mobile broadband will help India overtake the US as the world’s second largest Internet user-base by 2016, research firm eMarketer said. According to the US-based firm, India’s online population will touch 283.8 million by 2016, leaving behind the US at 264.9 million in the same period.
Chinese third-party Internet payment service provider Alipay.com announced that the company has established a new subsidiary in Sydney, Australia. Alipay will reportedly continue with a local joint venture with Paybang to meet the shopping demands of Australian and Chinese consumers. Alipay will also work together with Australia Post to promote Alipay shopping cards in 4,400 local retailing sites. With those cards, Australian consumers will be able to directly purchase products from Tmall.com and Taobao.com.
HANGZHOU, China: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang demanded a greater role for Beijing in shaping the global Internet, calling for “order” online as he failed to address his government’s censorship of content it deems politically sensitive. “We believe in an open, transparent and above all safe Internet,” Li said on the sidelines of a Chinese-created Internet conference. “That requires an Internet shared and governed by all — all stakeholders equal,” he added, in comments made to representatives from US chip maker Qualcomm and professional networking site LinkedIn.
According to Techweb, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued its fourth round of virtual telecom operator licenses. The licenses grant companies the right to operate a “virtual” telecom company, charging their own fees and offering their own plans but leasing their network from one of China’s three state-owned telecom companies (China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom). The latest list of companies issued licenses includes Xiaomi, Youku-Tudou, and Haier.
Qualcomm wants to enter the server market, but it won’t do it alone, and will tap expertise in China to build the low-power chips. “We’re going to work with Chinese companies to bring that technology and in fact co-develop that technology with Chinese companies,” said Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Jacobs on Thursday. Jacobs made the comment while speaking at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. Qualcomm is best known as a maker of smartphone processors based on chip architecture from ARM Holdings, but the company wants to take a crack at the server market, which rival Intel has long dominated.
Apple today announced it had struck a deal with UnionPay, China’s most popular credit and debit card system, to accept payments for digital goods on its App Store. “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s executive in charge of its Internet software and services division, said in a statement Monday.
Taobao, China’s smash-hit ecommerce marketplace run by Alibaba, will get an international version in English and other languages, said company founder and chairman Jack Ma today. Ma’s remarks came during a speech at the World Internet Conference and were reported by Reuters. Taobao is a little like Ebay in that it involves person-to-person selling, but many of its merchants are small businesses selling new goods, in contrast for the tendency of Ebay to be full of random people selling secondhand stuff.
Some apps in China’s iOS App Store are now available for a mere RMB 1 – that’s US$0.16. It’s the cheapest rate for a paid app anywhere in the world. The lowest paid tier in the China App Store used to be a more conventional RMB 6 (US$0.98), which equates to the US$0.99 level in the US App Store. Apps and games such as Plague Inc, Limbo, Doodle Jump, and GoodReader are now available in the China App Store for a mere 16 cents.
China-based Xiaomi Technology, a smartphone startup of a little over four years, has risen as a technology company with a full range of product lines that has expanded vertically to include tablets, smart TVs, smart routers, smart wearable devices and even parts and components. Its recent tie-up with China-based IC design house Leadcore Technology to develop 4G handset solutions, and investments in video content providers Youku Tudou and IQiyi, however, show that the company now intends to also integrate its business horizontally.
Providers of online advertising services in the China market generated total revenues of CNY43.55 billion (US$7.06 billion) in third-quarter 2014, growing 16.7% sequentially and 51.4% on year, according to Analysys International. Among different types of online advertising, keyword search accounted for 38.9% of the total revenues, followed by brand images/text (advertising space) with 25.2%, video with 23.2% and e-mail with 0.8%, Analysys indicated.
While Chinese shoppers have always been able to buy many goods from Amazon.com and ship them into China, a new program by the company will handle tariffs and localization of product descriptions to smooth the user experience. Amazon.cn announced that its Chinese-language international shopping store started trial operation on November 11, 2014. That day was important as being the Alibaba-inspired Singles’ Day online shopping experience. Amazon’s move to begin its service on that day is a weak way of challenging Alibaba’s monopoly of the Chinese-language e-commerce ecosystem.
Chinese telecom device maker Huawei promised that they will provide EUR5 million, which is about USD6.3 million, to the 5G innovation center of University of Surrey, aiming to promote research and testing of next-generation data transmission standards. The goal of the 5G innovation center of University of Surrey is to implement 5G technology application testing in the real world.
WUZHEN, CHINA: Top executives from US technology giant Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at a Chinese Internet conference, acknowledging the fierce competition between the rivals. Apple’s iPhones and iPads are wildly popular in China, encouraging smuggling and crowds at the company’s stores as consumers try to lay their hands on the latest products.
Google’s Play Store is still banned in mainland China, along with most of the U.S. company’s services. Even with the ban, Google is allowing Chinese developers to upload apps to Google Play, which can be sold in other countries. It is not clear how developers will get past China’s firewall barrier – Google’s back-end is not banned – it just means the developer will have a hard time tracking the progress of their app and reaping the rewards.