China

  • China Telecom To Get iPhone In March

    China Telecom To Get iPhone In March

    Apple may have seen $13 billion in sales in China last year, but apparently those numbers could have been higher if they’d had a bit more faith. The iPhone sold in huge quantities in the markets served by China Unicom, which since October of 2009 has been the only carrier over there to offer it. Adding a second major carrier to the mix should expand the market and the sales, as it has… Read More

  • Court Reportedly Rules Against Apple In China As The iPads Keep Rolling Out Of Foxconn

    Court Reportedly Rules Against Apple In China As The iPads Keep Rolling Out Of Foxconn

    A local court in the Guangdong province of China has apparently ruled against Apple in its ongoing case against Proview over the iPad trademark, with the decision that distributors should stop selling iPad tablets in China. The news is a step in the opposite direction from last week, when it looked like Apple was gaining the upper hand over Proview, with a court ruling in Apple’s favor… Read More

  • Android Breathes New Life Into “Made in China”

    Android Breathes New Life Into “Made in China”

    How do you end up with millions of new sales overnight with low development and implementation costs? In the case of Chinese electronics companies Rock Chips and Box Chips the answer has been simple – hitch a ride on Android. China’s economy is booming thanks to low cost assembly, the country’s key advantage when competing on the global playing field. Manufacturers deliver… Read More

  • For All The Phones In China, Apple Actually Lost Market Share In Q4

    For All The Phones In China, Apple Actually Lost Market Share In Q4

    Apple has an undeniably huge opportunity in China, but it is still facing some big challenges. As the iPhone maker claimed the top spot as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor in the last quarter (October-December), it actually slipped in the rankings in China and is now in fifth position after ZTE. But with Apple only kicking off sales of the iPhone 4S in China this January… Read More

  • Apple’s Mac Attack On China

    Apple’s Mac Attack On China

    Whenever you see those photos and stories of the crazy crowds at Apple stores in China, they seem to always be about the launch of a new iPhone. But if Apple has its way, soon those masses will be clamoring for something else as well: Mac computers. Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking earlier this week at the Goldman Sachs conference, noted that China accounted for $13 billion in sales last year for… Read More

  • Not So Fast, Google: China Wants A Look At Your Motorola Deal First

    Not So Fast, Google: China Wants A Look At Your Motorola Deal First

    Google has overcome two big regulatory hurdles in getting its $12.5-billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility approved by both U.S. and European regulators. China now has until March 20 to decide whether or not it will wave through the deal, too. Now, China’s Anti-Monopoly Bureau is now reviewing the deal — a routine part of the procedure for companies that make more than 400… Read More

  • iNdustrial Revolutions

    iNdustrial Revolutions

    To paraphrase Otto von Bismarck, “iPads are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” It’s an ugly story. Over a hundred employees “injured by n-hexane, a toxic chemical that can cause nerve damage and paralysis” because its use “meant workers could clean more screens each minute.” Other workers killed or injured by explosions. All so… Read More

  • Why Cool Startups Are Losers In China

    Why Cool Startups Are Losers In China

    Here’s Hongyi Zhou’s advice to Chinese entrepreneurs: “Don’t try to be cool.” Zhou is CEO of Qihoo 360 (NYSE: QIHU), whose company’s core is the definition of uncool: anti-virus software. Yet Qihoo has 370 million monthly active users and a very cool $1.9 billion dollar valuation. If you want to build a big company in China, don’t build for your… Read More

  • A Geek’s Guide to China’s Silicon Valley

    A Geek’s Guide to China’s Silicon Valley

    Twenty years ago, Zhongguancun was but farming fields and small houses, far from the city center of Beijing. The ‘cun’ at the end of Zhongguancun literally means ‘village’. As with much else in China, the change has come lightening fast. Today, Zhongguancun is China’s closest equivalent to Silicon Valley. It’s host to electronics super malls, research… Read More

  • Tencent vs. Sina: The Fight for China’s Social Graph

    Tencent vs. Sina: The Fight for China’s Social Graph

    In the West, the battle for the social graph is over for now. Facebook is the undisputed champion. All my Western friends use Facebook, and many are addicted. “If Facebook is the world’s social graph, then QQ (Tencent’s instant messenger) is China’s social graph,” says Hong Bo (a.k.a Keso), China’s most famous tech blogger. In China, Tencent is the… Read More

  • $99 Chinese Tablet Is MIPS-Based, Runs Android 4.0

    $99 Chinese Tablet Is MIPS-Based, Runs Android 4.0

    You could be forgiven for overlooking the Ainovo Novo7, a 7-inch Chinese Android tablet, as likely just another me-too device to be sold in electronics districts next to fake iPhones and bulk cables. And in a way, that’s what it is: at $100, it can’t possibly be as well-built as the iPad or newer Galaxy Tabs, and the size and design aren’t going to impress anyone. But… Read More

  • China Beats U.S. In Q3, Becomes Largest Smartphone Market By Volume

    China Beats U.S. In Q3, Becomes Largest Smartphone Market By Volume

    While smartphone adoption continues to pick up steam here in the U.S., new research from Strategy Analytics shows that China is hungrier for smartphones than we are. For the first time ever, China has pulled ahead of the United States in terms of the number of smartphones shipped. Read More

  • TC Cribs Tours Baidu Offices

    TC Cribs: Hunting “Evil” at Baidu (TCTV)

    Baidu is one of the most known of the Chinese Internet giants. Some of the buzz is admiration for Robin Li, one of the pioneers of the Chinese Web scene who built a global giant that succeeded in a political environment where Google cried “uncle.” Others have painted Baidu as the mirror image of Google’s lofty “do no evil” credo. So on our recent trip to Beijing… Read More

  • Disrupt Beijing Take-Aways: How China Moves Beyond the Clones

    Disrupt Beijing Take-Aways: How China Moves Beyond the Clones

    The biggest barrier to starting a company isn’t ideas, funding or experience. It’s excuses. And you can understand why: Starting a company is scary. It’s little wonder that even the best entrepreneurs go through a period of doubt and excuses not to take the plunge. So when I hear complaints from entrepreneurs in other areas of the US or in other countries about how they… Read More

  • Flurry: China’s App Usage Has Gone Through The Roof

    Flurry: China’s App Usage Has Gone Through The Roof

    China has the most cell phone users in the world, and according to mobile app analytics firm Flurry, they’re using apps more than they ever have before. For their latest report, Flurry tracked mobile app sessions (essentially, instances of use) across 120,000 apps from January to October 2011. Among other things, they were able to single out the ten countries where apps sessions have… Read More

  • Beijing Set To Roll Out Massive Free Public WiFi Network This Month (But There’s A Catch)

    Beijing Set To Roll Out Massive Free Public WiFi Network This Month (But There’s A Catch)

    At the end of this month, China’s capital city will begin rolling out free WiFi service in various hotspots across the city. The “My Beijing” wireless network, as it is to be called, is backed by three of the country’s largest telecom companies, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, and will provide 2Mbps broadband WiFi to approximately 60 percent of Beijing… Read More

  • Why China Is Ready For ECommerce

    Why China Is Ready For ECommerce

    Ecommerce in China is ready to take off and, more important, it’s ready to reach great heights on its own terms. Lu Dong of La Mui, Haifeng Ye of Mbaobao, and Fangfang Wu of Greenbox are three ecommerce pioneers who are, as we speak, redefining online sales in China. “China is ready for ecommerce,” said Lu Dong. “People are moving to buying almost anything online.” Read More

  • Update: TechCrunch Ad Hoc Meet-Up In Hong Kong And Shenzhen

    Update: TechCrunch Ad Hoc Meet-Up In Hong Kong And Shenzhen

    I’ve been able to finalize the TechCrunch Shenzhen and Hong Kong meet-ups and thought I’d post here for folks who RSVPed and didn’t get an email response. The Hong Kong Event (Facebook Link) will be held at 7pm on November 2 at Pier 7 Cafe in Central Hong Kong. I may be slightly late – I’m landing at 6:30 and will take the train straight there, but I look forward… Read More

  • TechCrunch Ad Hoc Meet-Up In Hong Kong And Shenzhen

    TechCrunch Ad Hoc Meet-Up In Hong Kong And Shenzhen

    As you probably know, Disrupt Beijing is happening next week and I’ll be heading south from Beijing after the event. I would love to hang out with folks in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. As it stands, I think we can put together a meet-up in Hong Kong on Wednesday Night (November 2nd) and another meet-up in Shenzhen on Friday night (November 4). I welcome recommendations for spots and… Read More

  • Apple Announces “Cheaper” iPhones: The Old Ones

    Apple Announces “Cheaper” iPhones: The Old Ones

    Despite predictions to the contrary, Apple did not announce a cheaper, mass market version of the iPhone today. Instead, it announced an upgraded iPhone 4 called the iPhone 4S. It’s the same on the outside, but with all new insides. However, there are more affordable iPhones now on the market: the old ones. Apple says it’s keeping the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 around. Not only… Read More