Samsung to shutdown its mobile plant in China by the end of this year

Samsung Electronics announced that it will cease operations at one of its mobile phone manufacturing plants in China, owing to poor sales in China amid rising competition from lower-cost local rivals. Samsung has witnessed its shares in China shrink to 1 percent in the Q1 2018 of this year Continue reading “Samsung to shutdown its mobile plant in China by the end of this year”

Google said to be planning on launching censored search engine in China

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Google is said to be planning on launching a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest. The project is code-named Dragonfly and has been underway since spring of 2017.  Continue reading “Google said to be planning on launching censored search engine in China”

WhatsApp is now blocked in China

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China has blocked WhatsApp, according to a latest report from the New York Times. The popular messaging app has joined other major apps like Facebook and Instagram that are censored by the Chinese government. The report stated that WhatsApp had been “broadly disrupted in China.”  Continue reading “WhatsApp is now blocked in China”

Facebook secretly launched photo-sharing app Colorful Balloons in China

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Facebook has secretly launched a new photo-sharing app dubbed as Colorful Balloons in China. The largest social network with over 2 billion monthly active users has been blocked in China since 2009. According to a report from the New York Times, the app was published by a company named “Youge Internet Technology” in China’s App Store and early users are not able to easily share the app with outsiders.
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Apple removes all VPNs from China App Store

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Apple is removing all Virtual Private Network (VPNs) from its App Store in China. The company sent notifications to developers in China explaining their VPN app was removed from the App Store. VPNs allow users to bypass China’s so-called “Great Firewall” aimed at restricting access to overseas sites.

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Apple to build two more R&D centers in China, pumps over $500M in research

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Apple has announced that it will set up two more R&D centers in China. The company will build two new centers in Shanghai and Suzhou that will join the ones already in the works for Beijing and Shenzhen. Continue reading “Apple to build two more R&D centers in China, pumps over $500M in research”

OPPO, Huawei and Vivo grab nearly half of Chinese smartphone market in 2016: IDC

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The smartphone market in China saw a 19% YoY growth and 17% QoQ growth in Q4 2016, according to the latest IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. OPPO, Huawei and Vivo grabbed 48% of the Chinese smartphone market in 2016.

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Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom gets certified by the FCC and TENAA – Packs dual cameras

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The Z01HDA from Asus is a camera centric smartphone that goes by the name of Zenfone 3 Zoom. The smartphone was first certified in China through their TENAA agency and has now passed through the FCC in USA as well.

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Honor’s Indian Success Story – How they made it happen and what lies ahead

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The Honor brand was launched a couple of years ago internationally and subsequently launched it in India as well. However, I don’t think anyone would’ve been able to accurately predict just how successful the brand would turn out to be. Let’s take a look at the driving force as well as the mantra behind the brand.

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Honor has sold 100 million smartphones – Over 1.5 million Honor 8 units sold

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The Honor sub-brand was introduced to the world by Huawei 999 days ago and today they have just announced that the total sales have exceeded 100 million units since the launch.

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Uber reportedly merges with rival Didi Chuxing in China

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Chinese ride hailing service Didi Chuxing is buying Uber’s China operations, according to a latest report from Bloomberg. Didi is investing a $1 billion investment in Uber at a $68 billion valuation. The combined value of the new entity will be about $35 billion.

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Gionee M6 with 5.5 inch display, 4GB RAM, 5000mAh battery gets certified in China

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Gionee is all set to announce a new device this month and it is expected to be the M6. The phone has now been certified in China by TENAA (via). Continue reading “Gionee M6 with 5.5 inch display, 4GB RAM, 5000mAh battery gets certified in China”

Apple ordered to halt iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in Beijing

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According to Beijing Intellectual Property regulators ruling, Apple has violated an existing patent and thus company may have to halt sales of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city. Continue reading “Apple ordered to halt iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in Beijing”

Micromax plans to start selling smartphone in China from 2017, will go public

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Micromax has revealed that it is looking forward to start selling smartphones in China from next year, according to a latest report from Wall Street Journal.

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