Fruit Ninja is the #2 smartphone game of all time, said Phil Larsen the CMO of Halfbrick Studios in an interview at the GMIC. So how did this slasher of satisfyingly squishy fruits move into China?
For one, China is the only market in the world where Halfbrick does extensive internationalization. “We’re not going to do a different version for Germany anytime soon,” says Larsen. But China’s both large enough (the second-largest market for the game) and different enough to justify the extra effort. The China-specific adaptations came in two steps: 1) monetization; and 2) new content.
I’ve wanted to profile Vericant ever since I met the co-founder Guy Sivan at StartupWeekend event two years ago. Now, I finally have the chance: his startup is emerging from semi-stealth mode.
Vericant is a “common app” for video interviews of Chinese applicants applying to US schools. It’s a badly-needed filter for US schools to separate the wheat from the chaff among their Chinese applicant pool.
Cooliris is speaking on a panel at the GMIC tomorrow entitled, “International Apps Doing China the Right Way.” At 15 employees, they’re far smaller than any of the other startups on the panel: Flipboard, EverNote, and Glu Mobile.
So can such a small startup enter China successfully? Cooliris co-founder and CTO Austin Shoemaker thinks so and his startup is testing this theory in a lean way.
In my first e-mail to Steve Mushero, co-founder and CEO of ChinaNetCloud, I mentioned that I was hoping to learn more about the cloud computing ecosystem in China and how it compared to that found in the U.S. He responded by noting that, when it comes to cloud computing, “the whole world is far behind Amazon and China is far behind the rest of the world.”
As I was reviewing an old business plan for Wandoujia, I stumbled across our old projections for Android growth. In Nov. 2010, we projected Android to have about 140 million users worldwide, with 20 million in China, by the end of 2012. Oh my, how very very wrong we were.
China is a black hole of data in most reports about Android apps. For the rest of the world, you can just use Google Play data, no other app store really matters. Not so in China.
So at Wandoujia, we wanted to create an to infographic to help foreign developers understand the market and also promote the launch of our own developer center (it has English now!).
The topic of Chinese hackers has dominated the news in recent weeks. This guide cuts through the sensationalism to provide a clear answer to simple questions about the content, context, and significance of the issue.
A new report released on Tuesday has attributed 115 attacks on U.S. organizations conducted over the span of seven years to a Chinese military unit, code named “Unit 61398.” The attacks targeted companies as well as local, state, and federal government agencies.
The Staggering Rate of Smartphone Adoption
In a LinkedIn post from November of 2012, former Director of Google China and head of Beijing-based venture firm Innnovation Works Kai Fu Lee predicted that the installed base of smartphones in China would double to 500 million by the end of 2013 (note that Mobithinking [...]
Whether providing software-as-a-service (SaaS) for enterprise resource planning (ERP), on-premise ERP, infrastructure-as-a-service (e.g. offsite servers and storage), security or something else, enterprise tech companies have been a relative bright spot in U.S. markets compared to overly-hyped consumer facing companies such as Groupon (77% of value lost since IPO), Zynga (66% of value lost since IPO) [...]
Nestled in the hills of Shenzhen in southern China, stands a factory that churns out smartphones day and night. Migrant workers labor for fourteen-hour shifts, six days a week. Most welcome the overtime, which is usually paid. Components stand around in cardboard boxes piled around the edges of the factory: MediaTek chipsets, touch screens, 8GB of flash memory, and a generic black plastic case. After assembly, the device will be flashed with a modified version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich that’s stripped of all traces of Google and pre-loaded with about forty Chinese apps. One ChinaDroid is ready for sale.
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