MobiSights, a blog by the Great Wall Club, has an insightful collection of predictions for China’s mobile Internet in 2012. I’ve chosen my 5 favorite, but I also recommend you check out the entire series of 30+ predictions. These are true industry insiders (folks like the famous angel investor Xue Manzi, Zynga engineering head Ji Xu, and Glu CEO Niccolo de Masi), not just blogging blowhards like myself.
Douban is a social network with a renaissance culture. It’s not a product that just any user can fully appreciate upon first log-in. Douban’s rich contents include detailed book, movie and music reviews, forums that reflect specific cultures, a virtual township, and now a music platform for up-and-coming artists.
And Douban, ever defying convention, doesn’t have just one mobile app. It has an independent app for each of these specific cultures. Hot-off-the-shelf is Douban Musicians (豆瓣音乐人), an elegantly designed mobile application for both Android and iOS that’s about to change how users approach music on mobile.
iPhone comes with a pretty standard Safari browser, which leaves much room for improvement. And countless app developers have done exactly that: improved upon it.
Perfecting the mobile web browsing experience on a 3.5 inch screen is no easy task–many features just don’t work that well or feel forced. That is, until Mammoth 4 came along.
I’m a huge fan of Evernote, and mknote is a pretty close Chinese copy. It’s the same light green, but is missing the iconic elephant.
To differentiate itself from Evernote, mknote places more emphasis on its sharing features. It’s designed for use in groups as it is for isolation. Mknote (麦库记事) is available online, PC, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad.
In 2006, Steve Jobs first said that virtual keyboards were the answer. The way to enable typing on a mobile phone while preserving a large display for browsing. The iPhone, released in 2007, ushered in virtual keyboards as the default for smartphones. Physical keyboards are dying out (and Blackberry along with it).
SmartKeyboard is a conceptual design aimed at those users who want to have their cake and eat it too: an iPhone and a physical keyboard too, thank you very much. And no, we’re not talking about a bulky external keyboard here.
Crows Coming is a new game for iOS that uses the frontal camera to detect your motions. You play a scarecrow, frantically shaking your head side-to-side to prevent the evil crows from jacking your pumpkins.
It’s a cute and catchy concept game. Not the kind to play for hours on end (it’s a little dizzying), but one that highlights the ingenuity of a developer and the latent potential of iOS devices.
iResearch released a chart today of the top mobile app stores in China in 2010. The survey methodology is vague–it asks ‘how often’ users visit an app store–but is useful as a broad indicator. The top store is Nokia’s OVI Store–but how long will that lead last?
The Go Android conference in Shanghai turned out a horde of developers and investors who are gung-ho about the native Android platform. But Spil Games is betting on a technology that largely bypasses Android OS requirements: HTML5.
Spil Games is the world’s largest casual game company by traffic across its 47 portals worldwide. It both produces and publishes in China.
It has been a breakthrough year for “Made in China” apps. This will only serve to educate more talented developers about the potential in this space, and inspire them to create innovative apps that would compete against the best apps from the rest of the world in 2011. Hopefully, this post can also encourage more Western media to shine spotlight on these made in China apps, to help more of them fulfill their potential in 2011. 给力！
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