There could be trouble on the horizon for Google. Consumers in the world’s biggest mobile phone market appear to be giving up big-name Android handsets for no-name Androids – with Google stripped out. According to the data by Enders analyst, most major handset brands in China have seen their share of data usage fall, at the expense of “Other”, which has doubled its share from around 20 percent to 39 percent of traffic. There are now over 1,000 manufacturers in China selling cheap Android handsets, some of these phones are fake Western brands, but many more are made by tiny manufacturers which not too many people are familiar with. Almost none of these devices have any Google services on them …
If you are our reader, you should know that we wrote a lot of articles about knockoff, and knockoff new has been one of the most important elements of our blog. Today, the last day of 2012, we’d like to take a moment and look back at the coolest knockoff of 2012 including the clone of iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Steve Jobs wax figure. Sit back and enjoy!
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was first released about two months ago and it is very popular in Asia and Chinese market. But apparently some ‘Shanzhai’ manufacturers in China has decided to clone the Korean device. Previously, we already have a knockoff Galaxy SIII, for now Chinese consumer can buy a brand new Galaxy Note 2 knockoff in China for just about $140. Officially dubbed the Star S7180, it bears a striking resemblance to the original, that is to say that it closely matches the looks of the current flagship Samsung phablet …
Xiaomi has been seen as China’s answer to Apple, and its latest released Xiaomi Box is notorious for being an Apple TV knockoff with a very cheap price tag. As expected, the Xiaomi Box is reportedly suffering from government investigation, which might led to the launch delayed. Rumor circulated that Xiaomi Box did not have the license to provide content over its set top box.
A villager in Suqian of East China’s Jiangsu Province, has displayed a homemade sports car he modeled after a Lamborghini. The young man spent 60,000 yuan (US$9,445) to construct this life-size replica model of the classic Italian sports car. The knockoff is made with spare parts from other cars and steel pipes. He drives this unique vehicle through his village to carry chemical fertilizer during the harvest season. Yes, this awesome creation is just used for transporting fertilizer in rural China … Chinese netizens have dubbed it the ‘Most Awesome Sports Car Ever’. More picture after the jump. UPDATE: Video added
Ever had a hard time looking for a replacement battery for your phone? What if we tell you that there are shops that can make a battery to fit your phone in merely 5 minutes (and charge cheaply) ? In one of Beijing’s busiest district you will find plenty of this type of knockoff batteries makers, waiting for your business.
“Basiclly, it looks like a Mac …”, this is ironic, the man might have bought himself a cheap knock-off ‘Macbook’ that is made-in-China …
Last weekend, Shenzhen police has successfully cracked down a Shanzhai factory that produced knock-off cell phones. Two production lines had been smashed and closed down, more than 3,000 shell casing and components to make fake Apple, HTC, Nokia and Samsung phone had been seized on the spot. Authorities have detained 10 suspects in connection with the factory. The small factory has only about 35 workers, which doesn’t consider to be a large scale production. It seems major mobile phone companies, especially Apple, are putting more efforts to track down those evil counterfeiters, by working with local police to raid their manufacturing facilities. Click in for more pictures on the story.
According to a survey, imported red wine sells better than domestic brands in China, especially Chateau Lafite and Castel. The real Chateau Lafite only produces 240,000 bottles of wine per year, but the sales volume of Lafite-branded wine in China is 2 million bottles annually ! Obviously, over 90 percent of Chateau Lafite which you can find in China are all fake !
China has always been famous for ripping off other people’s creation. As movies and cinema industry are rising in China, more Hollywood movies are getting into the Chinese market. It might brings more challenges for the local China filmmakers, therefore they have started ripping off movie posters from Hollywood long times ago …
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