2012 is almost over, we have seen many extraordinary incidents this year, such as the flesh-hungry monster in China’s Subway and the massive civil unrest across 85 Chinese cities against Japan over Diaoyu islands. People in China are getting more attentions from the world, more astonishing Chinese cultures are being dug up. So, it’s time to wrap up the most ridiculous China’s news stories of the year. Check it out after the break!
According to Taiwan Digitimes Research, sales of smartphones in China are expected to grow 137 percent on year to 189 million units in 2012, the rise is because the take-off in demand for EDGE and TD-SCDMA models in the second half of the year. Local brands in China have been benefiting from the increasing popularity of EDGE and TD-SCDMA models as international brands have paid less attention to smartphones supporting these two radio network. As a result, local brands have accounted for 61 percent of China’s smartphone market in 2012 …
VIDEOS shot by mobile phone may generate over 90 million yuan (US$14.5 million) income in China this year, a 50-percent annual surge, thanks to the popularity of smartphones featuring high-quality cameras. So far this year more than 60,000 mobile-shot videos have been uploaded and income from online advertisements, sponsorship and mobile subscriptions is expected. According to Youku Tudou, the largest video hosting service in China, these videos have been viewed by over 40 million people either online or through mobile devices …
Two month ago, Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC announced a new high-end smartphone for Japan market, the HTC J Butterfly (known as HTC Droid DNA in U.S.), and it seems that it is getting ready to release it in China too. HTC plans to take the iPhone 5 head on with this flagship phablet, setting the launch date of the smartphone to earlier than the new Apple smartphone in China, where it is scheduled to be released on Dec. 14. The 5-inch HD smartphone’s specs are said to be better than Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note II, which is wildly popular in Asia. It is considered a key tool for the Taiwanese company to expand its global market share for the fourth quarter this year, especially for the Chinese market …
Qualcomm has been preparing to gain market share in China, where the company had customized its chipsets and lowered its pricing to cater Chinese wireless operator’s networks and local smartphone makers. Today, the industry leader announced expansion of the S4 line with two new quad-core Snapdragons destined China — MSM8226 and MSM8626 CPUs, which will allow more high-end smartphones to emerge from local smartphone makers.
To survive in the fierce competition of Chinese mobile market, the phone makers in China are trying to imitate everything from Apple. We have attended Meizu MX2 launch party in Beijing, which was considered to be another equivalent to Apple’s keynote event. Previously, we remembered CNN has mentioned that Meizu was formerly the coveted smartphone brand in China, but that mantle has passed on to Xiaomi which — like Apple — masterfully markets its technology like a lifestyle. But now we believe Meizu has strike back, which proved they can host a better Apple keynote knockoff in China. After having a preview video of Meizu MX2, we’ve made another video to take you through the magnificent Meizu MX2 launch event inside Beijing WaterCube. Meanwhile, we will look at Meizu MX2 in more details and how Meizu gives Xiaomi a big punch.
The engineers at Nokia’s testing lab in Beijing have all the phone disaster stories and have designed hundreds of tests that generally tried to destroy the phones by dropping, steaming and sliding it. Video after the break.
Samsung Galaxy Note II may have sparked new wave of rise in “phablet”. Huawei seems to have intention of stepping into this niche market. The chairman of Huawei Yu Chengdong recently disclosed on his official Sina Weibo that the company will hold a launch event in Beijing on the 29th of October (next Monday). The giant phone is rumored to be dubbed as “Ascend Mate”, which will come with a 6.1-inch Full HD display, a 1.8GHz Huawei’s homegrown quad-core processor (Hisilicon K3V3), 2GB of RAM, a 4000 mAh battery and run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. More info after the break.
Xiaomi, the China’s hottest smartphone company, has just released a radio-control toy car for Android smartphone and Apple’s i-devices. Xiaomi first Android smartphone, the MI-One, has sold more than 3 million and counting. The phone is red-hot in China right now. The company latest toy gadget is in red-hot color too. Xiaomi provides a dedicated app to control the car, it uses wifi signal, and the controlling distance can reach up to 20 meters. It’s a 4-wheel-drive buggy with independent suspension, comes with full ball bearing, the size is slightly larger than your Apple keyboard. The internal battery can run for about 30 minutes, it can be recharge through USB cable …
How important is a smartphone to you? Google market research firm IPSOS found out smartphone users in China reached 33% of the country’s population, saying the Chinese is relying heavily on the use of smartphone. They use it basically everywhere — at home, offices, public transports, restaurants, etc. More than half of users said the first thing that they use on their phone is to browse the web, then go on to social network, emails and some other stuffs. But the report did not mentioned whether they still use their smartphone to make phone calls. Seems like no one are using phone to make phone calls anymore, how about you?
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