Samsung sold 3 times more phones in China in 2012 than they did in 2011. The Korean electronics giant is the most popular Android supporting phone in China. Considering Android phones represent 86% of the Chinese smartphone market, Samsung is one of the top players in this field.
Is Tencent the eternally benevolent company? After becoming a pioneer of crowd funding in China, the founders of Wechat have decided to develop their services for users of the latests Blackberry handset.
The Chinese Mobile and Telecommunications Giant is hoping to be the number one smartphone company in the world, overtaking Apple and Samsung. Considering it is already a leader in the infrastructure we all depend on to share information, the firm now is making its move into the consumers market.
The rise of mobile and tablet use has meant that in 2012 1 in every 3 minutes spent online is through one of these two devices. Smartphones have not been with us very long and already they take up a third of our time on the internet.
The great Chinese search engine Baidu has been instrumental in the development of mobile internet throughout China. As it turns out, searche queries made on Baidu from a mobile device have risen by 1000% in the last 3 years.
CHINA IS TAKING OVER. Funnily enough, I bet most people who use WeChat outside of China have no idea that it's even developed by a Chinese company. Tencent are smart though, they have a name that fits them anywhere.
WeChat in America
The great news is that Tencent holdings, based in Shenzhen and listed in Hong Kong is expanding its horizons by setting up camp in the US of A - land of the free and home of the brave.