China Digital Trends

China Digital Trends

By Rocky Fu
China Digital Trends podcast by Rocky Fu covers the latest digital landscape in China including the popular applications, technology updates, social media, etc.
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#62: WeChat helped create 29 million jobs, Weibo MAU grew to 550 million
NASDAQ to delist China's biggest Starbucks rival Luckin Coffee, Bytedance is forming a car infotainment team, Zoom suspends new free user registrations in China, Ant Financial’s MYbank to extend USD1.4 billion in interest-free loans to small businesses
06:55
May 20, 2020
#61: Q1 highlights for Baidu, Bilibili, Sogou
Business operation highlights for Baidu and Bilibili in Q1 2020
10:27
May 19, 2020
#60: Baidu to Empower Content Creators, Pinduoduo overtaken JD, WeChat MAU exceeded 1.2 billion
Chinese e-commerce upstart Pinduoduo has overtaken rival JD.com to become China’s second most valuable online retailer after Alibaba, following a 5.26% rise in its shares on Tuesday
08:03
May 14, 2020
#59: Alibaba.com launches global online trade show; SF Express enters food delivery sector
ChinaJoy Game Anime Expo to Go Ahead, BMW to invest $620M in Shenyang, cloud computing company Kingsoft surges 40% on IPO day, Dior unveils AI skin-testing tool, China to Give Foreign Banks’ Local Branches Access to Fund Custody Licenses
08:37
May 12, 2020
#58: China tourism income down 60%, China’s e-sports market tops US$16.6 bn in 2019
Alibaba's Double Five shopping festival in Shanghai, grocery e-retail brand Hema Fresh, U.S. drafts rule to allow Huawei and U.S. firms to work together, Bilibili’s market capital increased USD 480 million in one day, Inspur wades into Japan’s USD 5 billion market
09:48
May 7, 2020
#57: China has 560M live streaming users, 768M Online Payment Users as of Q1
China has overtaken Japan to emerge as the second-largest wealth market, with an estimated 2.3 million high net worth individuals
05:57
May 5, 2020
#56: JD.com and Cloudflare join forces, TikTok surpasses 2 billion downloads
Huawei's Hisilicon chip unit overtook U.S. semiconductor giant Qualcomm to be the biggest mobile phone chip supplier in China for the first time, Chinese brands accounted for about 61% of global 5G smartphone shipments in Q1, Tencent buys 5% stake in Australian buy-now-pay-later firm Afterpay, Chinese mobile games accounted for 19 of the top 100 highest-grossing games in the US, Didi Chuxing has reopened all of its mobility services in Wuhan, Tesla unveils new price cuts
08:39
May 4, 2020
#55: Ant Financial’s digital bank net profit up 91% in 2019
MYbank, a digital bank under Ant Financial Services Group, served 20.87 million small and micro businesses (SME) in China as of the end of 2019, an increase of 70% YoY, according to its annual report.
05:48
April 30, 2020
#54: Alibaba demotes Taobao chief, Ant Financial digital bank MYbank serves over 20 mn SMEs in China
Smartphone maker Transsion profit up 173% in 2019, Bitcoin-mining machine maker Ebang files for U.S. IPO, JD.com files for secondary listing in Hong Kong, China is expanding listing reforms, Alibaba Cloud 3rd biggest global provider for IaaS, Tencent to take over China’s game livestreaming market
10:49
April 29, 2020
#53: Alibaba invests in Apple retailer Aisidi, Huawei and ZTE have >80% of China’s 5G contracts
AutoX trialing its “robotaxi” service in Shanghai, Tesla escalates battle against Chinese EV maker Xpeng, Starbucks has entered a strategic partnership with Sequoia Capital China, ByteDance ordered to suspend office app Feishu
10:06
April 27, 2020
#52: job postings in China down 24% in Q1
JD.com and Volkswagen collaborate for vehicle-mounted smart system, Shanghai has become a major force behind the adoption of e-commerce live-streaming, China will launch an online shopping festival
07:39
April 24, 2020
#51: Pinduoduo is investing over US$7 billion over the next 5 years in China’s rural areas
iFlyTek reported a loss in Q1, Online education firm sees spike in userbases, China plane tickets fall 30%, Alibaba & JD offer bookings for COVID-19 tests
06:14
April 23, 2020
#50: China Q1 Gaming Revenue Rose 30%, Baidu starts free Robotaxi, Alibaba to invest $28B in cloud
Tencent invests USD17M in Navinfo, Shanghai’s free-trade zone will accelerate digital infrastructure push with 5G, IoT and AI tech, Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus to compete in China, Huawei Q1 revenue grows 1.4%, Baidu introduced an updated version of Baidu Hi, 4.9 billion online office hours logged in March
11:49
April 22, 2020
#49: China GDP & Retail in Q1 2020
The gross domestic product (GDP) of China was 20,650.4 billion yuan (US$2,908.74 billion) in the first quarter of 2020, a year-on-year decrease of 6.8%
04:03
April 17, 2020
#48: China sees 7,000 daily car-related live-streaming sessions
Megvii unveils virtual makeup solution FaceStyle to boost sales for cosmetics retailers, China’s largest utilities will spend $570m on charging stations this year, Revenues of Chinese mobile game providers hit record-high of US$7 billion during Q1, a new committee tasked with setting up national standards for blockchain, e-commerce platform Jumei Youpin exit NYSE, 7,000 car-related live-streaming sessions in a single day,
06:15
April 16, 2020
#47: Covid-19 impact on postponed purchase; smartphone shipments in Q1
China surpassed the U.S. as the top source of patent applications in 2019;
05:44
April 15, 2020
#46: Chinese telcos try to replace WeChat with 5G messaging service
Lenovo Group managed to increase its market share of PC sector in Q1, Jack Ma tops Fortune China’s list of influential business leaders in 2020, China to extend cross-border e-commerce scheme, Tencent becomes majority shareholder in Chinese game live-streamer Huya, Chinese telcos try to replace WeChat with launch of 5G messaging service, China’s AI startups already raised $420 million in April, Tesla's China sales hit record high in March, Bilibili announces 400 mln USD investment from Sony
08:54
April 14, 2020
#45: GM Q1 sales down 43%, Ant Financial's new robo-advisor, China's most valuable ed-tech startup
China tech investments sank 31%, Huawei Pay debuts in Singapore
07:09
April 7, 2020
#44: China NFC payments up 50%, Xiaomi testing its virtual bank
Alibaba blocking Pinduoduo employees personal Taobao accounts, Huawei unveils its latest smartphone P40
08:42
April 2, 2020
#43: Xiaomi surpasses Huawei as third largest smartphone vendor worldwide
Tencent, Baidu gain ground on Alibaba as China’s cloud market, Q4 performance of Douyu, Huya, YY, Bilibili
09:48
March 23, 2020
#42: Apple to support Alipay, Starbucks 6K stores, Tencent’s fastest growth since 2018
Apple Pay to support Alipay, WeChat and Mobike selected for the 100 Great Designs of Modern Times, Carrefour China owner Suning reports 17% drop, Pinduoduo launches enterprise collaboration tool Knock, TransferWise and Alipay team up for international money transfers, Xpeng gets green light to test autonomous vehicles in U.S., China's Nio to release car control app on Xiaomi's smart watch, TikTok moving its content moderation outside China, BYD starts engine on mask production, JD.com to arrange Hong Kong secondary listing, Tencent’s set for fastest growth since 2018, Starbucks to build up roasting capacity in China
08:10
March 18, 2020
#41: TikTok testing podcasting in China, Food delivery smart locker
Tencent-backed WeDoctor going $1 bn IPO in HK, TikTok testing podcasting, Cainiao pilots food delivery locker program, China using AI for earthquakes
05:35
March 9, 2020
#40: L'Oreal sales hits 15-year high, iPhone maker resumes production, China sharing economy
L'Oreal sales revenue hits 15-year high, Oyo is cutting 60% of its China staff, Ride-hailing and food delivery plummet due to coronavirus, online grocery shopping sees uptick, Apple's main iPhone maker Foxconn resuming production capacity, China's sharing economy market exceeds 3.2 trln yuan in 2019, China expects over 550,000 5G base stations running by 2020
04:50
March 6, 2020
#39: Huawei app store reaches 400M MAU; China GDP in 2019; Q4 results of JD, Baidu, Netease
Huawei app store reaches 400 million monthly active users
11:51
March 4, 2020
#38: Weibo misses expectations, TikTok top the global download chart, Alibaba testing social app
Weibo misses analyst expectations, TikTok took the crown in Jan, Netease revenues up 9%, e-commerce platform Jumei to go private, Alibaba testing new social app, Toyota leads Pony.AI funding
07:39
February 28, 2020
#37: how businesses respond to Coronavirus in China
A few examples what businesses are doing to mitigate the damage from the outbreak.
09:08
February 26, 2020
#36: Smartphone sales tank in Jan, China postponing AV deployment, Huawei revenue up 18% in 2019
WeChat Pay gets approval to start Hong Kong-Macao cross-boundary mobile payments services, Huawei 2019 revenue up 18%, Hillhouse Capital to launch RMB 10 billion fund for startups in China, Smartphone sales tank in Jan, Skechers resumes building distribution center, China is postponing plans for massive autonomous vehicle (AV) deployment
05:12
February 25, 2020
#35: Huawei 91 5G contracts, Taobao livestream events surged, Didi installs in-car protective sheets
Xiaomi backed robot vacuum cleaner manufacturer, has started to trade on Shanghai’s Nasdaq-like Star Market on Friday
04:42
February 24, 2020
#34: Kwai revenue in 2019, Baidu use AI to identify those without masks, Xiaomi 5G smartphone Mi10
WeChat Pay owner Tencent and Chinese state-owned card scheme China UnionPay are reportedly integrating their QR code systems for mobile payments.
07:41
February 18, 2020
#33: Alibaba e-commerce summary for Q4 2019
Updates on Taobao, Tmall, and Alibaba’s New Retail Hema
10:55
February 17, 2020
#32: Alibaba's DingTalk beats WeChat; team collaboration software rising on coronavirus outbreak
As China continues to fight the coronavirus, remote working is no longer an option but a necessity for many. Communication and collaboration platforms are essential to remote workers; Alibaba’s DingTalk, a.k.a. Dingding in the Chinese version, has seen a spike in demand in China.
11:55
February 13, 2020
#31: Google Play facing a threat from China, AI in fighting coronavirus, remote working in China
Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA) by Xiaomi, Huawei, Vivo, Oppo. AI apps from Alibaba and Baidu to fight the 2019-nCoV.
08:14
February 10, 2020
#30: China coronavirus outbreak: Business impact & personal observations
One e-commerce segment in particular would benefit from the outbreak
15:03
January 31, 2020
#29: Bytedance to compete with Tencent in gaming, Huawei 5G with Germany, a top podcast platform IPO
I also briefly shared my opinion about Bytedance, its uniqueness as a tech company in China
11:18
January 21, 2020
#28: TikTok vs Kwai, Tesla R&D center in China, China Retail & Per Capital Income in 2019
Some quick stats about China retail and online retail in 2019 and a quick comparison of how TikTok and Kwai works (content distribution part).
13:40
January 20, 2020
#27: News on AI, WeChat paywall, Huawei patents, and TikTok
TikTok's setback in Australia, Huawei R&D investment, China AI industry, WeChat's new beta feature
04:16
January 16, 2020
#26: Walmart e-commerce sales doubled in 2019; China finalizing digital banks rules
Walmart to build 500 stores, mobile phone shipments down 6.2% in 2019, Huawei to set up new business group for AI, China finalizing rules for digital banking
08:09
January 14, 2020
#25: WeChat Statistics: WeChat Pay, Mini Programs, E-Commerce
The latest statistics on WeChat
12:18
January 13, 2020
Baidu beats MS & Google, most valuable unicorn in China, dropshipping tool from Alibaba
Top China digital news from the last week: Alibaba Taobao has officially rolled out a new app called Taoxiaopu to leverage social e-commerce, Baidu has beaten Microsoft and Google in an ongoing natural language processing competition, Baidu among the first batch of companies to launch autonomous driving tests with real passengers in Beijing, a consortium led by China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. agreed to buy 10% of Universal Music Group from French media company Vivendi SA, Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) cut the starting price for its China-made Model 3 sedans by 16%, Xiaomi will invest over CNY50 billion (USD7.2 billion) in 5G & AIoT, The health care subsidiary of e-commerce giant JD.com was ranked as the most valuable among 22 new unicorns
10:07
January 6, 2020
#23: Tesla to deliver its first 15 China-made Model 3 cars today; Luckin outnumber Starbucks
Cross-border e-commerce pilot zones expanded; China's Ministry of Public Security busted 15 cases of illegal payments, involving US$7.73 billion
05:41
December 30, 2019
#22: Xiaomi to work with Indiegogo to promote Chinese brands overseas
Xiaomi announced its partnership today with crowdfunding platform indiegogo for its e-commerce platform Youpin to promote Chinese products and brands overseas
04:42
December 23, 2019
#21: TikTok 4th most downloaded app in 2019; Lenovo founder stepping down
TikTok, Likee made it to world's most downloaded non-game app in 2019; Lenovo founder stepping down; Tencent increased its stake in Vipshop
04:59
December 19, 2019
#20: China to ban AI / VR video and audio content from Jan 1 2020
new rules governing video and audio content online, including a ban on the publishing and distribution of “fake news” created with AI VR technologies
03:38
December 16, 2019
#19: What is China's 3-5-2 policy?
It's ambitious and challenging.
04:38
December 11, 2019
China's year-end shopping festival: Double 12
A brief introduction to Double 12 and this year's focus from Alibaba.
07:50
December 9, 2019
Top digital advertising companies in China
Top 4: Alibaba, ByteDance, Baidu, Tencent. Listen in for a brief introduction of each company.
08:56
November 25, 2019
Sales of men makeup kits in China up over 400% on Tmall
More Chinese men using facial moisturizer than in any other country (64% compared with a 10% global average) and face wash (63% compared with 25% globally).
06:32
November 21, 2019
Top 5 global smart speakers; WeChat's location based ads for retailers
3 Chinese brands made it to top 5 global smart speakers by shipments. A brief introduction to WeChat's new ad format for SME retailers.
05:59
November 19, 2019
Apple’s iPhone 11 sales broke 100 million yuan in 1 minute
In the recent “Double 11 2019” shopping festival in China, Apple’s official flagship store on Tmall “Singles Day” transaction exceeded 7 times of last year’s full day sales in just 10 minutes.
07:55
November 15, 2019
Alibaba Double 11 One Day Sales Exceeded $38 Billion; Xiaomi Sold $870 Million
There were 299 brands who reached RMB 100 million in GMV on Tmall, including Apple, Nike, Estee Lauder and Giorgio Armani.
09:54
November 14, 2019
Foreigners in China can use Alipay for mobile payment without local phone or bank account
In China, users can also access services such as paying for taxis, hotel room bookings, and movie tickets, directly within the app. However, because access typically requires a local phone number and Chinese bank account, short-term international visitors previously could not use mobile payments in China
06:29
November 8, 2019
Top 10 Mobile Apps in China in Sep 2019
Top 10 mobile apps in China led by WeChat and QQ
04:01
October 30, 2019
WeChat Pay enabled payment by mobile numbers; Tencent's invested in 46 global unicorns
A quick review of WeChat Pay's new feature and an update on Tencent.
06:16
October 24, 2019
China’s largest annual shopping festival expecting over 500 million shoppers
Over 200,000 brands are participating, one million new products are on offer and more than 500 million users are expected to participate in this year’s festival – about 100 million more than last year.
08:08
October 23, 2019
PayPal enters Chinese payment market with the acquisition of GoPay
PayPal becomes the only foreign company in China to hold licences to provide domestic and cross-border online and mobile payment services in China. A quick overview of China mobile payments market is included.
09:05
October 17, 2019
Live Broadcasting for E-Commerce Sales in China
In 2018, Taobao’s live broadcasting platform Taobao Live delivered more than 100 billion yuan sales of products, a year-on-year growth rate of nearly 400% according to Alibaba.
13:39
October 17, 2019
Top Search Engines in China. No, Not Just Baidu
A quick overview of China's search engine market and where users conduct searches in addition to Baidu.
08:23
October 10, 2019
4 Social e-commerce business models in China; No. 4 will shock you
E-commerce growth on top of social media continues fast growth in China; this episode gives an introduction to the four typical models.
11:16
October 3, 2019
China's Golden Week: National Day
This episode gives you a brief introduction to China's Golden Weeks and National Day celebrations.
05:21
September 28, 2019
China's Largest Annual Shopping Festival - Double 11
An introduction to China’s largest shopping festival.
05:15
September 24, 2019
Top 6 Platforms to Consider for China Content Marketing Strategy
Top Chinese internet companies are building their own content ecosystem such as WeChat's Official Account. In this episode, I'd give you a quick introduction to six of the top platforms.
04:47
September 19, 2019
What is WeChat Mini Programs and how big is it in China?
An introduction to China's mini-program platforms represented by WeChat, Alipay, and Baidu.
04:50
September 14, 2019