Here are all of the posts tagged ‘asia’.
The app is as irreverent as it sounds. It’s been described as “Instagram blended with WeChat and Line stickers”, and it’s just launched in China.
Users of “Fork” get to edit photos with all sorts of outrageous, anarchic stickers to desired comic effect. It’s weird, rebellious, quirky, and of course like any good social media tool, you get to share these photos with your friends. Score.
India will have 500 million Internet users by 2017: new report
IAMAI-KPMG estimates a total of 500 million Internet users in India by 2017, up from 350 million currently. They’re attributing the jump to cheaper smartphones and more 2G subscriptions boosting Internet usage rates in the country.
Interestingly, even though India has the second highest number of Internet users in the world (after China), online penetration rate is still at 19 per cent.
Twitter removes background wallpaper from users home pages
No official reason was given for this.
Some are suggesting that this was done so Twitter would have more control of their ad display experience. For instance, if a company wanted to do a full homepage advert on Twitter, it would be able to do so now. Twitter backgrounds are currently completely blank, with “a very slight hint of blue”.
Line tests out $2/month music streaming service
Japanese messaging app, Line, has started testing a standalone music streaming app in Thailand. Called Line Music, the app is available for iOS and Android, and is integrated with the chat app to allow the sharing of songs.
Daum Kakao acquires Path
As part of its global expansion efforts, Korea’s Daum Kakao has announced that it will acquire the social network Path as well as the messaging app Path Talk. Just late last year, Path opened an office in Indonesia, where it has a strong user base and fast growing potential. Dave Morin, CEO and co-founder of Path believes that Daum Kakao’s “deep understanding of the Asian market and experience in leading mobile innovation”, will be able to give Path users “additional resources and value”.
From a dating app to a social network
Started in 2011, China’s Momo was a location-based dating app for young people to meet and chat with potential dates. Today, Momo has shifted its focus to brand itself as a social network for young people. What makes the social network different from the likes of Facebook is that it specially caters to young people as a platform for them to make meaningful connections.
Daily active users on Facebook in Asia up 25%
Following the release of its recent Q1 report, Facebook revealed that there are 470 million monthly active users (MAUs) in Asia Pacific alone. Out of these 470 million users, 270 million are reported to be daily active users (DAUs) – up 25% in the past year. While looking at monthly active users (MAUs) is useful, the number of DAUs gives a better understanding of how active Facebook users are.
WeChat’s movie ticketing app raises $105M in series B funding
WeChat’s movie ticketing app, WePiao, has announced the completion of a US$105 million series B round of funding from investors such as real estate giant Wanda Group, Chinese film investment fund Wenzi Huasha, etc. Besides purchasing tickets, users can choose their seats and order drinks and popcorns via the app. With Alibaba’s recent acquisition of Yueke Software Engineering, this move appears to be a reaction to capture the burgeoning online movie ticket sales that has risen from 8% to 30% from 2013-2014 in China.
Facebook users in Asia still resistant to online and in-app purchases
Even though Facebook has reported a healthy growth in revenue and users across Asia, much of its revenue is still very much dependent on Facebook advertising. In Q1 2015, 96.7 percent of Facebook’s Asia revenue was from ads, up from 89.3 percent in Q1 2013. Compounding on this problem is the fact that rival messaging apps such as LINE and KakaoTalk, where in-app purchases generally happen, are dominating the Asian market compared to Facebook’s chat app. Read the rest of this entry »
Internet.org’s Asia rollout continues in Indonesia
Internet.org has proceeded to launch in Southeast Asia’s most populous nation Indonesia, even in the midst of poor reception in India. The Facebook-backed programme provides internet services to developing countries through a range of free apps and websites. Last week, a group of Indian companies withdrew their support for Internet.org, citing concerns over ‘net neutrality’. They were afraid this would come at the expense of local businesses.
WeChat may soon appear in BMW cars in China
Online messaging in your car is a close possibility, if you’re driving a BMW in China. BMW AG has revealed that it plans to introduce Tencent’s WeChat into its cars in the country. The carmaker says this is coming in response to consumer requests for the app, which currently boasts roughly half a billion active users a month. Ford Motor has also said that its in talks with Tencent to integrate WeChat into their cars.