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The name says it all. Facebook has launched a “Lite” version of its social networking service, targeting users in emerging markets where user growth is expected to expand at a rapid pace. According to reports, India is set to be the largest Facebook user base in the world by 2017, so this is hardly a surprising move from Facebook, really.
In sum, Facebook Lite is a stripped-down version of the regular app while retaining all the original functions of the service. It is less than 500 KB in size, and works well on 2G, 3G and 4G networks.
Local communication apps, text are preferred modes of mobile communication in Japan, South Korea
That’s according to a report by Ericsson Consumer Lab, which surveyed 100,000 individuals in Japan, South Korea, India, UK and the US. The findings reveal some interesting insights. For instance in India, users spend nearly half of their time on smartphones on communication apps. In markets like Japan and South Korea, local communication apps are more popularly used as compared to those surveyed in the UK and US markets. Japanese and South Koreans also prefer text over voice calls. According to Ericsson, 1 in 4 Japanese smartphone users do not make traditional voice calls anymore.
Taiwanese chat messaging app Pal+ secure $1.3m in funds
Taiwan chat messaging app, Pal+ has received all of $1.3 million in fresh funds to expand its growing venture. The funds came from Asiasoft, a listed game publisher in Thailand.
Pal+ is a forum-based app which invites individuals with common interests to participate in online discussions. Users get to share and discuss a wide range of topics from entertainment to animation and games, and share them with friends instantly.
Chinese social network for pets lands US$6million funding
With reportedly 5 million furry users, Beijing-based SmellMe, has raised US$6 million in funding. It lets pet owners create profiles for their animals, post photos and status updates, as well as shop for pet products. Users may also directly contact veterinarians from the app. With the fresh funding, users could expect these featured to be further expanded.
Indian startup receives funding to help YouTube creators make money
Vidooly, a video analytics startup from India, has secured US$1 million in seed funding. This will be put towards product development, and growing their user base around the world. Vidooly aims to help its users attract the right audience on YouTube by offering a marketing and analytics suite to maximise organic views.
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”.
Meet Present, the anti-Snapchat social video app
Present, a Singaporean startup by Peter Zhuo, is challenging the shift toward shorter videos and fleeting images. Aspiring to be a video memory bank, it is useful for chronicling “first experiences” and “last memories”. New mothers can relive the day-to-day progress of toddlers, and grandparents can record video messages for future grandchildren.
Present allows videos that are up to two minutes in length and organises them by timeline, location, friends and topics. Users can also retrieve videos recorded in the vicinity to view the memories of others. Congratulations Harry Potter, you can finally ditch the Pensieve.
Walking #withoutshoes on Weibo, WeChat, Mogujie and Instagram
US shoe brand, Toms, is collaborating with social media giants Weibo, WeChat, Mogujie and Instagram. Between May 5 and 21, users in China are encouraged to caption their barefoot photos with the hashtag #withoutshoes. As part of its “One for One” pledge, Toms will donate a pair of shoes for every photo uploaded.
Online platforms Shangpin, Mogujie and Alibaba will also seed the movement among niche communities, while Weibo and Wechat will leverage on social influencers. Toms China announced that “This is the first philanthropic campaign of its kind, leveraging digital technologies to solicit global awareness, with zero time nor monetary commitment.”
Off you go then – take a moderately large amount of feet photos and we promise you will not be judged.
Daum Kakao releases emoticons featuring endangered animals
Daum Kakao, the operator of mobile messenger app KakaoTalk, has partnered with Korean’s Ministry of Environment to help raise awareness of endangered animals in Korea. KakaoTalk will be distributing 12 new emoticons featuring four endangered local animals to up to 100,000 users for free. The endangered animals include the Asiatic black bear, Korean orange whiskered bat, lynx and Korean golden frog.
WeChat tests out banner ads
Since mid last year, WeChat has consistently been experimenting with ad placement and has recently announced that advertisers can now apply to place banner ads or app install ads on its “article view” pages. Advertisers can select a list of categories that their ads fit into, after which WeChat will then analyse user behaviour and interests to determine who sees the ads.