Here are all of the posts tagged ‘Twitter’.
YouTube offers offline playback for India, Indonesia and Philippines
The latest update from YouTube’s Android app allows users in India, Indonesia and Philippines to watch videos offline. The update aims to provide a buffer-free video experience for those without high-speed mobile data access. YouTube videos can be saved to users’ devices and played from an offline mode of the app without an internet connection for up to 48 hours.
Viber launched Viber games
Chat app Viber has rolled out Viber games, which allow users to play games into the app using their Viber ID. The launch lineup includes games similar to ‘Candy Crush Saga’ as well as a bubble shooter game. It seems Viber is trying to replicate the success of its counterparts, Line and WeChat, who have been successful in generating huge revenue from in-app games. It will be interesting to see how Viber’s new strategy will impact the landscape of chat apps.
Tencent invests in Chinese public wifi provider
WiWide, one of the earliest entrants to the Chinese public wifi sector, has recently received RMB 300 million (US$49 million) series C funding from Tencent and Dianping as part of WeChat’s public account WiFi connection program. WeChat users would now be able to connect to a local wifi hotspot by following a business’ public WeChat account, allowing businesses to then push alerts and promotions to connected customers through WeChat.
Users with higher education and salary tend to have more WeChat contacts
A recent report by Beijing Normal University shows that the penetration rate for WeChat in Beijing and Shenzhen accounted for 51.7%. An interesting finding was that 40% of the users have only 50 WeChat contacts or less. In China, male users have more contacts than female users, and users with higher education and salary tend to have more WeChat friends.
Korean chat app Kakao Talk launches secret chat
Kakao Talk, now called Daum Kakao (after merging with one of Korea’s largest Internet portals), has rolled out a new ‘secret chat’ mode that has an end-to-end encryption feature. This is in response to the recent privacy storm of President Park Geun-hye wanting to get hold of user data. This encryption feature would ensure that all ‘secret chat’ messages would only be readable by users involved in the conversation and no data would be accessible to other parties, even Daum Kakao.
Line Pay goes global
Messaging app Line is expanding its e-payment system, Line Pay (previously only available in Japan) to the entire world. Line Pay allows users to register a card, with which they can make purchases on the Line store and in participating offline shops. Read the rest of this entry »
Tencent to distribute HBO movies and dramas online in China
Time Warner Inc’s HBO has inked a deal with internet giant Tencent to distribute its TV dramas and movies through the Chinese online video site. This partnership could see HBO expanding its audience through Tencent‘s massive social networks user base, as well as combating the rampant piracy issues in China.
India was the fastest growing smartphone market in APAC in Q3
India observed exceptional smartphone growth in Asia-Pacific, with a quarter-on-quarter increase of close to 27% in Q3 of 2014m reported the International Data Corporation (IDC). The countries smartphone shipments stood at 23.3m units, recording a year-on-year growth of 82% compared to Q3 2013. This is a new high in smartphone shipments in the quarter and has been attributed to festive demand.
Messaging app Line removes 15 games from its lineup
In its second clean up in six months, Japanese messaging Line has once again purged its game offerings, this time removing 15 titles – about half of the titles on its games platform. This move was made to “focus its resources on titles that are enjoying greater growth in order to further propel the service as a global gaming platform.”
Line tries to break into the US market with chat stickers
In a bid to popularise its messaging app in the United States, Line has launched a sticker-designing contest for artists. According to Line, the U.S.-focused contest has brought in more than 10,000 sticker submissions and 500 million votes since it was launched in late September. There are currently more than 25 million registered Line users are in the U.S., but it is not known how many are active.
Renren announces grim Q3 financial results
China’s leading real name social network, Renren, saw a 47% decrease in total net revenues, a 77% fall in gross profit and an increase in losses, compared to the same period last year. The company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Chen commented that the company is undergoing “a challenging transition” but will continue focusing on its core business and core user base.
Amid the worrying results, there might be a single silver lining that remains for the company. The social network’s monthly active user count has remained steady at 44 million, in contrast to the huge fall seen between Q1 and Q2 this year, indicating that the company’s strategy may be working for its regular user base.
#DearNeighbour initiative unites Indians, Pakistanis
A social media movement ‘Dear Neighbour‘, which aims to improve relations between Indians and Pakistanis by focusing on their similarities, has launched with a video titled ‘Pause’. The film urges people from both sides of the border to talk to one another by posting peace velfies (video selfies) with the hashtag #DearNeighbour. The movement has amassed more than 11,000 likes since its launch less than 2 weeks ago.
India’s prime minister joins Instagram
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian head of state joined Instagram yesterday. His first post was a photograph of the ASEAN Summit venue in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, and he had 94,621 followers on Instagram within less than 24 hours. Since the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo won the election this year by strategically reaching out to more tech-savvy youth for support, social media has increasingly started to play a significant role among politicians. Compared to his Instagram followers, currently Modi is the most-followed politician in India, with 7.82 million followers on Twitter. On the other hand, Modi’s Facebook page has 24,598,120 likes, and he has 250,384 followers on LinkedIn.
WeChat reaches 468 million monthly active users
Tencent who recently published its latest data for WeChat, the largest chat app giant in Asia, now has 468.1million active users in Q3 2014. In comparison with its 438 million MAUs in Q2, it seems like WeChat has slowed down its growth this year with only 6.8% quarterly growth from Q2 to Q3 2014. Its Q3 report again did not indicate the actual number of active users outside of China, unlike WeChat which is now widely used in countries like India, Indonesia, Philippine and across Latin America.
Here are a few other highlights from Tencent’s Q3 earnings report:
- Smart device MAU of QQ was 542 million, an increase of 36% YoY.
- Combined MAU of Weixin and WeChat were 468 million, an increase of 39% YoY.
- MAU of Qzone was 629 million, an increase of 1% YoY.
- Smart device MAU of Qzone was 506 million, an increase of 26% YoY.