Daily Digital Pulse Of China: Aliyun, Qihoo, Tencent, Bing
Google Stops Launch of New Aliyun OS Phone
Acer has cancelled the presentation of their new CloudMobile A800. Unlike the rest of the world, where the phone runs with Android, it should have been released with Aliyun OS in China. According to Google, Aliyun OS is built upon Android and should therefore remain consistent with the Android Ecosystem, which the mobile operating system does not. Alibaba representatives say, that Aliyun OS is built on Linux and is just made compatible with Android apps. Therefore, they say, it isn't necessary that their OS meats the criterias of Android. Alibaba said that the launch has been delayed, but the future is unclear if and how the Acer smartphone will be launched.
Source: The Verge
Bing's Strategy For China
Due to Baidu's dominance in China, that even Google isn't able to challenge, Bing has decided on a new strategy. Microsoft senior VP Shen Xiangyang said that about 5% of the Chinese search queries happen in English and by focusing on that, they can avoid a direct competition with Baidu. Still, those 5% also include people who are using a VPN tunnel and are therefore able to use Google for English searches.
Source: Tech in Asia
Tencent's micro-channel has over 200 million users
Tencent CEO Ma announced this morning that the number of active microblogging users reached 200 million. The mircoblogging channel was launched at the beginning of last year.
Almost 300 Million Online Banking Users in China
Data from China's Electronic Bank shows that the total number of personal online banking users has nearly amounted to 300 million by the end of Q2 2012. The chart is led by the China Construction Bank with 101.68 million online banking users. The Bank of China ranks second with 78.08 million users, closely followed by the China Agricutural Bank with 77.14 million users.
Source: China Internet Watch
Google published updated version of Google Wallet with new security feature
Google has introduced its new version of Google Wallet. It now supports all major credit and debit cards like Visa, MasterCard, AmEx and Discover. Another reform is the cloud-based storage of the card information. They also added a new security feature which enables users to disable mobile wallet if they lose their phone.
Source: IT Feed