Daily Digital Pulse Of China: SOSO, iPhone 5 China
Tencent's maps app SOSO launched real-time location sharing
The Chinese online mapping app SOSO has added a real-time location tracker. The feature is very similar to Apple's "Find My Friend" app, but it is available for all smart phone users. By sending and clicking a generated link, people are able to see the realtime movements of each other. After the negative criticism of the new maps app in Apple's iOS 6, the moment of the launch is quite opportune for Tencent.
Top 10 Events in China's Digital Landscape 2012 [Infographic]
Netease Technology has conducted a survey, to find out what the major events concerning the Chinese digital landscape were in 2012. The 230 thousand participants have chosen from 47 keywords in 10 fields.
Source: China Internet Watch
iPhone 5 On It's Way To China
Apple's next generation iPhone has been approved by China's 3C government-mandated certification system, to be sold by China Unicum & China Telecom. Still, this hasn't completely paved the way for the new mobile phone, because it still needs to pass the network permit process of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and chances are that this may take a few months. It will be interesting to see how the new iPhone performs in China, since Apple has nearly lost half of it's smartphone market share since the beginning of the year, according to a report form Reuters.