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Apple gains popularity as Samsung squeezed further

Our latest large-scale consumer survey showed a further surge in popularity for Apple smartphones at the expense of Samsung, which is also being squeezed by lower-cost Chinese rivals in the mass market.

21 July 2014

Apple – rebounding popularity on strong brand image

Our surveys show that Apple’s popularity among Chinese smartphone buyers has rebounded since mid-2013, while heightened consumer expectations for a larger-screen iPhone 6 should boost future sales.

03 July 2014

Coolpad – banking on a low-cost 4G strategy

The domestic smartphone maker’s growing range of low-cost 4G handsets and its strategic partnership with online retailer JD.com should continue to drive further strong growth despite mounting competition.

03 July 2014

Lenovo – sluggish strategic development raises concerns

Lenovo continues to record strong sales in China, but is struggling to make much headway in the premium market, while sluggish development of 4G handsets and its weak online marketing presence raise concerns over its future performance.

03 July 2014

Samsung – competition intensifies

The South Korean giant faces increasing pressure, with our survey data showing declining popularity as competition ramps up in both the premium and lower-end markets.

03 July 2014

Smartphones – dialling up the pressure

Our consumer and retailer surveys suggest that smartphone manufacturers at both ends of the market will find it harder to outperform amid slowing sales and intensifying competition.

03 July 2014

Focus Media heading to Hong Kong?

DANWEI – Although we would question its out-of-home advertising business model in the age of smart phones, Focus Media may soon list in Hong Kong. Also this week: 100.com is trying to challenge New Oriental in online education, and more. In the Mai-Mai Index we look at the battle between China’s two leading taxi-hailing apps on social media.

04 April 2014

Tarena IPO: Questions from the Chinese Internet

DANWEI – The Chinese education services company Tarena is set for a Nasdaq IPO. This week we consider online complaints about the company that suggest important lines of enquiry for potential investors. Also this week, new players are set to threaten the big three Chinese telecom operators, and in the Mai-Mai Index we look at Chinese sportswear brands on Weibo.

31 March 2014

Tracking China’s low-entry Internet investment products

DANWEI – In this edition of the Danwei Bulletin we launch a new section that will track China’s low-entry Internet investment products. We also look at Tencent’s WeChat: some Chinese media commentary suggests its popularity has peaked. Lastly this week: dodgy dealings in online dating and real estate classifieds.

21 March 2014

China’s internet finance revolution

Our surveys reveal that Chinese internet companies are increasingly cutting out the state-owned banks to become fund managers and payment providers in their own right, rapidly altering China’s financial landscape.

27 February 2014

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