China Tech Newsletter – July 28, 2015

OnePlus 2 (image credit: OnePlus)
OnePlus 2 (image credit: OnePlus)

Smartphone startup OnePlus unveils its second flagship phone, which is pre-loaded with H2 OS, an in-house developed custom Android system that was launched earlier in May.

OnePlus’ first flagship model, launched in April 2014, has shipped 1.5 million units, with 60% to 70% purchases from overseas. (via Engadget China).

LeTV launches a gun-shaped game controller and a smart WiFi router. The router has integrated its video streaming service.

Baidu has spun off its food and grocery delivery service and mobile app distribution platform 91 Wireless, CEO Robin Li said during the company’s second-quarter earnings conference call. Baidu acquired 91 Wireless from NetDragon for US$1.85 billion in 2013.

Baidu CEO also disclosed that the food and grocery delivery app, Baidu Takeout Delivery, had raised US$250 million in funding.

Alibaba announced today that it has rebranded Taodiandian, formerly a restaurant booking and food ordering service, as Koubei Waimai, a food delivery service. Apart from Android and iOS apps, users are also able to access the service on the Taobao mobile app or Alipay app.

Other major players in China’s food, grocery and pharmaceutical delivery market include (backed by Tencent) and Meituan (with Alibaba as investor).

Didi Kuaidi adds on-demand chauffeur service to its existing offerings, taxi and private car-hailing, real-time ride sharing, car pooling and commuter bus.

The new addition is currently available in 10 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and plans to expand to 100 cities by the end of the year. The company claims they have had one million drivers on board.

Cloud communications company EaseMob announces US$12.5 million in Series B round of funding led by Sequoia Capital and joined by Matrix Partners China and SIG China.

China’s group-buying market reached a gross merchandise volume of RMB77 billion (about US$12b) in the first half of 2015, exceeding 2014 total, according the latest report by group-buy market research firm Tuan800. (via Xinhua) launches JD Enterprise, an update of of its online enterprise procurement platform that was released in late 2014.


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