China Tech Newsletter – Aug. 27, 2015

More than 25 million connected devices from more than 2400 hardware makers have connected to WeChat’s hardware platform, WeChat announced on August 25th.

Connected device makers, with APIs provided by WeChat, are able to develop sophisticated functions and features for their WeChat Public Accounts through which users can control their devices.

WeChat launches an e-book app Weixin Dushu (“WeChat Read”). Currently all the books on it are from third-party publishers. It includes a sharing platform and a chart where users can see how much time their WeChat friends have spent on reading on the app.

Smartphone maker Meizu held an event in India on August 26th to launch its latest flagship phone MX5. It will be sold through Indian e-commerce site Snapdeal.

Smartisan, the Android phone maker that released its second-gen product earlier this week, plans to launch two models in Japan and the U.S. later this year. The company is in talks with three Japanese telcos, KDDI, SoftBank and Docomo, and mobile phone dealers in Japan. (via Kyodonews)

Intel announces to invest US$60 million into Chinese electric aircraft and drone maker Yuneec Electric Aviation.

Eight state-owned taxi companies in Hangzhou (where taxi app Kuaidi Dache and its investor Alibaba are based) have decided to merge into one and will work with Didi Kuaidi, the leading transport app company. A combined 2 million taxies of the new company will support online payment services including Alibaba’s Alipay and Unipay. (via Xinhua)

Lenovo’s parent company Legend Holdings reports midterm earnings.

NQ Mobile and 21 vianet reported second quarter results.


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