China Tech Newsletter – Feb.18, 2016

Samsung Pay will begin public testing in China on Feb. 24th, according to the software update notification many Chinese users received today.

Apple Pay has landed in mainland China today, supporting some nineteen Chinese banks.

It’s been available with a number of major mobile apps including Meituan (group-buying & local services), Dianping (group-buying & local services), Maoyan (movie ticket booking), Ctrip (travel) and Qunar (travel), and a few chain stores, Starbucks, 7-11, McDonald’s and Carrefour.

Amazon China launches Kindle Unlimited in mainland China. The monthly subscription offers more than 40,000 Chinese-language books and over 3,500 English titles for RMB12 (less than US$2).

LeEco (formerly LeTV), the online video and smart devices company, is partnering with luxury sports car company Aston Martin to develop a production version of the Aston Martin RapidE electric vehicle concept.

58 Home (aka 58 Daojia), the on-demand service platform of, has acquired Dudu Meijia, an on-demand manicure service.

Online cosmetics retailer Jumei is going private.


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