Popular Smartphone Browser in China

UC BrowserWhen you think of a smartphone browser, you’d probably think of Safari, Chrome, and IE. Did you know that more than a half of smartphone users (it’s more than 500 million people) in China view mobile sites using UC browser? UC browser can be used with Android, Symbian, iOS, and Windows.

On June 11, Alibaba Group and UC Excellent announced that UC Excellent has been wholly integrated into the Alibaba Group, and established Ali UC Mobile Business Group. 

New Partnership Between Yahoo Japan and Japan Post Services

Yahoo JapanJapanese value good services, and convenience. When there are multiple suppliers or service providers, the “add-on” services are what grow your market share in Japan, and Yahoo Japan is really good at that. This time, Yahoo Japan is going to offer a new service in partnership with Japan Post Office to let shoppers ship Yahoo Auction items using Post Office’s new service, “Click Post” starting on June 16th.

Japan Post OfficeIn order to use this service, you need to login to Click Post website using Yahoo login ID. You can even pay for the shipping using Yahoo Wallet. Once the transaction is completed, you can print out the shipping label for your parcel.

Since this isn’t an exclusive partnership deal, I imagine that other shopping sites such as Rakuten, and Amazon Japan would offer the similar servers with Japan Post Office in future.

Chinese Search Engines Market Share 2014

China Search Engine Market ShareAccording to iResearch’s report, Baidu is maintaining it’s number one spot on the search engine market share in China by far followed by Google. A notable change here is that a relatively new search engine, “360 Search”, is growing it’s market share by eating up Google’s share. Google has lost almost 2.5% of the overall market share in one year since 2013 Q1.

Overall Chinese Search Engines’ revenue seems to be showing higher growth rate again. YoY, the revenue growth was around 35% in 2013 Q1-Q2. During 2014 Q1, it grew to almost 57% growth rate at 11.6 billion Yuan. iResearch gives the growth credit to mobile revenue increase in the country.