Mobike White Paper Report Released

Matthew Brennan Reports

Mobike’s bike sharing English version research white paper report is now released. Highlights include: Men take more bike trips than women Mobikes now in more than 50 cities across China. 70%+ of users in their 20’s to 40’s. Bike sharing has more than doubled the usages of bicycles in China Those surveyed reported a 55% decrease in the number of …

WeChat Banned In Russia! Analysis & Implications

Matthew Brennan Hot News

Yesterday WeChat got blocked in Russia! An official statement from the Russian internet watchdog body Roskomnadzor confirmed that WeChat has been placed on a list of web sites blocked within the country. Read on to find out: Why has Russia done this? Is this politically motivated? & What are the implications? Why has Russia done this? Russia wants WeChat to move their servers …

WeChat Is Building An Augmented Reality App Store

Matthew Brennan Features

2 days ago an official video from WeChat team entitled “微信小程序:WeChat Mini Program” was uploaded to Tencent video platform with no announcement or fanfare. However the ending of the video hints at something absolutely huge: WeChat will release a truly game changing new augmented reality feature for mini programs. WeChat Pokemon Go for apps! Video Length: 2:31 WeChat mini programs + Augmented …

2017 WeChat User Report

2017 WeChat User Report Is Out!

Matthew Brennan Reports, Uncategorized

This year’s annual WeChat report from Tencent research division Penguin Intelligence was released just hours ago. Below are the key findings. Highlights include: The average number of WeChat contacts has increased significantly over the past year. Large increases in the amounts of money running through WeChat pay from last year. The average age of a WeChat user has shifted significantly …

Podcast Wechat Ecosystem: Key Trends For 2017 Part 1

Matthew Brennan Audio

WeChat Podcast recording: I again had the honor of appearing on the very excellent Analyse Asia podcast hosted by Bernard Leong in Singapore. Podcast Show Notes Wechat Ecosystem: Key Trends For 2017. Part 1 Growth & User Numbers [1:27] There is a narrative in China about Wechat similar in the US where tech pundits declared “Apple is doomed”. We hear …

WeChat Karaoke Of The Future

Matthew Brennan Case Studies

Welcome to M-Bar, the future of WeChat empowered Karaoke! M-Bar (www.ucmbar.com) is a Chinese startup from Xiamen city in Fujian province that runs a line of staff-less Karaoke booths empowered completely through WeChat. Want to learn how it works? Check out the video below from our friend Manya Koetse at the very excellent WhatsOnWeibo: Video length: 1:36 mins   How does WeChat Karaoke Work? Today …

Mark Zuckerberg is on WeChat!

Matthew Brennan Case Studies

Breaking News: It’s official! Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has followed in the footsteps of Bill Gates (see previous article) and opened up a WeChat official account. Read on to find out the details plus a series of highly revealing quotes from the Zuck regarding his thoughts on China’s social media. Above: Mark’s new official account In the new account’s …

WeChat Announces 6 Big Changes to Mini Programs

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

Today WeChat announced 6 changes to mini programs. All positive changes that will have an impact on mini programs gaining traction in China. Below is the list: Individual developers can create and submit mini programs to the WeChat team. We no longer need a Chinese business license, just Chinese ID card. This is a similar set up to how we apply for …

Augmented Reality Chinese Translation

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

Augmented reality Chinese translation is already here. Anyone of us can use our phone to translate all the characters around us on the fly. Don’t believe it, check out the pictures and gif below… The app to do it with. Not WeChat unfortunately. Yes, that’ right it’s good old Google Translate. Hang on, isn’t Google blocked in China?  Well, mostly yes. But …