Published On: Wed, Nov 13th, 2019

China Roundup: TikTok stumbles in a US and Huawei shipments continue to surge

Hello and acquire behind to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of new events moulding a Chinese tech landscape and what they meant to people in a rest of a world. It’s been a really bustling final week of Oct for China’s tech bosses, though first, let’s take a demeanour during what some of them are doing in a neck of your woods.

TikTok’s troubles in a U.S.

The plea confronting TikTok, a burgeoning Chinese video-sharing app, continues to lower in a U.S. Lawmakers have recently called for an review into a amicable network, that is operated by Beijing-based internet pretender ByteDance, over concerns that it could bury politically supportive calm and be compelled to spin American users’ information over to a Chinese government.

TikTok is arguably a initial Chinese consumer app to have achieved general scale — some-more than 1 billion installs by February. It’s finished so with a village of creators good during churning out snappy, jaunty videos, rarely localized operations and a merger of opposition, that took American teenagers by storm. In contrast, WeChat has struggled to build adult a poignant abroad participation and Alibaba’s fintech associate Ant Financial has mostly ventured abroad by savvy investments.

TikTok denied a American lawmakers’ allegations in a matter final week, claiming that it stores all U.S. user information locally with backup excess in Singapore and that nothing of a information is theme to Chinese law. Shortly after, on Nov 1, Reuters reported citing sources that a U.S. supervision has begun to examine into ByteDance’s merger of and is in talks with a organisation about measures it could take to equivocate offered .

“While we can't criticism on ongoing regulatory processes, TikTok has done transparent that we have no aloft priority than earning a trust of users and regulators in a US. Part of that bid includes operative with Congress and we are committed to doing so,” pronounced a TikTok spokesperson.

The new media association contingency have seen a feverishness entrance as U.S.-China tensions expand in new times. In a prolonged term, TikTok competence have improved fitness expanding in building countries along China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing’s desirous tellurian infrastructure and investment strategy. The app already has a footprint in some 150 countries with a thoroughness in Asia. India accounted for 44% of a sum installs as of September, followed by a U.S. during 8%, according to information analytics organisation Sensor Tower.


ByteDance is also hedging a bets by introducing a Slack-like workplace app and is reportedly offered it to enterprises in a U.S. and other unfamiliar countries. The doubt is, will ByteDance continue a complicated ad spending for TikTok in a U.S., that amounted to as many as $3 million a day according to a Wall Street Journal report, or will it stifle behind as it’s pronounced to go open anytime soon? Or rather, will it crawl to U.S. pressure, many like Chinese internet organisation Kunlun offered LGBTQ dating app Grindr (Kunlun reliable this in a May filing), to offload

Huawei is still offered a lot of phones

The other Chinese association that’s been holding a feverishness around a universe appears to be faring better. Huawei clung on to a second mark in tellurian smartphone shipments during a third entertain and accessible a top annual expansion out of a top-5 players during 29%, according to marketplace analytics organisation Canalys. Samsung, that came in first, rose 11%. Apple, in third place, fell 7%. Despite a U.S. anathema on Huawei’s use of Android, a phone maker’s Q3 shipments consisted mostly of models already in expansion before a limitation was instated, pronounced Canalys. It stays to be seen how distributors around a universe will respond to Huawei’s post-ban smartphones.

Another engaging dash of Huawei handset news is that it’s teamed adult with a Beijing-based startup named ACRCloud to supplement audio approval capabilities to a local song app. It’s a sign that a association not usually builds inclination though has also been beefing adult program development. Huawei Music has a calm chartering understanding with Tencent’s song arm and claims some 150 million monthly active users, both giveaway and paid subscribers.

Co-living IPOs

danke apartment

China’s modern-day nomads wish stretchable and cost-saving housing as many as their American counterparts do. The direct has given arise to apartment-rental services like Danke, that is infrequently compared to WeLive, a residential charity from a now besieged WeWork that provides fully-furnished, common apartments on a stretchable schedule.

Four-year-old Danke has filed with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and listed a charity distance during $100 million, typically a placeholder to calculate registration fees. Backed by Jack Ma-controlled Ant Financial, a loss-making startup is now leasing in 13 Chinese cities, aggressively flourishing a series of apartments it operated to 406,746 given 2015. Its smaller opposition Qingke has also filed to go open in a U.S. this week. Also handling in a red, Qingke has stretched a accessible let units to 91,234 given 2012.

Apartment let is a capital-intensive game. Services like Danke don’t routinely possess skill though instead franchise from third-party unit owners. That means they are tied to profitable rents to a landlords irrespective of either a apartments are eventually subleased. They also bear vast beyond costs from restoration and maintenance. Ultimately, it comes down to that actor can arrange a many auspicious terms with landlords and keep tenants by charity peculiarity use and opposition rent.

Also value your attention

  • WeChat has been utterly calm in monetization though seems to be recently lifting a blurb ambitions. The amicable networking giant, that already sells in-feed ads, is expanding a register by display users geotargeted ads as they corkscrew by friends’ updates, Tencent announced (in Chinese) in a association post this week.
  • Alibaba reported a 40% income burst in a Sep quarter, violence analysts’ estimates notwithstanding a cooling domestic economy. Its ecommerce shred saw clever user expansion in reduction grown areas where it’s fighting a extreme fight with opposition Pinduoduo to constraint a subsequent online opportunity. Users from these regions spent about 2,000 yuan ($284) in their initial year on Alibaba platforms, pronounced CEO Daniel Zhang in a gain call.
  • Walmart’s digital formation is gaining belligerent in China as it announced (in Chinese) that online-to-offline commerce now contributes 30% sales to a neighboorhood stores. Last November, a American sell behemoth began contrast same-day smoothness in China by a partnership with WeChat.

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