The year in China tech in five simple graphics
Hardship for gaming and sharing economy firms while AI further advanced to better serve the nation’s surveillance network
Whether you’re ready or not, 2018 is coming to an end.
We could tell you about the year. But instead, let’s show you the highlights -- in graphical form.
THE YEAR IN QUOTES
Between the trade war, legal trouble for executives at Huawei and JD.com or the bicycle-sharing bubble bursting, it was a pretty tumultuous year for tech in China. Here’s what some of the industry’s biggest names had to say about the year that was.
WHERE ARE THE GAMES?
THE YEAR OF SHORT VIDEO
Vine is dead. But short video is hot.
SMARTPHONES ARE GETTING LESS BORING
Innovation at last? Smartphones are finally getting weird again.
They may be available, they may be eye-catching, but what’s hot? Cheap phones.
THEY’RE WATCHING YOU
Scan your face to get on a plane. OK, sure.
Scan your face to play a game. Bit weirder, but I guess it makes sense.
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