Nokia Appoints A New Lead In China As It Seeks To Reverse Its Declining Sales In That Country
Nokia's newly-appointed general manager of China, Erik Bertman, has plenty of experience in emerging markets, but it's unclear if he'll be able to reverse the Finnish company's rapid loss of market share in the world's largest smartphone market.
Messaging App Line's Kawaii Characters Get Their Own Cartoon Series In Japan
Line’s animated characters, which helped it become one of Asia’s top messaging apps with more than 120 million users, now have their own cartoon series. The TV show, called “LINE TOWN,” premiered on Tokyo TV Channel 6 last week (h/t Asiajin). “Line Town” features half-hour-long episodes and a prime 6:30PM to 7:30PM slot, and has already been picked up for syndication on BS Japan. According to Asiajin, the series also has the distinction of having a theme composed by Japanese pop idol and actress Shoko Nakagawa, the former presenter of Pokemon Sunday. Tech In Asia found a “Line Town” clip on YouTube: This is not the first time the characters from the NHN Japan messaging app have popped up on television. In January, a 5-minute long animated short featuring the characters called “Line Offline: Salaryman” was broadcast on Tokyo TV. Line’s characters, which users can add in the form of animated “stickers” to their messages, are among a host of innovative features, including ...
Hong Kong-Based Telecoms & Mining Firm, China Fortune, Pays €1M For 6.25% Stake In Finnish MeeGo Startup Jolla
Jolla, the Finnish startup formed by ex-Nokians with the hope of rising, phoenix-like, from the ashes of Nokia's abandoned MeeGo platform -- via its Sailfish OS -- has secure an outside investment from a company based in Hong Kong. The company, China Fortune, formerly known as Fortune Telecom Holdings, has taken a 6.25 per cent stake in the startup.
Angry Birds-Maker Rovio Crossed 263M Monthly Active Users Last Month
Rovio, the Finnish makers of Angry Birds, said they crossed 263 million monthly active users in December, with 30 million downloads in Christmas week alone and 8 million downloads on Christmas Day. The figure is about 30 percent higher than the 200 million monthly active users the company had at the end of 2011. For perspective, 263 million monthly actives is nearly as many as Zynga has. Zynga reported 311 million monthly active users in the third quarter of last year, and tracking site AppData says that the company currently has 264 million monthly active users on Facebook. Rovio, which found its landmark hit on the iOS platform on its 52nd attempt at launching a game, has set increasingly lofty (and some say, crazy) goals year after year. At an interview I did with the company in November, the company’s chief marketing officer Peter Vesterbacka said he wanted Rovio to be the first entertainment brand with 1 billion a users a day (or as many as Coca-Cola interacts with). The path to that ...
MeeGo Mobile Startup, Jolla, Names COO As New CEO As It Preps For Sailfish OS Launch; Former CEO To Focus On “Sailfish Strategy”
Finnish mobile startup Jolla, which is building a new OS based on the MeeGo platform with a strong focus on China, has named a new CEO as it moves towards its first product launch ahead of the unveiling of its Sailfish OS next month. Former CEO Jussi Hurmola will now focus on "Sailfish strategy" (and moves onto the Jolla Board), while Jolla's former COO, Marc Dillon, will take over as CEO.