BEIJING, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) today announced that, according to Internet research firm iResearch, the NetEase Mobile News application was the No. 1 mobile news application used by consumers in China in terms of time spent.
According to iResearch data, users in China spent a daily aggregate average of 600 million minutes using mobile news applications on the iOS and Android platforms in March 2014, a figure that has doubled since the same period in the previous year. The iResearch data shows that the NetEase Mobile News application was the leader in this market and was used by as many as 35% of all mobile news app users on the iOS platform in the first quarter of 2014. The NetEase Mobile News app also represented up to 30% of all mobile news app launches on the iOS platform during this period. In addition, the NetEase Mobile News app led the second most popular mobile news app in China by 10% on average under these measures.
"The NetEase Mobile News app's advantages, including original reporting, innovative interactive functionality and a top-notch user experience, drove total installations of the app to reach 240 million by the end of the first quarter of 2014," said Mr. William Ding, Chief Executive Officer and Director of NetEase. "We are successfully expanding our traditional online services to include mobile, a strategy that has flourished with the success of this application. Our mobile initiatives continue to broaden our customer base and increase our appeal to advertisers and users alike."
About NetEase, Inc.
NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) is a leading Internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops and operates some of China's most popular online games, e-mail services, advertising services, mobile applications and games, and web portals. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, NetEase also operates one of the most popular international online games in China, World of Warcraft®, as well as StarCraft® II and Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™. For more information, please visit: http://ir.netease.com/.
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