NEW DELHI: Firefox web browser maker Mozilla has tied up with handset makers Intex Technologies and Spice to introduce what could possibly be the world’s cheapest smartphones in a few months, but skeptics are worried about quality, which may not be good enough to make a dent in the surging Indian market. US-headquartered Mozilla has tied up with Chinese chipset maker Spreadtrum for these devices, which the company claims will cost around $25 (Rs 1,500), but the actual market price could be anywhere between Rs 1,800 and Rs 2,000 ..
CHENNAI: Dogged by poor orders from Microsoft, Nokia — a contract manufacturer of mobile handsets for Microsoft-has further reduced its production to a single shift operation at its Sriperumbudur plant. Also, production numbers have hit new lows, union officials said. “Effective June 1, production at the plant is functioning on a single shift basis. Production volumes too are poor at around 40,000 units a shift,” union officials said.
Gigabyte Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$51.12 billion (US$1.7 billion) for 2013 with net profits reaching NT$2.36 billion, up 52.1% on year and EPS at NT$3.76. Gigabyte will distribute dividends of NT$3 in cash. Gigabyte shipped 20 million brand motherboards and 3.8 million brand graphics cards in 2013 and its motherboard shipments are expected to rise to 22 million units in 2014.
While many in the Chinese mobile games market see Tencent’s domination of distribution and publishing is almost inevitable, the other giant players in the market have other plans. In 2013, search giant Baidu spent $1.9 billion buying app distribution outfit 91 Wireless, and now ecommerce giant Alibaba – which is about to IPO in the US – has fully acquired UCWeb. It’s best known for its UC browser, which in China has spawn the UC 9Game platform, which provides a combination of Android app distribution and social interaction for players.
LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Korea Telecom (KT) is looking to a range of converged services that make use of its network and platforms to differentiate itself from domestic rivals and drive growth. CTO Dongmyun Lee told delegates that with high bandwidth mobile broadband and unlimited data plans offered by all three operators in South Korea, this is no longer a differentiator, meaning KT is looking at other areas. “This kind of competition is beginning to weaken our cost structure so we are trying to escape from this vicious circle,” Lee said.
SAN FRANCISCO: China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba has launched an American shopping website as the company continues a deal binge ahead of a widely anticipated US listing. The online shopping site, called 11 Main opened on a beta, or test, basis for consumers and is invitation-only in terms of the merchants it features, the site said in a statement.
Xiaomi’s expansion into Southeast Asia is now on full swing. After launching in Malaysia last month, it announced today that its flagship Mi3 smartphone will arrive in the Philippines in the coming weeks. Xiaomi hasn’t revealed the official sale date and price yet, but it’ll likely match China’s price of RMB1,699, which converts to around Php 12,000 (US$274).
Social Recruiting, a Tokyo-based startup that claims to be Japan’s number one social recruiting service, received more than US$2 million in series A funding from domestic VC Global Brain. Exact details about the investment were undisclosed, but Social Recruiting CEO Hirofumi Kasuga confirmed with Tech in Asia that the figure was more than US$2 million but less than US$5 million.
Foxconn Electronics’ (Hon Hai Precision Industry) subsidiary Pan International recently announced it will sell its 48.01% shareholdings in SMS Marketing Service, and market watchers believe the action implies that Foxconn may part ways with its China-based retail channel partner Cybermart, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SMS Marketing Service.
Homegrown smartphones from the Philippines have increased in popularity over the past several years. Following the footsteps of giants like Apple and Samsung, a number of up and coming domestic smartphone makers have entered the market, tapping into the country’s rapid smartphone growth.
LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Chang-Gyu Hwang, CEO of KT, this morning talked up the potential for operators to benefit from the growth of the internet of things (IoT) market, by evolving networks to support the new range of services and connected devices that are proliferating. “Convergence among industries will be accelerated through innovative technologies. Development of sensors, chips, the expansion of connected devices, the evolution of the mobile broadband network, cloud computing and big data analytics, these are all key drivers that will bring us to a smarter IoT era,” he observed in a keynote presentation.
China’s biggest ecommerce company Alibaba will wholly-acquire the country’s biggest mobile browser maker UCWeb, according to a joint announcement made today. Alibaba will buy all the shares of UCWeb that it does not already own. UCWeb CEO Yu Yongfu will become part of Alibaba’s new strategic decision-making committee, and all 3,000 of UCWeb’s employees are now under the Alibaba umbrella as part of the “Ali UC mobile business group” (translation ours).
[Shanghai, China, June 11, 2014] Huawei, a leading global information and communications (ICT) solutions provider, will appear at the Mobile Asia Expo 2014, acting as a gold sponsor for the event and participating as a speaker at the GSMA Mobile Forum. The Expo, held in Shanghai for the past three consecutive years, will enable Huawei to further demonstrate its commitment to promoting the development of the global mobile ecosystem.
With the corporate spirit of “Always Ahead”, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) constantly gains insights of global trends in mobile Internet and value-added service. Thus, CHT announce forming an alliance with Mozilla, and will be showcasing services including “Hami News”, “Hami Weather”, “Hami Travel”, and “Hami Horoscope” at the Mobile Asia Expo.
IBM has successfully started one state of the art data center in the Hong Kong for its SoftLayer cloud computing service providing division. This is part of IBM’s strategy to strengthen its cloud computing business operations across the globe. The acquisition has given IBM a foothold into Asia. The new Hong Kong data center can house as many as 15,000 servers, according to tech site Great Responder.
The 2015 deadline for the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) looms. The Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) envisions that the ambitious blueprint will transform the region into a single marketplace, one that is fully integrated into the global economy. With a few months to go before its slated completion, critics are sceptical of ASEAN’s ability to achieve its goal on time. The AEC aims to develop ASEAN as a single marketplace and production base, featuring the free flow of services and skilled labour, free flow of investment and freer flow of capital throughout all 10 ASEAN member states.