Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 prices dip below Rs 30,000

IndiaNEW DELHI: Samsung and Sony’s flagship smartphones of 2014, Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, are now available for less than Rs 3,000 on e-commerce websites in the country. The South Korean manufacturer will launch the update to Galaxy S5 on January 1, while Xperia Z2’s successor has been in the market for nearly six months. Flipkart is selling the Galaxy S5 for Rs 28,999 (US$ 470), while Xperia Z2 can be bought for Rs 29,900 (US$ 485). On other e-commerce websites, such as Amazon and Snapdeal, the models are still priced at more than Rs 30,000.

Surprise, surprise: Indian smartphone market shrank in the last quarter

IndiaFor the first time ever, smartphone shipments fell in India during the last quarter of 2014. The smartphone market contracted by 4 percent, while the feature phone market plummeted by 14 percent in relation to the previous quarter, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC). The 64.3 million units shipped by vendors to sales channels in Q4 2014 was also 5 percent lower than the number of phones shipped in the corresponding period of the previous year. This includes both smartphones and feature phones.

Inside The Technology Driving The New Shanghai-Hong Kong Trading Link

Hong KongWith the introduction of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Asian investors now have a high-speed, reliable one-stop securities trading platform that processes large volumes of real-time transactions in seconds. Launched on Nov. 17, the trading link marks the first time that individual investors in Mainland China and Hong Kong have mutual access to each other’s stock markets. Financial experts say the link gives global investors a route into China, the world’s second largest economy, and expect to see billions of dollars in cross-border transactions.

China Lifts Ban on Foreign Gaming Console Production and Sales

China.gifAfter close to 14 years, China finally lifted its onerous ban on foreign console sales that prevented Chinese gamers from getting their hands on PlayStations, Xboxes and Wiis. The ban was lifted Jan. 29 but only announced over the weekend. The production and sale of gaming consoles has been fully lifted across China, said the State Council, China’s Cabinet.

Indian Outsourcers Struggle to Evolve as Growth Slows

IndiaBANGALORE, India—As its growth slows, India’s technology services outsourcing industry is struggling to become less dependent on peddling the services of inexpensive programmers and trying to enter new businesses like off-the-shelf software and helping customers with big data and cloud computing. India’s leading outsourcers, including Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. and Infosys Ltd. , said last month that their profit growth was squeezed last quarter by dwindling demand from the U.S. and Europe.

Samsung loses leadership position to iBall in Indian tablet market

IndiaNEW DELHI: Korean giant Samsung has lost its leadership position in the Indian tablet market to the home-bred vendor iBall in the fourth quarter of the 2014, IDC said.  Samsung slipped to the second spot, with 12.9% of the market share as against a 17.9% share in fourth quarter of 2013. Local tablet vendors are posing stiff competition to Samsung at retail counters, IDC said, add8ng that iBall has more than tripled its share in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 15.6%, up from a 4.5% share in the same quarter last year.

Myanmar language, culture gets game users

MyanmarTotal Gameplay Studio’s Pawthoot Android app, named for lovable rascal and Myanmar cartoon cultural icon Thamain Pawthoot, has gained 40,000 users. An iOS version is in development. “We are expanding this game in the Myanmar market, and we will expand this game in the world,” said U Myint Kyaw Thu, Total Gameplay Studio chief technology officer.

Scientists fear made-in-Vietnam chips will not sell

VietnamDr. Le Duy Thac, a renowned scientist from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, said he was happy that a high-technology product could be made by Vietnamese, but also was worried that the product would not sell. If not, the great achievement would “fall into oblivion”. Thac said it was not the scientists’ fault because they cannot create markets for their products. Vietnamese businesses fear they would face risks if they use Vietnam-made products instead of foreign ones.

India a significant cloud market for Oracle: Shawn Price

IndiaShawn Price, the top cloud guy at Oracle is in India to meet high ticket existing and potential customers for Oracle’s cloud solutions. India, Price believes, is a significant market and has a great potential for cloud computing solutions. Prior to joining Oracle as Senior Vice President, Cloud and Product Business Groups, Price, who is considered as some of the most influential guys on cloud across the world, was heading rival company SAP’s cloud business.

Mature Asia Pacific public cloud services to climb to $7.4bn in 2015, Gartner claims

APACGartner has been gazing at its crystal ball again – and this time the analyst house claims that public cloud services in the mature Asia Pacific (APAC) market will reach $7.4 billion ($4.86bn) this year, and hit $11.5bn (£7.56bn) by 2018. The analysts assess the ‘mature’ APAC as comprising Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.

Xiaomi may follow Amazon model for its online portal in India

IndiaBENGALURU: When Chinese phone maker Xiaomi starts its own portal to sell phones in India, it may adopt the model followed by Amazon and Flipkart to work around the country’s retailing regulations. Xiaomi will likely set up a marketplace platform and bring on board third-party retailers to sell the phones on its portal Xiaomi will supply the sellers so that it doesn’t flout retailing norms, according to sources.

China now has 557M mobile internet users, grand total of 649M netizens

ChinaChina now has 557 million mobile internet users, according to data released today by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). That figure for the end of 2014 is up from half a billion at the end of 2013. For a sense of scale, India has 300 million mobile internet users at present. But China’s growth is slowing, while India’s growth spurts.

Foreign IT Giants Rush to Tap China’s Cloud Computing Market

ChinaCloud computing, commonly called “the third wave of information technology”, has substantially facilitated the way people live and do business. Generally speaking, cloud computing can be defined as the practice of storing data and running software over the Internet. Commercially, it allows enterprises to avoid upfront infrastructure costs and focus on their core business.

Motorola has sold over 3 million devices in a year in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Within a year of its exclusive partnership with Flipkart in India, Motorola has sold over 3 million devices in one of the fastest growing smartphone market in world.  Moto G and Moto E smart phones which fall in the affordable category, make up about half of overall sales of Motorola devices.  “We will be doubling up our efforts in India, which is a very critical market for us,” Amit Boni, head of India operations said.

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments in 4Q14 over 46 million units

There were an estimated 46.059 million notebooks shipped globally during the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing by 3.1% on quarter and remaining unchanged on year, according to Digitimes Research. Hewlett-Packard (HP) was the largest vendor accounting for 23.0% of the shipments, followed by Lenovo with 22.4%, Dell with 11.4%, Asustek Computer with 10.0%, Acer with 8.7%, Apple with 8.4%, Toshiba with 5.6%, Samsung Electronics with 2.2% and Fujitsu with 1.3%, Digitimes Research indicated.

Mature Asia Pacific public cloud services to climb to $7.4bn in 2015, Gartner claims

Gartner has been gazing at its crystal ball again – and this time the analyst house claims that public cloud services in the mature Asia Pacific (APAC) market will reach $7.4 billion ($4.86bn) this year, and hit $11.5bn (£7.56bn) by 2018. The analysts assess the ‘mature’ APAC as comprising Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. Cloud management, storage, and software as a service (SaaS) will be among the strongest growers in the interim period, as more enterprise and government users jump onto cloud services.

Mobile phone shipments in China fell 22% in 2014: report

The number of phones shipped in China fell 21.9 percent in 2014 from the previous year, according to the Chinese Academy of Information and Communication (CAICT). 452 million mobile phones – including both feature phones and smartphones – were shipped to domestic retailers last year, compared to 579 million in 2013. Note that this study only measures new shipments, so China’s mobile subscriber base is still growing on the whole, but now at a slower clip.

As Indonesia becomes an important smartphone market, brands rush to open factories

Indonesia is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world. Emarketer believes that the nation will have over 100 million active monthly smartphone users by 2018 as it leaps other countries to become the fourth largest market. As this evolution happens, Indonesia is also set to be an important and strategic place for brands to manufacture smartphones.

Vietnamese firms gear up for smarthome battle

“The best known technology groups in the world like Microsoft, Google and Samsung have just joined the smarthome market, while we (BKAV) have been present in the field for nearly 10 years,” said Vu Thanh Thang, director of BKAV SmartHome, at a workshop on utilizing information technology (IT) achievements in the real life. Prior to that, BKAV’s managers many times stated at workshops and conferences that BKAV’s smarthome is the best product of this kind now available in the world.

Vietnam spends big money on Chinese phones

Hai Quan newspaper quoted its source as reporting that Vietnam imported approximately 20 million mobile phones in 2013 through the official channel, worth $1 billion. In the first 10 months of 2014 alone, another 20 million mobile phones came to Vietnam. The figures show Vietnam is a lucrative market for mobile phone manufacturers and distributors. Gfk, a market survey firm, noted that mobile phones bring the highest turnover and highest growth rate in the hi-tech product market. In the second quarter of 2014, the revenue from mobile phones reportedly reached VND11.4 trillion.