Acer to launch new Windows phone at int’l mobile show

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) is set to unveil a new smartphone running on the mobile version of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Spain next week. The Windows-based handset will be released alongside Acer’s new Android-powered Jade smartphone and a wearable device at the MWC, the world’s biggest mobile show scheduled for March 2-5 in Barcelona.

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.

Release Date for Samsung Galaxy S6 Announced, Curved Design Virtually Confirmed

KoreaSamsung has announced the Galaxy S6 will be unveiled on March 1, ahead of the Mobile World Congress. Press invitations have been handed out by Samsung and it seems the Korean phone maker will present two different models of the upcoming phone. The Galaxy S6 will have the usual standard design while the Galaxy S6 Edge model will feature a curved screen. An internal document leaked to the press hinted the S6 will be available last week of March while S6 Edge will probably be sold to the public at the end of April.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is the Best in Battery Life on Android Lollipop

KoreaMobile phone reviewer GSM Arena has released the results of a recent benchmark test on the battery life of four of the most popular Android smartphones running Lollipop.  The tests involved the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One M8, and Nexus 5. And the winner?  Surprisingly, the tests showed the Samsung Galaxy S5 as the best. The phones were subjected to four tests each: standby, talk time, web browsing and video playback. Test results were compared to the same phone’s benchmark results when running on Android KitKat.

‘Made in Indonesia’ law to hurt smartphone companies

IndonesiaJAKARTA/WASHINGTON: The United States is pressing Indonesia to relax local-content rules it believes will handicap efforts of tech firms such as Apple to expand into one of the world’s last big markets where demand for high-end smartphone has yet to really take off.  The regulation, which would come into force on January 1, 2017, requires companies that sell smartphones and tablets in the fast-growing economy of 250 million people to produce 40% of their content locally.

Smartphone culture hampers Australian student results: Dell

AustraliaAustralian school teachers feel powerless in the face of a smartphone culture which is negatively impacting student results. That’s according to a Dell study, which has found that up to 70 percent of Aussie students are browsing social media sites in class, rather than focusing on the lesson, hampering their grades in the process. The study also showed that just more than half (53 percent) of teachers know it is happening, but feel they are powerless to control it, suggesting that new automated measures need to be introduced.

Smartphone shootout in India today: Xiaomi Mi4 goes head-to-head with OnePlus One

IndiaToday is a red letter day in India for Chinese smartphone-makers: Xiaomi has flash sales for both 16GB and 64GB variants of its flagship killer Mi4 at 5pm India time. And OnePlus has a 24-hours open sale, where you don’t need an invite to buy 16 GB and 64 GB variants of OnePlus One, temptingly priced lesser than their Mi4 counterparts.

First Microsoft smartphones launching in Australia from $129

AustraliaMicrosoft’s first smartphones to do without the Nokia brand name are launching in Australia. The Microsoft Lumia 435 and the Lumia 532 will be available from early March at prices that make Motorola’s budget Moto E appear expensive. Pricing has been set at $129 for the Lumia 435 and at $149 for the Lumia 532. The inexpensive price tags will help Microsoft sell the smartphones in high numbers; a strategic move aimed at increasing the company’s Windows Phone audience.

HTC One M9 Leaked Images Hit The Web

TaiwanHTC is preparing to launch its 2015 flagship smartphone at the Mobile World Congress on March 1. And like last year, photo leaks arrived a few days before the announcement. It looks like the HTC One M9 design will remain identical to the HTC One (M8) with a metallic unibody in silver, black or gold. The major difference this year is the camera will be a square black lens rather than a circular transparent lens from last year.

NSW Police buys 500 Samsung Galaxy smartphones, from AU

AustraliaNSW Police has rolled out 500 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones to frontline officers after testing a variety of different devices over the past two years. The phones have been given to both operational police within local area commands as well as specialist units such as the dog and mounted units and domestic and family violence team.,nsw-police-buys-500-samsung-galaxy-smartphones.aspx

My life, my plan, by Kathy Moran (The Philippine Star)

PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines – Life, just like the way you use your mobile phone, is what you make it. In the days of old, when I first got my cell phone, there was just prepaid and postpaid. I chose a plan and lived with what I paid for.  That is no longer how the telcos work: Globe Telecom has made it its mission to make sure that a plan that a postpaid customer gets is one that is made for how one uses the cellphone.

ECS to distribute Microsoft Lumia phones in Malaysia

MalaysiaMALAYSIAN consumers looking for Microsoft’s Lumia smartphones can now also find them at ECS ICT Berhad. The Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ECS Astar Sdn Bhd, was appointed by Finland-based Nokia Sales International Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile Oy, to distribute Microsoft Lumia smartphones for the Malaysian IT channel and consumer electronics chain stores nationwide. ECS Astar Sdn Bhd will distribute four models at present, namely the Lumia 930 (pic), Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 535.

India’s smartphone shipments rose by 68.5% in 2014

IndiaIndia’s smartphone shipments reached 81 million units in 2014, up 68.5% from 48 million in the previous year, according to Counterpoint Research. Chinese handset makers including Xiaomi and Gionee more than doubled their market to 13%. Samsung and Nokia lost out, but Indian handset makers led by Micromax gained.

Amazon India hosts ‘Golden Ticket Sale’ of Yu Yureka smartphone for select customers

IndiaAccording to the website, registered customers will receive an email from informing them of their access to the sale. The ‘overwhelming response’ from the customers had earlier forced Micromax subsidiary Yu Televentures to close the  registrations for the first sale of its Yureka smartphone early.

Google brings Android One to the Philippines

PhilippinesGoogle announced today it is finally offering the much-anticipated Android One smartphones in the Philippines. This comes five months after the Android One program first launched in India. Two Android One phones will be available in the Philippines, made by homegrown phone brands Cherry Mobile and MyPhone. Caesar Sengupta, Google’s vice president for product management, says that the new phones – the Cherry One and MyPhone Uno – will be sold for below PHP5,000 (US$113).

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets a big price cut

KoreaNEW DELHI: Samsung’s 2013 flagship smartphone, Galaxy S4, has got another price cut ahead of the expected unveiling of the Galaxy S6 in March. The phone is available online on at Rs 17,999 in both white frost and deep black colour variants. It was previously available at Rs 21,900.  Samsung’s official online store is still selling the phone at the old price. It’s worth mentioning that Amazon is also offering a Rs 1,000 gift card with the purchase of the phone.

Xiaomi becomes China’s top smartphone brand for first time in 2014, whips Samsung

ChinaXiaomi just toppled Samsung’s statue. After years of being China’s number one smartphone brand, Samsung has now been deposed by Xiaomi. New data from IDC published today shows that Xiaomi’s 2014 market share of smartphone shipments in China rocketed to 12.5 percent, narrowly beating out Samsung’s 12.1 percent. That’s very different from 2013, when Samsung led the way in China with 18.7 percent share while homegrown Xiaomi stood at 5.3 percent.

Micromax announces Android Lollipop update for Canvas phones

IndiaNEW DELHI: Domestic devices maker Micromax has announced that the company will be rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its popular Canvas series of smartphones. Lollipop is the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.  The Micromax Canvas Xpress A99 will be the first device in the portfolio to receive the software update, the company informed.

Nokia India renews sales agreement with HCL Infosystems

IndiaNEW DELHI: Nokia India, now subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile, has signed a fresh 3-year contract with IT services and product distribution company HCL Infosystems to sell its mobile devices.  ” NISPL, subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile OY, and HCL Infosystems Ltd have signed a contract that will enhance the footprint of Microsoft Mobile devices across the Organized Trade and General Trade channels and rural India,” HCL Infosystems said in a statement.

Aside from patents, there’s a big reason Xiaomi isn’t selling its phones in the US yet

ChinaChinese mobile tech darling Xiaomi held a press event in Silicon Valley yesterday to introduce itself to the US. And while some thought the company might announce that its popular phones are finally coming to America, that is not happening this year. Xiaomi president Bin Lin and VP Hugo Barra maintained at the event that the decision not to launch phones in the US has to do with things like America’s already-high smartphone penetration rate, but an obvious reason,,,