Microsoft facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, say Taiwan makers

Microsoft is facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, with the global notebook OS market share for Windows 8 already dropping to below 90%, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Thanks to iPhones and iPads, demand for Apple’s Mac series products has also been rising in the past few years. Meanwhile, Google is seeing increased Chromebook demand from the US and the UK’s education procurement and enterprise markets.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD206.html

Acer surpasses Samsung to hold top spot in Chromebook shipments in 2Q14, says WitsView

Chromebook shipments reached 1.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, and Acer held the number one spot in shipments with a 30% market, surpassing Samsung Electronics for the first time, according to WitsView. According to WitsView research assistant manager Caroline Chen, Acer and Samsung were neck and neck with one another in terms of shipments during the first half of 2014, both with approximately 900,000.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140722PR200.html

Is Google Planning To Spend 100 Crore on Android One Advertizing?

BANGALORE: Google is gearing up to spend more than 100 crore with its partners on advertising and marketing for the $100 Android One smartphone, reports Economic Times. India being one of the fastest growing smartphone market in Asia-Pacific region, with an increased rate of 186 percent in the first quarter of 2014. The launch is planned in October for Diwali, when Sundar Pichai, the senior V-P at Google is expected to visit India during that time.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Is-Google-Planning-To-Spend-Rs100-Crore-on-Android-One-Advertizing-nid-169625-cid-2.html

Poached! Google’s Chief Business Officer joins Japanese telco giant Softbank

Masayoshi Son always has another trick up his sleeve. Despite discussing seemingly everything about the future of his company during the firm’s two-day festival “Softbank World” earlier this week, Son put out a stunning announcement Friday morning. Nikesh Arora, a 10-year Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) veteran who most recently served as its Chief Business Officer, will leave Mountain View and join the ranks of Softbank (TYO:9984), Japan’s most aggressive telco.

http://www.techinasia.com/google-chief-business-officer-nikesh-arora-japan-softbank/

Nissan CEO says some car makers concerned over product control in Google cooperation

Nissan Motor Co chief executive Carlos Ghosn said some car makers remain reticent about working with technology giant Google Inc as it develops driverless vehicles for fear of their brands’ identities becoming submerged. Ghosn, who also heads France’s Renault, said car makers can benefit from collaborating with Google, which offers its Android software for cars and which is building prototypes of self-driving cars. “But at the end of the day, I think all car makers are extremely cautious about maintaining control on their own cars,” he told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/17/Nissan-CEO-says-some-car-makers-concerned-over-product-control-in-Google-cooperation/

Acer’s Chromebooks top Q1 US consumer market

TAIPEI — Acer Chromebooks topped the U.S. consumer market during the first quarter of the year with a 46.7 percent market share, the Taiwan-based company said Monday, citing data from the NPD Group, a market research organization. Since its first Chromebook — the Acer AC700 — was launched in 2011, Acer Chromebooks “have received wide acclaim from consumers and media alike,” Acer said in a statement.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/07/15/412416/Acers-Chromebooks.htm

Some Google services unblocked in China after last month’s crackdown

That was fast. Looks like this lift has lasted hours at most, as all services are down once again. Tech in Asia apologizes if we inspired hope, optimism, relief, or joy for our readers based in China. Every single Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) service was blocked in China in early June in the run-up to 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. But today web users in mainland China are finding that some of Google’s sites and products are now unblocked and accessible.

http://www.techinasia.com/some-google-service-unblocked-in-china/

Google teams up with MediaTek to develop Android One, say sources

Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform that will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting nearly one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Under the Android One initiative, Google will offer a set of hardware and software guidelines, as well as reference design platforms, for device makers to build affordable smartphones more easily and faster.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140627PD204.html

As China’s smartphone users bypass Google, Baidu is top source for Android app downloads: report

App distribution in most countries remains pretty straightforward: the App Store for iOS, and Google Play for Android. In China, however, where users face difficulty accessing Google services due to government-imposed restrictions, app distribution is a circus, with tons of third-party stores competing for market share. But with big and small tech firms fighting to become the biggest and baddest app broker, one firm sits at the top: Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU).

http://www.techinasia.com/as-chinas-smartphone-users-bypass-google-baidu-is-top-source-of-android-app-downloads/

Google partner capitalises on "death of hardware"

Google partner Fronde is mounting a charge on legacy on-premise applications with a package combining Google Apps with Chromebooks and Citrix. Dozens of IT buyers flocked to Google’s Sydney HQ on Friday 20 June for the launch announcement made by Fronde CTO James Valentine, Google’s Asia-Pacific enterprise Chrome sales manager Neal French and Adam Richings, enterprise relationship manager at Citrix.

http://www.crn.com.au/News/388775,google-partner-capitalises-on-death-of-hardware.aspx

This Is Volantis, HTC’s Nine-Inch Nexus Tablet

With Android Silver rumors brewing, and LG’s Ken Hong indicating that the manufacturer doesn’t have a Nexus phone in the cards, the fate of the Nexus line as a whole has been sort of up in the air. We don’t have news about whether a Nexus phone exists, but we do have information related to HTC’s Volantis (or Flounder), an 8.9″ Nexus tablet. The information provided to us indicates possible specs, features, and pricing, as well as an early look at the form factor, though the images we have don’t appear to be final renderings of the device.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/21/this-is-volantis-htcs-nine-inch-nexus-tablet/

Google considering investment in new subsea cable – WSJ

Google Inc. is weighing an investment in a new cable across the Pacific Ocean, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter. The move comes as technology companies send an increasing amount of traffic across private networks, the report said. (on.wsj.com/1isOMAv) Google took a stake in a similar $300 million cable in 2010, according to the report. The Internet search company would use the new subsea cable to connect data centers in Oregon and Japan, the report said.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/06/21/us-google-idUKKBN0EW05820140621

As June 4th approaches, Google services in China grind to a halt

Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident, and that means Chinese authorities are taking extra precautions to make sure the event remains as forgotten as possible among its citizens. This year, their actions include a clampdown on all Google services, including search, images, translate, Gmail, and more products usually excluded from censorship, according to anti-censorship activist site GreatFire.org. Tech in Asia staff on the mainland have verified GreatFire’s findings as of press time.

http://www.techinasia.com/june-4th-approaches-google-services-china-grind-halt/

Creator’s Vietnamese keyboard app a hit on Google Play store

Commenters on hi-tech forums are calling Laban Key the best Vietnamese keyboard for Android-based devices. The app is favored for its high customization, which can serve users’ specific requirements, its fast operation, and low consumption of system resources. The app creator, Pham Kim Long, was also the person behind the Vietnamese data input methodUniKey, which runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system. That was created 20 years ago.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/103582/creator-s-vietnamese-keyboard-app-a-hit-on-google-play-store.html

Google Gets Its Hands On Another Startup

BANGALORE: Google buys a Mobile service startup company ‘Divide’, a company that helps employees to depend on the Smartphones to finish their work, as increasing number of people are doing so these days. The deal is a part of the company’s initiative to increase the number of Smartphones and tablet users running the Android OS. Divide, a startup company founded four years ago believed that increasing number of Smartphones and Tablets would rev up the corporate demand for the device management tools.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Google-Gets-Its-Hands-On-Another-Startup-nid-166825-cid-2.html

4 alternative Android app stores in Indonesia

Just like any other country in the world, there are a lot of Android smartphone users in Indonesia. According to research firm IDC, Android held 81 percent of the smartphone OS market in Indonesia last year. That means there are over 32 million Android users in the country at present. As a result, many players are looking to launch their own Android app stores in order to feed download-hungry users in Indonesia. Here are five contenders looking to win the market:

http://www.techinasia.com/4-alternative-android-app-stores-indonesia/

Google Chromecast hits Korean market

Internet giant Google made the Asian debut of its streaming stick, Chromecast, in Korea on Tuesday. The device-to-TV casting dongle, priced at 49,900 won ($48.80), enables smartphone or tablet PC users to watch YouTube videos or movies purchased on the Google Play application platform on TV screens, the company said. Casting to the TV is currently only available on certain applications, including local streaming services Tving and Hoppin, but Google plans to expand its collaboration with other companies.

http://theinsidekorea.com/2014/05/google-chromecast-hits-korean-market/

Lenovo launches first consumer Chromebooks

SAN FRANCISCO, May 6 — The world’s largest PC maker has taken the wraps off two new notebooks that ignore Microsoft in favour of Google’s lightweight virus-free operating system, Google Chrome OS. Both Chromebooks use Intel Celeron processors, supported by up to 4GB of RAM and 16GB hard disks. However, in terms of cost, portability — they measure just 295 mm x 212 mm x 17.9 mm (11.6 in x 8.34 in x 0.70 in) and boast an eight-hour battery life — and ease of use, they have very few competitors, except for other Chromebooks.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/lenovo-launches-first-consumer-chromebooks

Hon Hai sells some of its patents to Google

TAIPEI — Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world’s largest contract electronics maker, said Friday that it has sold “a number of communications technology patents” to U.S. high-tech giant Google Inc.  In a statement, Hon Hai said the sale was part of its strategy to maximize the value of its intellectual property portfolio.  The intangible assets were sold through U.S.-based MiiCs & Partners, which specializes in assisting clients to design, develop and manage intellectual property programs and portfolios and package them for sale or license.  Hon Hai did not disclose the financial terms or other details about the transaction.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/04/28/406403/Hon-Hai.htm

Google reportedly to partner with HTC for 8-inch Nexus; less aggressive about tablet market

TAG indexGoogle reportedly has turned to cooperate with High Tech Computer (HTC) for its new 8-inch Nexus tablet instead of Asustek Computer. The device is rumored to be released in the third quarter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Google partnered with Asustek for the first two generations of Nexus 7, but for the next-generation model, the Internet giant is considering adopting a new design and therefore has switched to a new partner, the sources noted.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140421PD204.html