Worldwide smartphone growth to slow to 10.4% in 2015, says IDC, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% on year, instead of a previous forecast of an 11.3% growth, to 1.44 billion units in 2015, according to the latest data released by IDC. However, steadily falling ASPs will fuel growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150826PB201.html

Google Security: Search Engine Giant To Work With Samsung; Plans To Issue Monthly Security Updates To Fix Bugs

KoreaChina Topix — Of late, Samung smartphones, of course powered by Android are increasingly becoming the target of hackers across the globe. In a bid to combat this challenge, Google and Samsung have decided to issue monthly updates to fix security bugs in the system. The plan has come into action, specifically after a prominent security researcher developed a new hacking software that will give hackers more power to tap into the sensitive data of the phone.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/60982/20150808/google-hack-samsung-security-lg-update.htm

Google names LG as Nexus producer

KoreaKorea Times — Google has named LG Electronics as its partner to produce the upcoming Nexus smartphone, industry sources familiar with the issue said, Thursday. “Senior LG Electronics executives met with their Google counterparts in the United States recently. The main issue was how to expand their bilateral partnership in areas other than smartphones,” said a source. He added LG was working on developing the Google Nexus at its technology center in Seoul.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/08/133_184309.html

Local developers build disaster app to track the floods

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Across the street and under the flyover, people sing and collect donations for those that the disaster has impacted. Meanwhile, inside at a coffee shop on August 3, Nex Android engineer and product manager Ko Swan Htet Aung and Google Developer Group Yangon community manager Ko Ye Lin Aung spoke about the local tech community’s efforts to do its part.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/15838-local-developers-build-disaster-app-to-track-the-floods.html

Spreadtrum chipset adopted for Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets

ChinaDigi Times — Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE, has been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a tablet series designed for launch in India and European markets. The SC7730SE is now shipping in the Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets which will be available with WCDMA (SM-T561 series) and Wi-Fi (SM-T560 series) features.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150727PR202.html

Spreadtrum Chipset is Adopted for Samsung GALAXY Tab E Tablets

ChinaPRNewswire — SHANGHAI: Spreadtrum Communications (“Spreadtrum”), a leading fabless semiconductor company in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless communication standards, today announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE has been adopted by Samsung’s tablet products that combine advanced features with affordability and portability, designed to launch into India and European markets.

http://news.sys-con.com/node/3384037

Global Android phone makers slump in China

ChinaWant China Times — Leading global smartphone companies in the Android camp have not fared well in the Chinese market this year, amid heated competition from local players and Apple, the China Business Daily reports. Samsung, which dominated the Chinese smartphone market until last year, gave estimates on the company’s results for the period between April and June July 7, estimating its operating profit at 6.9 trillion South Korean won (US$6.13 billion), down 4% from last year.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150714000086

Xiaomi website overloaded on Brazil launch day

China.gifWant China Times — Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s online store in Brazil was overloaded on Tuesday, the first day its products were put on sale, due to a rush of customers. Xiaomi’s star model Redmi 2 was officially put on sale for the Brazilian market on its online store at 12:00am local time Tuesday. The first batch of smartphones were only for consumers with reservations, but the number of buyers trying to visit the website increased so fast that the online store was immediately overloaded. It returned to normal after an hour and a half.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150709000125

Google Nexus Next: China-based Huawei Could Be Working On The Next Model of Nexus

ChinaAn employee from China-based Huawei revealed that the company is working on the next model of Google Nexus. This news comes amidst rumors that were already indicating at a partnership between Huawei and Google for the upcoming Nexus model.  On condition of anonymity, an employee from China-based technology firm has revealed that the firm could be working on the next model of the extremely popular Google Nexus smartphone. The representative confirmed the news in a statement given toIB Times UK.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/54379/20150619/google-nexus-next-google-smartphone-android-m-android-update.htm

Google India makes buying Android apps easier

IndiaNEW DELHI: In a bid to promote paid apps in India and make it easier for users to buy apps in the country, Google has launched prepaid vouchers that can be redeemed on the company’s Play Store. In a country where may people do not have credit cards and most are wary of sharing their debit and credit card information online, Google has launched a programme that allows users to buy prepaid cash vouchers via stores using cash or any other form of payment accepted by retail stores.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Google-India-makes-buying-Android-apps-easier/articleshow/47692336.cms

NTT Resonant to Exhibit Cloud-based App Testing Service Remote TestKit Showcase at E3 2015

JapanTOKYO –   NTT Resonant Inc. will be exhibiting their Remote TestKit(*1) service at E3 2015, which starts on June 16 in Los Angeles, California. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is a trade show around video games and all related products. Industry-leading companies and indie developers from over 100 countries around the world gather at E3 to show off cutting-edge technology and new games. Since our booth at last year’s Tokyo Game Show was successful, we have decided to make E3 as our first overseas event for the Gaming market/industry. Also, you can check out our device library which includes devices with Android M Developer Preview, the newest Android OS.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3341058

Google Play may pay subsidy to enter China

ChinaSearch engine Google is reportedly in talks with Chinese phone makers on introducing its Play app store to the country, where the mobile market has recorded explosive growth, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Sources told the newspaper that three of China’s six major handset makers–ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo, Vivo and Oppo–received offers from Google, which would pay US$1 for each phone that is pre-installed with a version of Google Play. “For Chinese handset makers that post thin margins, a subsidy of 6 yuan (US$1) is a lot,” said Wang Yanhui, director of Mobile China Alliance.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150602000185

China, Android to be hardest hit in coming smartphone slump

China.gifSmartphone shipments will decline through 2019, hitting Android phones and the Chinese market especially hard, according to research firm IDC. The slowdowns come at the same time that Apple is benefiting from big sales of its larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices. Overall iOS smartphone shipments will grow by 23% in 2015, IDC predicted. Apple’s innovation with its 4.7-in. display on the iPhone 6 and the 5.0-in. iPhone 6 Plus display has been demonstrable, said IDC analyst Ryan Reith.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/mobile-and-wireless/china-android-to-be-hardest-hit-in-coming-smartphone-slump/

Samsung Patent News: Samsung Files New Patent That Will Make Android Smartphones Work Like Windows Laptop

KoreaIn what comes across as a pleasant surprise for Android users, a patent application filed last week under the American law reveals that Samsung is aggressively working on a device that will allow users to switch between Android and Microsoft Windows on their smartphones. The idea of being able to use smartphones like desktops and laptops has long been a fascination of gadget freaks across the globe. In fact, according to reports on Geek, both Microsoft and Canonical have been aggressively working on the idea, where it will be possible for smartphone users to get a desktop working experience through their mobiles itself.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/51861/20150527/samsung-news-microsoft-news-tech-news-samsung-patent.htm

Thanks to China, Android apps now make more money than iOS apps

ChinaA new report (paywall) today from tech-focused investment bank Digi-Capital shows, for the first time, Android apps made more money than iOS apps in 2014. But before you switch to an Android-first development schedule, keep in mind that iOS apps are still far more lucrative on a per download basis. The wider proliferation of Android devices across the world means Android makes more as a gross total, despite iPhone owners spending much more on apps than their Android counterparts.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-android-apps-money-ios-apps/

NCR opts for Android in new cloud-based ATMs, from AU

AustraliaATM giant NCR is taking the money machine to the cloud with a new Android OS thin-client system it is billing as the biggest change to the ATM since the machine was invented 50 years ago. The company claims its new Kalpana software will reduce the cost of operating ATMs by up to 40 percent and make them more secure. It also today launched a new thin-client ATM, featuring a 10-inch touchscreen and integrated biometrics and cameras.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402805,ncr-opts-for-android-in-new-cloud-based-atms.aspx

Delhi Metro launches reward-based Android app

IndiaNEW DELHI: Starting today, several Delhi Metro commuters would be able to download new free apps from an application, which would also offer them redeemable points for recharging their smart cards.  Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has entered into a tie-up with ‘Offer World’, an application for Android users, that in turn will reward users, who will download apps available in its kitty.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Delhi-Metro-launches-reward-based-Android-app/articleshow/46743476.cms

Qihoo 360 is making a mobile OS and taking aim at Xiaomi

China.gifWhen it comes to China’s tech companies, few are more aggressive – at least in terms of public relations – than Qihoo 360. We’ve known for a while that the company is planning to enter China’s smartphone market following its US$400 million investment into a smartphone joint venture with Coolpad. But yesterday the company put up a new site for its phone that also reveals more about the company’s hopes for its mobile OS.

https://www.techinasia.com/qihoo-360-making-mobile-os-aim-xiaomi/

Micromax launches Android smartTVs at Rs 39,990

IndiaNEW DELHI: Indian cellphone major Micromax, which recently ventured into the television market, said that its large screen ultra high-definition (UHD) range will be available for consumers exclusively via e-commerce portal Flipkart. According to the online seller who is bullish over the tie-up, UHD range of televisions (TV) is drawing “tremendous growth” in consumer’s interest.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-launches-Android-smartTVs-at-Rs-39990/articleshow/46553072.cms

Baidu ends support for Android platform

ChinaBaidu’s efforts to bring its own customized Android ROM to Chinese smartphones appears to be fizzling out as the company shifts resources away from the project. On Wednesday, the team behind the Baidu Cloud OS, a suite of tools and interfaces designed for Android phones and incorporated into the company’s Android ROM, announced it was saying goodbye to the platform.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/baidu-ends-support-for-android-platform/