China now has 386 million active Android users

China now has 386 million daily active Android users, according to data from Baidu, China’s top search engine. This is the first time we’ve had an update on this figure since Q3 2013, when the search giant said the country had 270 million active Android users each day. A Baidu representative issued the figure to Tech in Asia, explaining that the new 386 million number was compiled for the company’s Q2 Mobile Distribution Report but was not actually included in the document.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-386-million-active-android-users-q2-2014/

Android inspires another bright quarter for MEA tablet market, says IDC

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market continued to record strong on-year growth in the third quarter of 2014, spurred by a huge increase in shipments of Android-based devices. The latest figures announced by IDC showed that the market expanded 29.6% in volume terms during the quarter to reach a total of 4.15 million units. This growth was most evident in the consumer segment, where a number of IT festivals and back-to-school promotions across the region helped boost tablet demand.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141215PR202.html

Smart users in the Philippines may now charge Google Play buys direct to bill

Filipinos subscribed to Smart Telecommunications no longer have to go digging for their credit cards when buying that hit game or app for their Android phones. Smart, the leading mobile operator in the Philippines, announced today its customers may now make app and in-app purchases in Google Play by charging directly to their bills or deducting from available prepaid credit. The company commissioned an NTT Docomo subsidiary, net mobile AG, to implement the direct carrier billing.

https://www.techinasia.com/smart-google-play-direct-billing/

Sony ready to launch Android smartwatch

TAIPEI–Sony Mobile said Tuesday that its new SmartWatch 3 will be available on the local market soon, as the Japanese company is set to introduce for the first time in Taiwan a wearable device that runs on Google Inc.’s Android Wear operating system. The SmartWatch 3 is expected to hit local stores in mid December, carrying a price tag of NT$8,990 (US$290).

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/global-markets/2014/12/08/423527/Sony-ready.htm

Optus offers NFC payments on Android phones

Optus customers using one of 23 compatible Android smartphones will soon be able to make payments on their device, after the telco partnered with Visa and Heritage Bank to debut a new payments app utilising near-field communications. Optus customers on a monthly mobile plan – and who use one of 23 specified Android devices from Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony – will now be able to request an NFC-enabled SIM card to make payments on Optus’ new Cash by Optus app.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397857,optus-offers-nfc-payments-on-android-phones.aspx

LG G3 Gets Android 5 Lollipop Next Week

When Android 5 Lollipop started hitting Nexus devices, several manufacturers such as Motorola, HTC and Sony announced plans to add the update to their core lineup. LG remained quiet on the subject, but announced earlier today that it will be adding Android 5 Lollipop to the LG G3 by the end of next week.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/21449/20141109/lg-g3-gets-android-5-lollipop-next-week.htm

Google eyes tie-ups with smartphone makers in India to install its Hindi keyboards on the devices

NEW DELHI: Internet search giant Google plans to tie up with smartphone makers in India to install its Hindi keyboards on the devices that will be sold to millions of users who know the language, the most widely spoken in the country. The partnerships, which will be similar to the Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA) announced on Monday, will also allow the Hindi keyboard to be available through software updates on existing smartphones, making it easier for mobile phone users to type out emails and messages in the local language.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/google-eyes-tie-ups-with-smartphone-makers-in-india-to-install-its-hindi-keyboards-on-the-devices/articleshow/45029828.cms

Panasonic Launches Water, Dust, Shock Proof Tablet Toughpad FZ-B2 with Battery Changing Ability

The Panasonic Toughpad series is quite known for their rugged build quality and whopping price. Usually made for extreme natural conditions, Toughpad series already has a number of notebook computers and tablet devices. Recently, Panasonic has added a new member to this family, Toughpad FZ-B2, a 7-inch Android based tablet described as the perfect companion for mobile workers with a long battery life, daylight clear display and with flexible configuration options.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/panasonic-launches-water-dust-shock-proof-tablet-toughpad-fz-b2-battery-changing-ability-612781

Indian Railways’ enquiry app now on Android

BANGALORE, INDIA: Railway passengers can now easily enquire about trains.The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has now launched Android mobile app  after it had launched on Windows 8. The new National Train Enquiry System (NTES) mobile app is free to download. The public can now get information regarding arrivals, departures on their Android devices.

http://www.ciol.com/indian-railways-enquiry-app-now-on-android/

Sony Mobile to amend strategy for releasing flagship models

Sony Mobile Communications will amend its policy for the launch of flagship models by releasing only one new model a year, instead of two models currently, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. A slowdown in hardware competition for smartphones and the maturing high-end smartphone segment have prompted Sony Mobile to modify its roadmap for flagship models, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141022PD211.html

Videocon Infinium Graphite: Budget Android KitKat Smartphone Launched in India; Price, Specification Details

Home grown consumer electronics major, Videocon has released an affordable Android KitKat smartphone dubbed as Infinium Graphite in to the Indian market. “With the Infinium Graphite we are pushing the boundaries of affordable flagship devices, with which we aim to capture the emerging budget smartphone market of the country. Today consumers are much awake to the fact that cutting-edge features can be experienced in budget prices, and thus are preferring devices which offer them this niche,” said Jerold Pereira, CEO, Videocon Mobile Phones.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/videocon-infinium-graphite-budget-android-kitkat-smartphone-released-india-price-specification-611672

Nexus 9 Coming to India at ₹28,900; Only 2 Variants Listed on Google Play Store

The HTC Nexus 9 tablet, which was unveiled recently along with the Nexus 6, is being listed on Google Play Store in India. Google has put the price of 16GB WiFi-only model of the Nexus 9 at ₹28,900, while the 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE variant has a price tag of ₹44,900. However, the company didn’t mention the 32GB WiFi-only and the 16GB cellular variants of the device.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/nexus-9-coming-india-28900-only-2-variants-listed-google-play-store-611727

Google’s Nexus 9 to be Allegedly Unveiled in the Following Week

Tech news blog Bright Side of News said that pre-orders of the HTC-built Nexus 9 would begin Wednesday, with the device to be released on Nov. 3. The Nexus 9 would include Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip and would retail for $399, according to anonymous sources. On the other hand, Focus Taiwan, a Taiwan-based news channel, reported Wednesday that HTC executive Jack Tong said in a press briefing in New York that the device is anticipated to be sold by the end of the year in Taiwan.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/15810/20141011/googles-nexus-9-allegedly-unveiled-following-week.htm

This startup wants to be Indonesia’s answer to Google Play

25 percent of all mobile users in Indonesia download content at least once a month, according to the Mobile Marketing Association . That’s in a smartphone market projected to reach more than 132 million  users by 2017. Those are encouraging numbers for Stanley Tan from Indonesian Android app store Oomph . Much like Apple’s App Store or Google Play, Oomph is a content distributor. The key difference is that it’s tailor-made just for the Indonesian Android market.

http://www.techinasia.com/oomph-android-app-store-for-indonesia/

Android smartphone vendors speeding up migration to 64-bit architecture, from Taiwan

With Google planning to release its Android L OS soon, which supports 64-bit processors, Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up their migration to the 64-bit architecture, making 64-bit CPUs mainstream technology for smartphones in the second half of 2015, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has led rival suppliers to release its 64-bit-enabled Snapdragon 610/614/410 chips, which have won design-ins from China-based Lenovo, K-Touch, Huawei and Vivo as well as Taiwan-based HTC, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140929PD201.html

This Explains Why Samsung Has Twice The Number Of Engineers That Google Has, Yet It Still Relies On Android

In 2013, Samsung Electronics had a whopping 275,000 total employees, or more than five times the size of Google’s, Ars Technica reported Friday. That’s more than Google, Apple, and Microsoft combined. Even when you narrow it down to just software engineers, Samsung still had an overwhelming 40,506 people making software. To put that in context, Google only had 18,593 in R&D (most of which were probably making software).

http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-has-twice-the-number-of-engineers-that-google-has-2014-9

Mobogenie launches next version of its Android app store

BANGALORE: Mobile application solutions firm Mobogenie today today launched its latest next generation Android store and entertainment hub, Mobogenie 2.0 Android Store.  Mobogenie 2.0 aims to redefine how users interact with their smartphone, featuring smart and highly intuitive exploration for easy access to apps, games, pictures, wallpapers, videos and e-books, the firm said in a statement.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/mobogenie-launches-next-version-of-its-android-app-store/articleshow/43245558.cms

YouTube to go offline in India on Android phones

NEW DELHI, Sept 15 — YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said today. The feature will be available through the YouTube app on Google’s new US$105 (RM339)-Android One smartphones unveiled in New Delhi today. “YouTube will be available offline soon, starting with India,” Google India communications manager Gaurav Bhaskar told AFP.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/youtube-to-go-offline-in-india-on-android-phones

4 of 5 smartphones in China are Android, most with at least 3 Tencent apps installed

Chinese web giant Baidu has released a new report documenting the rise of smart mobile devices in China. The Q2 2014 Mobile Internet Trends  (PDF) report shows smart device penetration rose to 30 percent of China’s population, triple the rate from just two years ago. That being said, the growth rate diminished last quarter. Android’s firm hold on the market has only grown stronger. Baidu says Android has 79 percent market share in China, up from 73 percent one year earlier. iOS, meanwhile, actually dipped slightly from 13 percent to 12 percent.

http://www.techinasia.com/4-5-smartphones-china-android-3-tencent-apps-installed/

Android One set for India debut in september; Micromax, Karbonn ready to launch smartphones

NEW DELHI: Android One, the Google project that promises rich smartphone experience on low-cost devices, faces its first big test when Micromax, Karbonn and Spice launch products based on it in India early next month. The three Indian manufactures are set to price the handsets between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000, which is higher than the initially expected sub-$100 (Rs 6,000) tag. At this price, these devices – at least one each initially from the vendors – would give the same experience of  ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/android-one-set-for-india-debut-in-september-micromax-karbonn-ready-to-launch-smartphones/articleshow/40876824.cms