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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 ..
A LOT of chatter about the convergence of smartphones and tablets. There is a term now for phones with bloated screens: “phablet.” One company is going in a new direction altogether with a device called the PadFone. The PadFone X is not necessarily a completely new form factor, but rather both devices at once. It combines a 5-inch phone that can be docked to a 9-inch tablet.
SEOUL, July 30 — It’s essentially an 11.6-inch Android tablet, but one that seems to think it’s a Chromebook or a laptop. For a start, it has a slide-out keyboard and behind the IPS display is a very potent Intel Haswell Core i5 processor. This is the sort of chipset usually reserved for notebooks like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, meaning that, from a performance aspect seeing as it’s just running Android, it’s like using a sledgehammer to tap in a nail.
Panasonic has sent out invites to media for an event on July 30, hinting that it will launch Eluga range of smartphones in India. So far, the company has offered its P and T range of Android smartphones, but the Eluga brand name has been associated with its flagship offerings. Last month Panasonic had teased the impeding launch of the Eluga range of smartphones. Interestingly, Panasonic has stopped making Eluga smartphones in its home country Japan so the India launch is sort of a revival for the brand.
SINGAPORE: China’s smartphone maker Xiaomi has revealed its latest smartphone, the Mi 4, on Tuesday (July 22), touting that the device is its “fastest” and would come with 4G capability. A Xiaomi representative told Channel NewsAsia that the Mi 4 will be on sale in China from July 29 and will be compatible with telco China Unicom’s mobile network, but the release dates for other markets – including Singapore – are not confirmed.