Asustek may leave Android Wear behind on future smartwatch with extended battery life

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc. (華碩) could turn to a second mobile operating system for future smartwatches in order to achieve longer battery life, leaving behind the Android Wear system used on its current ZenWatch, company CEO Jerry Shen (沈振來) said. Shen confirmed however that Asustek will use Google Inc.’s Android Wear in one of its second-generation ZenWatch models before any possible future changes occur.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2015/02/26/429682/Asustek-may.htm

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.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/39063/20150224/samsung-galaxy-s5-lg-g3-htc-one-m8-nexus-5-android-lollipop-battery-life.htm

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.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-announces-Android-Lollipop-update-for-Canvas-phones/articleshow/46275103.cms

Baidu’s Android app store has 2.88 million active users in Indonesia

IndonesiaMost of Indonesia’s web users spend time online using mobile devices. And while there are about 38.3 million active smartphone users in the country, that number will surpass 100 million by 2018. So it’s a big market to be in, and there’s huge opportunity to win the hearts of those upcoming smartphone users in Indonesia. Third-party Android app stores like Baidu’s MoboMarket want to tap into this lucrative industry. Mobomarket recently released Q4 2014 data:

https://www.techinasia.com/baidu-android-mobomarket-active-users-indonesia-2014/

Dragon Laser game for Android Wear is a first from Singapore

Game development in Southeast Asia is still at a relatively nascent stage, and many studios choose to focus on what’s simple and fast to complete – mobile games for smartphones. Singapore-based studio Dreamrocket, on the other hand, has tried something new with Dragon Laser, a game for smart watches. According to the studio, it’s “easy to pick up, yet challenging to master,” and users are guaranteed to smile every time they break their previous high scores.

https://www.techinasia.com/dragon-laser-android-wear-app/

Flappy Bird makes comeback on Android Wear devices

Addictive game Flappy Bird is now available on Android Wear smartwatches. It is the work of developer Corbin Davenport, and not of its original Vietnamese coder Nguyen Ha Dong. – Photo vnexpress.net It is the work of developer Corbin Davenport, and not of its original Vietnamese coder Nguyen Ha Dong. Davenport posted instructions on his site for sideloading Android application packages using the Android debugging bridge onto Android Wear watches.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/120410/flappy-bird-makes-comeback-on-android-wear-devices.html

Android Lollipop 5.0 News, Updates on Older Samsung Smartphone Models

The latest version of the Android operating system Lollipop has finally made its way into the market. Several new welcome changes have been applied to the OS, with some of the best ones being its impressive new design as well as a huge number of APIs (5000 to be more specific). In addition, this particular version of the Google Android operating system is going to branch out beyond its mobile capabilities.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/29508/20141226/android-lollipop-5-0-news-updates-older-samsung-smartphone-models.htm

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