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/

Forking hell! Baidu gives up on its Android-based OS

China.gifNo news means bad news when it comes to tech companies. If they’ve nothing to boast about, the ensuing silence looks suspicious. That’s been the case with Baidu’s version of Android (pictured above), which launched in late 2011. Despite a high-profile and promising start as Dell made use of Baidu’s Android-based Yun OS for a new China-only phone, the Chinese search giant’s OS thereafter didn’t show any signs of finding favor with the nation’s smartphone shoppers.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-baidu-gives-up-on-android-fork/

China’s Huawei introduces its first Android-friendly smartwatch

ChinaBARCELONA, March 2 — Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei yesterday launched its first smartwatch, a round-faced device that works with Android phones, joining a crowded market weeks before the introduction of the highly anticipated Apple Watch. At an event tied to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the firm unveiled its Huawei watch line in classic, business and sporty versions, while at the same time across town, Korea’s LG Electronics launched a similar round-faced model.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/chinas-huawei-introduces-its-first-android-friendly-smartwatch

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