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

Asus PadFone is a whole new kind of hybrid device

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.

http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=99668

LG launches the curious Tab Book 11

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.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/lg-launches-the-curious-tab-book-11

Panasonic to launch Eluga phones on July 30

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.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/panasonic-to-launch-eluga-phones-on-july-30/1/374251.html

China’s Xiaomi unveils the Mi 4 smartphone

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/china-s-xiaomi-unveils/1276732.html

Android apps connected to Japan’s Metaps have been downloaded 1 billion times – find out what the firm is working on now

Katsuaki Sato, founder and CEO of app monetization startup Metaps, sees no need to hide his company’s global amibitions. Where many young entrepreneurs are content to steadily grow in Japan and then carefully consider international markets, Sato has fought to create an international service since 2010, the firm’s third year of existence. His aggressive expansion has been a success. The priority of the Japanese market has given way to the United States and China’s where Metaps’ have helped local apps monetize.

http://www.techinasia.com/metaps-katsuaki-sato-app-monetization-billion-downloads/

Motorola sells 1 million smartphones in India in 5 months since starting online sales

Flipkart, India’s homegrown ecommerce titan, started selling Motorola phones online five months ago – it’s the only official sales channel for Motorola in the country. Flipkart revealed this week that shoppers have bought one million Motorola phones in that time. That covers three models: the Moto E, Moto G, and Moto X. To put that figure into context, people in India bought 52.4 million smartphones in the financial year 2013-14, according to data from India’s Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the body representing the nation’s tech sector.

http://www.techinasia.com/motorola-sells-1-million-phones-online-india-through-flipkart/

Xiaomi looking to establish Android tablet ecosystem to compete against iPad, says CEO

Commenting on the company’s plans to join the tablet industry, CEO of China-based Xiaomi Lei Jun has said that the lack of a healthy ecosystem was the main problem holding Xiaomi back, and now Xiaomi is stepping up to try to establish an Android tablet ecosystem that is able to compete against Apple’s iPad.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140703PD206.html

Flipkart launches budget smartphones, beats Google and Mozilla to the punch

The budget smartphone market in India keeps getting more crowded by the day. Just a week ago, Google announced plans to build and sell affordable Android One smartphones in India in partnership with local phone makers. But before Google’s phone could arrive, Indian ecommerce leader Flipkart has pressed ahead by launching a range of budget smartphones, starting at INR 2,699 (about US$45), in partnership with smartphone maker Karbonn.

http://www.techinasia.com/flipkart-android-mozilla-smartphone/