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/

Google teams up with MediaTek to develop Android One, say sources

Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform that will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting nearly one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Under the Android One initiative, Google will offer a set of hardware and software guidelines, as well as reference design platforms, for device makers to build affordable smartphones more easily and faster.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140627PD204.html

As China’s smartphone users bypass Google, Baidu is top source for Android app downloads: report

App distribution in most countries remains pretty straightforward: the App Store for iOS, and Google Play for Android. In China, however, where users face difficulty accessing Google services due to government-imposed restrictions, app distribution is a circus, with tons of third-party stores competing for market share. But with big and small tech firms fighting to become the biggest and baddest app broker, one firm sits at the top: Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU).

http://www.techinasia.com/as-chinas-smartphone-users-bypass-google-baidu-is-top-source-of-android-app-downloads/

Myanmar’s new mobile internet users embrace Android smartphones, pick Viber over Facebook

Half of Myanmar’s mobile internet users came online during the past 12 months, according to a major survey in the newly emerging nation. 49 percent of all the country’s web users only access the web on their phones. That means the people of Myanmar are skipping the era of PCs entirely. They’re also sidestepping basic ‘feature phones’ and are instead leaping straight into Android smartphones. The survey from On Device Research, which questioned people and also monitored the device they’re using, found that China’s Huawei is the number one phone brand in Myanmar with 71 percent of respondents using an Android-powered Huawei smartphone.

http://www.techinasia.com/myanmar-new-mobile-internet-users-embrace-android-smartphones-and-viber/

Micromax Canvas Gold A300 Octa-Core KitKat Smartphone Goes on Sale; Price, Availability, Specification Details

Indigenous smartphone manufacturer Micromax appears to be gearing up to launch a new smartphone- Canvas Gold A300 in the highly competitive handset market. The Micromax Canvas Gold A300 smartphone has made online debut in the country via the e-retail store Infibeam. For the last few weeks rumours have been swirling that Micromax had plans to announce a new smartphone during the company’s 16 June event.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/micromax-canvas-gold-a300-octa-core-kitkat-smartphone-goes-sale-price-availability-602502

Review: Lava Iris X1 – from NEW DELHI

NEW DELHI: This new phone from Lava is the latest entry-level smartphone with Android 4.4. Lava has attempted to stand apart from the crowd with a sleeker design and 8MP camera. Straight out of the box, the Iris X1 impresses for such a low-cost phone. The sleek phone in white has rounded edges and a silver plastic surround – the design is very similar to the Apple iPhone 4/4S.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/et-review-lava-iris-x1/articleshow/36624764.cms

Lava Iris 350M Low-cost Android Smartphone Released in India; Iris 402e to Hit Stores Soon

Domestic smartphone maker, Lava has released a budget Android handset dubbed as Iris 350M via online store in India. The new Lava Iris 350M sports a 3.5-inch HVGA (480 x 320) screen and ships with 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 512MB inbuilt memory (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card) and a 1,200 mAh Li-Ion battery. Priced just under the ₹3,350, the Lava phone boasts of 2.0-megapixel primary camera, VGA (0.3-megapixel) camera on the front. As of now, it is has been made available at online store Home Shop 18.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/lava-iris-350m-low-cost-android-smartphone-released-india-iris-402e-hit-stores-soon-602198

Sony steps up competition for local market

TAIPEI — Japan’s Sony Mobile Communications launched its first handset supporting the new 700 MHz frequency band in Taiwan Tuesday, in a bid to narrow the gap with its rivals in the country’s 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) market. The Sony Xperia Z2a sports a 5-inch 1080p full-HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 3,000 mAh battery and full support of Taiwan’s LTE bands.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/11/409850/Sony-steps.htm

Huawei launches Ascend G6 in the Philippines, aims for 10% smartphone market share

China phone-maker Huawei launched the Huawei Ascend G6 in the Philippines last Saturday, dubbed as the more affordable version of its earlier launched slim smartphone, the Ascend P6. Priced at Php 9,990 (US$ 228), the Ascend G6 is roughly half of the Ascend P6’s Php 18,999 (US$433). The Ascend G6 features a 4.5-inch screen, making it 0.2 inches smaller and five grams lighter than the earlier-launched Ascend P6. Specifications wise, the two phones are very similar, both with an 8-megapixel back camera and quad-core processor.

http://www.techinasia.com/huawei-launches-ascend-g6-philippines-aims-10-market-share/

China wants to kick its Android habit in three to five years

Officials in China have pushed for domestic operating systems on both PC and mobile for some time now, but they’ve never been able to unseat the foreign standard bearers on either platform. However, as cyber security tensions between the US and China ramp up in the wake of Snowden/NSA, the perceived need for domestic operating systems is higher than ever.

http://www.techinasia.com/china-kick-android-habit-years-goodluckwiththat/

Creator’s Vietnamese keyboard app a hit on Google Play store

Commenters on hi-tech forums are calling Laban Key the best Vietnamese keyboard for Android-based devices. The app is favored for its high customization, which can serve users’ specific requirements, its fast operation, and low consumption of system resources. The app creator, Pham Kim Long, was also the person behind the Vietnamese data input methodUniKey, which runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system. That was created 20 years ago.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/103582/creator-s-vietnamese-keyboard-app-a-hit-on-google-play-store.html

4 alternative Android app stores in Indonesia

Just like any other country in the world, there are a lot of Android smartphone users in Indonesia. According to research firm IDC, Android held 81 percent of the smartphone OS market in Indonesia last year. That means there are over 32 million Android users in the country at present. As a result, many players are looking to launch their own Android app stores in order to feed download-hungry users in Indonesia. Here are five contenders looking to win the market:

http://www.techinasia.com/4-alternative-android-app-stores-indonesia/

Lenovo sold 50 million smartphones globally last year, remains China’s number 2 smartphone brand

Chinese gadget-maker Lenovo (HKG:0992) today published its newest earnings report for what it calls Q4 and full-year 2013. Lenovo sold 50 million smartphones and 9.2 million tablets in the previous year, marking the fourth quarter in a row that it has sold more tablets and smartphones than PCs.

http://www.techinasia.com/lenovo-sold-50-million-smartphones-globally-last-year/

Chinese Android App Store Inks Deal with Japanese Messaging App LINE

Chinese Android app store Wandoujia has reached a deal with Japan’s top messaging app Line for Wandoujia to run Line’s business and marketing in mainland China. Under the deal, Wandoujia will reportedly provide technical support for Line’s operation in mainland China. They will also jointly enhance Line’s localized content resource and operation, integrate brand marketing of both parties, and combine their platform advantages to assist quality developers and content providers.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/05/07/20496-chinese-android-app-store-inks-deal-with-japanese-messaging-app