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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Samsung’s upcoming flagship compact variant Galaxy S5 Mini reportedly features water-resistant body. The news was accidently revealed by the Samsung New Zealand. The company’s official product support website detailing the warranty information of the Samsung’s water-proof devices had named the yet-to-be released Galaxy S5 Mini along with Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 Active.
Smartphone adoption in the Philippines is growing faster in Asia than anywhere else – a reported 75 percent year-on-year increase in mobile shipments last year proves that. According to a recent survey conducted by rewards platform Jana, this growth is being fueled not by big names like Samsung but by the increasing demand of homegrown smartphone brands in the country. The Philippines’ top three homegrown smartphone brands are Cherry Mobile, MyPhone, and Starmobile – all of which offer low-cost Android-based smartphones, as well as Android tablets and a wide variety of feature phones too.