Home is where the heart is: that’s an idiom that rings as true in China as it does anywhere, and it’s the reason why millions and millions of urban Chinese trek their way out into the countryside each Spring Festival to visit their parents. But for many Chinese, home isn’t where the wifi is. And that means increased use of mobile data. In fact, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), in the week since the lunar new year began Chinese have consumed more than 49.3 million gigabytes of mobile data.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese jobseekers’ interest in China has declined to a six-year low due partly to China’s economic slowdown, according to a 1111 Job Bank (1111人力銀行) survey released yesterday. The Taipei-based online job bank surveyed 1,103 people via email from Feb. 2 to Feb. 16, with a 2.95-percentage-point margin of error and 95-percent confidence level. About 61 percent of respondents claimed a personal interest in working in China, down 9 percentage points from 2009 and setting a new six-year low.
NEW DELHI: Only 13% of subscribers in India are using 3G and 4G networks even as high speed mobile data services are being around for over two years, a study by Facebook-led Internet.org said today. According to the report, India stands at the bottom when it comes to mobile data usage. Internet.org aims to brings together a global partnership of tech leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect two thirds of the world that do not have internet access.
For the first time ever, smartphone shipments fell in India during the last quarter of 2014. The smartphone market contracted by 4 percent, while the feature phone market plummeted by 14 percent in relation to the previous quarter, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC). The 64.3 million units shipped by vendors to sales channels in Q4 2014 was also 5 percent lower than the number of phones shipped in the corresponding period of the previous year. This includes both smartphones and feature phones.
NEW DELHI: Finnish firm F-Secure said it is in discussions with state governments, including Delhi, on the role that it can play in offering secured Wi-Fi access across hotspots located in various cities. “Governments are looking at offering free Wi-Fi across cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. As more cities adopt Wi-Fi, government has to be careful as public Wi-Fi can be misused by cybercriminals,” F-Secure country manager India and Saarc Amit Nath told PTI.
Cloud adoption in Asian cities remain low with governments harboring concerns about high upfront costs and associated risks such as data security and legal requirements. Only 22.2 percent have adopted cloud technology to a moderate or extensive degree, with half of Asian cities surveyed pointing to upfront costs as the main reason why they have not deployed cloud more widely. Another 34 percent cited the lack of a strong business case as a barrier, while 28 percent noted the risks of cloud computing, according to a joint study conducted by Microsoft Asia-Pacific and CityNet.
Australian school teachers feel powerless in the face of a smartphone culture which is negatively impacting student results. That’s according to a Dell study, which has found that up to 70 percent of Aussie students are browsing social media sites in class, rather than focusing on the lesson, hampering their grades in the process. The study also showed that just more than half (53 percent) of teachers know it is happening, but feel they are powerless to control it, suggesting that new automated measures need to be introduced.
MOBILE data traffic in the Asia Pacific region, excluding China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69% from 2014 and increase by 14-fold by 2019. According to the latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014-2019, the mobile data traffic in these Asia Pacific countries is growing 1.6 times faster than the global average, which is forecasted to increase by nearly 10-fold over the next five years.
India’s smartphone shipments reached 81 million units in 2014, up 68.5% from 48 million in the previous year, according to Counterpoint Research. Chinese handset makers including Xiaomi and Gionee more than doubled their market to 13%. Samsung and Nokia lost out, but Indian handset makers led by Micromax gained.
E-commerce is gaining popularity in Singapore, revealed a recent study titled “Seizing The Cross-Border Opportunity” by global transportation company FedEx Express. Out of the 9,006 global online consumers surveyed, one fifth of the Singaporean respondents said that they allocated up to half of their monthly discretionary spending for online shopping. Clothes and clothing accessories were found to be the most popular items bought online in Singapore (61 percent), followed by consumer electronics (33 percent).
The future does not look bright for bitcoin in Hong Kong as local lawmakers are urging the central bank to ban the virtual currency, following the scam that could have duped investors of up to US$387 million. The company at the centre of the scam, MyCoin, describes itself on its website as the “leading global bitcoin trading platform and application service provider.
NEW DELHI: Mobile internet usage in India grew by 74%, driven by 3G traffic which more than doubled last year, says a study by Nokia Networks. “There has been huge growth momentum of data usage in India on wireless networks driven by 3G traffic. The data usage grew by 74% and 3G usage was up by 114% at end of 2014, compared to 2013,” Nokia Networks vice president and head of India region Sandeep Girotra said here. The 2G mobile internet usage grew by 41% in 2014, as per Nokia Network’s MBit Index study.
Xiaomi just toppled Samsung’s statue. After years of being China’s number one smartphone brand, Samsung has now been deposed by Xiaomi. New data from IDC published today shows that Xiaomi’s 2014 market share of smartphone shipments in China rocketed to 12.5 percent, narrowly beating out Samsung’s 12.1 percent. That’s very different from 2013, when Samsung led the way in China with 18.7 percent share while homegrown Xiaomi stood at 5.3 percent.
Output value for the global IC foundry industry is forecast to reach US$54.8 billion in 2015, up 12% from US$49 billion in 2014, according to Digitimes Research. IC demand for 4G smartphones will fuel the foundry sector’s 12% output value growth in 2015, despite several unfavorable factors such as decelerating tablet sales, the continued-slow growth in PC shipments, and an overall slowdown in the growth of smartphone shipments, said Digitimes Research.
MOBILE network operators (MNOs) in Singapore have generally achieved significant nationwide street-level 4G service coverage for their respective networks, approximately 18 months ahead of a June 30 2016 timeline, according to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). The IDA began surveying MNOs 4G (Fourth Generation) network performance, with the aim of promoting greater awareness and transparency to consumers.
Chinese mobile tech darling Xiaomi held a press event in Silicon Valley yesterday to introduce itself to the US. And while some thought the company might announce that its popular phones are finally coming to America, that is not happening this year. Xiaomi president Bin Lin and VP Hugo Barra maintained at the event that the decision not to launch phones in the US has to do with things like America’s already-high smartphone penetration rate, but an obvious reason,,,
Chinese New Year starts on Wednesday, but many people are already hitting the road to return to their hometowns. Each year it results in the world’s largest human migration. China’s top search engine is tracking many of those journeys and has created an amazing, real-time heat map showing the exodus from the major cities.
Tablet supply chains are evaluating their strategies for 2015 as overall shipments are expected to wither throughout the year, declining most heavily by an estimated 30% on quarter in the first quarter of the year. Tablet shipments are expected to reach 52.15 million in the quarter, with Apple and white-box units all expected to see over 20% declines.
In the China market, B2C (business to customer) online shopping portals generated a total transaction value of CNY454.17 billion (US$73.87 billion) during the fourth quarter of 2014, growing 35% on quarter and 54.3% on year, according to China-based consulting company Analysys International.
TAIPEI–MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan’s leading integrated circuit designers, said Thursday that due to an increase in its smartphone chip shipments, the company has estimated that one in three smartphones in the global market uses its chips. In 2014, smartphone chip shipments of the Taiwanese IC designer topped 350 million units, up more than 50 percent from a year earlier, in reflection of strong global demand.