36 percent of Vietnam’s population owns a smartphone

Vietnam’s total population is over 93 million people now. 36 percent of that amounts to over 33 million people. At 50 percent, that number will be well over 45 million.  That indicates Vietnam is the second most populated smartphone market in Southeast Asia just after Indonesia, whose population dwarfs it by over 150 million people. Thailand is especially bullish despite a smaller population, but it’s likely that Thailand’s smartphone numbers will slow as it hits a threshold while the Philippines and Vietnam will continue to increase as smartphones make it into rural areas thanks to ever decreasing prices.


Rising appeal of Chinese tech

The recent departure of tech executive Zhang Yaqin from US software giant Microsoft made quite a splash, even triggering speculation from experts about the possible end of an era when top Chinese tech professionals considered overseas multinationals the favorite option for employment. The news of Zhang, former Microsoft Corporate vice president and chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group (ARD), “defecting” to Chinese search engine powerhouse Baidu Inc came on September 8.


TSMC to maintain dominance: foreign brokerage

TAIPEI, Taiwan — According to a recent report by Deutsche Bank AG, TSMC (台積電) is poised to command more than 70 percent of the global market for 28-nanometer and 32-nanometer semiconductor fabrication, as the Taiwan-based sector bellwether commences mass production of its high-performance 28-nanometer variant (HPC) designed to power low- and mid-tier mobile devices.


Most Indian SMEs wish to adopt cloud computing, says report

MUMBAI: Ninety per cent of SMEs in the country feel cloud adoption is increasingly important to enable business success to innovate as well as do things faster, smarter and more sustainably, according to a Circle Research Global Report sponsored by SAP SE released today.  The total addressable market is expected to grow to $88 billion by 2017 and hence Indian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) look for cloud, analytics and mobile solutions to improve operations and become more efficient, the report said.


Asia telecom Power Systems Market (2014-2019): Forecast By Powering System and By Country

Telecom towers are among the key entities in network service and telecom infrastructure, with the growth in telecom services subscriber base and launch of new service features, new tower installation activities started getting uproar. Telecommunications industry has shown tremendous growth in past few years due to value added service features, advanced technologies such as 3G and 4G, increase in number of industry participants, increasing sales of smart phones and telecom service subscriber base, and rising disposable income of individuals.


Tablet shipments may see first decline after 5-year high: report from Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan — WitsView recently said that global tablet shipments are expected to see their first decline in five years at the end of 2014 on the back of consumer fatigue. In a recent research note, WitsView indicated an inflection point on the tablet personal computer (PC) shipments curve this year and projected that global shipments of tablet PCs will decrease by 1.8 percent year-on-year (YOY) to 153 million units at the end of 2014.


Deciphering Alibaba CEO’s Letter To Investors

China’s Alibaba starts selling stakes in its Cayman Island company Alibaba Group Holding Limited today in the United States. In a “Letter From Jack Ma” which was filed last Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ma “Jack” Yun outlines expectations, caveats, and hopes for armchair investors in his extended family of Chinese e-commerce businesses.


Smartphone makers dial up growth in India

NEW DELHI    — Smartphone-makers are in a race to the bottom of India’s economic pyramid as they battle for customers in the fast-growing low-end market segment where analysts say opportunities are vast. India is now the quickest-expanding smartphone market globally and the third-largest market after China and the United States, according to Britain-based consultancy Canalys. India “is a market that offers huge potential as hundreds of millions of users have yet to upgrade,” said Jessica Kwee, an analyst at Canalys.


Why hasn’t India produced a Google or a Facebook?

It is often said, and there is empirical evidence to prove it, that 3 out of 6 tech startups in the Silicon Valley (California) have Indians in them. Then how come no Indian has come out with a technology product like a Google or a Facebook? Compare and contrast this with the Chinese technopreneurs. China has produced iconic technology companies such as Huawei, Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Lenovo and Xiaomi, which are today global or at least Asian brands. Where are homegrown Indian brands that have made a global or regional impact?


Emerging markets to push smartphone sales up 23.8% to 1.25 billion

NEW DELHI: Emerging countries in regions like India and China will help smartphone sales jump close to 24 per cent this year to 1.25 billion, even as the growth pace slows down in mature markets, research firm IDC said.  According to IDC, more than 1.25 billion smartphones are expected to be shipped worldwide in 2014, representing a 23.8 per cent increase from the 1.01 billion units shipped in 2013.


Alibaba vs Amazon in an infographic

Alibaba vs Amazon? It’s tough to compare the two e-commerce companies given that each company subscribes to different business model. But that didn’t stop the guys at Smart Intern China to create an infographic  comparing the two giants. Infographic aside, it is perhaps important to note that Amazon and Alibaba each adopts different e-commerce models. Amazon follows the B2C model which purchases stock and maintains its own warehouse and logistics. Whereas Alibaba follows the C2C and B2B2C models (like Taobao and Tmall) which are open platforms and marketplaces.


‘Cloud computing offers significant benefits for corporates’

Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) Majority of the decision makers in Indian corporates have ranked business intelligence as the major use of big data. They also agree that cloud computing and big data can give significant impact for their business. According to a survey by online education company Skillsoft, 65 percent of decision makers in India ranked business intelligence as the greatest benefit of leveraging big data – huge and complex data sets from various sources which are difficult to process.


Taiwan Mobile Internet Users Reached 9.87 Million In H1 2014

During the first half of 2014, the number of adults using the mobile Internet in Taiwan reached 9.87 million. The Taiwan Network Information Center published a report on the broadband network usage in Taiwan in 2014, which said that over the past three years, Taiwan’s Internet growth rate maintained a rate of over 70% and it also reached 77.6% in 2014. Meanwhile, the development of mobile devices has promoted the rise of the mobile Internet.


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.


Digitimes Research: All-in-one PC shipments to decline in 2014 – from Taiwan

Desktop shipments are expected to enjoy growth in 2014 with Microsoft ending its support for Windows XP, but the all-in-one PC market, which focuses mainly on the consumer market and did not start enjoying demand until recent years, may not be able to benefit from the growth. Digitimes Research expects all-in-one PC shipments to drop 2.4% on year in 2014 because enterprise and consumer buyers have both used their budgets to purchase conventional desktops. Sony quitting from the PC market is another driver that is causing all-in-one PC shipments to drop in 2014.


Nearly one quarter of China’s population now shops online

The deputy minister of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Shang Bing, today took the stage at Beijing’s annual China Internet Conference to dish out the latest stats on the country’s internet users, according to QQ Tech . He says 52.5 percent of Chinese internet users now shop online – about 332 million in total. Shang reiterated previous statistics from June showing internet penetration is at 46.9 percent. China has 632 million internet users, 527 million of them access the internet on mobile devices.


VN smartphone software to save data usage

A Vietnamese smart phone is now offering Opera Max software that can compress data by up to 50 per cent compared with the limited 3G packages available now. Now available in Mobiistar’s Black Diamond Prime508 model, it will only be uploaded on Viet Nam’s Google Play after three months. The software allows users to easily manage their mobile data usage and enjoy video clips with less buffering than usual. Nearly 70 per cent of videos on 2G and 3G networks in Viet Nam have to buffer. This is the second highest rate in Southeast Asia after only Myanmar, where it is over 88 per cent.


United Nations Builds Big Data Lab With Baidu

The United Nations Development Programme and Baidu reached a strategic deal to build a big data lab together. This lab aims to research and use big data technology to solve global issues like environmental protection, health, education, and disaster relief. This lab will focus on using Baidu’s big data technology to analyze and process industrial data and make trend prediction to provide suggestions for development strategy formulation at the United Nations.


Samsung is the leading smartwatch brand, latest figures reveal

LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 — Thanks to a proliferation of devices launched since the start of the year, Samsung has grabbed 80 per cent of the global market. The latest data from independent analytics company Canalys, shows that smartwatch shipments totalled almost 2 million units in the first six months of 2014 and that Samsung has managed to snag an 80 per cent share. And if the data, which is based on shipments rather than sales to consumers, are taken at face value, then Pebble is in a distant second with roughly 10 per cent of the market, with Sony back in third place.


Research and Markets: Asia-Pacific B2C E-Commerce Market 2014

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “Asia-Pacific B2C E-Commerce Market 2014″ report to their offering. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region on the global B2C E-Commerce market. Between 2013 and 2018 it is forecasted to grow by over 20% annually and surpass North America to become the number one region worldwide in terms of B2C E-Commerce sales. The large population base coupled with increasing Internet connectivity and disposable incomes set the stage for this rapid growth.