Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years: Sina

[BEIJING] Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company is planning to open 25 retail stores in China within the next two years, according to a Chinese transcript of an interview posted by web portal Sina.com. Apple, which currently earns about 15 per cent of its revenue in Greater China, has 15 outlets in the country. The Apple chief executive made similar comments Monday on the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. “We’re investing like crazy in the market,” Cook said on the call.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/apple-ceo-says-to-add-25-stores-in-china-within-two-years-sina

SK Hynix To Deliver Flash Returns On Mobile Growth

Every mobile phone has them. So too tablets. But very few users of the technology that pervades everyday life give this critical component much thought. We’re talking about semiconductors. Admittedly, it’s not an industry that captures the imagination of investors like big tech names such as Apple (ticker: AAPL ). But it’s an industry that forms the bedrock of the technology we enjoy and is leveraged to the growth of mobile devices. When you take and store a photo on your phone, it’s semiconductors that provide the memory to do that.

http://online.barrons.com/articles/sk-hynix-to-deliver-flash-returns-with-mobile-demand-1414055838

Xiaomi migrating to international servers to boost global expansion

Xiaomi, the Chinese mobile company that’s now China’s most valuable startup by a mile, announced another step in its plan for world domination today: its servers are going global. Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra announced the company’s plans via Facebook, and he says the server globalization will come in three phases:

https://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-migrating-international-servers-offer-faster-load-times-latency/

RPGs overtake card battle games as most popular mobile game genre in Japan

Move over, card games. Roleplaying games – RPGs – are now the most popular mobile game genre for Android users in Japan. App monetization platform Metaps discussed why in a blog post where it analyzed the top grossing categories in Japan’s Google Play store for September 2014. The card game, once a dominant genre, is now ranked fourth, behind the roleplaying, casual, and simulation categories. While its average revenue per user (ARPU) is still above average, there are also fewer new releases in that category, showing that the card battle game is finally running out of steam.

https://www.techinasia.com/rpgs-overtake-card-games-popular-in-japan/

Here are the ten best smartphones available in India right now

India has over 928 million mobile subscribers as per the latest report by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) and it is easy to see their love for phones. But there are so many different phones on the market that people are often unsure as to whether they are getting exactly what they paid for. And of course, if you haven’t done your research, you can be sure the salesman will push the phone on you that offers them the highest margins, not the one that gives you the best performance.

https://www.techinasia.com/best-smartphones-in-india/

Gree teams up with KDDI for mobile game publishing and localization

Gree is working hard at remaking its fortunes in the smartphone age. The industry giant today announced a new mobile game publishing partnership with KDDI Corporation in Japan, under which it will develop, publish, and localize games from outside of the country. KDDI – a mobile phone carrier – is best known for its mobile subscription service, au Smartpass, which allows users access to a variety of apps and games for a modest monthly fee of JPY 372, or US$3.50.

https://www.techinasia.com/gree-teams-kddi-mobile-game-publishing-localization/

Smartphone sales in key South-east Asian markets exceeded US$16.4b in last year: GfK

SMARTPHONE ownership continues to grow in South-east Asia, with total sales in seven key markets hitting a new high of nearly 120 million units in the past 12 months. A GfK press statement released on Tuesday said smartphone sales in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia , the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia reached over US$16.4 billion over the period.  The latest findings for the region reflect a spike in smartphone (including phablet) sales by 44 per cent in volume and 24 per cent in value, compared to the same period a year ago.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/smartphone-sales-in-key-south-east-asian-markets-exceeded-us164b-in-last-year-gfk

NSA Approves Samsung Knox Devices For Classified Information

The U.S. National Security Agency has approved Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy devices for use by government officials to hold classified information. The four devices include Galaxy S4 and S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This is on top of the NSA using the Boeing Black, a device developed by aircraft manufacturer, with a core focus on defense and security.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/17801/20141021/u-s-government-approves-samsung-knox-devices-nsa.htm

Telstra accused of misleading customers on mobile phone rights

Telstra has been forced to review its handling of complaints about faulty mobile phones after an investigtion by the consumer watchdog uncovered 400 instances where customers may have been misled. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today said that following an investigation into how Telstra staff responded to complaints about faulty mobile phones, it had found customers may have been misled about their consumer guarantee rights, specifically that they weren’t entitled to a refund, replacement or repair.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396972,telstra-accused-of-misleading-customers-on-mobile-phone-rights.aspx

Chunghwa forecasting delayed profitability for Taiwan’s 4G business

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest mobile operator, aimed to grab a 40 percent market share of 4G broadband service but forecast that it will take much longer to turn profitable compared to the 3G sector. Attending a technology forum yesterday, Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Rick Tsai (蔡力行) spoke positively about 4G’s development in Taiwan. Data usage for 4G is already twice as much as for 3G, Tsai pointed out.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/10/21/419957/Chunghwa-forecasting.htm

ZTE Wins 30.77% Share of China Mobile Tender for High-Performance Routers

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, is pleased to be awarded 30.77% of China Mobile Group’s annual tender for high-performance routers, the second-highest allocation among all vendors. As a result of the tender, ZTE’s ZXR10 M6000-S broadband multi-service gateway will be qualified for deployment in China Mobile’s networks for services including 4G LTE, IP MAN networks, internet data centers, and enterprise-class services.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/10/20/zte-wins-3077-share-china-mobile-tender-high-performance-routers#axzz3Ghx69M4G

$400 smartphones are major new battleground in India, and that’s bad news for Samsung

Last week, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Apple’s new iPhone 6 models arrived in India. Everyone aspires to buy either of these premium phones, but not many can afford one, and hence, look forward to low-cost alternatives. The majority of Indian consumers are more interested in value-for-money, which is why several Indian and Chinese phone makers are challenging the likes of Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and LG in the sub-US$400 (INR25,000) category in India. They’re promising premium-feel phones for half the usual price tag.

https://www.techinasia.com/best-smartphones-in-india-for-400/

Asustek expects at least NT$2 billion in profits from handset business in 2015

Asustek Computer expects its handset shipments to grow dramatically to 16 million units in 2015, helping its profits from the business line to reach at least NT$2 billion in the year, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Asustek is expected to ship over eight million handsets in 2014 and the business segment already achieved profitable operation in the third quarter of 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141020PD204.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

Navitime Transit Bangkok

If you rely on the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), Bangkok Metro (MRT), Airport Rail Link and the Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT) to move through Bangkok each day, this is one handy app to have on your smart device. The featured map shows how different routes connect with one another from Sukhumvit to Ratchaphruek to Suvarnabhumi airport and others. Users can instantly look for the closest station to their current location and work their way from there.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/438219/navitime-transit-bangkok

Apple begins iPhone 6 sales in China, after nearly a month’s delay

SHANGHAI, Oct 18 ― Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China yesterday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial market. Staff at an Apple Store in downtown Shanghai clapped and congratulated iPhone 6 customers as they left the shop, which opened two hours early for those who had pre-ordered.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/apple-begins-iphone-6-sales-in-china-after-nearly-a-months-delay

4G users sometimes get 3G service instead: opposition party lawmaker

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Although many consumers have opted for 4G mobile Internet service, consumers may not always get the faster service they signed up for, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said on Friday. The reason is that the local 4G signal is not always pervasive, and when the signal is not strong enough, phones may switch onto 3G networks. In other words, consumers may be paying more without getting an upgrade in service, Tsai said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/10/19/419791/4G-users.htm

Here comes Android One: Micromax Canvas A1 arrives to challenge Motorola and Xiaomi (REVIEW)

India’s budget smartphone market is now being blessed with Google’s new Android One program that was first detailed last month. Google has already partnered with three local phone-makers – Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice – to introduce Android One devices at prices starting from INR6,399 (US$105). All three unveiled a device each and made them available through leading ecommerce sites in India.

https://www.techinasia.com/micromax-canvas-a1-review/

China’s Hasee uses iPhone 6 launch to promote itself by breaking iPhones

The iPhone 6 launched in China today, and as usual there were crowds at Apple Stores across the Middle Kingdom. In fact, these launch events have become big enough that apparently other tech companies are now using them for viral marketing. Chinese tech company Hasee, which makes PCs and smartphones, dispatched people wearing yellow “Hasee” shirts and carrying big yellow signs to Apple stores in Beijing, Kunming, Chengdu, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shijiazhuang, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Nanning, Xi’an, Shanghai, Nanchang, Shenzhen, Hefei, Zhengzhou, and Guiyang.

https://www.techinasia.com/chinas-hasee-iphone-6-launch-promote-breaking-iphones/

Lenovo to become No 3 smartphone vendor in India after Motorola buy

NEW DELHI: Lenovo is set become the third largest smartphone vendor in India after the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a sharp move up for the Chinese company which has made its name though PC sales in a market that it hopes to start local manufacturing of handsets in.  “Presently, Motorola is at number four in India. And, we are expecting to close the acquisition by the end of the calendar year, which we believe make us the third largest smartphone player e in the In ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/lenovo-to-become-no-3-smartphone-vendor-in-india-after-motorola-buy/articleshow/44838146.cms