Indonesian telco XL Axiata announces 4G LTE launch in three cities

Indonesian telco XL Axiata announced today the official launch of its 4G LTE service nationwide. The news comes just days after its local competitor Telkomsel launched its own 4G network in Indonesia, and more than a month after Bolt and Telkomsel introduced the first taste of 4G service to the Indonesian public at large back in November.

Vietnam spends big money on Chinese phones

Hai Quan newspaper quoted its source as reporting that Vietnam imported approximately 20 million mobile phones in 2013 through the official channel, worth $1 billion. In the first 10 months of 2014 alone, another 20 million mobile phones came to Vietnam. The figures show Vietnam is a lucrative market for mobile phone manufacturers and distributors. Gfk, a market survey firm, noted that mobile phones bring the highest turnover and highest growth rate in the hi-tech product market. In the second quarter of 2014, the revenue from mobile phones reportedly reached VND11.4 trillion.

Yureka! Micromax goes after Android fans with new CyanogenMod phone, starting at just $140

Indian phone maker Micromax launched its newest – and perhaps most important – smartphone in India this afternoon. Priced at US$142 (INR 8,999), the Micromax Yureka is the first phone from the company to be based on the CyanogenMod version of Android. The new Yureka will be available for pre-registration on Amazon India from tomorrow, December 19, and the sale is expected to start sometime January 2015.

Sony might release upcoming Xperia Z4 in phablet and compact versions

Though its Xperia Z3 smartphone range was introduced just months ago (at IFA in September), Sony may be on the verge of announcing its successor. The next generation of premium smartphones from the brand could include the Z4 Ultra and the Z4 Compact, according to Android Origin.  The Xperia Z4 Ultra is said to be an impressive 6.44in phablet with a QHD display (2560×1440 pixels), a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 16MP camera and 3GB of RAM. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, this high-end smartphone is also said to come with a stylus.

10 charts explain the difference between China and India’s smartphone owners

China and India are two of the most lucrative markets in the world for smartphone makers. But even though both are developing countries, there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy to tackle them both. China’s massive, well-established mobile mobile market is nearing saturation, while India is just getting started.

Baidu partners with Nokia’s HERE to power Baidu Maps outside of China

Earlier today Here, the maps service owned by Nokia, announced a partnership with Baidu that will see it power the Chinese search giant’s mapping technology outside of China. According to a release from the Finnish company, Baidu Maps’ first Here-powered market will be Taiwan, with other countries expected to roll out soon. The news marks a minor but noteworthy development as China’s internet giants seek to expand their footprints abroad.

China now has 386 million active Android users

China now has 386 million daily active Android users, according to data from Baidu, China’s top search engine. This is the first time we’ve had an update on this figure since Q3 2013, when the search giant said the country had 270 million active Android users each day. A Baidu representative issued the figure to Tech in Asia, explaining that the new 386 million number was compiled for the company’s Q2 Mobile Distribution Report but was not actually included in the document.

Documents show Xiaomi made just $56M in profit in 2013

Xiaomi, the disruptive Chinese phone maker that sold 18.7 million phones in 2013, has revealed inadvertently how much profit and revenue it pulled in last year. Xiaomi generated RMB 347.48 million (US$56.15 million) in profit in 2013 from RMB 26.58 billion (US$4.3 billion) in revenue. The numbers emerged from documents filed by Xiaomi in relation to its US$200 million stake in Midea, which happened over the weekend. The figures were spotted by Reuters.

Will the 4GX mobile network of Telstra Corporation Ltd see it win big in 2015?

Australia’s leading telecommunications business Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) has announced that it has switched on its latest 4GX mobile service in parts of central Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. Telstra says that for customers with compatible devices it is now delivering some of the fastest commercial mobile speeds in the world, with Melbournians generally getting improved data download speeds and more reliable networks.

FIH Mobile to close India plant

FIH Mobile, the handset arm of Foxconn Electronics, will officially close its handset assembly plant in Chennai, India on December 24, 2014, according to the company. A total of 1,700 employees of the plant will be affected, and the company has promised to cooperate with the local government and labor union to lay off or hand out compensations in accordance with relevant regulations, FIH said.

Vietnamese-made tech products sell overseas, but not in Vietnam

“Our products always receive compliments from foreign clients, from Australia to North America. However, they are not welcomed in the home market,” said Nguyen Trung Kien, director of the technology product development management board, which belongs to VNPT Technology at a workshop held on December 4 in HCM City. VNPT Technology is known for its hardware products bearing Vietnamese brands, such as SmartBox, Modem ADSL and Vivas Lotus, a smartphone model.–but-not-in-vietnam.html

TCL to meet smartphone shipment target in 2014

China-based vendor TCL Communication Technology Holdings has managed to ramp up its smartphone shipments to over five million units a month since October and will reach its goal of shipping 40 million smartphones in 2014, according to the company. Additionally, total monthly handset shipments also surpassed eight million units in the past two months to November, buoyed by increasing shipments to Latin America, Russia, Europe and Africa, said the company.

Xiaomi to comply with Delhi High Court order barring sales

DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi says it will fully comply with the Delhi high Court order asking it to stop sales of its smatphones in the country, Manu Jain, head of the company’s India operations, told ET.  Xiaomi, the third largest smartphone maker in the world, had earlier suspended the upcoming flash sale of its Red Mi 1S and Red Mi Note smartphones.

Digitimes Research: Global TD-LTE user base estimated at 96.1 million in 2014

The total number of TD-LTE subscribers around the world will keep increasing to 96.1 million at the end of 2014, accounting for 21.6% of the global total number of LTE (4G) users. 81.8% of the total will be users in China, 8% in Saudi Arabia and 6.9% in Japan, according to Digitimes Research. Of the number of LTE networks around the world, 87% will be FDD LTE networks and 13% TD-LTE networks in 2014, Digitimes Research indicated.

Carriers seek to develop 4G networks

Speaking at a Vietnam Internet Day in HCMC last Friday, Mo said they could start 4G services next year. Experts said at the event that it is the right time for Vietnam to provide 4G services. Thieu Phuong Nam, general director of Qualcomm Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said prices of devices that can run on the 4G network have dropped. On the other hand, 4G has grown fast in Southeast Asia and the world as a whole, making it possible to lower the cost of the service.

Karnataka MobileOne app to offer over 4,000 services through handheld devices

BENGALURU: Karnataka’s digital footprint just got bigger. The state continued to maintain its tech edge in the country, launching Karnataka MobileOne on Monday. This mobile-governance tool provides citizens access to over 4,000 services — both public and private — through handheld devices. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about mobile governance, we have responded by making it a reality. Karnataka will be the flag-bearer for digital India. Digital India commences from Bengaluru and it is our hope it will be emulated in other states too,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who also holds e-governance portfolio, said during the launch of mobile governance in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee.

Acer aims to rank among top five smartphone firms

TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) launched its second octa-core smartphone in Taiwan Tuesday as part of an effort to be ranked among the top five smartphone vendors in its home market next year. Acer has set a target of selling 100,000 smartphones in Taiwan this year, a 67 percent annualized growth from 60,000 units sold last year, said Towny Huang (黃鐘鋒), president of Taiwan operations at Acer.

Queensland’s mobile police shift away from HTML5

The Queensland Police Service has taken a leap of faith with iOS and has re-written its award-winning QLiTE mobile interface as a native application, turning its back on HTML5. Yesterday, Queensland’s Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey officially launched the second version of QLiTE with a range of new features, and revealed that the rollout of iPads and other devices within the force had reached 2850 – more than 1000 beyond its G20 target.,queensland8217s-mobile-police-evolve-beyond-html5.aspx

The time has come! Indosat, XL, and Telkomsel to introduce 4G in Indonesia

Following local mobile provider Telkomsel’s launch of its 4G long-term-evolution mobile internet service in Jakarta and Bali, the archipelago’s two other major telco players, XL Axiata and Indosat, followed suit with their own announcements, CNN Indonesia reports. Indosat says it will soon commercialize its own 4G service, which is still currently in the preparation stage. All customers who want to enjoy 4G coverage will need to change their SIM cards.

Digitimes Research: Microsoft Mobile exit from feature phone market to benefit white-box makers and Samsung

Samsung Electronics and China-based white-box handset makers will benefit from Microsoft Mobile’s decision to phase out its feature phone business within one and a half years, Digitimes Research believes. Samsung and white-box handset makers have been competing for the orders left out by Microsoft Mobile since the third quarter of 2014, and Digitimes Research estimates that Microsoft Mobile has been shipping about 10-15 million feature phones a month in 2014.