Mobile messaging app FireChat flares up in Hong Kong amid Occupy Central protests

Surprisingly, as activists prepared to gather, a mobile app that that first caught the attention of the media last spring resurfaced among participants. FireChat, available for iOS and Android, is a mass chatroom app that lets communicate with one another over wi-fi and cellular networks, along with Bluetooth and Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The latter two features means that users can, in theory, chat “off-the-grid.” In anticipation of poor cellular network connectivity (and perhaps a deliberate network shutdown), student activist leader Joshua Wong posted a message urging people to download FireChat.

Foxconn assisting China smartphone vendors, looking to reduce reliance on Apple

Despite having strong performance thanks to iPhone sales, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been aggressively helping its China-based smartphone clients such as Xiaomi, Meitu, Oppo and Meizu boost their sales and is looking to increase the revenue contribution from non-Apple players, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Since most of these vendors are mainly selling their smartphones domestically, helping them to sell their products to non-China markets has become a new business direction that Foxconn is looking to expand in the future, the sources noted.

Android smartphone vendors speeding up migration to 64-bit architecture, from Taiwan

With Google planning to release its Android L OS soon, which supports 64-bit processors, Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up their migration to the 64-bit architecture, making 64-bit CPUs mainstream technology for smartphones in the second half of 2015, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has led rival suppliers to release its 64-bit-enabled Snapdragon 610/614/410 chips, which have won design-ins from China-based Lenovo, K-Touch, Huawei and Vivo as well as Taiwan-based HTC, said the sources.

MIC tells MO to pocket 70% of information content service revenue at maximum

Mobile operators, which have an infrastructure base and technical solutions, and CSPs, which produce information content, had not been able to agree on the profit-share ratio. They believed that without their infrastructure systems, the content services would never be able to reach to customers. The majority of the customers are the mobile networks’ users. However, CSPs believe that content is the “spirit” of the service, and they deserve to enjoy higher profits. But the mobile operators had only accepted to give 30 percent of revenue to CSPs, a ratio which CSPs said was too low and unfair for them.–of-information-content-service-revenue-at-maximum.html

Myanmar tech sector sizzles amid Internet boom

YANGON, Sept 28 — From navigating gridlocked city roads to playing a favourite national sport, new homegrown apps are blossoming in Myanmar as cheap mobile technology ignites an Internet revolution in the once-isolated nation. Myanmar web surfers were once paradigms of patience and ingenuity as they dodged and weaved through the former military regime’s communications blocks in decrepit backstreet Internet cafes.

HTC confident of grabbing 10 per cent market share in India by 2015

NEW DELHI: Smartphone maker HTC is confident of attaining 10 per cent market share in India by 2015 in terms of volume.  “Our internal estimate shows that HTC sales volume in India has tripled. As per our assessment, we now have 5 per cent market share. It will reach 7 per cent in fourth quarter and comfortably 10 per cent in 2015,” HTC Chief Financial Officer and President of Global Sales Chiang-Lin Chang told PTI in an interview.

Xiaomi raises Indian smartphone sales goal

BANGALORE: Chinese firm Xiaomi is stocking up on its smartphones in India in readiness for the festive season as it looks to gain ground in the world’s third largest smartphone market, a top executive said on Friday. International Vice President Hugo Barra said the company is now making provision to sell 100,000 phones a week in October, when India celebrates the festival of Diwali.

Taiwan’s Tigerair is off the ground for first time with flight to Singapore

TAIPEI — Budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan (虎航), a joint venture between Taiwan’s China Airlines (華航) and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, launched its maiden flight Friday morning with a service from Taipei to Singapore. On its first flight, the airline’s 180-seater A320 was almost full, carrying 177 passengers, and the return flight from Singapore was almost sold out, it said. A passenger surnamed Lin said she was excited to be on the maiden flight, which was her first trip on a budget carrier. Lin said she was also pleased to have paid only NT$888 (US$29.31) for her one-way ticket to Singapore.

Vodafone reveals plans to store users’ online activity, from AU

Vodafone has revealed it is working on a methods to store details of its customers’ internet usage for 90 days as a service to users, but warned the facility would not be in place in time for the potential introduction of the Government’s proposed mandatory data retention regime Vodafone general manager of industry strategy and public policy Matthew Lobb today fronted a parliamentary inquiry into a revision of the existing Telecommunications (Interception and Access Act), of which mandatory data retention has been a major theme.,vodafone-reveals-scheme-to-store-user-internet-usage.aspx

Seoul City, Korea Trials Mobile Charging Stations Using Renewable Energy

Residents and tourists can soon charge their smartphones and mobile devices at charging stations in downtown Seoul, Cheonggyecheon. The city government has installed five charging booths powered by running water from the 10-kilometre Cheonggyecheon stream. A city official has told local media that the government will consider setting up more stations if it receives positive public feedback during this three-month trial.

Sony India to double revenue from smartphone market

NEW DELHI: Sony India is unfazed by the turmoil in its global smartphone business, and expects to add people and double its revenue from the segment, though rapidly increasing competition could provide stiff challenge to meeting its outlook, its top official said. “We have a 10% share of the smartphone market in India in value terms, and are among the top players. We have had no impact of the global troubles. There are zero job cuts here, in fact, we will add people,” MD Kenichiro Hibi told ET.

HTC is the top domestic smartphone vendor, again

TAIPEI — HTC Corp.() ranked as the top smartphone seller in the domestic market for the fourth consecutive month in August, according to statistics released by industry sources on Tuesday. A total of 687,000 smartphones were sold in Taiwan in August, down 3.5 percent from a month earlier, and HTC grabbed a 22-percent share of the total, the figures showed. Taiwan PC vendor Asustek Computer Inc., with a 16 percent share, and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., with 15 percent share, followed behind HTC in the rankings.

Samsung to launch before Apple on Chinese market

SEOUL–Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple’s new iPhones. Samsung said all three South Korean mobile operators will begin Galaxy Note 4 sales on Friday. All three Chinese mobile carriers will release the new phone before the end of this month, it said. Samsung’s announcement marks the first time the South Korean company has released a flagship smartphone in China before other major overseas markets.

Shanghai authorities ban government officials’ use of iPhone

Authorities in Shanghai have banned the use of all foreign smartphones, including Apple’s popular iPhone, by government officials, according to a report from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Stories in several PRC media outlets noted the ban, which was announced during an economics forum held at Beijing University on Friday. The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, pointed out the restriction in a tweet last week. “Shanghai authorities has [sic] ordered all cadres to use China-made smartphones only, a forum organized by [Beijing] University said Friday,” the publication said.

Digitimes Research: China to hold 35% of global small- to mid-size TFT LCD capacity in 2017

The global proportion of small- to medium-size TFT LCD production capacity from China is expected to increase to 35% as of 2017, up from 15.5% in 2011, according to Digitimes Research. In terms of large-size TFT LCD applications, China’s global share will increase from 5.3% in 2011 to 25.5% in 2017. The statistics include production from both China-based makers and international makers who have facilities in China.

Missed the boat on a Xiaomi flash sale? Take heart, Finland’s Jolla just sailed into India

India has been a through and through Nokia country until recently when the smartphone revolution slayed the feature phone giant from Finland. It was only in the second quarter of 2014 that Nokia was dethroned for the first time as the top feature phone supplier in India by homegrown phone-maker Micromax. But now, a new star from Finland has just arrived with its smartphone, Jolla.

Sony Mobile to focus on high-end smartphones, will decrease ODM orders, say Taiwan makers

Sony Mobile Communications, in view of its unsatisfactory smartphone sales performance, has cut its smartphone business personnel by 15% and adjusted operational strategies by focusing on high-end models to seek profitability instead of global market share, and the adjustment is likely to result in gradually decreased orders released to Taiwan-based ODMs, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

South Korea’s Samsung to launch Tizen phone in India in ’14: report

SEOUL–Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday. Samsung’s first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung’s Media Solutions Center in Southwest Asia, in an interview with Economic Times.

Over 1,500 Mhz Spectrum Likely To Be Available By 2015

NEW DELHI: About 1,538 MHz of spectrum in various bands for telecom services may be made available for auction next year, a move that will help the government expand mobile and broadband penetration in the country. In the premium 700 Mhz band, which can be used for 4G and is even being considered for 5G services, 93 MHz of radiowaves can be put for sale. In the 800 MHz (CMDA), 900 MHz and 1,800 MHz bands 117.5 MHz, 184 MHz and 104 MHz, respectively, can be made available, sources said.

Telstra ditches 900 MHz for LTE-A

Telstra will cease development of 900 Mhz + 1800 Mhz for its LTE-Advanced network to instead focus on pairing 1800 Mhz with its newly acquired 700 Mhz spectrum. Telstra’s first round of trials for LTE carrier aggregation technology – in which two frequencies are used at the same time to theoretically double upload and download speeds – in July last year combined 900 MHz and 1800 Mhz spectrum on the Sunshine Coast.,telstra-ditches-900-mhz-for-lte-a.aspx