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

Lenovo’s New Smart Devices Company to Compete Against Xiaomi

Lenovo Group, Ltd. announced it will form a new smart phone company in China next year to compete against Xiaomi, Inc. The new company, which will run under a different brand name, is expected to operate on April 1, 2015.The still unnamed company aimed to develop “leading internet-based smart devices and services business” for the Chinese market, Lenovo said in a statement.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/16882/20141016/lenovo-to-build-new-smart-devices-company-competing-with-xiaomi.htm

OPPO Mobiles launches Diwali contest

NEW DELHI: Chinese mobile devices company OPPO on Thursday launched a social media Diwali contest, which allows consumers to win home digitization products worth Rs 5 lakhs while 10 other lucky winners can take home an OPPO N1 signed by brand ambassador Hrithik Roshan.  Consumers who buy OPPO mobile phones from online and offline channels starting October 17 till Diwali would be eligible to participate in the contest, the company said in a statement.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/oppo-mobiles-launches-diwali-contest/articleshow/44836495.cms

Handset solution vendors to launch low-priced 4G chips in 1H15, from Taiwan

Handset solution vendors are preparing to launch next-generation 4G chipsets in the first half of 2015 with prices likely to be 30% cheaper than current models, heralding keen competition in the 4G chipset segment in the coming year, according to industry sources. The chip vendors will be able to quote their new chips cheaper because they will come in sizes 20% smaller than most prevailing 4G solutions, which will allow chip suppliers to bargain for reductions in packaging/testing costs, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141015PD215.html

Lenovo creates a new company and brand to focus on smart devices

Today, Chinese tech giant Lenovo announced plans to establish a new subsidiary company that will focus exclusively on creating smart devices and services. The new company, which will operate under a different name and branding, will begin operation on April 1, 2015. Taking the helm of this new company will be Chen Xudong, who is currently Lenovo’s president of China geography and Asia Pacific–emerging markets.

https://www.techinasia.com/lenovo-creates-company-brand-focus-smart-devices/