Cloud, big data and mobility shaping up the fate of India

Last year three Indian metro cities – New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata were listed among world’s 25 biggest urban areas. Topping it, Gartner stated that India will become one of the world’s biggest consumer economies during the next five years and by 2014 India will have more than 1 billion mobile subscribers and will see a significant rollout of new IT infrastructure in both the public and private sectors. To reinstate that prediction, enterprises across cities have started to witness an increasing inclination towards technologies which is a result of the confluence of social, mobile, cloud, Big Data, analytics and virtualization.

http://www.ciol.com/cloud-big-data-mobility-shaping-fate-india/

Smartphone sales lifted by emerging markets

WASHINGTON: Global smartphone sales grew at a healthy pace in the third quarter, boosted by low-cost handsets in emerging markets, industry research showed on Thursday (Oct 30). The research firm IDC said global smartphone shipments jumped 25.2 percent from a year earlier to 327.6 million in the quarter, and were up 8.7 percent over the second quarter. “Despite rumours of a slowing market, smartphone shipments continue to see record-setting volumes,” said IDC’s Ryan Reith.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/smartphone-sales-lifted/1444208.html

Samsung’s new Galaxy A5 is designed for selfie lovers

LOS ANGELES, Oct 31 — The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 are handsets for those of us that place a premium on style and social networking. The new handsets, which Samsung describes as “trendy,” are extraordinarily slim (the A5 is 6.7mm thick and the A3 and 6.9mm), use plastic in favour of a quality metal unibody, and are aimed at young connected consumers. So as well as a premium feel the handsets both boast very generous 5-megapixel front facing cameras for facilitating selfies which are supported by a host of features such as auto focus and auto face detection and remote shutter release to ensure the best self or group portrait.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/samsungs-new-galaxy-a5-is-designed-for-selfies-lovers

Xiaomi is now the world’s third-biggest smartphone vendor, according to IDC

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi might have the word “little” in its name, but the company is anything but tiny. According to IDC, it shipped 17.3 million devices in the three month period ending in October 2014, up 211 percent from the year prior. The company now sits behind Apple and Samsung, respectively, as the third biggest smartphone vendor when measured for device shipments.

https://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-worlds-thirdbiggest-smartphone-vendor-idc/

Google: Asia is the only true “mobile-first” region

There are no countries outside of Asia where smartphone penetration is higher than PC penetration, according to new research from Google’s Consumer Barometer. “Asia has gone mobile-first. This is no longer a future trend, on some dim and distant horizon—it’s already happened in the past year,” writes Google’s official Asia Pacific Blog.

https://www.techinasia.com/google-asia-true-mobilefirst-region/

Online newspapers warned about using “programmatic ads”

Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen, head of the e-information management division of the Broadcasting and Electronic Information Agency, warned that online newspapers may face very high risks as they cannot control the content of the ads. Meanwhile, under current laws, newspapers must take responsibility for their content, including advertising content. If the content in ad pieces is “problematic”, the online newspapers’ editorial board will have to claim responsibility for infringing the law and will have to bear sanctions.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/115145/online-newspapers-warned-about-using–programmatic-ads-.html

Xiaomi Denies Copycat Allegations by Apple; Says Apple Also Copies

Hugo Barra, a vice president of Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi, Inc. defended the company’s product designs after Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, accused the firm of “being lazy” and a design thief. Barra, who already responded to Ive’s comments Oct. 9 at a Vanity Fair conference, spoke out again since the issue is far from being settled. “Our designers, our engineers, are inspired by great products and great design out there. In today’s world, who isn’t?” Barra said at The Wall Street Journal’s Live technology conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/19444/20141029/xiaomi-denies-copy-cat-allegations-apple-exaggerating.htm

Huawei Launches New ‘Honor’ Brand of Smartphones

Huawei announced its new Honor brand of smartphones for Europe in Berlin on Oct. 28, Tuesday.The company describes the new product as “a brand that’s not afraid to do things differently, to be the brave and bring about change” Customers can only get the Honor phones directly from the company, rather than from mobile phone networks or shops. Industry analyst Daniel Gleeson of IHS states that Huawei is trying to cement its image as a high-quality brand among consumers.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/19363/20141028/huawei-launches-new-honor-brand-smartphones.htm

ASUS Teaser Indicates New ZenWatch and Zenfone Arrival on Oct. 28

The Asus Zenwatch features a 1.63-inch Amoled display with 320 x 320 pixels screen resolution and 278 ppi pixel density. It comes with a Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz and 512 MB of RAM. The Zenwatch has 4 GB of internal storage. According to reports, Asus will hold a local event that already has a countdown timer and two teaser photos. The first photo shows the lower part of a smartphone with a metallic finish and a red band.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/19258/20141028/asus-teaser-indicates-new-zenwatch-and-zenfone-arrival-on-oct-28.htm

Taiwan’s Asustek adds Japan to sales network of ZenFone

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc. (華碩) launched its ZenFone line in Japan Tuesday, making the world’s third largest economy its 14th market for the low-cost smartphones. The product launch in Tokyo, hosted by Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih, also showcased the company’s first wearable device — the ZenWatch. The Taiwanese PC maker said it will begin selling the 4G version of its 5-inch ZenFone 5 in Japan on Nov. 8, with the smartphone compatible ZenWatch expected to go on sale there in late November.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/29/420582/Taiwans-Asustek.htm

Why is the Indian Air Force so trigger-happy in shooting down Xiaomi?

Yes, Xiaomi does collect personal data from users in India and sends it to servers in China. That’s how it enables its users to exchange free messages on the cloud, via IP (internet protocol), rather than the SMS gateway of their telecom carriers. Cloud services also enable users to back up data and sync it across multiple devices – if they choose to use it.

https://www.techinasia.com/indian-air-force-triggerhappy-shooting-xiaomi/

Tencent makes a play for China’s Snapchat generation with $20M investment in Blink

Tencent has made a new social play in the same vein as Snapchat to appease China’s “post-90s” youths. The web giant made a fresh US$20 million series A investment into Blink, a new photo sharing and messaging app out of China. Sequoia Capital, H Capital, ZhenFund, and Innovation Works also participated in the round, according to Techweb.

https://www.techinasia.com/tencent-play-chinas-snapchat-generation-20m-investment-blink/

Digitimes Research: Sales of 4G smartphones to remain sluggish in China in 4Q14

Major China-based handset vendors including Coolpad, Lenovo and Xiaomi Technology are unlikely to reach their shipment goals set for 2014 due to slow sales of 4G models in the third quarter and gloomy prospects for the fourth quarter, according to Digitimes Research. The conclusion comes after Digitimes Research researchers and analysts made a visit to dozens of upstream and downstream makers in China’s handset supply chain during the August-September period.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141027PD201.html

Blancco Partners With U Mobile to Offer First Malaysian Mobile Device Trade-In Program Featuring Data Erasure

KUALA LUMPUR : Recognizing the importance of protecting customer data, U Mobile incorporates Blancco’s industry leading data erasure technology. Consumers who take advantage of trade-in programs for mobile devices are often unaware that factory resets will not remove all data from smartphones and tablets. Blancco, the global leader in data erasure and computer reuse solutions, is now partnering with U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s most dynamic and innovative telco, to offer Malaysia’s first trade-in program for mobile devices with services for complete data erasure.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3218372

China’s Xiaomi to set up India customer data centre to deflect privacy concerns

MUMBAI – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Monday it plans to set up a data centre in India next year to store local user data, as the fast-growing company seeks to deflect concerns about privacy that could hamper its efforts to expand overseas. The move by privately owned Xiaomi comes after it said last week saying it was migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/science-and-tech/chinas-xiaomi-set-india-customer-data-centre-deflect-privacy-concerns

China’s most expensive smartphone is shockingly underpowered

Usually when people talk about Chinese-made smartphones, they’re focused on the low-price-but-high-quality part of the market that Xiaomi, Meizu and other domestic mobile startups have planted their flags in. But here’s something from the other end of the spectrum: a Chinese made smartphone that features and absurdly high price for almost shockingly low specs. Meet the VEB V2.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-most-expensive-smartphone-veb/

Asia sets the pace towards a networked society: Ericsson CTO

As many leading mobile phone manufacturers are based in Asia, the continent will play a leading role in shaping mobile technology, said Ericsson Chief Technology Officer Ulf Ewaldsson in Singapore recently. Because of APAC region’s dominance in subscription growth, this region will lead in LTE technology adoption, he added, citing numbers from the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/asia-sets-the-pace-towards-a-networked-society-ericsson-cto/

‘Yellow Umbrella’, of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement fame, a hit among gamers

HONG KONG, Oct 25 ― How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong’s protest camps? Unleash the wrath of Chinese deity Guan Yu. That’s just one of the options available to players of a new smartphone game which has swiftly become a hit among gamers and protesters in the southern Chinese city.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/yellow-umbrella-of-hong-kongs-umbrella-movement-fame-a-hit-among-gamers

Alibaba partners with U.S.-based Quixey for mobile app search in China

China’s Alibaba Group has decided to power app searches for its mobile operating system using technology from U.S.-based Quixey, a company in which it invested. Quixey, which runs a mobile app by the same name, made the announcement on Friday, a year after it received funding from Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant perhaps best known for its huge IPO on the New York Stock Exchange last month.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/internet/alibaba-partners-with-us-based-quixey-for-mobile-app-search-in-china/

Users in Asia prefer smaller tablets and larger smartphones: Appier

More and more consumers are engaging with content across a variety of screens, and often accessing them via multiple screens simultaneously. This means advertisers have to take a holistic approach to their marketing strategy, and adjust the content to fit the context of various screens while considering consumers’ multi-screen habits. This is the gist of Appier’s research report, which aims to provide insights into how users interact on multiple devices.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/users-in-asia-prefer-smaller-tablets-and-larger-smartphones-appier/