One more big phone maker has given up on Windows Phone. Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker says that it will no longer release Windows Phone devices because it simply can’t make any money on it. Where else can Microsoft turn? In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business group, was direct about the company abandoning Windows Phone.
BEIJING – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd IPO-BABA.N said on Friday it will open a fifth data centre in Shenzhen to service AliCloud, the latest sign of its growing investment in the small but potentially lucrative cloud computing business. Established in 2009, AliCloud posted US$38 million (S$47.46 million) in revenue during the quarter ending June, a relatively small slice of Alibaba’s US$2.54 billion in total revenue for the quarter, according to Alibaba’s financial disclosures filed ahead of its imminent initial public offering in New York.
China’s largest tech corporations are rushing to penetrate an industry that’s historically not tech-savvy – brick-and-mortar retail. Dalian Wanda Group, a conglomerate best known for its chain of movie theaters , has launched a US$814 joint ecommerce venture with Baidu and Tencent for the purpose of accelerating the three firms’ reach for in-store mobile payments. Tencent and Baidu have confirmed news of the venture with Tech in Asia.
Tencent today announced a suite of new features for businesses to better engage customers through their public WeChat accounts, according to TechNode . One day earlier, Alibaba’s mobile Alipay Wallet released over 60 new APIs for third party developers to build online storefronts, according to the company’s official English-language blog .
Today popular Chinese gadget manufacturer Xiaomi officially launches in Indonesia. Company heads Hugo Barra and Lin Bin flew to Jakarta and presented its first product for the country: the IDR 1.5 million (US$128) Redmi 1S. Surprisingly, that’s a bit cheaper compared to the selling price in neighboring Singapore (S$169 or US$136); gadgets are generally more expensive in Indonesia.
China’s ZTE Corporation has signed a contract with Slovak operator SWAN for a nationwide LTE network project. ZTE will exclusively construct a core CS/PS network, and a GSM/LTE mobile communications and value added services network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode GSM/LTE base stations to SWAN. Financial terms of the deal were not released.
Chinese authorities are claiming that Microsoft has yet to fully comply with the government’s anti-monopoly investigation, and is demanding more information about its media player and Web browser distribution. “Information relating to Microsoft’s suspected Windows and Office software has not been fully open,” said Zhang Mao, the head of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), at a Tuesday press conference.
A section of optical fiber cable connecting Horinger county in Inner Mongolia and Beijing was deliberately cut, reports the state-run China News Service. China Telecom’s Hohhot branch has reconnected the cable and launched an investigation into the incident. The cable was being tested in preparation for the creation of the largest cloud computing information park in Asia, set to become one of China’s backbone networks. Around 300 km of the 700 km cable was installed in Inner Mongolia.
BEIJING: Microsoft Corp chief executive officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world’s largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China’s antitrust regulators.
Chinese web giant Baidu has released a new report documenting the rise of smart mobile devices in China. The Q2 2014 Mobile Internet Trends (PDF) report shows smart device penetration rose to 30 percent of China’s population, triple the rate from just two years ago. That being said, the growth rate diminished last quarter. Android’s firm hold on the market has only grown stronger. Baidu says Android has 79 percent market share in China, up from 73 percent one year earlier. iOS, meanwhile, actually dipped slightly from 13 percent to 12 percent.
The deputy minister of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Shang Bing, today took the stage at Beijing’s annual China Internet Conference to dish out the latest stats on the country’s internet users, according to QQ Tech . He says 52.5 percent of Chinese internet users now shop online – about 332 million in total. Shang reiterated previous statistics from June showing internet penetration is at 46.9 percent. China has 632 million internet users, 527 million of them access the internet on mobile devices.
Huawei hosted its second Global Power Industry Summit in Brisbane, Australia, this week. The event was held on August 21 to 22, 2014 and saw worldwide participation from power companies, industry organizations, and the academic community. These professionals gathered at a place to share insights and best practices on building connected smart grids and explore upcoming trends in the power industry. Huawei’s summit was themed “Innovative ICT Empowers Better Connected Smart Grids,” and included several keynote presentations and roundtable sessions.
China’s next attempt at a mobile homegrown desktop operating system is slated for an October debut, according to state-run news agency Xinhua . China Operating System , abbreviated COS, will first appear on desktop computers, and later reach smartphones. We already caught a glimpse of the mobile version at the beginning of this year, and noted its strong resemblance to Android. However, Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, which makes COS, said it is not another Chinese Android skin.
BEIJING: IBM will help China’s largest server vendor Inspur International design server systems, the two companies said on Friday, an unexpected development in what has been a politically charged rivalry in the Chinese technology market. Since last year Inspur has aggressively marketed its servers to Chinese state-owned firms as a replacement for IBM (International Business Machines Corp) systems while US-China relations have worsened dramatically over mutual suspicions of cyberspying.
The United Nations Development Programme and Baidu reached a strategic deal to build a big data lab together. This lab aims to research and use big data technology to solve global issues like environmental protection, health, education, and disaster relief. This lab will focus on using Baidu’s big data technology to analyze and process industrial data and make trend prediction to provide suggestions for development strategy formulation at the United Nations.
China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, the state-run Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cyber security. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Microsoft’s Windows and Google’s mobile operating system Android.
Poised to give China one of its biggest sugar rushes yet, Candy Crush Saga finally made its long awaited debut in the Middle Kingdom. Developer King Digital announced in a statement its mega-hit will will be made available through Tencent Holdings, a Chinese game publisher that also operates China’s largest instant messaging platforms Mobile QQ and Weixin, each with hundreds of millions of users. The game, where players have to align three items and solves puzzles to advance, will also be available through Tencent’s App Center and Apple’s App Store in China.
China Telecom said all iPhone 6 units the company will sell will be unlocked and may be used on all wireless networks in China. China Telecom is the third largest telecommunications company in China, following China Mobile and China Unicom. At the moment, iPhone units being sold by China Telecom only accept SIM cards issued by the company. China Telecom’s early 4S to most recent 5S models only run under their 3G CDMA2000 network and 2G CDMA network.
SAN FRANCISCO: US videogame service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf. The Santa Monica, California-based firm has partnered with Xiaomi Inc to take its games to Chinese living rooms via the smartphone maker’s new streaming boxes and “smart” TVs, an Ouya executive and a source at Xiaomi close to the deal told Reuters.
The Chinese smartphone market is both the fastest growing and largest globally. Established electronic brands such as Samsung and Apple are placing a greater focus on these markets, but the leviathans are losing out to local Chinese smartphone companies, such as Xiaomi and Oppo. Xiaomi may have been crowned the number one smartphone vendor in China recently, but it is Oppo who will sell its smartphones to the western world first. Good Gear Guide has received an invitation to Oppo’s Australian launch. The event is scheduled within a fortnight on 2 September.