Bandai targets mobile game market in Korea

KoreaBandai Korea unveiled new online and mobile games using cartoon intellectual properties “Gundam” and “Digimon” in Korea, Thursday. Gundam is a sci-fi television anime series depicting giant robots and Digimon is a cartoon and video game content about creatures in an imaginary digital world. Both Japanese media contents have garnered significant popularity around the world.

Google to help empower app developers, from Korea

KoreaGoogle Korea said Thursday it will continue to provide diverse solutions to help app developers more effectively promote their applications and attract new users. “There is plethora of apps out there, but the key is to create more users from the developers’ perspective,” said Jonathan Alferness, a product management director at Google.

Cisco urges telecom firms to tackle inefficiency

KoreaCisco Korea said Wednesday SK Telecom and other telecom companies should cope with inefficient network business structures through virtualization technology to effectively compete with global players. “Local telecom service providers are ill-positioned. They are relatively inefficient and slow as they have operated separate networks for fixed-line connections, mobile customers, business-to-business and media due to technological limits,” Cisco Korea’s systems engineer and manager Sean Wang said at a press conference Wednesday.

Release Date for Samsung Galaxy S6 Announced, Curved Design Virtually Confirmed

KoreaSamsung has announced the Galaxy S6 will be unveiled on March 1, ahead of the Mobile World Congress. Press invitations have been handed out by Samsung and it seems the Korean phone maker will present two different models of the upcoming phone. The Galaxy S6 will have the usual standard design while the Galaxy S6 Edge model will feature a curved screen. An internal document leaked to the press hinted the S6 will be available last week of March while S6 Edge will probably be sold to the public at the end of April.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is the Best in Battery Life on Android Lollipop

KoreaMobile phone reviewer GSM Arena has released the results of a recent benchmark test on the battery life of four of the most popular Android smartphones running Lollipop.  The tests involved the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One M8, and Nexus 5. And the winner?  Surprisingly, the tests showed the Samsung Galaxy S5 as the best. The phones were subjected to four tests each: standby, talk time, web browsing and video playback. Test results were compared to the same phone’s benchmark results when running on Android KitKat.

Samsung loses leadership position to iBall in Indian tablet market

IndiaNEW DELHI: Korean giant Samsung has lost its leadership position in the Indian tablet market to the home-bred vendor iBall in the fourth quarter of the 2014, IDC said.  Samsung slipped to the second spot, with 12.9% of the market share as against a 17.9% share in fourth quarter of 2013. Local tablet vendors are posing stiff competition to Samsung at retail counters, IDC said, add8ng that iBall has more than tripled its share in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 15.6%, up from a 4.5% share in the same quarter last year.

NSW Police buys 500 Samsung Galaxy smartphones, from AU

AustraliaNSW Police has rolled out 500 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones to frontline officers after testing a variety of different devices over the past two years. The phones have been given to both operational police within local area commands as well as specialist units such as the dog and mounted units and domestic and family violence team.,nsw-police-buys-500-samsung-galaxy-smartphones.aspx

KT to present 5G strategy at MWC

KoreaKT Chairman and CEO Hwang Chang-gyu will unveil the company’s strategies on fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) in his keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Hwang believes 5G mobile technology and the IoT will help pick up the slack in the company’s recent weak performance. He will present his corporate vision on March 3, urging industries to join moves to establish standards for the IoT and 5G framework.

China’s WeChat sends a message to Line and Kakao in their home turf

China.gifSINGAPORE: Mobile messaging apps Line and Kakao Talk are busy trying to conquer overseas markets such as Southeast Asia and India. But they may do well to keep a close eye on their home turf of Japan and South Korea as China’s WeChat amasses more users. Among six messaging apps, WeChat saw the biggest upptick in usage in Japan and South Korea last month versus a year earlier, boosted by its gaming, e-commerce and multimedia capabilities, according to data on Android smartphones tracked by Mobidia.

Samsung already working on Z2, its new Tizen phone: Report

KoreaNEW DELHI: Almost a month after Samsung introduced its first Tizen smartphone, Z1, it’s being rumoured that the company is already working on the phone’s successor.  According to a report by Tizen Indonesia, Samsung is working on the Z2, the successor to the Z1. The report cites an industry source in South Korea as saying that Samsung will expand its Tizen family of phones with the new addition.

Samsung buys Apple Pay rival

KoreaSamsung will buy mobile payments company LoopPay in a direct play against rival Apple’s own payments platform. The companies today confirmed reports of an impending acquisition that surfaced in December last year. Samsung will acquire LoopPay – a mobile wallet solution provider – for an undisclosed amount. LoopPay’s technology turns existing magnetic stripe readers in point-of-sale (PoS) terminals into contactless receivers, Samsung said, meaning the service can be used in the majority of physical retail stores.,samsung-buys-apple-pay-rival.aspx

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets a big price cut

KoreaNEW DELHI: Samsung’s 2013 flagship smartphone, Galaxy S4, has got another price cut ahead of the expected unveiling of the Galaxy S6 in March. The phone is available online on at Rs 17,999 in both white frost and deep black colour variants. It was previously available at Rs 21,900.  Samsung’s official online store is still selling the phone at the old price. It’s worth mentioning that Amazon is also offering a Rs 1,000 gift card with the purchase of the phone.

Xiaomi becomes China’s top smartphone brand for first time in 2014, whips Samsung

ChinaXiaomi just toppled Samsung’s statue. After years of being China’s number one smartphone brand, Samsung has now been deposed by Xiaomi. New data from IDC published today shows that Xiaomi’s 2014 market share of smartphone shipments in China rocketed to 12.5 percent, narrowly beating out Samsung’s 12.1 percent. That’s very different from 2013, when Samsung led the way in China with 18.7 percent share while homegrown Xiaomi stood at 5.3 percent.

Digitimes Research: Global IC foundry output value to rise 12% in 2015

TaiwanOutput value for the global IC foundry industry is forecast to reach US$54.8 billion in 2015, up 12% from US$49 billion in 2014, according to Digitimes Research. IC demand for 4G smartphones will fuel the foundry sector’s 12% output value growth in 2015, despite several unfavorable factors such as decelerating tablet sales, the continued-slow growth in PC shipments, and an overall slowdown in the growth of smartphone shipments, said Digitimes Research.

Samsung to adopt 20nm process for over 50% of its DRAM output in 2015, say sources

KoreaSamsung Electronics began mass production of DRAM memory using 20nm process technology in 2014. The node technology will be adopted by the vendor for more than 50% of its overall DRAM output in 2015, according to industry sources. Meanwhile, fellow DRAM companies SK Hynix and Micron Technology are both gearing up for their technology transition to 20nm in 2015, said the sources. Nevertheless, the actual output of 20nm chips from the two vendors will depend on the development of their production yield rates.

Samsung mass-produces 14-nano processors

KoreaSamsung Electronics has started mass-producing mobile processor chips using a finer 14-nanometer FinFET technology, which will dramatically strengthen its semiconductor productivity. “Samsung is ready to ship Exynos 7 Octa mobile application processors to our major clients. This chip is the industry’s first to be produced using a 14-nanometer FinFET process on a three-dimensional (3D) transistor structure,” Samsung said in a statement.

HTC and other vendors to launch non-Android Wear smart devices

apac 2Although Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility and Asustek Computer have launched Android Wear-based smartwatches, Samsung Electronics, HTC and some China-based makers are likely to release comparable models running on their own platforms initially, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm may face probe into business practices in South Korea

KoreaJust days after settling with the Chinese government over claims it abused its market dominance, Qualcomm may be investigated in South Korea over the same issue. South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission is considering an investigation into Qualcomm’s business practices, the Wall Street Journal reported, but did not provide additional details. A Qualcomm spokesman declined to comment.

LG Electronics to unveil G4 in April

KoreaLG Electronics might release its new smartphone G4 in April, sources said Friday. “LG Electronics decided not to release the G4 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition in Barcelona in March,” a source said. “It may release it in April.” The G3 was released on May 27 of last year. Another source said that from a marketing point of view the MWC was not the right place to show off the G4 because Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S6 there. He said LG will wait until it is fully ready.

Samsung opens cell-phone factory in Indonesia

IndonesiaSouth Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Corporation has opened a new cell-phone factory in Indonesia, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Taiyoung Cho says. Cho said Wednesday that the facility, developed with an investment of more than US$20 million, began operating last month. “So they are now producing mobile phones in Indonesia,” he said on the sidelines of a CEO gathering at the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).