Samsung holds first developer summit for Tizen in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Over 1,000 developers participated in the Tizen Developer Summit in Bengaluru, being held in India for the first time. The annual global event backed by Samsung Electronics and Tizen Association, assists local app and platform developers to understand the technology behind the Tizen platform, app development, porting, and monetization through the Tizen Store.

SparkLabs and Korean Air launch IoT innovation center with help of Incheon government

KoreaTech in Asia — South Korean startup accelerator SparkLabs and Hanjin, the “chaebol” conglomerate that operates Korean Air, have launched a government-supported innovation center in Incheon. It completes South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s plan to build 17 such facilities across the country to promote domestic entrepreneurship.

Ericsson, SK Telecom commit to network slicing as part of 5G initiative

KoreaFierce Wireless — Any way you dice or slice it, operators will be incorporating network slicing in their 5G networks, and Ericsson’s deal this week with South Korean operator SK Telecom only solidifies the companies’ commitment to the technology.Ericsson and SK Telecom signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.

Ericsson and SK Telecom Collaborate on 5G Network Core Slicing

KoreaConverge Digest — Ericsson and SK Telecom have signed agreed to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.  The idea behind slicing is to use logical instead of physical resources to provide networks on an as-a-service basis. The instantiation of the network slicing will use the Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core solution.

Spreadtrum chipset adopted for Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets

ChinaDigi Times — Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE, has been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a tablet series designed for launch in India and European markets. The SC7730SE is now shipping in the Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets which will be available with WCDMA (SM-T561 series) and Wi-Fi (SM-T560 series) features.

Asia to lead in consumer deployment of 5G

APACTrade Arabia — Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan will be the leaders in commercialising 5G, edging out their US and European counterparts, according to a new analysis. A part of Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Service programme, the new analysis ’The Global Advent of 5G in Cars’ by Frost & Sullivan, pointed out that with the penetration of long-term evolution (LTE) connections being fairly strong across Asian countries – nearly 63 per cent in South Korea and 44 per cent in Japan – the available infrastructure can easily support 5G.

Spreadtrum Chipset is Adopted for Samsung GALAXY Tab E Tablets

ChinaPRNewswire — SHANGHAI: Spreadtrum Communications (“Spreadtrum”), a leading fabless semiconductor company in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless communication standards, today announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE has been adopted by Samsung’s tablet products that combine advanced features with affordability and portability, designed to launch into India and European markets.

Vietnam attractive for smartphone production

VietnamVietnam Net — There are more investors expanding their business in Vietnam to utilize support policies from the government and the country’s large, low cost workforce, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, an online Japanese newspaper. It noted that Microsoft has moved its manufacturing lines from two factories it closed down in China to its factory in the north of Vietnam.

Smartphone AP revenues jump 20% in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market registered a solid 20% year-over-year growth to reach US$5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum grabbed the top-five revenue spots in the global smartphone AP market in the first quarter of 2015, said Strategy Analytics.

KT, Nokia launch IoT lab in South Korea

KoreaTelecom Asia — KT and Nokia Networks have launched the first IoT lab in South Korea after entering a collaboration earlier this year. The laboratory will conduct interworking and verification testing of emerging IoT technologies over Nokia Networks’ LTE infrastructure. It will provide IoT-related technical support and knowledge to small and medium-sized Korean companies seeking to enter global markets.

KT Chairman stresses carrier-manufacturer collaboration for 5G

KoreaKorea Times — KT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu met with leaders of the global telecom industry and sought cooperation over the next-generation network and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2015. Hwang attended the board meeting of the Global System for Mobile Telecommunication Association (GSMA) in the host city, Tuesday, and stressed the importance of collaboration between telecom operators and network equipment makers.

Korea, China, Japan Mobile Carriers Compete to Lead 5G

KoreaBusiness Korea — The MWC Shanghai, which is emerging as Asia’s largest mobile exhibition, started at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) on July 15. A total of 116 ICT companies and 97 mobile carriers around the world will attend the event, titled “Mobile Unlimited.” In particular, South Korea, China, and Japan are expected to compete to take the initiative this year in next-generation techs like IoT and 5G.

TSMC, Samsung start A9 chip mass production

TaiwanTSMC and Samsung Foundry, which share orders for Apple’s A9 application processors, have both started volume production of the chips, according to industry sources. Just before production kicked off, Apple requested modifications to the mask patterns prompting both contract chipmakers to rework wafers, said the sources. Nevertheless, the event should not interrupt the new iPhone launch schedule, the sources noted.

Global Android phone makers slump in China

ChinaWant China Times — Leading global smartphone companies in the Android camp have not fared well in the Chinese market this year, amid heated competition from local players and Apple, the China Business Daily reports. Samsung, which dominated the Chinese smartphone market until last year, gave estimates on the company’s results for the period between April and June July 7, estimating its operating profit at 6.9 trillion South Korean won (US$6.13 billion), down 4% from last year.

LG Uplus to present 5G vision

KoreaKorea Times  — LG Uplus Vice Chairman Lee Sang-chul will introduce the company’s technologies for 5th generation (5G) mobile communication at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which starts on July 15. The global mobile expo will invite industry professionals and mobile-passionate consumers. The vice chairman will deliver a keynote address under the theme of “the road to 5G” on July 16.

SKT joins global alliance to promote small IoT

KoreaKorea Times  — SK Telecom (SKT) said Sunday that it has joined the LoRa Alliance to promote the trial launch of the Internet of small things (small IoT) services. The LoRa Alliance is a non-profit association initiated by industry leaders to make efforts to standardize low power wide area networks (LPWAN) being deployed around the world to enable the IoT, machine-to-machine (M2M) integration and smart cities.

As Threats to Korean and European Web Hosts Rise, the Manila Principles Go on Tour

KoreaEFF Org — If you operate your own website, be glad that you don’t host it in South Korea (or if you do, you might want to rethink that). Whereas in the United States, an important law called CDA 230 protects you from liability for comments contributed by users to your website, South Korea has some of the toughest liability rules in the world that can leave intermediaries such as website owners carrying the can for content they didn’t even know about.

Chinese Suing Samsung: Smartphone Maker Samsung To Be Sued By Consumer Organization For Breaching Privacy

KoreaChina Topix — Consumer watchdogs in China are planning to sue Samsung and Oppo as they are found pre-installing apps in mobiles before selling it to customers, saying that this is actually breaching the privacy of the user as no consent is asked for. The apps could be unwanted and are a direct infringement of the customers right to know.

China-based antivirus company taps into Korean market

KoreaKorea Times — A mobile antivirus and performance application for Android powered smartphones ― 360 Security ― was launched in Korea Tuesday. The mobile antivirus app has more than 200 million users globally since it was launched in June 2013. Users can speed up their handsets, extend the battery life and clean up junk files for bigger memory space with just one click.

SK Telecom applies beacon to Kyobo Book Center

KoreaKorea Times — SK Telecom said Tuesday that it has set up Wizturn, the company’s indoor location-based service (LBS) platform for Korea’s largest bookstore chain, the Kyobo Book Center. WinK, SKT’s LBS platform specialized only for the Kyobo Book Center based on Wizturn, is expected to bring innovative changes to the online-to-offline (O2O) market, the company said.