MIS Asia — Google’s Play Store for Android will be coming to Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system that powers Chromebook laptops, the company announced Thursday. That means Chromebook users will be able to download and install apps made for Android onto their Chromebooks, expanding the base of applications available for those devices. Previously, Chromebooks were able to run only applications built for Chrome.
Telecom Asia — India’s Idea Cellular is preparing to launch carrier billing for the Google Play store, bringing the capability to India for the first time for Android devices. A Google representative confirmed to India’s NDTV that the company is in the process of implementing carrier billing to Google Play for Idea Cellular customers.
Digital News Asia — INDONESIANS spend an average of 60 minutes per day on their apps, and tend to prefer free apps even though they take longer to install, according to the Mobile Apps Market Study on Indonesia by China Internet giant Baidu, conducted by market research firm GfK.
Telecom Asia — Viettel has become Vietnam’s first operator to offer to offer direct carrier billing for the Google Play store. The operator has teamed up with carrier billing company Fortumo to offer carrier billing to its 55 million subscribers. Both postpaid and prepaid customers will be able to take advantage of the new function.
China Tech News — Uncork the champagne, because it’s raining cash for mobile app developers in China. Apple’s chief marketing officer Phil Schiller reportedly revealed during his China visit that Apple has allocated USD5 billion App Store profit share to Chinese developers.
ZDNet — AutoNavi Software Co., Ltd, a Beijing-based mapping company which provides data to Apple Maps in mainland China, is reported to have put its core business system in the cloud owned by technology giant Alibaba.
Telecom Asia — Vietnam’ Viettel has launched a subscription app store for its mobile customers in conjunction with browser developer Opera. The new AppMarket offers unlimited downloads from a range of over 300,000 apps and games for a weekly subscription fee of 10,000 dong ($0.44).
Digi Times — The number of Taiwan-based app developers registered on Google Play increased by 200% in the past two years, while the money spent by users outside Taiwan for applications developed by Taiwan developers grew 250% in 2014, according to Karim Temsamani, president of Google Asia Pacific.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: It appears that the redesigned version of Google Play Store is now being rolled out to Android devices. The development was originally reported by the folks at Android Central who have already received the update. This follows Google engineer Kirill Grouchnikov spilling the beans on the Play Store on mobile getting a big visual overhaul.
China Tech News — A number of Chinese Apple iOS apps this week were found infected with XcodeGhost malware. This makes both Apple and the technology companies who created the malware-infested apps look bad. Download speeds appear to be a prime reason why Chinese app developers of at least 57 apps, including WeChat and Didi Chuxing, chose to download the Xcode file from unsanctioned servers in China, rather than from Apple’s channels outside of China.
China Topix — Chinese music-streaming fans may now subscribe to iTunes Movies and iBooks as Apple Inc. has finally announced that its services are now available to Android users in China. Included on their long list of artists are both Chinese and international performers. Thus, subscribers may choose from a vast library of songs also being offered in other countries worldwide.
Nikkei — SILICON VALLEY: A wide variety of apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store, many of them Chinese, have been found to be infected with malware that could steal a user’s password and other personal information. The specific impact on users of the U.S. company’s iPhones and iPads has yet to be gauged, but at least 39 apps have been confirmed to be infected. Some reports indicate malicious software has spread to as many as 3,000 apps.
IT Ware — WeChat (6.2.5) is one of the most popular instant messaging applications in the world and the compromised app has made it to the US and Asia Pacific countries. Two other Chinese apps, CamCard, a business card scanner, and NetEase Cloud Music are affected too. “Hundreds of millions of users – about half a billion – are affected,” according to Palo Alto.
NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said it will set up a data centre in India by June in a bid to address security concerns that the company has intermittently faced in the country, as it announced plans to launch two devices — RedMi 2 and MiPad — within a fortnight. Xiaomi, which entered India last year, has been planning to set up a local data centre that could incur significant investment, besides setting up a research and development centre and beginning manufacturing smartphones locally for a market that has become its second most important after China.
Xiaomi’s global vice president Hugo Barra revealed during Mobile World Congress 2015 that the company plans to launch its online store in the European market for the sales of accessories. Like its American online store, Xiaomi’s European online store will mainly be a brand display channel in the overseas market and it will be used to collect user feedback.
Android app store Oomph, which is like a Google Play alternative for Indonesia, announced today that it has secured a round of seed funding of an undisclosed amount. The startup says it will use the funds to strengthen the team and expedite growth. The investment is from Japan-based IMJ Investment Partners. Oomph is aimed at the growing number of Android smartphone users in Indonesia. It has apps, games, wallpaper, music, and more.
Apple’s attempt to claim trademark ownership over the term ‘App Store’ has been thrown out of the Federal Court. Apple took the Australian Registrar of Trademarks to court mid last year after the Office refused Apple’s trademark application for the term, arguing ‘App Store’ did not distinguish Apple’s services from similar offerings.
Some apps in China’s iOS App Store are now available for a mere RMB 1 – that’s US$0.16. It’s the cheapest rate for a paid app anywhere in the world. The lowest paid tier in the China App Store used to be a more conventional RMB 6 (US$0.98), which equates to the US$0.99 level in the US App Store. Apps and games such as Plague Inc, Limbo, Doodle Jump, and GoodReader are now available in the China App Store for a mere 16 cents.
BANGALORE: Mobile application solutions firm Mobogenie today today launched its latest next generation Android store and entertainment hub, Mobogenie 2.0 Android Store. Mobogenie 2.0 aims to redefine how users interact with their smartphone, featuring smart and highly intuitive exploration for easy access to apps, games, pictures, wallpapers, videos and e-books, the firm said in a statement.
BANGALORE: As hardware prices continue to drop in India, the world’s fastest growing smartphone market, software sales is set to play an increasingly important part for smart device vendors who are striking distribution deals with app makers, content and value-added service providers. Until now, device makers were looking to make money on the hardware they sell. However, with margins not keeping pace with growing volumes, vendors are seeing opportunities to prop up the bottom line with software and content distribution deals.
Just like any other country in the world, there are a lot of Android smartphone users in Indonesia. According to research firm IDC, Android held 81 percent of the smartphone OS market in Indonesia last year. That means there are over 32 million Android users in the country at present. As a result, many players are looking to launch their own Android app stores in order to feed download-hungry users in Indonesia. Here are five contenders looking to win the market:
Chinese Android app store Wandoujia has reached a deal with Japan’s top messaging app Line for Wandoujia to run Line’s business and marketing in mainland China. Under the deal, Wandoujia will reportedly provide technical support for Line’s operation in mainland China. They will also jointly enhance Line’s localized content resource and operation, integrate brand marketing of both parties, and combine their platform advantages to assist quality developers and content providers.
WASHINGTON: South Korea’s Samsung remained at the top of the rapidly growing smartphone market in early 2014 as Chinese rivals gained ground, a survey showed on Wednesday. Samsung had a 30.2 percent market share, compared with 31.9 percent a year earlier. Apple remained the number two global vendor at 15.5 percent, which was down from 17.1 percent one year earlier. Chinese firm Huawei held third place with a 4.7 percent global share, with year-over-year sales growth of 47 percent.
: This has now been confirmed by Sungy. However, GetJar gets only $5.3 million in cash up-front. Sungy will also give them 1,443,074 in shares by 2016 as “earnout payments”. Those are worth over $30 million at Sungy’s current stock price, but who knows what they’ll be worth two years later). Sungy is best known for its GO series of apps like GO Launcher, GO Weather, GO Locker, Go SMS, and also its Next Browser. Its apps have a collective 325 million downloads around the world with 87 million monthly active users. 70 percent of its app users are from outside of China. The firm raised over $80 million in an IPO last November. After initially floating at $14.78 per share, its stock is now up to $21.06 at close of Tuesday’s trading.