China July mobile communication user base grows to 1.304 billion, says MIIT

ChinaDigi Times — There were 1.304 billion mobile communication service subscribers in China as of the end of July 2016, increasing 0.30% on month and 0.73% on year, and 211.28 million (16.20%), of which were 3G users, 646.31 million (49.55%) were 4G users and 1.049 billion (80.40%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to statistics published by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160912VL201.html

Despite restrictive new rules, China’s mobile gaming revenue will hit $8.3 billion in 2017

ChinaTech in Asia — China’s government has made it much harder for game developers to make mobile games, but China’s mobile gamers haven’t become any less interested in playing them. That’s the conclusion reached by research firm Niko Partners in its latest report on China’s mobile gaming industry. According to the report:

https://www.techinasia.com/restrictive-rules-chinas-mobile-gaming-revenue-hit-83-billion-2017

App Annie predicts worldwide app downloads to hit over 280 billion by 2020

APACTech in Asia  — Imagine the day when you can order a pizza from Domino’s via a tweet or the Apple Watch, or the day you can just walk into Starbucks and add the song playing in the store to your Spotify. That day may be coming sooner than later as brands worldwide aggressively adopt mobile apps to engage their customers, said Al Campa, chief marketing officer of App Annie, during a presentation at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2016.

https://www.techinasia.com/app-annie-predicts-worldwide-app-downloads-hit-280-billion-2020

Is The Market Cooling For Chinese Smartphone Sales?

ChinaSelling smartphones and tablets in China has become cutthroat as dwindling margins and consumers’ appetites for cheaper phones have eaten into the profits and future plans of one of China’s biggest smartphone makers.

Link to http://www.chinatechnews.com/2016/09/05/24159-is-the-market-cooling-for-chinese-smartphone-sales

Can Apple put a dent in the world’s 2nd largest market with iPhone 7?

IndiaTech in Asia — How ironical that Apple still can’t find a way to put a dent in the world’s second largest market for smartphones: India. Some may quibble over whether India has already gone past the number of smartphone users in the US, or will do so in the near future. In any case, the matter will soon become moot because India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world.

https://www.techinasia.com/can-apple-put-a-dent-in-india-worlds-2nd-largest-market-iphone-7

Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

IndiaMobile World Live — Facebook is holding talks with a number of ISPs in India to expand its Express Wi-Fi programme, after trials in rural areas in partnership with BSNL. Express Wi-Fi, aimed at making broadband in rural areas more affordable, rolled out 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots with the state-run operator as part of a pilot project, the Economic Times reported.

Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

SoftBank to Buy Britain’s ARM for $32 Billion in Record Deal

JapanDatacenter Knowledge — (Bloomberg) — SoftBank Group agreed to buy ARM Holdings for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/07/18/softbank-buy-britains-arm-32-billion-record-deal/

/China has made an incredibly quick switch from 3G to 4G

ChinaTech in Asia — Two-and-a-half years after China’s 4G mobile networks first switched on, the nation now has 562 million 4G subscribers across its three main telcos. That’s out of a total of 1.3 billion mobile SIM subscribers, according to the latest data from the three carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. The number is so high as some individuals have more than one number.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-quick-switch-to-4g

MediaTek joins China Mobile 5G project

TaiwanDigi Times — MediaTek has announced its participation in China Mobile’s 5G Joint Innovation Center project. MediaTek is also collaborating with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo on future 5G deployment. Earlier in 2016, the pair announced their partnership for 5G technology development and trials.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160630PD200.html

Huawei ships 28.3 million smartphones in 1Q16, says report

ChinaDigi Times — China-based vendor Huawei Technologies shipped 28.3 million smartphones globally in the first quarter of 2016, hiking 64% on year, and aims to ship 140 million units in 2016, according a Chinese-language Tencent report citing Huawei’s end product manager Kevin Ho.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160701PD204.html

MWC Shanghai 2016: Ford unveils Smart Mobility Initiatives

ChinaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Ford at the ongoing Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016 has showcased its Smart Mobility Initiatives that includes Smart Mobility Panda Dynamic Shuttle experiment, new AppLink partnerships, and more. The automobile maker announced two Ford Smart Mobility projects in China called the Ding Ding Parking Space Lock experiment and the Employee Smart Parking experiment.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/MWC-Shanghai-2016-Ford-unveils-Smart-Mobility-Initiatives/articleshow/52974205.cms?null

Xiaomi Purchases Patents from Microsoft

ChinaIn Serbia — BELGRADE – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has purchased 1,500 patents from Microsoft, as part of an effort by Chinese companies to acquire intellectual property rights in preparation for expansion into overseas markets. In exchange Microsoft-owned software will be bundled on Xiaomi phones. Ningling Wang, a partner in Shanghai with the law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, said the Xiaomi Microsoft deal may indicate that Xiaomi intends to sell phones to American consumers.

Xiaomi Purchases Patents from Microsoft

Line and WeChat Strike Advertising Gold

APACWSJ — Marketing on mobile messaging apps has yet to take root in the U.S. and Europe in a big way, but it is already in full swing in Asia. And even then, Japan’s Line and China’s WeChat, two of the dominant mobile messaging applications in the region, are just beginning to scratch the surface of a potential advertising gold mine.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/line-and-wechat-strike-advertising-gold-1466613181

Xiaomi buys Microsoft patents in bid to extend reach beyond China

ChinaBD Live — SINGAPORE — Software maker Microsoft is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi, a rare departure for the US company and part of what the two companies say is the start of a long-term partnership. The deal, announced on Wednesday, also includes a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets.

http://www.bdlive.co.za/world/asia/2016/06/01/xiaomi-buys-microsoft-patents-in-bid-to-extend-reach-beyond-china

Qualcomm introduces new processor for targeted-purpose wearables, from TW

TaiwanEnterprise Innovation — Qualcomm unveiled at COMPUTEX 2016, Taiwan’s annual ICT trade show, a new Snapdragon processor for the targeted-purpose wearables segments such as connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is designed for the next generation of targeted-purpose wearable segments. Qualcomm said it is smaller, has longer battery life, smarter sensing, and an always connected experience.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/qualcomm-introduces-new-processor-targeted-purpose-wearables-1123755837

China Mobile rolls out commercial NFV IMS network

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Mobile has officially started the commercialization of its rich communication services (RCS) network. The Chinese mobile giant collaborated with ZTE for the virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) based RCS deployment. In October 2014, ZTE won the tender to become the system integrator of this project.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/china-mobile-rolls-out-commercial-nfv-ims-network

Snapchat’s userbase to exceed Twitter, Pinterest in US: Report

APACTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat by year’s end will have more US users than either Twitter orPinterest , a market tracker said Wednesday. The number of people using Snapchat in the United States will leap more than 27% this year to 58.6 million, meaning that nearly one in five people in the country will be using the service, according to an eMarketer forecast.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Snapchats-userbase-to-exceed-Twitter-Pinterest-in-US/articleshow/52670869.cms

India’s smartphone growth higher than China despite lesser shipped units.

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Global smartphone growth is set to slow, dragged by a slowdown in China, notwithstanding the strong pace of sales in India, which has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world. This highlights the fact that India may have surpassed China’s pace of smartphone sales growth, but replacing its Asian rival as the growth driver for the global handset industry seems a long shot, given the vastly smaller market size and majorly rural user base fetching far lower revenue.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/-Indias-smartphone-growth-higher-than-China-despite-lesser-shipped-units-/articleshow/52632156.cms

India’s smartphone growth higher than China despite lesser shipped units.

IndiaNEW DELHI: Global smartphone growth is set to slow, dragged by a slowdown in China, notwithstanding the strong pace of sales in India, which has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world. This highlights the fact that India may have surpassed China’s pace of smartphone sales growth, but replacing its Asian rival as the growth driver for the global handset industry seems a long shot, given the vastly smaller market size and majorly rural user base fetching far lower revenue.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/-Indias-smartphone-growth-higher-than-China-despite-lesser-shipped-units-/articleshow/52632156.cms

India to have 810 million smartphone subscriptions by 2021: Report

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: By the year 2021, Indias smartphone subscription is expected to be 810 million, which is four times the subscriber base in 2015, said Ericsson Mobility report released on Tuesday. Also, total mobile traffic will grow 15-fold from the year 2015 to 2021, said a statement issued by Swedish communication technology major Ericsson, citing the report.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-to-have-810-million-smartphone-subscriptions-by-2021-Report/articleshow/52649098.cms

Worldwide smartphone sales to slow in 2016, says Gartner, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Gartner expects global smartphone sales twill continue to slow and will no longer grow in double digits. Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to grow 7% in 2016 to reach 1.5 billion units. This is down from 14.4% growth in 2015. In 2020, smartphone sales are on pace to total 1.9 billion units.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160608PR202.html

Micromax plans to enter China by 2017

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s leading home-grown handset maker Micromax is looking to enter the China market next year as it aims to become the No. 5 player worldwide by 2020, in an intensely competitive market. For achieving this it may raise cash through a public listing or strategically align with a partner, a top executive said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-plans-to-enter-China-by-2017/articleshow/52583943.cms

Taiwan market: LG launches G5 Speed smartphone

TaiwanDigi Times — LG Electronics has launched its LG G5 Speed smartphone in the Taiwan market in cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), priced at NT$23,900 (US$740) unlocked. The LG G5 Speed, which is almost identical to the LG G5, supports 4G LTE 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz using 3-carrier aggregation (3CA) technology, according to LG Taiwan.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160607PD201.html

Singapore leads SEA in smartphone, MBB adoption

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Singapore continues to lead Southeast Asia in both smartphone and mobile broadband subscriptions population penetration, Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report shows. Smartphone penetration in Singapore has exceeded 100% and mobile broadband subscriptions have passed 140%, the report shows, ahead of the Southeast Asian average penetration levels of around 40% and around 60% respectively.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/singapore-leads-sea-smartphone-mbb-adoption

Smartphone sales drop in India

IndiaTimes of India — The phrase holds perhaps more resonance for smartphone makers in India than characters of popular series Game of Thrones, as Samsung ,Micromax , Intex , Karbonn and other players foresee a slowdown in Smartphone sales.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Smartphone-sales-drop-users-await-affordable-options/articleshow/52478900.cms

Xiaomi Sinks As Huawei Dominates In Chinese Smartphones

ChinaChina Tech News — With all the buzz and attention Xiaomi receives, one may expect it to be a dominant force in China’s smartphone world. But latest numbers show Xiaomi isn’t even in the top two of the number of devices recently shipped. During the first quarter of 2016, China’s smartphone shipment reached about 104.9 million units, representing a decrease of 5% compared with the 109.8 million units in the same period of last year.

Xiaomi Sinks As Huawei Dominates In Chinese Smartphones

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 11.3% sequentially in 2Q16

ChinaDigi Times — Having digested their excessive inventory, smartphone vendors have stepped up the pace of placing chip orders in the second quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research. Smartphone vendors are also gearing up for the upcoming roll-outs of their new models.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160523PD207.html

Huawei to launch Daydream-based smartphones, HMDs

ChinaDigi Times — Huawei plans to integrate its Kirin CPU products with Qualcomm’s processors to roll out smartphones and head-mounted devices (HMD) supporting Google’s Daydream VR (virtual reality) platform before year-end 2016, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report, citing sources from the company.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160523PD205.html

Google is bringing Android apps to Chromebooks

APACMIS 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.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/operating-systems/google-is-bringing-android-apps-to-chromebooks/

Google launches group-sharing app Spaces on iOS, Android

APACTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Google has rolled out a Spaces application tailored to let users easily share content and commentary, group-messaging style, on any topics they wish. “With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search , YouTube , and Chrome come built in,” product director Luke Wroblewski said in a blog post.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/apps/Google-launches-group-sharing-app-Spaces-on-iOS-Android/articleshow/52304217.cms