Tech 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.
In 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.
BD 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.
Telecom 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.
Times 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.
Times of India — Apple CEO Tim Cook has hailed Chinese app developers and their contribution to world’s second biggest economy, as he began his visit here days after the tech-giant invested $1 billion in local ride hailing app Didi Chuxing. “The momentum is absolutely incredible,” Cook said in a meeting with developers, government officials and journalists.
PC-Tablet — With the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets, the use of mobile browser apps like UC Browser has increased considerably. Moreover, there is a huge surge in the adoption of mobile browsers since the behaviour of consumers has changed over the last one year. Many people depend upon mobile browsers to perform a wide range of actions like to view documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go.
Digital News Asia — TUNE Talk has launched a new mobile call and data package specifically targeting Indonesians living and working in Malaysia. The new ‘Tune Talk Bisa Pak’ is meant to satisfy the growing need for mobile data alongside an affordable international call rate to Indonesia, the company said at the official launch in Kuala Lumpur on April 19.
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.
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. And almost all of them access the Internet primarily via smartphones, the study found. GfK estimates that the online population is now 64.1% of the total population.
WSJ — HANOI—In 1988, a team of Vietnamese technicians secured their first deal to make computers for Russia’s Academy of Sciences. One of their early machines is still on display here in Hanoi, surrounded by Hollywood-style imprints of the build team’s hands, buttocks and other body parts.
Tech in Asia — Mobile utility apps have flooded India over the past couple of years, in tandem with the boom in smartphone usage. These are mostly from Chinese firms like APUS and Cheetah. There’s also the caller ID app Truecaller made in Sweden but hugely popular in India. Now there’s an app made in India in the mix – True Balance, which today announced series A investment from SoftBank Ventures Korea.
Tech in Asia —- Long anticipated, Spotify launched in Indonesia today. The premium version of the streaming music service from Sweden is available to Indonesian listeners for IDR 49,000 a month, which amounts to US$3.74. That’s a sweet deal, considering people in the US pay US$9.99 and Europeans currently pay EUR 9.99 or US$11.28 for the premium service.
Deal Street Asia — Indonesia state-owned telecommunications operator PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) has launched its T-Bike mobile app, which enables users to monitor and control several functions of their motorcycles through their smartphone. Meanwhile, PT Menara KPM, an emerging telco tower construction solution provider is geared expanding into fiber optics network development..
Myanmar Times — MAB Mobile Bank, as the product is known, is compatible with any SIM card, on both smartphones and keypad phones, said the bank’s managing director U Win Min Khaing. “These transfer facilities are available at all times. Our services are no longer limited to banking hours.”
Enterprise Innovation — When Taiwan-based KKBOX was founded 15 years ago, the company focused on hosting browser, mobile and WAP games. The applications were hosted in an internet data center in Taiwan, and the relatively low bandwidth requirements for the applications ensured the arrangement remained sustainable and relatively fuss-free.
WSJ — Facebook Inc. is adding users in Asia at a much faster rate than other parts of the world, an executive said, showing the recent controversy over the firm’s free Internet service in India is not deterring the social networking giant’s expansion in this part of the world.
Tech in Asia — Indonesian virtual assistant service YesBoss announced today that it has acquired HeyKuya, a Philippines-based startup, for an undisclosed amount. With this move, YesBoss has started regional expansion. HeyKuya is also a virtual personal assistant. Started in October last year, out of the Philippine company builder Machine Ventures. it’s run by a team of ten.
Tech in Asia — The proposed acquisition of Opera has once again shed the spotlight on mobile browsing and China. The takeover bid has come from a consortium of Chinese companies, another strategic initiative by the country to position itself as the smartphone powerhouse of the world. China boasts the highest number of smartphone users in the world, and Chinese mobile internet interests are beginning to expand outside of the mainland to a more international audience.
Tech in Asia — Since Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion, there is no question that photo apps are a very hot place to be for startups. I think they’re still ripe for disruption, Instagram has only about 400 million monthly active users. There are still hundreds of millions of untapped smartphone users out there who could easily be swiped away from Instagram. Here’s a look at the best out of Asia.
Telecom Asia — Telecom Asia — Singapore leads Asia Pacific in terms of its readiness to integrate, develop and benefit from application usage. Australia, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong make up the rest of the top half of the top 10 rankings, while Malaysia, China, Thailand, India and Indonesia made up the remainder of the list, according to the Asia Pacific Application Economy Index (AEI) 2016.
Digi Times — Observing China’s mobile market in 2016, Digitimes Research expects smartphone AP price competition to grow fiercer, while Qualcomm and MediaTek will continue to push Internet of Things (IoT) to seek new business opportunities. Second- and third-tier AP suppliers are expected to experience a wave of mergers and acquisitions as smartphone demand continues to weaken.
Telecom Asia — SingTel was forced to temporarily suspend the functions of its mobile app after a software glitch resulted in users viewing the personal information of another account. Customers logging into the My Singtel app were able to view and the personal details of a different customer, and to modify the data field under account information to add their own messages.
Times of India — BEIJING – Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its smartphone-based payment system in China where the electronic payments market is already dominated by an arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba. Apple said “Apple Pay” could be used by 19 banks, “numerous merchants” and app developers. Apple’s electronic payment system started in the United States in October 2014 and has since spread to Britain, Canada and Australia.
Deal Street Asia — Entry from Philippines, fintech startup PawnHero, has bagged the gold prize at the Hack Osaka International Pitch Contest 2016 conducted by the Osaka Innovation Hub on Wednesday, beating nine other teams from Europe and Asia. It was a back-to-back top grand prize win for the Philippines, which also claimed the top slot in February 2015. Last year, startup mClinica, now an established mobile platform and online pharmacy network, bagged the award.
ZDNet — Kakao, the operator of South Korea’s popular chat app KakaoTalk, reported a huge loss in net profit on Friday, down 80.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. Kakao’s net profit was 10.2 billion won ($8.55 million) in the fourth quarter, reduced to a fraction of the net 51.7 billion won ($43.22 million) in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said.