9TO5 Google — Android Pay has been very slowly making its way around the world and today the service has finally arrived in Asia — or at least for those in Singapore. Users in Singapore are able to download and activate Android Pay on their devices right now as long as their bank is compatible with the service.
Times of India — Google together with Lookout, a mobile security company, has successfully taken down the auto-rooting malware app that was said to be silently rootingAndroid device and install other apps without user permission.
Forbes — After launching in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Android Pay, Google’s contactless smartphone payment solution is finally making landfall in Asia. Singapore will be the first Asian market to gain access to Android Pay with Singaporeans able to load and MasterCard credit and debit cards from six banks including DBS and Standard Chartered onto their Android smartphones.
Delimiter — A survey of attendees at the country’s first OpenStack conference held in Sydney last month has indicated that OpenStack is likely to experience growth in the Australian market over the next 18 months. The survey polled attendees about their OpenStack experience and adoption, approximately 65% of whom had already adopted OpenStack.
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.
Digi Times — Google has announced that new Chromebooks rolled out by its notebook partners will start supporting Google Play, a move which is likely to substantially ramp up shipments of Chromebooks. Taiwan-based notebook vendor Acer and Asustek Computer are expected to release soon new Chromebooks with an integrated platform combining Chrome OS and Google Play.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Indian consumer electronics company Micromax has added yet another entry-level laptop to its Lapbook series with the launch of the Canvas Lapbook L1160. Made in association with Microsoft and Intel, the L1160 is priced at Rs 10,499. The laptop will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting May 4.
IT News — Security researchers have uncovered a bug in Google Android devices that could leave potentially millions of smartphone and tablets manufactured over the last five years open to attack. FireEye’s Mandiant security research team discovered the exploit last December but went public with its findings for the first time today.
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.
Digi Times — Overall smartphone share of the global handsets market is slowing as mobile phone (or feature phone) sales show some resilience through local brands in emerging markets. While ABI Research finds major China-based vendors are continuing to witness solid volume growth, the market region could be on the cusp of a change as Google Android regains momentum and fights back against Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices.
Digi Times — Sales of high-end smartphones are decelerating, affecting orders for ICs and other parts and components, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses. Apple and Samsung have both seen disappointing sales of their flagship models while Huawei has reportedly cut its 2016 shipment goal to 120-130 million units from 140 million due to poor sales of its high-end models, said the sources.
Tech in Asia — China just beat Japan to take second position for global revenue from iPhone and iPad apps, a new report says. The US is still the king of iOS app revenue generation in Q1 2016, according to App Annie (PDF link). However, China’s snapping at its heels, with a 2.2 times growth year-on-year that made it move up a notch since January.
IT News — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assured law enforcement across the United States that it will help unlock mobile devices such as iPhones involved in investigations when it is allowed by law and policy. The FBI said in a letter to local authorities that it understands the challenges they face and that they lack necessary tools to monitor and investigate the communications of suspects who use encrypted mobile devices, according to the correspondence obtained by Reuters on Friday.
IT News — Google’s April collection of security updates for its Android mobile operating system takes care of no fewer than 15 vulnerabilities rated as critical, the company said. As with past security alerts, the mediaserver component of Android has emerged as one of the most vulnerable.
NEW DELHI:Smartphone security is the new concern as cases of Android malware were reported to have doubled in 2015 as compared to 2014, said a new report which warned that, in 2016, more hacks on smart technologies could result in fatal privacy damage. The annual security report from security software company Trend Micro also noted that the rise in Android malware is owing to the aggressive adoption of smart technologies.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Gartner said shipments of personal computers in India grew nearly 11% in the fourth-quarter, but the research firm added that it does not see significant growth in the market going forward. PC shipments in India totalled nearly 2.6 million units, Gartner said. The research firm showed that Lenovo increased its share of the market to 25.3% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, from 18% a year ago.
Times of India — PUNE: Almost two years after Dell revamped its go-to-market strategy, channel partners account for 40% of the American computer technology company’s sales. The share of the channel partners is higher in India than the global average for the company, Neeraj Matiyani, director, storage solutions, enterprise solutions group, at Dell India said without sharing exact numbers.
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.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Researchers at IT security firm ESET have discovered a strain of Android malware that can steal the login credentials of mobile banking users. The targeted banks are Westpac, Bendigo Bank, Commonwealth Bank, St. George Bank, National Australia Bank, Bankwest, Me Bank, ANZ Bank, ASB Bank, Bank of New Zealand, Kiwibank, Wells Fargo, Halkbank, Yapı Kredi Bank, VakıfBank, Garanti Bank, Akbank, Finansbank, Turkiye İş Bankası and Ziraat Bankası.
Digi Times — Huawei’s MateBook 2-in-1 is expected to achieve annual shipments of 400,000 units, a lot lower than market watchers’ expectations of 1-2 million units as Huawei is mainly pushing the device in the high-end enterprise market instead of consumer segment, plus the China-based vendor is still not familiar with the notebook channel and business model, according to sources from the upstream supply chain, adding that the company will need to conquer these issues in order to boost shipments.
Digi Times — Dell reportedly has significantly increased its desktop component supply from China-based players for 2016 and is planning to increase the supply share to above 70% in 2017, looking to reduce costs and tighten its relationships with local governments for a better chance to land procurement orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, the news has not been confirmed by Dell.
Straits Times — Huawei is jumping into the 2-in-1 market with the 12-inch MateBook, its answer to the Microsoft Surface and the iPad Pro. With Alcatel also unveiling its own Windows 10 tablet at the Mobile World Congress and Samsung announcing the Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1 at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, it seems that this is the year non-traditional PC-makers are trying their hand at cracking the Windows 10 tablet market.
China Tech News — Chinese telecom device maker Huawei announced in Spain that the company has officially entered the PC sector by launching its PC product Huawei MateBook. Yu Chengdong, Huawei’s chief executive officer of consumer business, said that Huawei hopes to build a consumer-oriented smart terminal experience. The launch of Huawei MateBook represents the company’s step forward to meet this goal.
MIS Asia — NTT Communications is adopting OpenStack in its public cloud, and introducing a bare-metal option to its hosted private cloud offering. It is also expanding connectivity and management tools for hybrid cloud environments. Japan will see the new Enterprise Cloud features first, followed later this year by the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, the company said Tuesday.
MIS Asia — Computer and services firm HP is offering a Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) programme to Malaysian enterprises to better deploy and manage their PC technologies. HP PPS sales managing director Kym Lim said businesses “want to move fast, be more efficient, and still provide the best experience to demanding employees. However the time, cost and complexity of procuring and maintaining their PC infrastructure is a challenge.”
Bloomberg — Lenovo Group Ltd. plunged in Hong Kong trading after quarterly revenue declined for the first time in more than six years on stalling demand for phones and computers. Shares fell 10 percent in their biggest decline in two years. The world’s largest PC maker said revenue dropped 8 percent in the three months ended December, even as broadening cost cuts delivered a surprise rise in net income.
Networks Asia — it’s no secret that Hadoop and Apache Spark are the hottest technologies in big data, but what’s less often remarked upon is that they’re both open-source. Mike Tuchen, a former Microsoft executive who is now CEO of big-data vendor Talend, thinks that’s no coincidence. “We’re seeing a changing of the guard,” he said. “We expect the entire next-generation data platform will be open source.”
Digi Times — There were 157.4 million notebooks shipped globally in 2015, decreasing 9% on year, and the shipments will further slip 2.5% to 153.5 million units in 2016, according to Digitimes Research. Among vendors, Lenovo will take up 22.5% of shipments in 2016, followed by Hewlett-Packard with 21.4%, Dell 13.8%, Apple 11.9%, Asustek Computer 10.2%, Acer 8.9%, Samsung Electronics 2.8%, Toshiba 1.7% and Fujitsu 1.1%, Digitimes Research indicated.
Digi Times — With the notebook market expected to continue seeing a single-digit percentage shipment decline in 2016, brand vendors and ODMs are expected to become more aggressive pushing into the Internet of Things (IoT) sector to boost their non-PC incomes and adopting components from China-based suppliers to save costs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Digi Times — Asustek Computer has announced that it will begin marketing its flagship smartphone, the ZenFone Zoom, in the US in February, priced at US$399. The vendor is currently showcasing the ZenFone Zoom alongside its ZenFone 2 series models as well as its new 2-in-1 Transformer Book Chi tablet products, at the ongoing CES 2016.