Android Pay makes its debut in Asia starting with Singapore

Singapore9TO5 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.

Android Pay makes its debut in Asia starting with Singapore

Google removes malware that installed an app every 2 minutes

APACTimes 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.

Google Launches Android Pay In Asia, Singapore To Get It First

SingaporeForbes — 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.

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.

Android security bug threatens millions of devices

APACIT 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.

Idea introducing carrier billing for Google Play

IndiaTelecom 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.

Android Open Source market opportunities shrinking as Android One becomes viable market contender

ChinaDigi 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.

High-end smartphone sales decelerating, affecting IC orders, from TW

TaiwanDigi 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.

Google plugs 15 critical security holes in Android update

APACIT 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.

Android malware doubled in 2015: Report

APACNEW 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.

Viettel launches carrier billing for Google Play

VietnamTelecom 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.

Android trojan alert: Customers of 20 major global banks at risk

APACTimes 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.

CES 2016: Asustek to start marketing ZenFone Zoom in US in February

TaiwanDigi 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.

Facebook’s Instant Articles feature for Android goes global

APACTimes of India — Facebook Inc said it has launched its instant articles service for Android users which allows media firms to publish articles directly to the social network’s news feeds. The service involves more than 350 publications worldwide including the New York Times, NBC News, the Guardian, Haaretz and Al Jazeera English.

What Google CEO Sundar Pichai said about Android’s future in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India is one of the largest growth markets for the search giant Google globally, said the company’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai. On a two-day visit to the country, Pichai said that by 2016 India will have more Android users than the US.

Sony has launched PlayStation Messages app for Android and iOS

JapanTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Sony has finally addressed the woes of its PlayStation users and rescued them from the clunky messaging service that was contained inside its PlayStation app and launched a separate messaging app. This provides dramatic improvement in the messaging service and PlayStation users can now connect to their PSN friends.

Android leads iOS in ad impressions across APAC

APACEnterprise Innovation — Marketers in the region who are looking to reach out to consumers through their smartphones have even more reason to do so now, according to data from the Q3 State of Mobile Advertising study from Opera Mediaworks and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) that was released earlier this week.

Taiwan-based Google Play app developers double in 2 years

TaiwanDigi 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.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 14.6% on quarter in 4Q15

ChinaDigi Times — Shipments of smartphone-use application processors in China are expected to grow 14.6% sequentially to 161 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 as handset vendors are building up inventories to meet year-end seasonal demand in the US and Europe, according to Digitimes Research.

Redesigned Google Play Store now rolling out to users, from IN

IndiaTimes 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.

Pepsi to sell Android smartphones, in China

China.gifTimes of India — PepsiCo Inc said that it is working with a licensing partner to market a line of mobile phones and accessories in China in the next few months. The food and beverage company however has no plans to get into the mobile phone manufacturing business, a PepsiCo spokeswoman said by email. “Available in China only, this effort is similar to recent globally licensed Pepsi products which include apparel and accessories,” the spokeswoman said.

Fingerprint sensors set to see growing adoption among Android phones, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Fingerprint identification sensors are expected to see growing adoption among Android smartphones in 2016, according to industry sources. China-based Android phone makers will follow the steps of Apple and Samsung to launch models that come with fingerprint sensors, which will stimulate significantly demand for fingerprint sensors for smartphones in 2016, said the sources.

Panasonic aims $2 billion revenue from smartphone by 2018

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Panasonic is targeting almost $2 billion (Rs 13,200 crore) in revenue from smartphones by 2018 as it makes a comeback in the business globally, with India as the key sales driver. The Japanese electronics maker’s optimism stems from the initial success it tasted in the country and the recent decision to make India its base for expanding business in south Asia and India, Middle East and Africa, Panasonic India MD Manish Sharma said.

Q&A: How Slow Connection Speed Helps Opera’s Business in Indonesia

IndonesiaWSJ — Norway’s Opera Software ASA is banking on Indonesia’s spotty Internet connection speeds to boost the popularity of its bandwidth-friendly mobile browsers. The company entered the Indonesian market in 2010 and its saw its monthly active users reach 30 million last year, making this country of 250 million people its second largest market after India. Overall,

Google Play Gift Cards now available in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Following the launch of Google Play prepaid vouchers in June, Google has announced the rollout of physical gift cards in retail outlets across India. Google Play Gift cards will be available in 3 denominations Rs 750, Rs 1000 and Rs 1500 via retail stores of Spice Hotspot, Vijay Sales, Planet M, Planet Mobile and Sangeetha Mobiles. The cards can also be purchased online on as COD (cash on delivery) shipments.

Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) Update: Leaked Images Of Huawei’s First Laser Auto-Focus Device Shows All-Metal Build!

ChinaChina Topix — Huawei Nexus 6 is once again the subject of recently leaked images showcasing its rear fingerprint reader, laser autofocus, a bulging camera, dual front speakers, as well as its all-metal build. Google is rumored to be rolling out two Nexus devices before the end of this year. One of which will be a Nexus smartphone with 5.2-inch display made by LG, while the other will be a phablet with 6-inch display that will be manufactured by Huawei.

Worldwide smartphone growth to slow to 10.4% in 2015, says IDC, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% on year, instead of a previous forecast of an 11.3% growth, to 1.44 billion units in 2015, according to the latest data released by IDC. However, steadily falling ASPs will fuel growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019.

Google Security: Search Engine Giant To Work With Samsung; Plans To Issue Monthly Security Updates To Fix Bugs

KoreaChina Topix — Of late, Samung smartphones, of course powered by Android are increasingly becoming the target of hackers across the globe. In a bid to combat this challenge, Google and Samsung have decided to issue monthly updates to fix security bugs in the system. The plan has come into action, specifically after a prominent security researcher developed a new hacking software that will give hackers more power to tap into the sensitive data of the phone.

Google names LG as Nexus producer

KoreaKorea Times — Google has named LG Electronics as its partner to produce the upcoming Nexus smartphone, industry sources familiar with the issue said, Thursday. “Senior LG Electronics executives met with their Google counterparts in the United States recently. The main issue was how to expand their bilateral partnership in areas other than smartphones,” said a source. He added LG was working on developing the Google Nexus at its technology center in Seoul.

Local developers build disaster app to track the floods

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Across the street and under the flyover, people sing and collect donations for those that the disaster has impacted. Meanwhile, inside at a coffee shop on August 3, Nex Android engineer and product manager Ko Swan Htet Aung and Google Developer Group Yangon community manager Ko Ye Lin Aung spoke about the local tech community’s efforts to do its part.