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.
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.”
On Windows — Asia Pacific-based insurance provider AIA Group has boosted employee collaboration and significantly improved customer service by migrating more than 20,000 employees to Microsoft Office 365 and Azure. AIA worked with the Microsoft Consulting Services team to replace five separate business productivity tools – each supported by a different vendor – with Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite and better support teams in 18 different markets.
Business Standard — Software giant Microsoft India on Thursday launched Surface Pro 4 — its most awaited slim and light Windows 10-based tablet-cum-laptop with pixel sense technology. “Surface Pro 4 is designed to reinvent personal computing. It is a highly prolific and versatile device that will push the limits of performance and productivity in the most elegant way,” Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman of Microsoft India, said at the launch.
IT Wire — Under the partnership, the Fujitsu Managed Chromebook Service will equip organisations with a flexible, scalable and cost effective solution to employee mobility, comprehensively controlled by Fujitsu’s managed services. The Managed Chromebook Service is closely aligned with Fujitsu’s Virtual Workplace Solution, which will allow Chromebook users to access their traditional applications and data via virtual desktop technology.
Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek confirmed on Monday it is developing a mobile chip for use in low-cost laptops running on Google’s Chrome operating system. The new chip is expected to hit the market by the end of this year or early next year, MediaTek president CJ Hsieh said at the company’s media and analyst cocktail party at Computex Taipei, the world’s second-largest computer trade show. MediaTek will count multiple major manufacturers of Chromebooks as its clients when their new laptops are released, said Hsieh, who cautioned that the company’s customer base in the Chromebook market would be limited initially.
Google will launch two Chromebox digital signage solutions for commercial application through cooperation with Taiwan-based AOpen in the middle of the third quarter of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Google announced at the end of the first quarter of 2015 the cooperation with AOpen to launch the solutions. Google originally scheduled the launch for the second quarter but has to defer it until the middle of the third quarter due to issues with product certification, the sources indicated.
Google is planning to push 2-in-1 devices in 2015, according Digitimes Research’s inquiries within the upstream supply chain. Google’s 2-in-1 Chromebook designed by Quanta Computer is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter. The device features a detachable form factor and runs Android in the tablet form and Chrome when attached to a keyboard.
NEW DELHI: Apple, the Cupertino-based world’s most valuable electronics maker, has decided to go big in India. After being on the fringes for long, the company is finally set to cut loose in the fast-growing Indian phone market. The world’s most admired electronics brand – that sells devices such as the iPhone, iPad tablet and iPod media player – plans 500 ‘iOS’ stores in the country in its first major push that will include moving into smaller towns and cities.
The days of personal computers (PCs) and laptops may be numbered. “The PC is already on its way out; laptops have started to disappear,” said Barry Lerner, South Pacific regional chief information officer of Huawei Australia. “We’re going into the small (mobile) devices, and the tablets. Businesses and customers will start to utilize cloud.”
More and more consumers are engaging with content across a variety of screens, and often accessing them via multiple screens simultaneously. This means advertisers have to take a holistic approach to their marketing strategy, and adjust the content to fit the context of various screens while considering consumers’ multi-screen habits. This is the gist of Appier’s research report, which aims to provide insights into how users interact on multiple devices.
Today, Chinese tech giant Lenovo announced plans to establish a new subsidiary company that will focus exclusively on creating smart devices and services. The new company, which will operate under a different name and branding, will begin operation on April 1, 2015. Taking the helm of this new company will be Chen Xudong, who is currently Lenovo’s president of China geography and Asia Pacific–emerging markets.
YANGON, Sept 28 — From navigating gridlocked city roads to playing a favourite national sport, new homegrown apps are blossoming in Myanmar as cheap mobile technology ignites an Internet revolution in the once-isolated nation. Myanmar web surfers were once paradigms of patience and ingenuity as they dodged and weaved through the former military regime’s communications blocks in decrepit backstreet Internet cafes.
Huawei Technologies is hoping to steal market share from Samsung’s Galaxy Note family with the Ascend Mate7, which has a metal body, 6-inch full HD screen and a battery that has almost 30 percent more capacity than what the Note 4 offers. Consumer appetite for smartphones with screens larger than 5.5 inches is growing. This year shipments of devices with large screens are expected to increase by 209 percent from last year, compared to a 12.8 percent increase for smartphones with smaller screens, according to IDC.
NEW DELHI: What kind of SIM card do you have — nano, micro or regular? New-generation smartphones and devices use any one of these variants, making it difficult to switch cards among handsets and tablets, although adapters are available for about Rs 150-200 from the retail market but this can be a bit of a hit and-miss affair. Now the phone companies are offering a similar solution known as the Smart SIM — a nano card that can be increased in size with the use of two jackets.
China’s next attempt at a mobile homegrown desktop operating system is slated for an October debut, according to state-run news agency Xinhua . China Operating System , abbreviated COS, will first appear on desktop computers, and later reach smartphones. We already caught a glimpse of the mobile version at the beginning of this year, and noted its strong resemblance to Android. However, Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, which makes COS, said it is not another Chinese Android skin.
Acer Inc, the world’s fourth-largest computer maker, is diversifying in its latest effort to get its struggling personal computer (PC) business back on the road to sustained recovery. Smart internet-connected and cloud computing capabilities will be delivered as value-creating differentiation on top of Acer’s computers, corporate president and chief executive Jason Chen said in Bangkok yesterday. Global shipments of PCs are down by double digits this year as consumers increasingly switch to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
After four years of setting Android devices with the Nexus program, Google is rumored to work again with HTC for this year’s Nexus tablet project. Leaked specs and documents for the Volantis, better known as the Nexus 8, have emerged recently, offering the latest and more exciting details. Android Origin said that the National Radio Research Agency (RRA) from South Korea recently certified a new device which has the model number 0P82100. The device is supposedly the 8.9-inch Nexus tablet codenamed Volantis or Flounder. It confirmed that HTC will be making this year’s Nexus tablet after Google collaborated with Asus for the release of Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013).
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 12 ― The newest addition to Acer’s Chromebook range, simply called the Chromebook 13, offers an incredible 13-hour battery life and is just 18mm thick yet it can render and output 4K ultra-high-definition content. And that’s because the little laptop, launched yesterdapy, is the first to use an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. Chromebooks might still be niche products within the PC landscape but the computers, which run Google’s Chrome OS and run a host of web-based apps rather than software installed directly on the computer’s hard disk, are starting to make a name for themselves, especially within education.
On a trip to Beijing a decade ago, Bill Gates was asked by a senior government official how much money Microsoft Corp made in China. The official asked the interpreter to double check Gates’ reply as he couldn’t believe the figure was so low. It’s a problem that hasn’t gone away. Indeed, Microsoft’s current issues in China conceal a deeper problem for the U.S. software giant – despite the popularity of its Windows operating system and Office suite, few people in emerging markets are willing to pay for legitimate copies.
Xiaomi unveiled its first ever tablet in May in the form of the MiPad. Available initially only in mainland China, it costs RMB 1,499 (US$243) for the 16GB model and RMB 1,699 (US$276) for the 64GB one. The MiPad went on sale in June. Although it’s only available to Chinese shoppers, I wanted to review this from more of an international perspective, so I requested a review unit and loaded it up with all the apps that I use on my old Nexus 7. After living with the MiPad for a week, these are my thoughts.
Mumbai: ASUS launched the Chromebox in India at a media gathering in Mumbai. The ASUS Chromebox is a fast, compact home or office computer that runs on Chrome OS. It has the latest Haswell processors and supports 4K ultra high definition video playback. The Chromebox works right out of the box with apps for work, play and communicating online or offline. It comes with virus protection built in and updates automatically. It starts up in seconds and gives you quick access to all your favorite websites and apps.
A LOT of chatter about the convergence of smartphones and tablets. There is a term now for phones with bloated screens: “phablet.” One company is going in a new direction altogether with a device called the PadFone. The PadFone X is not necessarily a completely new form factor, but rather both devices at once. It combines a 5-inch phone that can be docked to a 9-inch tablet.
There is a lot of chatter in the tech community about the convergence of smartphones and tablets. There is a term now for phones with bloated screens: “phablet.” One company is going in a new direction altogether with a device called the PadFone. The PadFone X is not neccessarily a completely new form factor, but rather both devices at once. It combines a 5-inch phone that can be docked to a 9-inch tablet. The thinking seems to be, “Why use a phone that is as big as a tablet and won’t easily fit into my pocket, and how much does it suck to use a phone for things a tablet could accomplish much easier with its larger screen?”
Thanks to the proliferation of low-cost phones and reduced data tariffs, smartphone sales more than trebled in India in the financial year 2013-14, growing by 244 percent. 52.4 million smartphones were sold in India in that time period, says MAIT, the body representing India’s IT hardware, training, and R&D services sectors, in its annual industry performance review. Surprisingly, India’s tablet boom slowed down dramatically. Unsurprisingly, desktop computer sales were down.
With Android Silver rumors brewing, and LG’s Ken Hong indicating that the manufacturer doesn’t have a Nexus phone in the cards, the fate of the Nexus line as a whole has been sort of up in the air. We don’t have news about whether a Nexus phone exists, but we do have information related to HTC’s Volantis (or Flounder), an 8.9″ Nexus tablet. The information provided to us indicates possible specs, features, and pricing, as well as an early look at the form factor, though the images we have don’t appear to be final renderings of the device.
Top PC maker Lenovo has launched two new generation laptops – Yoga 2 and Flex 2 – in India. The new Yoga 2 convertible ultrabook series comes with a 13.3-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS wide-view touch-screen screen and, as the name suggests, users can flip the laptop a full 360 degrees to fours modes – laptop, tablet, stand and tent.
BANGALORE: Applications for the smartphones are available on the App stores for everything, from scanning your documents to food recipes. With an app available for every individual’s taste, we would like to introduce some of the best, people friendly apps out there, as compiled by Paste media.
Intel is set to ship 40 million application processors (APs) for tablets in 2014, up 400% from the volume in 2013, though most market watchers believe the goal is rather difficult to achieve. Digitimes Research has found that Intel is currently placing its focus on penetrating into the Android tablet market and is persuading brand vendors and China white-box players to join its camp by offering subsidies and support from its China-based supply chain, which Intel has been nurturing.
At Xiaomi’s Baomihua (“Popcorn”) fan meetup in Beijing today, founder and CEO Lei Jun took the stage to announce three upcoming products for the growing company. First, Xiaomi will introduce its second smart TV, the Mi TV 2. Sporting a display with 4K resolution), the device is 23 percent thicker than its previous incarnation and will retail for RMB3999 (about US$640) when it hits shelves on May 27.