Digital News Asia — Singtel has announced that customers can pay for their MRT, LRT and bus rides with the company’s Transit NFC SIM, while Samsung Electronics Singapore said that 10 of its phone models have been approved for use. In a statement, Singtel said its Transit NFC SIM will enable commuters to pay for public transit rides using just their NFC mobile phones.
HANOI: Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a $300-million research and development project in Hanoi by Samsung Electronics Vietnam, a local unit of a South Korean giant that is the communist country’s single biggest investor. The project would operate for 50 years, rent-free, Vietnam’s government reported on its news website on Wednesday.
Digi Times — Samsung Electronics saw its smartphone shipments to China tumble 39% on year in 2015, reducing its share in the market to 7.7%, from 12.8% in 2014, according to Counterpoint. Xiaomi Technology saw its shipments increase 14% on year, ramping its market share by 1.6pp to 14.9% and making it the number one smartphone vendor in China, Counterpoint said.
Tech in Asia — If you’re a smartphone company – even a big, successful one – looking to get into the Chinese market with your own mobile payments system, here’s a piece of advice: don’t. Over the last month, we’ve seen Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and even Huawei Payenter mainland China. There are reports that Xiaomi, ZTE, and Lenovo are working on their own services as well.
Digi Times — Qualcomm is likely to dominate the application processor market for high-end Android smartphones in the first half of 2016, powered by its Snapdragon 820 chips, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has been promoting its Snapdragon 820 chips since the second half of 2015 and has won adoption from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, HTC and China-based vendors Xiaomi Technology, Vivo and LeTV, the sources indicated.
Korea Times — BARCELONA, Spain ― Cisco Systems, the U.S.-based networking giant, has approached Samsung Electronics to acquire the latter’s network business division, a person familiar with the matter told The Korea Times. “Despite repeated denials by the two companies about the issue, Cisco is still interested in purchasing Samsung’s network business division,” the official said on the sidelines of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), Thursday (KST). “Samsung was contacted several times by Cisco.”
Digi Times — As of December 2015, Taiwan led all regions/countries in wafer capacity with nearly 22% of worldwide IC capacity installed in the country, according to IC Insights. Taiwan surpassed South Korea in 2015 to become the largest capacity holder after having passed Japan in 2011.
Daze Info — The exploded adoption of smartphones has allowed manufacturers to embrace many mobile based solutions, most important of all being Mobile Payments. According to the latest study, titled Contactless Payments: NFC Handsets, Wearable & Payment Cards 2016-2020, from Juniper Research, the number of smartphone users making payments via their NFC based mobile payment solutions, i.e. Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, will reach 148 million in 2016.
IT News — A US appeals court has overturned a US$120 million (A$168 million) jury verdict against Samsung, handing the South Korean smartphone maker a significant win in its longstanding patent feud with top rival Apple. The court said Samsung did not infringe Apple’s “quick links” patent, and that two other patents covering the iPhone’s slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features were invalid. The court also said Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung’s patents.
Digi Times — Samsung Electronics has announced it is now mass producing 256GB embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, for next-generation high-end mobile devices. The newly introduced embedded memory features performance for mobile devices that exceeds that of a typical SATA-based SSD for PCs, claimed the company.
Digi Times — Samsung Electronics has announced the newest member of its Exynos 7 Octa processor line-up, the Exynos 7 Octa 7870. Using the company’s 14nm FinFET process technology, the Exynos 7 Octa 7870 is designed for mid-range smartphones and other mobile devices. Samsung claimed its new Exynos 7 Octa 7870 processor consumes over 30% less power than mobile SoCs built with 28nm High-k Metal Gate process technology at the same performance level.
Telecom Asia — Teleste, a provider of broadband video and data communication systems and services, has partnered with Samsung Electronics to launch a new solution for more efficient IP service delivery across hospitality environments.
Korea Times — Alfred S. Koh, a former CEO of Samsung SDS, has been appointed to the top position of Microsoft (MS) Korea. Announcing the appointment on Monday, the U.S.-based software tech giant said that it expects its new MS Korea CEO to make efforts to foster innovation and bring global changes to the Korean unit.
ZDNet — ZDNet’s lead editors across the globe got together for a Slack chat to mull over the new Samsung Galaxy S7 that’s being released next week, as well as what it means for Sammy’s place in the mobile industry.
Korea Times — Samsung Electronics said Sunday its digital signs have has won a major prize at Europe’s largest commercial display fair. The company said its outdoor digital signs had won the AV Display Innovation of the Year award at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, last week. European audio and display magazine AVNews awards the prize, the company said.
Inter Aksyon — KUALA LUMPUR — In its continuing effort to go all-out digital, Samsung Electronics unveiled the company’s latest mobile gadgets and digital appliance product line-up at the annual Samsung Southeast Asia Forum held in the Malaysian capital’s KL Convention Center.
Digi Times — Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of 4GB DRAM package based on the second-generation high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) interface for use in high-performance computing (HPC), advanced graphics and network systems, as well as enterprise servers, according to the company.
ZDNet — Singapore’s largest telecommunications provider Singtel has announced that it is partnering with several manufacturers to launch products and solutions in the smart living sphere, including for home automation, health monitoring, and connected cars.
Enterprise Innovation — Starbucks Coffee Korea launched in November the new Starbucks app on the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch in South Korea. Through the app, customers can track their My Starbucks Rewards status and pay for Starbucks purchases directly from the wearable device, a first in Asia.
MIS Asia — All Samsung smart TVs sold in 2016 will be IoT-ready, meaning they’ll be able to talk to compatible appliances around the home, Samsung said Tuesday. In addition, all of Samsung’s high-end SHUD TVs sold next year will be able to act as a hub for its SmartThings platform, meaning the TV will be the controller for things like lights, thermostats and door locks. That could save people having to buy a standalone SmartThings hub for $99 – though SHUD TVs are quite pricey.
Digi Times — Samsung Electronics is looking to make 90% of its ultra-thin LCD TVs and mobile devices support Internet of Things (IoT) applications prior to 2017 and, by 2020 all of Samsung’s products will feature IoT support, according to president of Samsung Taiwan’s solution business Gary Wu. Wu cited Gartner figures that IoT-supported devices will reach 6.4 billion units worldwide in 2016 and will create enterprise service spending of around US$869 billion, accounting for over 60% of overall spending.
Digi Times — Shipments of smartphones in India totaled 28.3 million units in the third quarter of 2015, up 21.4% from 23.3 million units shipped for the same period of a year earlier, according to IDC. In the third quarter, the 4G enabled devices have witnessed almost a three-fold increase in unit shipments over the previous quarter, IDC noted.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Samsung has unveiled a new generation of S-RAM for smartphones, tablets and other gadget lines based on the ultra-thin 10nm FinFET technology with 128MB transfer rate. This S-RAM made on the 10nm process is 37.5% smaller in size than the current range of D-RAMs made on 14nm process.
Mobile DRAM revenues amounted to about US$4.55 billion in the third quarter of 2015, up 18% from US$3.85 billion in the prior quarter, according to DRAMeXchange. SK Hynix made the largest contribution to the overall mobile DRAM market revenue growth during the third quarter, said DRAMeXchange. The Korea-based firm saw its mobile DRAM revenues surge 30.5% on quarter to US$1.2 billion, which boosted its worldwide market share to 26.4% from 23.9% in the second quarter, DRAMeXchange said.
ZDNet — Perhaps more than its dual-edged smartphones, Samsung Pay has proven the hidden champion for Samsung Electronics in 2015, in terms of both public opinion and its potential. The company’s bottom line still comes from handsets and semiconductors, but the initial success of Samsung Pay may just be the catalyst the South Korean tech behemoth needs to sustain it in the coming years.
Economic Times — Seoul, South Korea : Global consumer electronics company, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, is looking at India as one of the crucial markets for its newly announced four product lines in commercial segment, said top officials during the Samsung AC Forum held in Korea. The company is expecting to reach the annual sales of USD 10 billion by 2020 its new product range globally.
Digi Times — Samsung Electronics is offering HiSilicon Technologies lower prices for its 14nm FinFET production in a bid to vie for mobile chip orders from the China-based fabless vendor, according to industry sources. HiSilicon is already among TSMC’s major clients, having placed 16nm chip orders at the Taiwan-based foundry, said the sources.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Smartphone heavyweights Samsung Electronics, Apple and Google are set to engage in a battle royale over the next few months to capture a larger share of premium phone users, with their latest models breathing new life into the high-end segment.
Network Asia — Intel and Samsung separately announced new solid-state drives (SSDs). Intel’s boasts the company’s fastest speed to date at 5Gbps. Intel’s new P3608 Series PCIe SSD comes in 1.6TB, 3.2TB and 4GTB capacities and delivers up to 850,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) random reads and 150,000 random writes. The drive has a sequential read/write speed of up to 5,000MBps (5Gbps) and 3,000MBps (3Gbps), respectively.
ZDNet — Samsung’s mobile payment service has seen $30 million in transactions and recorded approximately 36 percent of its users as active in its first month, with about 10 percent of those using Samsung Pay daily, according to the South Korean tech giant. Samsung Pay is currently available for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners, as well as those using the Galaxy Note 5. The firm said around 60 percent of transactions took place with the Note 5, which was launched earlier this month.