Sunday, March 25, 2012

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 25, 2012

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016.

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Augmented Reality for smartphones tiptoes into India. It is estimated to have 5 percent of the “traditional media marketplace” in India.  One question is whether it’s just a novelty or a wave of the future? Read Original Content

Philippine telecommunications provider Globe Telecom has partnered with Flash Networks to introduce Harmony Monetization solutions. Read Original Content

GraphicMail and SME Guru of Singapore have joined together to offer email and mobile marketing services in Southeast Asia. Read Original Content

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Mobile technology has played a large part in travel industry growth in Asia, providing a way for consumers, vendors and employees to connect. Read Original Content

A study from On Device Research reveals that 38 percent of China’s Internet users in 2011 were mobile-only users.  In rural areas, the number of mobile-only Internet users is up to 45 percent, with 29 percent in urban areas. Read Original Content

Consulting firm IDC, tracking China’s growth, predicts that the country will become one of the top five countries for smartphone numbers, along with India and Brazil.  Apple’s iPhone sales in China during the last quarter were described as “staggering”, and IDC predicts it will narrowly top sales in the U.S. by the end of 2012. Read Original Content
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To compete with rivals China Telecom and China Unicom, China Mobile may aim efforts at boosting its 3G and 4G development.  The company hopes to add 30 million 3G users in 2012.  Discussions around a possible partnership with a major national cable television operator are also in progress. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content and Read More Original Content

Apple has finally reached the top of the smartphone market in Japan, with 26.6 percent of mobile phone shipments.  Fujitsu and Sharp come in second and third with 18.3 percent and 15.7 percent respectively. Read Original Content

AlertPay and Bank Asia have teamed up to launch an online payment service in Bangladesh. Read Original Content

As an incentive to subscribe to its mobile commerce product, Airtel has partnered with Unibank Ghana and Star Micro Insurance to offer free life insurance to Airtel Money subscribers. Read Original Content

PayPal has unveiled its new mobile payment point-of-sale solution “PayPal Here” in Hong Kong, Australia, the U.S. and Canada.  PayPal is also planning to expand its e-payment system into China and India. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

Globe Telecom’s G-Xchange and American Express have collaborated to provide an online payment solution in the Philippines for GCASH mobile wallet customers. Read Original Content

Google India executive Rajan Anandan claims that 3.2 percent of India’s GDP is due to the Internet.  "I expect mobile Internet users to cross the 1 billion mark in four years, out of which 200 million will be from India." Read Original Content

With the number of India’s mobile subscribers predicted to reach 1.2 billion by 2015, businesses are scrambling to tap into the market. Read Original Content

Indonesia is predicted to lead Southeast Asia in the number of Internet users in 2012, with over 30 million.  According to Nielsen, mobile penetration is at 78 percent, with 150 million mobile users in the country. Read Original Content

In a new partnership, Singapore’s Tech-Inject will represent BlinkMobile Interactive in the Asia Pacific region. Read Original Content

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company has launched SME TechMobile, with the goal of simplifying technology access for small to medium enterprises. Read Original Content

Hong Kong’s AppGreen has created a mobile product catalog solution for building and publishing catalogs. Read Original Content

Samsung India has opened the “Samsung E-store”, providing customers in India an online shopping platform. Read Original Content

Air India now offers a mobile option for customers to book flights and buy tickets with Ngpay service. Read Original Content

Google’s plans to purchase Motorola Mobility are on hold as China extends its investigation of the deal. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

With more than 200 million smartphones predicted to be sold in China in 2012, Renren, the Chinese social networking and group-buying firm, is shifting its focus to mobile Internet. Read Original Content

Vodaphone New Zealand has launched Vodaphone Secure Device Manager to help manage smartphones and devices in the workplace. Read Original Content

WiFi-only media tablets edge out the WiFi/3G devices in Australia and New Zealand, with 54 percent of the 644,000 devices sold in the fourth quarter of 2011. Read Original Content

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