Sunday, April 08, 2012

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of April 8, 2012

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DeNA, a mobile platform operator in Japan, has signed agreements with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to use their official app stores to offer mobile games.  The agreements give DeNA access to almost 3 billion subscribers of the three carriers. Read Original Content

Tokyo-based DeNA has partnered with the Walt Disney Company to develop mobile social games.  “Disney Party” was launched on March 28, 2012 for the Mobage network in Japan.  “Disney Fantasy Quest” will follow in April, with a third game available this summer.  Future plans are to release the games worldwide. Read Original Content

With low mobile Internet startup costs and 356 million mobile Internet users at the end of 2011, investors are urged to look into China’s mobile Internet industry. Read Original Content

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Accumulate and Potevio have partnered to develop mobile financial and mobile authentication services for the Chinese market. Projects include an NFC solution, mobile payments, and secure utility bills payments. Read Original Content

China has introduced a new $100 smartphone with the Shuidi handset, developed by Chongqing Guohong Technology Development. Read Original Content

Asian travel service provider Abacus International has launched its first customized mobile point-of-sale app for travel agencies.  The app development was a collaboration between Abacus, Kuoni India, and Excellent Management Limited. Read Original Content

With India’s cellular market estimated at $22.3 million at the end of 2011 and growing at the rate of 16.6 percent, mobile value added services may be the next target for telecom operators in the country. Read Original Content

Mobile apps are a major force in India’s mobile value added services market.  Revenue from mobile VAS is predicted to reach INR 482 billion by 2015, and interest in in-app advertising is soaring. Read Original Content

Nokia has announced it will begin selling its new Lumia phones in China through China Telecom.  Windows smartphone Lumia 800C will be available in April, and the Lumia 610 will go on sale in June. Read Original Content and More Original Content

China has 976 million mobile phone subscribers, more than the United States and the European Union combined.   Two charts are available that illustrate the market penetration:  One by Strategy Analytics illustrating mobile phone sales throughout 2011 and the other from ZOL showing usage from 2010 to 2011. Read Original Content

The Mobile Asia Expo, organized by the GMSA, will be held in Shanghai, China from June 20 to 22, 2012.  Keynote presentations will be given by executives from China Mobile, Huawei, Nokia, Smart Communications and ZTE. Read Original Content

Issues with the new iPad and Australian LTE networks have forced Apple to offer refunds to Australian iPad 3 owners.  Promoted as a 4G device, the iPad 3 is incompatible with the Australian LTE networks. Read Original Content

India’s ZNet Technologies has partnered with dotMobi to offer the goMobi mobile website building solution for the Indian market.  “The need for businesses to provide a made-for-mobile website has increased in line with the growth of mobile web use.” Read Original Content

Apple may be opening its largest retail store in China, amid some controversy surrounding the barricades around the store’s construction area in the Century City shopping district of Dalian. Read Original Content

Apple’s popularity in Japan has earned it the “top consumer brand” according to a Nikkei survey of 52,000 consumers.  The company beat Google, Uniqlo, YouTube and Disney with an overall “brand power” score of 90.5. Read Original Content

Indian telecommunications operator Bharti Airtel has launched a large advertising drive to promote its mobile money services.  The company says the opportunity for mobile payment operators in India is huge, with an estimated 900 million mobile phones in the country. Read Original Content

VAS solutions provider Handygo has partnered with the non-profit organization CABI to provide agricultural information to rural mobile subscribers in India. Read Original Content

Beijing has launched a new “I Love Beijing” app for iPhone and Android devices to allow the city’s residents to “locate nearby city administration agencies and law enforcers, correct errors in GIS maps, make complaints and reports, as well as provide advices and suggestions”. Read Original Content

Facebook is courting the Indian market by adding eight Indian languages to its mobile app over the next several weeks. Read Original Content

Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.