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The GSMA has predicted that China will become the largest mobile broadband market in the world by 2016, with 639 million mobile broadband connections. India is predicted to come in second with 367 million, followed by the United States with 337 million. Read Original Content
The mobile commerce market in India is just emerging, but m-payment and m-banking segments have shown significant growth over the last few years. Research and Markets has added a new report to their offering – "Mobile Commerce Market in India 2012". Read Original Content
ABI Research predicts mobile Internet will account for 44 percent of Hong Kong’s and 40 percent of Japan’s mobile revenues in 2012. China is growing, with a predicted 25 percent of 2012’s mobile revenue coming from mobile Internet, up from 23 percent in 2011. In India, mobile Internet will represent 19 percent of the 2012 service revenue. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content
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Profit by Outsourcing, a web development company in India, has launched Mobile Application Development Services. The goals of the new services are to enable enterprise mobility for its customers and their end users in the service areas of client professional services and customer support. Read Original Content
Taiwanese firm AppWorks Ventures and 24 app design teams held a press conference last week to present apps designed to make life for mobile device users more convenient. Read Original Content
Korean company Olaworks develops technology for smartphone and tablet cameras, and has moved into the world of augmented reality and image recognition. The most successful technology for the company so far has been facial recognition, and real-time tracking. Read Original Content
Sina has announced the launch of Sina View, a new service in China that will compete with partner Flipboard. Flipboard launched its iPhone service in China in March, and would like to reach 5 million downloads in the country. Read Original Content
BlackBerry maker RIM has granted the Indian government official access to private instant messages, creating concern that this could be just the start of a worldwide trend.
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According to Symantec Corporation's 2012 State of Mobility Survey, 67 percent of enterprises in Malaysia are already using or planning to use custom mobile applications in their day-to-day operation and transactions. Of those responding to the survey, 58 percent indicated they already use mobile devices for line-of-business applications. Read Original Content
In China, the world’s largest mobile phone market, Samsung’s share is three times greater than Apple’s. Samsung has partnered with all carriers in China, which may give it the edge, as Apple has only partnered with China Unicom and China Telecom (the second and third largest carriers in the country). Read Original Content
The Mobile Show Asia, a dedicated show for mobile technology, applications and solutions, will be held April 25-27, 2012 in Singapore. The show will feature five conferences: Planet of the Apps Asia , M2M World Asia, MADWorld Asia, M-Commerce World Asia and M-Content World Asia. Read Original Content
Android is set to become China’s single largest mobile operating system, with more than twice the number of devices using iOS. By the end of 2011, Android had 68 percent of the smartphone operating system market, according to Beijing-based research analytics firm Analysys International. Read Original Content and Read More Original Content and Read More Original Content
Chinese video firm Youku has been granted a government license allowing it to provide video and audio content for mobile devices. In March, Youku announced plans to merge with its rival Tudou. Read Original Content
Intel is moving into the Chinese market for smartphones and tablets, partnering with Lenovo and Motorola to build smartphones using Medfield, its new chip for mobile devices. Read Original Content
In an effort to return to profitability, Sony is expected to eliminate 10,000 jobs, which is approximately six percent of its workforce worldwide. The company reported a $3.2 billion loss for the fiscal year 2011. Read Original Content
To help tourism and disaster preparedness in the Philippines, Google will sponsor Google Map Maker Summits in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in April, 2012. The goal is to jump-start mapping activities across the country with the use of Google Map Maker. Read Original Content
Industry analysts predict that Asia will be a $7 billion mobile advertising market by 2015. According to Amobee’s Asia Pacific’s managing director, Grant Watts, “There’s no denying the fact that mobile advertising will flourish in 2012 and the coming years, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.” Read Original Content
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