Sunday, May 20, 2012

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of May 20, 2012

Welcome to the 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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Shares in Sony Corp slumped more than 7 percent to near 32-year lows, as investors doubted the Japanese consumer electronics giant has a strategy to compete in the smartphone market against Apple and Samsung Electronics.  Read Original Content

Forty percent or 838.7 million employees in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, will be mobile workers by 2015, according to a report by the International Data Corporation.  Read Original Content

Baidu Inc., China's largest search engine, will launch a cheap smartphone with Foxconn Technology Group, Sichuan Changhong Electric Co and China Unicom, marking the company's entrance into the mass smartphone market.  Read Original Content

Antenna Software provides a complete cloud-based enterprise mobility suite that enables both IT pros and business executives alike to create and manage mobile apps, websites and content across the entire business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Antenna Software www.antennasoftware.com

Chinese browser maker UC plans to take advantage of the growing mobile web market in India, investing $5 million to develop its presence there, with the goal of increasing its user base in India to 100 million by 2015.  Read Original Content


Apple’s iPhone was the most purchased smartphone in Japan in 2011, with sales of 7.26 million or 17 percent of the overall mobile phone sales in the country.  Read Original Content

Taiwan’s MediaTek has formed a partnership with mobile gaming firm Gameloft to develop games that will run on MediaTek’s mobile phone platforms.  Read Original Content

Results of a study conducted by Assurant Solutions indicate that 52.14 percent of the respondents in China are mobile wallet users compared to a combined total of 12 percent within the other four countries surveyed.  Read Original Content

China has the largest mobile phone installed base (by volume) in the world, the top app categories are social networking and games, and 48 percent of iPhone users and 36 percent of Android users spend two hours or more with apps.  Read Original Content

Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo is moving its content business outside of its base in Japan with an offer to acquire mobile content company Buongiorno of Italy.  Read Original Content

China’s Baidu will offer a new low-cost smartphone, which will run on its newest mobile operating software, Baidu Cloud.  Read Original Content

Travelport’s Viewtrip Mobile app will be launched in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Thailand in June 2012 providing new mobile solutions for travel agents in the Asia Pacific region.  Read Original Content

According to data collected by Google and posted on its Our Mobile Planet website, Android is most popular in Japan, with 55 percent of respondents, versus 39 percent for iOS. Read Original Content

According to a report by the International Data Corporation, 40 percent of employees in the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan, will be mobile workers by 2015.  Read Original Content

Verizon will become one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited's Hosting Services Ecosystem, to allow market participants to subscribe to a comprehensive set of services offered by ecosystem members of HKEx's next-generation data center.  Read Original Content

The results of a survey conducted by ACI Worldwide and Aite Group indicate that India has the highest percentage, 60 percent, of total population identified as “smartphonatics”, people who change their shopping, financial and payment behavior as a result of owning a smartphone.  Read Original Content

India and China are cumulatively adding 75 million new mobile subscriptions every quarter. China became the first country to reach 1 billion mobile subscribers in March of 2012, with India predicted to reach the 1 billion mark by early 2013.  Read Original Content

Citing a slowdown in demand for mobile phones in the Asia Pacific region, Gartner released figures indicating that sales of mobile phones worldwide were down two percent in the first quarter of 2012.  Read Original Content

China’s Tencent released its first quarter 2012 results, including a 17.5 percent year over year increase in revenues from mobile & telecommunications value-added services.  Read Original Content

Bharti Airtel and Axis Bank have teamed up to create the Airtel Money Super Account with the goal of extending banking and payment services to India’s unbanked population via the mobile platform.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy 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.