Sunday, August 04, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of August 4, 2013

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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Citing a new study by the Internet Society of China, People's Daily Online reports online payment transactions handled by Chinese mobile payment service providers will exceed 9 trillion yuan, or $1.45 trillion U.S. currency, by 2015.  Read Original Content

Sales of smartphones in Indonesia are expected to top 12 to 15 million units or 20 to 25 percent of total handsets sold in the market in 2013, according to market observers.  Read Original Content

China's biggest Internet search engine company, Baidu, will purchase mobile apps distributor 91 Wireless. 91 Wireless operates two smartphone app distribution platforms in China, 91 Assistant and HiMarket, have been used to download more than 10 billion apps. The deal adds to the scramble for the fast-growing Chinese mobile Internet market.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Mobile payments provider Fortumo has announced direct carrier billing agreements with China Unicom and China Telecom. Together with an earlier partnership with China Mobile, Fortumo is now the first and only mobile payments provider who can provide mobile operator billing for in-app purchases to all 1.15 billion mobile phone subscribers in China.  Read Original Content

The Nokia Experience and Innovation Center and China Mobile have jointly launched a Windows Phone application development contest that aims to recruit over 1,000 applications over the next four months.  Read Original Content
Mobile Embrace Limited, the marketing and mobile commerce payments company, is expanding into South East Asia. “We commenced with the establishment of a development hub in Vietnam in April which was quickly followed by expanding our mobile advertising business into South East Asia," said Chris Thorpe, CEO of Mobile Embrace.  Read Original Content

A new deal in India will facilitate mobile payments services for customers of the country’s largest private sector bank. ICICI Bank is offering the mobile payments service from Movida, a joint venture between Visa and Monitise.  Read Original Content
While all three local telcos in Singapore will offer 4G plans for the upcoming iPhone 5, users may not get to enjoy that high-speed access island wide.  SingTel and M1 use the 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz frequency bands for the new wireless service but the iPhone 5 will work only on 1,800MHz.  Read Original Content

A recent study by First Data Corp-ICICI Merchant Services says that 65 percent of 4000 respondents in 10 countries including India and China are using their mobile devices for shopping.  In addition, 81 percent of respondents are turning to social media to seek advice prior to purchasing.  Read Original Content

Remember Line Band, the extended social network for users of the smash-hit messaging app Line? NHN Japan has revealed Line Band has surpassed 15 million downloads, putting the app – which looks like a mix of Path and Facebook – on course to zoom past Path’s 10 million registered users.  Read Original Content

Singhealth, Singapore’s largest health group, has launched a new smartphone application called “Nurses Pal,” which is designed to increase the productivity and efficiency of more than 7000 nurses and trainees.  Read Original Content

WeChat, the world’s second most popular messaging app after WhatsApp and number one in China, is hoping to gain more of the global market, recruiting celebrity sports stars to tempt more users.  Read Original Content

Payment and banking system provider ACI Worldwide announced a partnership with DBS to deliver the IDEAL 3.0 regional Internet and mobile banking platform to corporate customers in Asia.  Read Original Content

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