Sunday, August 18, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of August 18, 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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Visa has been showing a great deal of attention to the emerging mobile payments scene in Asia. Visa is one among several financial service firms that have been working to establish a strong presence in the mobile payments sector of Asia and the company sees a great deal of promise in several of the markets located within this region.  Read Original Content

Three in five of Hong Kong's most popular mobile applications alert smartphone users to confidentiality issues upon download, the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data has found. The rest of the apps either did not provide any privacy policy statement or contact information for inquiries on their pre-installation screens, or buried such information under links.  Read Original Content

Apple’s market share in China is at its lowest level since 2009, according to a new report published by research firm Canalys. Canalys found that 238.1 million smartphones units were shipped during the second quarter of this year, a 50 percent bump from the number of shipments last year, but still Apple and Samsung lost market share in China.  Read Original Content

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A new study from Mobile Content Forum has shed some light on how quickly the mobile game space is expanding in Japan, suggesting that sales of smartphone games in the country grew by more than five times between 2011 and 2012.  Read Original Content

According to the latest data compiled by TrendForce, Mediatek's processors have been used by over 50 percent of China's branded smartphones since the MT6575 chip was introduced in 2012.  Read Original Content
Major PC manufacturers Lenovo and Acer - newcomers to the mobile-phone arena - have picked up pace in the Thai smart-phone market, while local providers are increasingly competing on price in a bid for a bigger slice of the eight million unit market this year.  Read Original Content

KakaoTalk, South Korea's largest mobile messaging application, will try to woo Filipino chat addicts from rival apps such as LINE, WeChat and Viber.  Boasting over a 100 million registered users in over 23 countries, KakaoTalk is one of the fastest growing mobile messaging applications in the market today.  Read Original Content

Year-over-year mobile device payments in China increased nearly threefold in the second quarter, according to China Daily, citing a central bank report. According to the report, there were 371 million mobile transactions nationwide during the quarter, an increase of 275 percent.  Read Original Content

In Asia, factions of hackers are starting to target Near Field-enabled credit and bankcards in order to access consumers’ financial information. These new-age pickpockets are manipulating the growing popularity of mobile commerce throughout Asia, in hopes of taking advantage of recently established mobile commerce platforms that have yet to adjust to the security threats that exist around them.  Read Original Content

Looking to promote transparent governance and innovation, India has officially inaugurated Data Portal India, a portal for the public to access and use datasets and applications provided by ministries and departments of the Government of India.  Read Original Content

Mobile payments in China are set for explosive growth over the next few years. A new report from the Internet Society of China shows that consumers are becoming more involved in mobile commerce, showing favor for shopping online with their mobile devices.  Read Original Content

In 2012, the number of China’s internet users rose by 10 percent to 564 million, and its e-commerce market increased by 66.5 percent to $190 billion worth of transactions. These transactions accounted for 6.1 percent of total retail sales of consumer goods that year, compared to five percent in the United States. This rapid growth can be partly attributed to the growing use of mobile devices to browse e-commerce merchandise.  Read Original Content

The move to a fourth-generation service would give consumers more mobile phone service plans to choose from, Minister Without Portfolio Simon Chang said yesterday.  Chang used to be chief operating officer for Google’s Asia-Pacific Infrastructure. He is now supervising the nation’s telecommunications and technology policies, and his statements are often seen as indicators of the direction that the Cabinet may take in the future.  Read Original Content

Apple is expected to unveil its redesigned iPhone next month and may also release a cheaper, emerging market smartphone. Crucially, it also now has Qualcomm Inc chips that can operate even on China's obscure networks. At the same time, Beijing is expected to grant 4G licenses by the year-end that favor the biggest of its domestic mobile operators.  Read Original Content

Australia’s Telstra and its mobile network supplier Ericsson have completed a live network trial of a new LTE technology that essentially splices two entirely different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum together, creating a kind of super-connection to the mobile network.  Read Original Content

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