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Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of August 25, 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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The leading search engine in China, Baidu has signed a deal to buy 91 wireless, an operator of mobile application stores, for $1.9 billion from NetDragon which is an online video game company. The move must help Baidu to get back ground against two other Chinese Internet giants, Alibaba and Tencent, which were rapid to add mobile capabilities.  Read Original Content

China Telecom and NetEase will launch YiChat instant messaging application for smartphones. YiChat users can send free text and voice messages to any mobile phone or free voice messages to fixed lines, without the need for YiChat to be installed on the receiving devices.  Read Original Content

Hongmi, a Chinese smartphone, manufactured by the company Xiaomi has managed to sell 100,000 units in 90 seconds in China. Xiaomi Founder and CEO Lei Jun has said the phone cannot be only compared to Apple, because although it may look like Apple it has elements of Apple, Amazon and Google and has a staggering 7.45 million reservations. However, the phone cannot be sold outside China as it runs on TD-SCDMA 3G.  Read Original Content

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Indians are switching to smartphones faster than ever before with nearly 10 million bought in the first three months of the year.  This is pushing India ahead of Japan, helping it become the world's third largest smartphone market.  Read Original Content

According to the most recent survey conducted by AVANTI, a research division of TrendForce, the iPhone now leads Samsung in the "brand recognition" category by only one percent in China. In the "most anticipated smartphone purchase" and "most used smartphone brand" categories, the Cupertino company is shown to be vastly behind the Korean giant, and reveals a continuously declining popularity.  Read Original Content
According to Global Times, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and China Mobile have launched a near field communication service that allows customers to use their smartphones to make mobile payments and transfer money. reports that China Everbright Bank has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Unicom to develop business in mobile finance.  Read Original Content

Taiwan Mobile and Taipei Fubon Bank announced the companies are collaborating to provide a full spectrum of services utilizing the fledgling near field communication technology.  The endeavor may represent the first offering of NFC services to the public when systems go online next year.  Read Original Content

China Mobile Ltd., the world’s largest phone company by users, has 15 handsets ready to be used on its fourth-generation mobile network as it continues talks with Apple Inc. for iPhone cooperation.  Read Original Content

China is still an emerging market when it comes to smartphones and other devices. However it is rapidly becoming more likely to rely on mobile as the main source of media than its American counterparts, reports IAB and the Interactive Internet Advertising Committee of China.  Read Original Content

Google's Android operating system, which was found to have security flaws making around 900 million devices vulnerable to hacking has reportedly infected two apps in China.  According to the BBC, security firm Symantec has said it identified the first known malicious use of Android's “master key” vulnerability, which allows attackers to install code on phones running Google's mobile operating system and then take control of them.  Read Original Content

State-owned China Telecom, the country's third biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, said profit grew in the first half of the year as revenue from iPhone sales kicked in.  Read Original Content

The battle between the China mainland's Internet giants Tencent and Alibaba for dominance in the country's rapidly expanding mobile e-commerce market is a fight that could be worth $395 billion.  Read Original Content

Ericsson announced its 3G and 4G deal with Thailand telecoms True Mobile.  Telecom equipment major Ericsson will provide mobile broadband network for True Mobile’s Real Future brand to meet growing data traffic demand in Thailand.  Read Original Content

Lend An Eye is perhaps the most ambitious of apps for the visually impaired. Developed in Singapore by digital marketing agency Grey, the app gives the user a remote assistant who lends their eyes at a moment's notice.  When they need help - facing an unfamiliar street or road works perhaps - they dial up the app, which reaches a pool of volunteers. The phone's front-facing video camera automatically fires up and the volunteers guide the user to safety.  Read Original Content

ZTE is likely to post net profit of between RMB 500 million ($82 million) and RMB 750 million in the first nine months of 2013.  This will be a turnaround as the Chinese telecom equipment maker posted a net loss during the same period a year earlier.  Read Original Content 

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