Sunday, November 24, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of November 24, 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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Groupon has announced its acquisition of Ticket Monster, along with its Q3 results for 2013, as a part of the reveal for its latest strategy for mobile commerce growth, particularly within the Asian marketplace. This acquisition, which was for a reported $260 million, is an effort to expand in the Asian market.  Read Original Content

NTT Docomo, one of the largest telecommunications and mobile network operators in Japan, has been working to enter into the mobile commerce field for some time. More consumers are becoming interested in mobile commerce because of the simplicity and convenience it represents. NTT Docomo is set to launch a new NFC-driven mobile commerce service with the help of MasterCard, and the companies plan to launch this service globally on February 5, 2014.  Read Original Content

Engage Mobility, Inc., a provider of mobile marketing technologies and big data solutions, has announced it will soon be entering China, the world's largest smartphone market. Engage expects to finalize its joint venture agreement with Chinese government-backed Xinhua Ruide Technology Co., Ltd. and Shenzhen Zhichengxin Equity Investment Fund Management, Ltd. in mid-November.  Read Original Content

Magic Software Enterprises, with a presence in more than 50 countries, provides development, deployment, and integration of core business applications, supporting scalable deployment on multiple channels, including on-premise, Web (HTML5), rich Internet, mobile, and SaaS. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Magic Software Enterprises.

China’s mobile game market is advancing at a furious rate. It was expected revenues from mobile games would reach 9.19 billion yuan (€1.13 billion) this year, a hefty 371.1 percent rise on 2012, according to data from iResearch.  Read Original Content

Sony Mobile Communications has captured the third position in Taiwan's smartphone vendor ranking with a 20 percent market share thanks to brisk sales of its Xperia Z family high-end models, according to Jonathan Lin, president of Sony Mobile Communications Taiwan. Read Original Content
In the second half of 2013, specifically in the third quarter, China’s mobile phone market ranked Apple Inc in fifth place among its best sellers. After including Asia as one of the continents where it will release the latest iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets, Apple has surpassed native corporations like the ZTE and Xiaomi in the said country. Read Original Content

YOU On Demand Holdings, Inc., a mobile entertainment and Video On Demand platform in China, has announced a distribution agreement with Huawei, a global information and communications technology solutions provider and the third largest global smartphone manufacturer, to offer feature films through YOU On Demand's newly launched mobile application, YOU Cinema.  Read Original Content

Price comparison website PricePanda has launched its iOS app in Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. The company earlier introduced its app for Android. With their new app, PricePanda’s broad selection of prices and products in various categories such as computers, health and beauty or home appliances are readily available. Read Original Content

While feature phones currently outsell smartphones by around two to one in Indonesia, the growth in the Indonesia economy is set to change that.  Two local players, Axioo and Polytron, are gearing up to carve out a share of the emerging Indonesian smartphone market, according to  Read Original Content

U.S. e-retailers set a record last year when they sold $1.465 billion worth of merchandise on Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, comScore Inc. says. But that pales in comparison with the sales on China’s big online holiday shopping day, Singles Day. The 24-hour event produced $5.75 billion in web sales, nearly double the $3.0 billion last year on the two big marketplaces, Tmall and Taobao, operated by Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd., China’s dominant e-commerce company and No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Asia.  Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.