Posted on 06 March 2014.
Gadget manufacturers shipped 4.14 million tablets in India in 2013, according to new data from IDC today.
While the number sounds small for a nation with over 800 million voting-age consumers, the tablet shipments number is up 56.4 percent from 2012. The boost in numbers is driven mostly by affordable, low-end tablets, says IDC.
While ‘shipments’ don’t equate to sales – and neither does it tell us how many active tablet users the nation has – it’s a useful guide to trends and preferences in the absence of numbers from manufacturers. So which tablet brands do Indian consumers prefer? IDC says that Samsung leads the way ahead of homegrown phone-maker and gadget brand Micromax. Apple’s iPad is third. While Apple has struggled to gain traction for its iPhone in India, it seems that the sleek iPad fairs better in the tablet rankings.
(See: 44 million new smartphones shipped in India in 2013, but feature phones still prevail)
Here’s IDC’s data for market share of 2013 tablet shipments in one pie chart. The huge ‘others’ section suggests a lot of very cheap, little-known tablet brands – possibly Chinese imports – are selling fairly well across the country:
(Creative Commons-licensed photo by Flickr user nevilzaveri)
(Editing by Paul Bischoff)
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Posted in apple, Apple iPad, data series, gadgets, HCL, IDC, India, ipad, Karbonn, micromax, Mobile, Samsung, Samsung in India, tablets
Posted on 06 March 2014.
Chinese web company Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU), makers of China’s second most popular search engine, last year suffered the ignominy of being banned from Apple’s iOS App Store. That long ban is now over. Five Qihoo apps are now in the App Store, but not all of them have reappeared. The company had more than 20 iOS published in January 2013, before they were banished.
Qihoo’s apps are restored just as they were pulled – in mystery. Tech in Asia has asked both Qihoo and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) about the situation multiple times in the past year, but neither side has spoken out.
A report in Chinese media last year alleged that Apple banned Qihoo’s apps due to the company’s systematic abuses of the iOS ecosystem, such as manipulating App Store rankings, and encouraging the jailbreaking of iPhones by making iPhone and iPad apps available as downloads outside of the App Store.
Android is China’s mobile OS of choice, so the year-long Apple ban might not have hit Qihoo too hard. Indeed, Qihoo’s most recent earnings report (Q3 PDF is here; Q4’s is due later today) shows that the firm’s suite of mobile apps reached a record 408 million users in September 2013, compared to 149 million in September 2012.
Qihoo’s 360 Mobile Safe, 360 Battery Doctor, 360 Daily Deals, 360 Backup, and Kouxin messaging app are now available in the iOS App Store. But other apps from the company, such as 360 Mobile Browser, have yet to return. Here’s the scene in the App Store right now:
(Editing by Josh Horwitz)
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Posted on 26 February 2014.
Posted in apple, Apple Maps, coc coc, FourSquare, Google, google maps, location, nha nha, startups, startups in vietnam, vietnam
Posted on 24 February 2014.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has made iTunes Gift Cards available in Singapore. According to reliable sources, the cards can be bought from today within iTunes and through Apple Premium Resellers, Courts, and Challenger outlets in the country.
The iTunes Gift Cards can be used only for items within the Singapore store, and can be used to purchase different kinds of content, including apps, movies, and music.
The gift cards are available in different denominations – S$30 (US$23), S$50 (US$40), S$100, and S$150 – and the content purchased can be accessed across both Apple and PC devices.
The physical cards can be redeemed using an iOS7 camera on the iPhone, iPad or Mac.
Previously, Apple users in Singapore can only buy the gift card from a different country via unauthorized third-party resellers. The purchased card, however, can only be used within the app store of the country where it was bought.
(Editing by Steven Millward)
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Posted in apple, ipads, iphones, iTunes, Mac, Mobile, Singapore
Posted on 19 February 2014.
Posted in apple, CoolPad, data series, huawei, IDC, lenovo, News, Samsung, Smartphones, smartphones in China, Xiaomi
Posted on 18 February 2014.
Posted in apple, bitcoin, CARTES Asia, cryptocurrency, Michael Weatherseed, Mobile, mobile payments, NFC, online payments, technology, virtual currency
Posted on 13 February 2014.
At the end of last year, Thailand only had 4G available from one provider – True Move H. But the country just got great news as another one of the nation’s three leading telcos revealed its plan to launch a 4G service soon.
Today Dtac announced at an event in Bangkok that the company is ready to start providing 4G for its customers as soon as Q2 of this year. That’s somewhere between April and June. Right now, the company has already installed the infrastructure and is working with Apple to perform joint testing of the new network to ensure good quality before rolled out to the public.
Dtac’s 4G service will be on the 2100 MHz spectrum. Dtac plans to invest THB 300 million ($10 million) to install 300 cell sites to begin with. The telco will invest around THB 12.7 billion ($400 million) into development for both 3G and 4G by June of this year.
Jon Eddy Abdullah, Dtac’s CEO, said to Tech in Asia today, “Thailand is ready for 4G and we must address this issue”.
The company expects there will be over 1 million 4G-capable smartphones and tablets registered on the network soon after its launch. At the moment, Dtac has 14 million customers under its TriNet (both 2G and 3G) network with approximately 60 percent of Thailand’s population covered.
Abdullah comments that a doubling of 3G mobile data usage leads to an increase of 0.5 percent in GDP growth, so the company sees greater 3G coverage as an important step. He expects to have over 80 percent of the population in 3G-covered areas by June of this year.
Currently, Dtac has a total of 27.9 million customers. 14 million of them are under the TriNet network and 5.1 million are 3G subscribers.
(Image credit: Instagram user 3ho8)
(Editing by Steven Millward)
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Posted in 3G, 4g, apple, DTAC, Mobile, Thailand, trinet
Posted on 11 February 2014.
Nearly five months after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched iTunes Radio in the US, the music streaming service has finally rolled out to a second country: Australia. The new homepage for the service is here.
iTunes Radio is free with adverts and features 100 DJ-curated and genre-focused stations. If you’ve subscribed to the iTunes Match service – which costs AU$34.99 (US$31) for a year – the ads are removed from the music stream. It’s now accessible to all Australians in the iTunes/Music app on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.
As noted by the Delimiter tech blog, iTunes Radio arrives very late to Australia, way behind global online music services like Rdio, Spotify, Deezer, and Pandora, as well as homegrown Guvera. iTunes Radio seems cheap compared to Spotify (AU$6.99 to banish the ads, or AU$11.99 per month if you go premium) and other rivals, but remember that Apple’s offering is much more limited and oriented towards casual listening rather than full access to a vast library.
(Editing by Josh Horwitz)
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