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Mobile World Congress: Moving beyond device launches
The Mobile World Congress begins this week and all eyes will be on the myriads of device, software and apps that will be on display. Edwin Yapp looks at what industry pundits and analysts expect.
2015 to see Chinese and Taiwanese smartphones taking over: IDC
Research firm IDC expects Chinese and Taiwanese-branded devices to increase their share of the smartphone market in Malaysia to 65% by the end of this year, from about 46% last year, thanks in part to their lower prices and inventive marketing campaigns.
Xiaomi’s phenomenal growth threatened by patent dispute
While the good times for Xiaomi Inc continue in China and large parts of South-East Asia, the same cannot be said for the upstart device maker in one of the most populous nations in the world, India.
Most SEA parents want their kids on devices: Study
An overwhelming majority (98%) of South-East Asian parents allow their young children to use smartphones or tablets – despite most of them also being concerned about the negative effects, according to a study by regional parenting portal theAsianparent.com.
New Apple wares excite … only up to a point: Analysts
A week after the much-awaited launch of Apple’s new announcements, the industry is still abuzz and busy analysing what its impact is on the consumer tech ecosystem. Edwin Yapp checks out what analysts have to say and puts in his two-cents worth too.
MOL Global’s Ganesh Kumar Bangah on cusp of Nasdaq listing
Almost 20 years after beginning his entrepreneurial journey while still a teenager, Ganesh Kumar Bangah, MOL Global Inc founder and CEO, is on the cusp of listing his company on New York’s Nasdaq market. Karamjit Singh looks through his prospectus and shares some of the key points that strike him.
Mobile data plans need to evolve: Ericsson
Smartphone penetration and the consumption of mobile data continue to growth unabated in South-East Asia, but the lack of clarity in how operators design their mobile data plans could potentially stymie further growth in the region, according to Ericsson.
For CXOs, all roads lead to tablets & smartphones: Frost & Sullivan
One third of CXO respondents looking to replace their laptop with a tablet Apple iOS most preferred mobile OS for a future tablet (64%), followed by Android (22%) and Windows (11%).
Smartphone maker Xiaomi makes Malaysian debut
Consumer electronics startup enters Malaysian market; cofounder bullish Handsets at near cost, aims to profit from cross-selling services and merchandise
Mobile players must evolve to stay relevant: Frost
The priorities for Asian mobile service providers (MSPs) in 2014 should include a comprehensive review of their service portfolios, the re-evaluation of what works and what doesn’t, and the introduction of new innovative services that will shore up their top- and bottom-lines, according to Frost & Sullivan.
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