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VIA joins 3rd-party payment market in Taiwan, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 19, 16:12

VIA Technologies' subsidiary Chander Electronics will invest in Taiwan-based third-party payment solution provider Neweb Technologies and will spend NT$690 million (US$21.58 million) to purchase 18.14 million shares at a price of NT$38 per share. The investment will allow Chander to hold a 58.88% stake...

Taiwan market: Google showcases locally-developed apps in Google Play

Jul 18, 15:54

Google on July 12 launched what it calls Google Play Mobile Carnival, a mobile advertising event in Taipei using two trucks to increase the exposure of mobile applications to smartphone users around the city, in Taipei, according to Google Taiwan.

Huawei pushing mobile payment system in China

Jul 14, 14:33

With Asia's mobile payment market growing rapidly, in addition to Apple and Samsung Electronics' payment platforms, China-based Huawei, the largest smartphone vendor in China, has released its in-house developed payment system, looking to expand its mobile payment market share in China.

Garmin enters Taiwan micropayment market

Jul 14, 11:52

Garmin has cooperated with Taiwan-based micropayment firm iPass to launch wearable devices that are able to measure heart rates and support micropayments.

China market: Xiaomi to launch 3rd-party mobile payment services

Jul 4, 15:30

Xiaomi Technology will launch Xiaomi Pay third-party mobile payment services in the China market in late third-quarter or early fourth-quarter 2016. The services are being tested in cooperation with local banks, according to a Chinese-language Tencent report citing company executive Hong Fe...

HTC seeks to spin off VR business

Jun 27, 10:43

The establishment of an independent VR (virtual reality) subsidiary will help HTC build alliances with, or solicit equity investment from, potential strategic partners, HTC president for global sales Chia-lin Chang said at the company's latest general shareholders meeting.

Digitimes Research: NFC-based mobile payments will struggle to replace 3rd-party e-payments in China

Jun 22, 21:23

While the launch of Apple Pay services in the China market on February 18, 2016 has stimulated use of NFC-based mobile payment services, NFC services will find it difficult to replace third-party e-payments, such as Baidu Wallet, Alipay, TenPay and YeePay, mainly because NFC-enabled POS devices are...

Inventec to ship drones and service robots in 2H16

Jun 21, 21:58

Inventec will begin shipping drones and service robots in the second half of 2016, but these new product lines will only have a limited contribution to revenues, according to David Ho, general manager of Inventec Appliances.

CatchPlay offers OTT services in Indonesia

Jun 3, 15:06

CatchPlay, a provider of online entertainment content, on June 2 announced OTT (over the top) services in the Indonesia market through local telecom carrier Telkom Indonesia.

This concludes our broadcasting day: Vizio redefines the TV

Jun 1, 09:05

Vizio could be credited as the most innovative LCD TV maker in terms of product planning in 2016, as it is the first vendor to remove ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) tuner from TV sets and replace it with built-in Chromecast (or SmartCast as Vizio named it) functionality and attach a tablet...

Tencent sees increased 1Q16 revenues

May 19, 11:54

China-based Internet value-added service provider Tencent Holdings has published its first-quarter 2016 financial report, posting consolidated revenues of CNY31.995 billion (US$4.952 billion), up 5.10% sequentially and 42.84% on year.

Supply chain to start shipping new iPhones at the end of 3Q16

May 17, 14:11

The upstream supply chain is expected to begin shipping Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone products at the end of the third quarter. A new 4.7-inch iPhone will be handled by Pegatron Technology and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), while the new 5.5-inch model will be made by Wistron...

Taiwan disaster PWS still in testing, says NCC

May 13, 16:11

Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC), in response to questions why some of 3G and 4G mobile subscribers did not receive PWS (public warning and information system) early warning messages about earthquakes hitting northeastern Taiwan in the morning of May 12, explained that the PWS is still...

Android Open Source market opportunities shrinking as Android One becomes viable market contender

May 3, 14:39

Overall smartphone share of the global handsets market is slowing as mobile phone (or feature phone) sales show some resilience through local brands in emerging markets. While ABI Research finds major China-based vendors are continuing to witness solid volume growth, the market region could be on the...

XPEC and AltPlus to form partnership

Apr 26, 11:17

Game developer XPEC Entertainment has announced it will form a strategic alliance with Japan-based mobile game developer AltPlus through cross investment.

HTC to hold Vive strategy, ecosystem conference in Beijing

Apr 25, 12:26

HTC will hold a conference on strategy and ecosystem for HTC Vive in the China market in Beijing on April 26. Company chairperson and CEO Cher Wang will host the meeting.

HTC ties up with Dassault Systemes to develop business VR solutions

Newswatch - Apr 22, 11:32

HTC has signed a strategic partnership agreement with 3D software solution provider Dassault Systemes, and together the two firms will aim to develop business-use virtual reality (VR) solutions, according to HTC.

AMOLED, Full In-Cell, DLC coating may be adopted for high-end smartphones in 2016

Apr 1, 15:22

As vendors continue to push specifications to compete in the high-end smartphone market, several new technologies including AMOLED, Full In-Cell touch, and diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated glass could be adopted in some of vendors' high-end smartphones.

IoT business value to grow at CAGR of 17.5% over next 5 years, says Pegatron chairman

Mar 23, 15:27

Internet of Things (IoT) has taken off, especially in smart city solutions that integrate IoT, cloud, and open data technologies. Overall IoT business value will grow at a CAGR of 17.2% over the next five years, Pegatron chairman and Taipei Computer Association president TH Tung said at the opening...

HTC showcasing more VR contents at GDC 2016

Mar 14, 22:03

HTC will team up with Valve to showcase VR (virtual reality) applications at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) 2016 to be held in San Francisco from May 14-18, according to HTC.

More than 50 million mobile VR devices to ship by 2020 as virtual reality takes step forward at MWC 2016, says ABI Research

Mar 4, 15:42

Virtual reality (VR) took a step forward at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016. At the Samsung S7 launch, Mark Zuckerberg spoke of the Oculus/Samsung partnership and the rising popularity of 360-degree video. HTC's Vive showed continued maturity in its adeptness for PC gamers, and Google Cardboard won...

Google Cardboard sales reach 5 million units since launch, says executive

Mar 3, 15:52

Google has sold close to five million Cardboard virtual reality (VR) devices since its launch in 2014 and apps on the Google Play Store that support the product have surpassed 2,000, with downloads reaching 25 million, according to Mike Jazayeri, Director Product Management, Google Cardboard (VR).

Baidu aims at 1Q16 consolidated revenues of CNY15.140-15.970 billion

Feb 26, 14:52

Baidu, the largest China-based search engine, is targeting consolidated revenues of CNY15.140-15.970 billion (US$2.32-2.45 billion) for the first quarter of 2016, according to a financial report released by the company on February 25.

China Internet user base tops 688 million at end of 2015, says CNNIC

Jan 25, 12:25

The number of Internet users in China increased to an estimated 688.26 million at the end of 2015, according to the latest semiannual survey conducted by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

Silitech sees revenues increase sequentially in December

Newswatch - Jan 7, 16:00

Keypad and chassis part maker Silitech Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$322 million (US$9.68 million) for December 2015, increasing 5.2% sequentially but declining 7.7% on year.

Mitac Magellan SmartGPS navigation system adopted by Subaru

Jan 6, 16:02

Mitac International has announced that its Magellan SmartGPS navigation system has been adopted by Japan-based automaker Subaru for vehicles equipped with its Subaru Starlink in-car infotainment platform.

CES 2016: Acer showcasing cloud-based health monitoring, remote diagnostics solutions

Jan 6, 11:57

IT vendor Acer is showcasing cloud computing-based health monitoring and remote diagnostics solutions through cooperation with hardware and software partners at its BOYC (build your own cloud) exhibition booth at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, according to the co...

Taiwan market: Visa, E.Sun Bank to cooperate to offer HCE mobile payment services

Dec 29, 15:48

Visa and E.Sun Bank are cooperating to offer smartphone-based HCE (host card emulation), a software architecture that provides virtual representations of various electronic identity cards using software, mobile payment services in the Taiwan market, according to E.Sun Bank.

HTC ties up with Audi to promote HTC Vive

Dec 21, 16:00

HTC has signed a cooperation agreement with automaker Audi and will install its HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) devices in Audi's flagship shops in 2016 to enable consumers to review and even test drive Audi cars through the VR devices, according to HTC chairperson Cher Wang.

ConneXionONE to carry out capital expansion project in 1Q16

Dec 16, 11:11

Interactive marketing platform operator ConneXionONE plans to raise new funds to expand its products and services in the first quarter of 2016, according to the company. FIH Mobile, a handset ODM under the Foxconn Group, is one of the major shareholders of ConneXionONE.

Taiwan app developer Call Saver planning to sue Asustek over IP infringement

Newswatch - Dec 4, 11:05

Taiwan-based app developer Call Saver is planning to file a lawsuit against Asustek Computer for infringement of its intellectual property as Asustek smartphones' built-in quick-dial function shares very similar functions to those of Call Saver, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News...

Taiwan market: Alliance Digital Tech launches RicoPay

Nov 20, 14:46

TSM (trusted service manager) Alliance Digital Tech on November 19 announced the launch of RicoPay, a NFC electronic wallet for third-party mobile electronic payments, in the Taiwan market.

Taiwan-based Google Play app developers double in 2 years

Nov 19, 12:45

The number of Taiwan-based app developers registered on Google Play increased by 200% in the past two years, while the money spent by users outside Taiwan for applications developed by Taiwan developers grew 250% in 2014, according to Karim Temsamani, president of Google Asia Pacific.

Karim Temsamani, head of Google Asia Pacific

Production value of Taiwan telecommunication industry to grow 8.5% in 2016, says IEK

Newswatch - Nov 12, 10:21

The production value of Taiwan's telecommunication industry is expected to grow 8.5% on year to NT$1.15 trillion (US$35.18 billion) in 2016, driven by strong sales of personal terminal-end mobile devices, according to government-backed Industrial Economics Knowledge Center (IEK).

Taiwan market: CHT cooperates with iPASS to offer NFC-based OTA services

Nov 6, 14:44

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has announced the offering of NFC-based OTA (over the air) mobile payment services through cooperation with iPASS, a provider of electronic mobile payment cards.

Digitimes Research: Third-party service providers dominate mobile payment service market in China

Oct 27, 15:51

Mobile payments outside financial institutions in China expanded to CNY8.24 trillion (US$1.299 trillion) in 2014 from the CNY1.19 trillion a year earlier, with third-party e-payment service providers accounting for 90.9% of mobile transactions, according to Digitimes Research.

Gamania Digital, GungHo set up joint venture

Oct 23, 15:35

Gamania Digital Entertainment, the second largest online game developer and operator in Taiwan, on October 22 announced the establishment of a joint venture, GungHo Gamania, with Japan-based fellow company GungHo Online Entertainment to provide handset-based mobile gaming services in the Taiwan, Hong...

Digitimes Research: Android Pay to become a prevailing mobile payment tool

Oct 22, 14:47

Android Pay, announced at Google I/O 2015, will eventually beat Apple Pay to capture a majority share of the global mobile payment market, making "payment apps as a service" a prevailing mobile service, according to Digitimes Research.

Acer Octon to begin shipments of abPBX plus

Oct 16, 11:14

Acer Octon, a joint venture established by Acer and US-based Octon, will start shipments of abPBX plus, an intra-business communication device based on the Acer-developed Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform, to clients in Taiwan, Germany and Japan in November and launch abMMCC (multimedia contact...

Maverick Shih, Acer BYOC and Tablet Business Group president

Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 Mobile-based devices in October

Sep 17, 11:11

Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows 10 Mobile-based mobile devices, including Lumia smartphones and Surface tablets, at a product event to be held in New York on October 6, according to industry sources.

Worldwide wearable shipments to reach 173.4 million by 2019, says IDC

Sep 15, 15:37

A growing list of vendors, a proliferation of devices, experiences, and price points, and steady consumer adoption will fuel growth in the worldwide market for wearable devices. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, wearable device shipments will reach 76.1 million units...

Soft-World and Baidu to co-develop mobile games, says report

Newswatch - Sep 9, 15:30

Soft-World International, the largest Taiwan-based online game developer and operator, will cooperate with Baidu, the largest China-based web portal, to develop smartphone-based mobile games, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).

Taiwan market: Yuanta Securities offers Apple Watch-based mobile securities purchasing services

Sep 3, 14:13

Securities brokerage firm Yuanta Securities on September 1 introduced a mobile electronic securities purchasing service for the Apple Watch.

Taiwan FSC grants 6 licenses to 3rd-party e-payment service operators

Aug 26, 15:12

Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) has granted operating licenses to six third-party e-payment services: AllPay, Gash+, E.Sun Bank, Bank of Taiwan, CTBC Bank and Bank SinoPac. Several other banks have also applied for operating licenses, according to FSC.

India mobile services market to reach US$21.4 billion in 2015, says Gartner

Aug 20, 21:40

Mobile connections in India will grow to 880 million in 2015, an increase of 5% from 837 million connections in 2014, according to Gartner. Spending on mobile services will grow 4% to reach US$21.4 billion in 2015.

Precise Biometrics signs license agreement with Elan

Aug 4, 15:50

Precise Biometrics has entered an agreement with Taiwan-based touchscreen sensor developer Elan Microelectronics for licensing of Precise Biometrics' product for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile.

Samsung Pay to be released in September, say reports

Aug 3, 21:04

Samsung Electronics is finishing up developments for Samsung Pay and expects the technology to be released in September in Korea, according to Korea-based media reports.

Taiwan market: 66% of Internet users use gaming services, says Google

Jul 28, 14:50

Of Internet users in Taiwan, 66% play online or Web games for more than 30 minutes a day and nearly 92% of them play games mobile devices, according to a market survey jointly undertaken by Google and GfK Marketing Services.

Taiwan supply chain makers expect ODM orders for Windows 10 smartphones

Jul 27, 19:59

Microsoft, having closed Nokia's factories and dismissed Nokia R&D staffs, is unlikely to invest much in own-brand Windows 10 smartphones and instead may partner with vendors to launch Windows 10 smartphones, with Taiwan-based supply chain makers expected to receive ODM orders from these vendors,...

Taiwan remains R&D base for Firefox OS, says Mozilla

Jul 22, 14:10

Mozilla on July 21 indicated that its team in Taiwan continues to play an important role for R&D of Firefox OS.

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