The recently released iOS 8 OS update, among other things, has enabled third party input methods. Sogou and Baidu both launched apps offering alternative input methods, Sogou Pinyin and Baidu Pinyin, respectively. According to data from leading mobile app analytics firm App Annie, Sogou Pinyin has ranked No.1 in terms of downloads across all free apps since its launch on 18 Sep in China. The iOS compatible Sogou Pinyin allows multiple input methods; such as pinyin, stroke, and handwriting. It embeds a large lexicon, Cloud-based input technologies, and certain other well-known input displays and functions also seen in the Android version. Previously, given a lack of Chinese-oriented input methods on iOS, Chinese users had to deal with the less efficient input methods that Apple offered. A highly developed auto-complete function supported by Sogou Pinyin should help boost input efficiency and improve user experience. Baidu Pinyin on iOS 8 is similar to Sogou Pinyin in functionality, and Read the Full Article
eBay the e-Commerce laggard failed to innovate on its Internet Payment Processing Platform, PayPal to the Mobile World and thus it is now going to face the heat from Innovative Apple’s NFC based Apple Pay as well as Google Wallet.
We would pay particular attention to communications surrounding potential NFC-enabled purchases for the iPhone 6 and iWatch devices. Already believed to have established deals with American Express, Mastercard and Visa, many believe that Apple will introduce the “Apple Pay”, providing consumers with a new offering in the mobile proximity payments space. Given the importance of the Apple announcement to eBay’s PayPal division lete look at its impact on PayPal and Read the Full Article
Intelligence on the new iphones was quite accurate. Pricing on both new and old models was as expected, with iPhone 6 Plus garnering a $100 premium. The phones are amazingly thin and sit well in the hand. The reachability feature slides the display down so fingers can access the upper UI elements of apps.
The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices improve upon screen size with 38% and 88% more viewing area, respectively, than the iPhone 5s. Both devices are a tad thinner than the iPhone 5 form factor but are slightly heavier owing to the larger size and perhaps battery capacity.
Both devices include the next generation A8 64-bit processor and M8 motion coprocessor, increased battery performance, and 50% faster LTE modem speeds. Apple’s 20nm A8 processor improves processing speed by 25% and is 50% more efficient than Read the Full Article
As Reliance Jio Infocomm prepares for a massive PAN India Launch with Superior Wireless & Fiber infrastructure, incumbents in the Indian telecom industry – Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are bracing for the upcoming mobile data war. We note that each of these have started making spectrum investments to get LTE-ready with the initial focus on having LTE spectrum in their respective key circles. We expect the incumbents to gradually complete their 3G as well as LTE spectrum footprint across circles. What matters more anyway is whether the incumbents have LTE spectrum in their respective leadership circles so as to Read the Full Article
We continue to hear supply-chain indications of continued PC strength, which is consistent with Hewlett-Packard’s recently reported results, where upside was driven by PCs, with North America showing the greatest strength. More interesting is that the supply-chain indicated such strength is continuing, albeit at a decelerating rate following the Windows XP expiration.
Our view is that this continued Read the Full Article
Intel and SMS Audio, a privately held premium headphone company founded by Curtis Jackson (known as 50 Cent), jointly announced their collaboration on BioSport In-Ear Headphones, which will integrate biometric sensors to collect fitness data, and an energy-harvesting audio jack to remove the need for extra batteries or chargers. Additional features include sweat and water resistance and ability to sync with RunKeeper.
Multiple companies this year have launched wearable devices such as watches, fitness bands, and glasses. However, none has yet achieved impressive Read the Full Article