Category Archives: Mobile and Cloud

Mobile Programmatic Ad Fraud Is Big With Entertainment And Education Apps

Many Chinese companies have risen on the back of mobile advertising, but a new report says fraud is rampant in the sector.

Global ad revenue wasted on fraudulent traffic could reach $ 16.4 billion in 2017, according to information from AppLift China. AppLift conducted a twelve-week study and found out that certain app categories are more susceptible to fraud than others, with entertainment apps and news apps seeing the most fraud traffic.

Mobile app categories with the most fraudulent activity include entertainment, news, and education with 22%, 22% and 21%, respectively. Meanwhile the apps with the least fraudulent activity dealt with parenting and shopping with 2% and 3%, respectively. More complex and sophisticated types of fraud have evolved such as click injection and click stuffing.

“As a leader in the mobile ad space, we firmly believe it is our responsibility to not only focus our efforts on detecting and fighting ad fraud, but to also share our learnings with industry peers so that we can all better understand the risks and fight fraud together,” said Tim Koschella, CEO of AppLift.

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Xiaomi Dumps LG, Signs Agreement With Samsung

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi signed an agreement with Samsung Display for the supply of OLED screens, which will be used on Xiaomi’s flagship smartphones in 2018.

Samsung will supply 6.01-inch rigid OLED panels to Xiaomi. The first batch will be shipped in December 2017. About one million panels will be shipped in the first month and 2.2 million more will be shipped in the second month. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Xiaomi originally planned to use LG’s 5.49-inch flexible OLED panels. Unfortunately, the two parties did not reach an agreement because of the operation delay of LG’s new factory.

Media reports reveal that LG’s new factory E5 is expected to start operation in August 2017, which is about three months later than its original plan. The reason for the delay is because LG is upgrading its panel resolution from full HD to QHD, with 2156×1440 pixels.

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Xiaomi Dumps LG, Signs Agreement With Samsung

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi signed an agreement with Samsung Display for the supply of OLED screens, which will be used on Xiaomi’s flagship smartphones in 2018.

Samsung will supply 6.01-inch rigid OLED panels to Xiaomi. The first batch will be shipped in December 2017. About one million panels will be shipped in the first month and 2.2 million more will be shipped in the second month. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Xiaomi originally planned to use LG’s 5.49-inch flexible OLED panels. Unfortunately, the two parties did not reach an agreement because of the operation delay of LG’s new factory.

Media reports reveal that LG’s new factory E5 is expected to start operation in August 2017, which is about three months later than its original plan. The reason for the delay is because LG is upgrading its panel resolution from full HD to QHD, with 2156×1440 pixels.

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Huawei Teams With WorldRemit To Offer Mobile Payments In Africa

Chinese telecom device maker Huawei and digital transfer services provider WorldRemit reached a deal to offer international transfer services to Huawei’s mobile phone users in Africa.

David Chen, Huawei’s vice president for the South Africa region, said in a statement that in Africa, international transfer is a very important mobile financial service. By cooperating with WorldRemit, Huawei will directly provide the international transfer service to its users in Africa.

In some regions of Africa, local residents prefer to transfer money on mobile phones and the tendency is even more obvious in some areas where traditional banking services are not yet popularized.

Meanwhile, with the cooperation with Huawei, WorldRemit will be able to access Huawei’s more than 100 million mobile phone accounts and provide basic banking services to Huawei mobile phone users.

Huawei and WorldRemit said with the cooperation, they will lower the technical barrier for integration of mobile operator and mobile financial services provider, which will allow Huawei’s all partners to rapidly provide international transfer services.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

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Xiaomi Will Open Over 2,000 New Stores Worldwide Over Next Three Years

Xiaomi plans to open more than 2,000 new stores around the world over the next three years.

Xiaomi’s vice president Wang Xiang revealed during an interview reported in Chinese media. Wang is in charge of Xiaomi’s global strategy, and he said half of those new stores will be opened in China and owned by Xiaomi; while the other half will be opened abroad and operated by its partners.

This is a part of Xiaomi’s overseas growth strategy. Xiaomi will become a global company and consumers will be able to see it in nearly every country, said Wang. In 2017, Xiaomi has already expanded into Russia, UAE and Egypt and the company started localized production in India and Indonesia. Wang revealed that the company plans to put more efforts in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.

In addition, though Xiaomi’s low-price products may be more attractive in developing countries, the Chinese company also plans to enter Western European countries.

According to Wang, apart from building brand awareness in overseas markets, the company needs to solve problems brought by its product pricing. He said in normal conditions, low price indicates poor quality. However, Xiaomi intends to prove that a consumers does not need to spend a lot of money to buy high-quality products. This is the biggest challenge the company is facing.

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U.S. Payments Start-up Teams With Alipay, WeChat To Reach Chinese Consumers

Silicon Valley start-up company Stripe has reached deals with Chinese digital payment service providers Alipay and WeChat payment to enable global vendors to accept payments from Chinese consumers via its platform.

Stripe said that starting from July 10, 2017, the cooperation allows online vendors to accept payments via Alipay and WeChat payment by using Stripe.

In China, payments with credits cards only account for a small part of online payments. Stripe hopes to explore China’s massive consumer market by integrating payment services, which will increase its revenue for providers. At present, Alipay has over 520 million users, while WeChat payment has over 600 million users.

John Collison, president and co-founder of Stripe, said during an interview that this will help unlock a large consumer group for Internet companies not based in China. Meanwhile, Chinese consumers will gain more shopping options.

Founded in 2010, Stripe helps vendors from 25 countries to accept online payments with its technologies. They will charge vendors for each transaction completed via its platform.

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Amazon Launches Customized Kindles With China Mobile

Amazon is working with China Mobile’s subsidiary Migu to launch the world’s first joint-brand Kindle e-book reader.

With a retail price of CNY658, this new Kindle product will be formally shipped on July 20, 2017.

Customized for the Chinese market, the new Kindle aims to explore the massive online literature reading market in China. With this new product, Chinese readers will be able to enjoy the reading experience across two platforms. Kindle’s e-book store will provide over 460,000 e-books while Migu will provide over 400,000 selected online literature works to offer combined e-book choices of more than 800,000 to Chinese readers.

The customized Kindle is the same as a regular one in regards to hardware specifications, including e-ink display and other parameters. The only difference is that the customized product will have a Migu logo on the back cover. Two color choices will be available: black and white.

Apart from the existing features of Kindle, the customized product will bring more perks and experience to Chinese readers, such as cross-platform synchronization of reading progress; automatic synchronized saves; and payment with China Mobile balances. In addition, those who buy the customized Kindle will gain a CNY300 Migu coupon and one-year Amazon Prime membership.

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Tencent OS Ceases Services This Week

China’s largest portal website company Tencent announced via its online forum that Tencent OS would stop providing services from June 28, 2017.

The company recommends that users back up their data information as soon as possible.

Tencent officially opened testing of its Android smartphone system Tencent OS in 2015. In 2016, the company launched Tencent OS 2.0.

Tencent OS said that due to the depression of the third-party ROM market, Tencent OS will be a footnote in history. The company expressed appreciation for the support and trust of users. Tencent OS will formally stop all services on June 28.

Meanwhile, the company said that though the mission of Tencent OS has ended, their team will not forget those users who shared the journey with them. They will develop better products to serve those users in the future.

Prior to this, Baidu Cloud OS also stopped updates in March 2015.

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SoftBank Formally Announces ZTE 5G Testing Deal

Japan’s SoftBank Group formally announced that they have reached a deal with China’s ZTE to implement field testing of 5G communications technologies in Tokyo.

The testing is led by SoftBank and ZTE is mainly responsible for support during the process. The frequency being tested is 4.5GHz.

This is reportedly not the first time for ZTE and SoftBank to cooperate. Their previous cooperation was mainly in the research and development of large capacity multi-input and multi-output technology, which is a basic technology for 5G communications. Due to the good cooperating relationship of the two parties, SoftBank and ZTE decided to further explore the 5G sector together.

A common idea in the telecom industry that 5G services will not be launched by telecom operators until 2020. It will be later than this for general users to enjoy the service. Based on the current situation, the technical foundation for 5G networks is ready and some carriers such as Verizon, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular have already started testing 5G modem.

Financial terms of the SoftBank deal with ZTE were not released.

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Digital Transformation from 40,000 Feet

The size of competitors and the longevity of their brands, are less predictive of future success than the quality and speed of their information logistics systems, and their ability to use it as a competitive advantage.

  1. Optimizing their information logistics systems
  2. Supporting real-time operational tempos
  3. Increasing business agility
  4. Using contextually relevant data to personalize digital user experiences  
  1. IT system speeds
  2. Business process speeds
  3. Decision-making speeds
  4. Digital and Business Transformation speeds
  5. Aligning with changing customer behavior speeds
  1. Winning in Chaos – Digital Leaders
  2. 13 Recommended Actions for Digital Transformation in Retail
  3. Mistakes in Retail Digital Transformation
  4. Winning Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  5. Digital Transformation – Mindset Differences
  6. Analyzing Retail Through Digital Lenses
  7. Digital Thinking and Beyond!
  8. Measuring the Pace of Change in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  9. How Digital Thinking Separates Retail Leaders from Laggards
  10. To Bot, or Not to Bot
  11. Oils, Bots, AI and Clogged Arteries
  12. Artificial Intelligence Out of Doors in the Kingdom of Robots
  13. How Digital Leaders are Different
  14. The Three Tsunamis of Digital Transformation – Be Prepared!
  15. Bots, AI and the Next 40 Months
  16. You Only Have 40 Months to Digitally Transform
  17. Digital Technologies and the Greater Good
  18. Video Report: 40 Months of Hyper-Digital Transformation
  19. Report: 40 Months of Hyper-Digital Transformation
  20. Virtual Moves to Real in with Sensors and Digital Transformation
  21. Technology Must Disappear in 2017
  22. Merging Humans with AI and Machine Learning Systems
  23. In Defense of the Human Experience in a Digital World
  24. Profits that Kill in the Age of Digital Transformation
  25. Competing in Future Time and Digital Transformation
  26. Digital Hope and Redemption in the Digital Age
  27. Digital Transformation and the Role of Faster
  28. Digital Transformation and the Law of Thermodynamics
  29. Jettison the Heavy Baggage and Digitally Transform
  30. Digital Transformation – The Dark Side
  31. Business is Not as Usual in Digital Transformation
  32. 15 Rules for Winning in Digital Transformation
  33. The End Goal of Digital Transformation
  34. Digital Transformation and the Ignorance Penalty
  35. Surviving the Three Ages of Digital Transformation
  36. The Advantages of an Advantage in Digital Transformation
  37. From Digital to Hyper-Transformation
  38. Believers, Non-Believers and Digital Transformation
  39. Forces Driving the Digital Transformation Era
  40. Digital Transformation Requires Agility and Energy Measurement
  41. A Doctrine for Digital Transformation is Required
  42. Digital Transformation and Its Role in Mobility and Competition
  43. Digital Transformation – A Revolution in Precision Through IoT, Analytics and Mobility
  44. Competing in Digital Transformation and Mobility
  45. Ambiguity and Digital Transformation
  46. Digital Transformation and Mobility – Macro-Forces and Timing
  47. Mobile and IoT Technologies are Inside the Curve of Human Time

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