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Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 9, 2014

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016.

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Software firm VMware has announced it will acquire enterprise mobility management provider Airwatch.  IDC Asia/Pacific believes this will “fundamentally change the future of VMware's end user computing business in Asia/Pacific”.  Read Original Content

A group of mobile operators in the Asia Pacific region has unveiled a new alliance to provide support for M2M deployments in the region.  The Bridge Alliance comprises 11 operators including Singapore’s SingTel, India’s Airtel, Hong Kong’s CSL, Indonesia’s Telkomsel and the Philippines’ Globe Telecom.  Read Original Content

Chinese semiconductor provider Spreadtrum Communications has announced its next generation single-core smartphone platform, designed to reduce the cost of entry-level smartphones while enhancing the user experience.  Read Original Content

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Author and entrepreneur Scott Bales believes only a small percentage of CIOs in Asia are mobile-ready, and instead get “caught up on a technology debate…far removed from the consumer shift in behavior”.  Read Original Content

According to the National Payments Corporation of India, there is a huge unfinished agenda of mobile banking in the country.  Out of more than 900 million mobile phones and over 450 million bank accounts, only 67 million mobile phones are linked to bank accounts.  Read Original Content

China’s search engine giant Baidu has launched a chart-style image of the country’s New Year travels.  The chart was created by tracking the smartphone data of travelers using Baidu’s map service.  Read Original Content

Mobile payments have become a priority tech initiative with major Australian banks.  The banks, including Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ Bank and National Australia Bank are in various stages of rolling out the technology enabling customers to pay with their smartphones.  Read Original Content

South Korea’s Samsung is planning to unveil its answer to Google Glass with Galaxy Glass smart glasses in September of 2014, according to The Korean Times.  Read Original Content

In a deal that is yet to be approved in the U.S. or China, Google has confirmed it will sell Motorola Mobility to Chinese technology firm Lenovo.  Read Original Content

Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo is venturing into the wearable technology arena, with new smart clothing and a wristband that can monitor the wearers' health while sending data to smartphones and the cloud.  Read Original Content

The new edition of Deloitte’s technology, media and telecommunications predictions for 2014 forecasts the number of smartphone users in India to exceed 104 million in 2014, compared with 51 million users in 2013.  Read Original Content

Equipment manufacturers Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks are continuing to make progress in the Asia Pacific region after completing tests of advanced LTE services for Telstra and China Mobile respectively.  Read Original Content

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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.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.