Mai Linh and Vinasun used to be the biggest, the most reliable local cab firms in Vietnam. Photo via Flickr/Prince Roy under Creative Commons license A phone call and a five-to-ten minute wait. A few more phone calls and a cab arrives...if you're lucky. If not, an apology from the call center and you’re late for the airport. That was three years ago, but now for many Vietnamese, the idea of dialing a taxi call center is an alien concept. In the new era of technology, Grab and Uber are beating street taxis with just the click of a button. And it is not just the passengers who have been won over. Easy registration and flexible working hours have drawn over 50,000 cab drivers to work for Uber and Grab in Vietnam, with many leaving traditional taxi firms in search of a better living. Vinasun, Vietnam’s biggest taxi firm in 2014, lost 8,000 drivers this year, almost half of its employees, while rival Mai Linh Taxi also lost 6,000 drivers. A doomsday scenario for traditional … [Read more...] about Nowhere to turn: Can traditional taxis survive the onslaught of ride-hailing apps in Vietnam?
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VietNamNet Bridge - MobiFone has announced it will develop OTT apps itself, while the military telecom group Viettel reportedly considers buying South Korean Kakao Talk. free messaging, voice chatting on Internet). However, further details have not been revealed. If MIC gives the go-ahead to MobiFone, it would become the first mobile network operator in Vietnam that develops OTT apps of its own, according to VnExpress. Prior to that, the representative of MobiFone once revealed its intention of joining the OTT app market. However, he mentioned the possibility of cooperating with existing OTT firms instead of developing OTT app itself. Viettel and VinaPhone, the other two of the three biggest mobile network operators in Vietnam, still keep silent about their business plans. However, analysts believe that both the mobile network operators, which sees the turnover and profits down day by day, might have started developing OTT apps already . Local newspapers in January 2014 quoted … [Read more...] about Mobile network operators move noisily to OTT service market
Mozilla has shown off a prototype for a $25 (£15) smartphone that is aimed at the developing world. The company, which is famed mostly for its Firefox browser, has partnered with Chinese low-cost chip maker Spreadtrum. While not as powerful as more expensive models, the device will run apps and make use of mobile internet. It would appeal to the sorts of people who currently buy cheap "feature" phones, analysts said. Feature phones are highly popular in the developing world as a halfway point between "dumb" phones - just voice calls and other basic functions - and fully-fledged smartphones. Mozilla hopes that it will capture an early lead in a market that is now being targeted by mobile device manufacturers who see the developing world as the remaining area for massive growth. It will face stern competition from bigger, more established brands, however - with more announcements of this kind expected over the course of the next couple of days at the Mobile World … [Read more...] about Mozilla plans ‘$25 smartphone’ for emerging markets
Viettel keen to acquire Kakao Talk, Zalo apps Van Oanh By Van Oanh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Military-run telco Viettel has shown keen interest in acquiring two over-the-top apps, Kakao Talk and Zalo, which provide free calls and texting on the internet, instead of opting for a partnership or building an own app to compete directly with those apps. Nguyen Manh Hung, deputy general director of Viettel, recently told the local media that his company had been in acquisition talks with South Korea’s Kakao Talk as this app is quite popular in Vietnam. Kakao Talk is a creative company with a total work force of 200 people but has no market, Hung said, but Viettel as a major mobile carrier has markets but has yet to be strong in OTT services. “If Viettel could not buy Kakao Talk, we may launch negotiations over the possibility of setting up a joint venture, with Viettel holding an interest of 70% and Kakao Talk the remaining 30%.” Before revealing its … [Read more...] about Viettel keen to acquire Kakao Talk, Zalo apps
Lenovo yesterdayunveiled an exciting new line-up of Think and Idea laptop and all-in-one PCs at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011), with new designs and technologies such as Sleek Designs and Eye Popping Colours and New two-in-one mobile device. Lenovo also launched the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 - the second generation of the Windows 7 exclusive certification only available on Lenovo products. This unique technology will be featured in a wide range of Think and Idea-branded PCs from April - June period. Lenovo also introduced the IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate, a unique two-in-one device combining the mobility of a media rich, high-definition slate featuring access to Android applications and a keyboard base that provides a full Windows 7 computing experience. "How we think about PC design and the entire computing experience is changing, and this can be clearly seen in our latest line-up of products and offerings," said Kyler … [Read more...] about Lenovo markets new line-up laptops and all-in-one PCs