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Huawei Launches AppTouch at DGC 2019

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Huawei Mobile Services has announced the launch of HUAWEI AppTouch – its new digital services platform to provide carriers with enhanced digital entertainment services such as games, videos and music. During the Digital Game Conference (DGC) 2019 held in Dubai. Jervis Su Jie, Vice President of Huawei Mobile Services, Consumer Business Group, officially released HUAWEI AppTouch and provided key insights into this new digital services platform.

“Digital innovations are increasingly changing the dynamics of mobile technology. At Huawei, we constantly introduce innovative business solutions to carriers to drive user stickiness, improve user experience and build ecosystem to support their digital transformation. Through Huawei AppTouch, Huawei is providing carriers a platform to deploy up-to-date digital service more efficiently and with access to more content globally,” Jervis said.

As an innovation partner of DGC 2019 which has gathered more than 500 companies from 35 countries, Huawei played an important role and set up in-depth workshop exploring Huawei AppTouch with carriers and game partners. During the workshop, Justin Jiang, Business Director of top Chinese game publisher CMGE, and MJ Fahmi, CEO of top MENA game publisher Babil Games,have delivered key speeches on how they work together with Huawei Mobile Services to provide their games to global users and achieve success.

Atheel Jehan, Game service operation manager of Zain Iraq, presented an important speech on “Reliable Partner, New Revenue Stream” to all attendees, highlighting how HUAWEI AppTouch helps them build up digital services channels. “We have collaborated closely with Huawei to keep on providing best global content to our users, from game service ZainZone to music service Tapsong. And recent introduction of Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) payment option makes it even easier,” Atheel said.

As of today, Huawei Mobile Services has provided services such as AppGallery, Themes, Music, Video and many others in more than 170 countries/regions for more than 500 million users. The new Huawei AppTouch platform provides a new way for carriers to integrate global digital content ecosystem and channel resources and will become an important part of Huawei Mobile Services. It will provide users with digital content cloud services, such as games, videos, music and information flow through carriers. It will help carriers develop business, enhance brand influence and finally increase valued revenue.

HUAWEI AppTouch platform has started serving more than 60 carriers in over 40 countries in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Current monthly paid users on AppTouch has exceeded 20 million. As Jervis Su introduced, the new Huawei AppTouch platform has following advantages:

  • Globalized ecosystem: Through AppTouch’s aggregation of various global contents, including games, videos and music etc., carriers can easily access the global ecosystem resources by single-point cooperation with Huawei.
  • Cloud-based deployment: AppTouch platform enables carriers to quickly deploy new digital services.
  • Multi-channel promotion: AppTouch platform integrates global top marketing channels to help quickly reach users.
  • Localized operations: Huawei local employees are responsible for marketing and operations to enable local operations in different countries.

In the future, Huawei AppTouch will be upgraded to serve as one-stop distribution platform for carriers and partners across the whole digital content lifecycle.

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UAE Entrepreneurs Launch Private Messaging App

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UAE-based entrepreneurs have launched a private messaging app, which enables users to send voice and written messages that disappear as soon as they are sent, read, and played. “The application called Oh!Message, brings users back to the classical period of simple communications tools, but by using the best privacy-enhancing features, to be the first chat application with this high privacy developed in the ME region by Arab expertise,” said Mohammed Othman and Haian Nayouf, the makers of the app.

With this free app, the sent message will disappear from the sender’s account after 10 seconds if it is read by the recipient or not, and it will also disappear from the recipient’s account after 10 seconds of opening or playing it. The message will be destroyed completely within the application and will not be stored on the app servers. Each written message is limited to 100 characters while the audio message is 10 seconds.

“Oh!Message is end-to-end encrypted but it has also other features that make it the most private app among messaging apps,” said Engineer Mohammed Othman, Co-Founder and Chief of Technology at Oh!Message. “In this app, which is available in Apple and Android stores, the user doesn’t appear online while using it, and his/her location is not tracked.”

“The first period of the app launch is in the UAE, the Gulf region, and Arab countries,” said Haian Nayouf, Co-Founder and Chief of Communications at Oh!Message. “The UAE is the capital for talent, companies, and investments in the areas of digital and technical excellence globally, and this has greatly motivated us to work on this project in UAE, and the app is the first of its kind in the Arab world with these strong privacy features.”

The app is now available for both iOS and Android devices.

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Taiwan’s First International Streaming Platform Called Taiwan+ is Now Live

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Taiwan Plus (Taiwan+), the first English-language international streaming platform of Taiwan, was unveiled by Vice President Lai Ching-te, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, Culture Minister Lee Yung-te, Central News Agency (CNA) Chairman Liu Ka-shiang, Taiwan+ CEO Joanne Tsai, and H.E. Ambassador Jasmine E. Huggins of Embassy of Saint Christopher and Nevis at the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei on Aug. 30.

Targeting an English-speaking audience, Taiwan+ consists of media professionals from the U.S., the U.K, Canada, France, and Australia, as well as local industry professionals, who work collaboratively to deliver the latest news about Taiwan, international affairs, and covers a wide range of topics. The platform also sources stories from Taiwan’s public and private media organizations.

Golden Melody-award-winning singer Sanpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw opened the event with a music performance. Held with COVID-19 prevention measures in place, the event was joined by representatives including Izumi Hiroyasu from Japan, Jordan Reeves from Canada, Andrew Wylegala and Don Shapiro from the U.S., and Henry Chang and Giuseppe Izzo from Europe.

H.E. Ambassador Jasmine E. Huggins of the Embassy of Saint Christopher and Nevis in Taiwan said the international video platform is expected to connect Taiwan with the world. President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her pleasure to join the launch of Taiwan+ with a video message, saying “Taiwan+ is an exciting new initiative to tell Taiwan’s story. Generations of Taiwanese fought to transform this country into a vibrant democracy that protects freedom of speech and expression.”

Premier Su Tseng-chang wished the platform success. He stressed that Taiwan is a democratic and free country guided by the rule of law, and cares about universal values of human rights, freedom of speech, and diversity, noting that this is why many countries are willing to make friends and do business with Taiwan. Vice President Lai said, “I hope that the platform can be the starting point from which the world learns about what Taiwanese people think and want, what Taiwan is doing, and what we can contribute to the world.”

Legislative Speaker, You noted that, with China’s intimidation and political oppression against Taiwan, the establishment of Taiwan+ allows Taiwan to tell its stories to the world through its voices. Taiwan+, a project commissioned by the Ministry of Culture to the CNA, marks an important milestone in the country’s history of mass media, Minister Lee said. He expressed his gratitude to legislators and professionals for making this happen.

“I hope to make this platform a form of expansion, connection, and infinite possibilities, just like how Taiwan incorporates ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity, and introduce Taiwan to the world through dynamic storytelling and news,” said Tsai, a senior media professional with over 25 years of experience in international media outlets, such as NBC/CNBC, National Geographic, and Fox International Channels.

The content of Taiwan+ can be played on the Taiwan Plus app or viewed on its website and social media platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

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“Selfdrive” Launches Smart Mobility App

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Selfdrive, an entity of Pinewoods Tech Serve, has launched an all-in-one Smart Mobility App. The app is serving as a game-changer for the car rental space offering its users a seamless, reliable, and convenient mechanism to rent a car on demand. The cutting-edge mobile app provides direct access to dealership fleet to its users, allowing them to rent a car by the day, subscribe by the month, or lease a car up to 3 years, offering complete flexibility in booking duration.

The company to date has served over 50k customers and witnessed a 30% MoM growth in customer base in the past six months. The app is built on a proprietary tech foundation concept, Search – Select – Pay, that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to match customers’ profiles with the cars that they would like to drive, making the selection process and renting a car absolutely seamless experience.

This app is available to download on Android and iOS, which offers users the option to select from 65 different car models across 15 different car brands from 45 different locations in the UAE within three hours. Some of the key brands available to rent are Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Renault, Mazda, Infinity, Volkswagen (VW), BMW, and many more.

Speaking about the launch of its app, Soham Shah, CEO, and Co-Founder of Selfdrive said, “As one of the largest car rental service providers in the UAE, we strive to offer exceptional service to our customers every step of the way. We bring together exclusive offers on the app starting from AED 49 per day and AED 999 per month. That’s not all, with the launch of ‘Lease Pro’ in this app, users can now rent a brand new ‘Zero Km’ car under its 12 – 24 – 36 months subscription that would be exclusively registered on demand by the car dealer.”

“The smart mobility platform is a testament of our commitment to curate best deals on cars direct from the dealership, whilst making it possible for anyone to rent a car on demand and get it delivered too. This alleviates the hassle of going through multiple car rental agencies to find the best car models and rates on offer,” added Shah.

The Car rental market accounted for $86 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $131 billion by 2026, projecting a CAGR of about 7% during the forecast period. Selfdrive launched in 2017 is the UAE’s largest car rental tech platform that has crossed 2000 cars on road.

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