If you’re in Singapore, it’s worth noting that the Singaporean government has amended its Road Traffic Act that will be enforced from the 1st of February 2015. According to the updated Act, drivers who are holding their phone or tablet when the vehicle is moving will be fined up to SG$1,000 (approximately RM2,685) or jailed up to six months, or both.
Oppo Malaysia is apparently having an issue with counterfeit products in the country. The company has so far reported some 644 cases of knock-off phones appearing, most of which happened because the devices had failed and were shipped to Oppo service centres by unsuspecting consumers.
Meizu has announced the Lifekit system as it attempts to join the smart home arena. The company has unveiled a list of compatible gadgets including a smart bulb, digital scale, a smart air conditioner, an air purifier and a four-piece air quality control system as part of a partnership with Haier and Alibaba.
Gigabyte has announced three new Android smartphones, the GSmart Guru GX, GSmart Mika MX and the GSmart Roma RX. Mostly known for its graphic cards and motherboards, the company is still trying to make a mark in the smartphone industry by catering to all market segments from the start.
Cyanogen wants to take Android away from Google, and it looks like Microsoft is more than happy to help it along with a US$70 million investment in the company. While the amount makes Redmond a minority investor in the company, there is a sense that Microsoft would like nothing more than to loosen Google’s grip on the world’s most widespread operating system.