Astro GO (previously known as Astro on the GO) app was relaunched with new user interface and more relevant and personalized content for each viewer. It allows you to watch Astro anytime, anywhere.
The app has 3.2 million downloads and 1.1 million registered users. Viewing time has increased 3x from less than 60 minutes in initial launch to 215 minutes per week per user today.
New Astro GO features
The relaunched Astro GO app has a new user interface with simplified Home-Tab bar (Home, Sports, Channels, On-Demand, Settings).
You can filter content according to language or genre, and sort based on alphabet, downloadable, or recent release.
Powered by machine learning and predictive analytics, the app provides personalized recommendation that is relevant to you.
You can add a show to Watch List and share your favorite programme to Facebook via Social Sharing feature.
All Sports and Korean channels now support High-Definition (HD) viewing. The app’s bit adaptive streaming will adjust video quality according to your Internet connection speed, so that you have a smooth viewing experience.
Download2Go feature allows you to download video content to be viewed offline later, without requiring an Internet connection.
Coming soon features…
More new features are coming soon:
One Astro account will support up to 4 concurrent user logins. Example: 4 family members can each watch their favorite Astro channel on phone/tablet at the same time.
You will able to wirelessly cast Astro GO programmes from mobile device to TV, without a cable.
Sports Control can playback, zoom in and out via the angled-camera, access to fixtures, video highlights, news, player rankings and league tables.
Free viewing for all Astro channels
From 1st April to 31st May 2017, all Astro customers who have registered and linked their Astro GO account can enjoy free viewing of all TV channels and on demand content on Astro GO, except Pay-Per-View and Premium ala carte sports.
Plus, “La La Land” — a drama film featuring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is free to watch for all registered and linked Astro GO customers via on demand from 25 April to 31 May 2017.
Even non-Astro users who install the new Astro GO app will also have access to selected Astro channels during the period.
Exclusive channels for Astro GO
Astro offers three exclusive channels for Astro GO:
Commedy Central for comedy fans
K-PLUS for Korean’s hottest drama series
ANIPLUS for latest Japanese anime and pop culture
Furthermore, Celestial Movies, Nickelodeon, DIVA, AXN, and KIX are now available on Astro GO.
Download Astro GO
Astro GO app supports phones and tablets running iOS or Android, available for free download on App Store and Google Play. You can also access Astro GO website at www.astrogo.com
B Infinite (formerly BCARD) launched with enhanced rewards experience for mobile users.
BCARD has been rebranded as B Infinite. It was launched in 2011, the program’s network has more than 5 million members, 80 merchands and over 4000 stores in Malaysia.
B Infinite is not just another reward program, it also functions as a mobile marketing platform for latest merchant deals, payment gateway and redemption service.
â€œB Infinite is evolving from a plastic crd to a digital app, and from reward points to mobile payment.â€
B Infinite members will be able to pay for in-store merchant purchases by combining reward points and mobile payment. Meaning, you can use your reward points as cash.
â€œOn the enhanced B Infinite rewards program network, there are many opportunities for merchants to communicate directly to consumers, as well as upsell and cross-sell to both consumers and the merchantâ€™s customers. I am delighted to now offer merchants and members this enhanced rewards experience with B Infinite,â€ said Ms. Yau Su Peng, Director of Retail and Innovation at Berjaya Corporation Berhad.
Technology Partners: MasterPass and Wirecard
The B Infinite app’s payment function is enabled by MasterPass of Mastercard. MasterPass is a digital wallet solution that allows users to pay via mobile app using QR code or NFC technology.
Masterpass is currently accepted by over 300,000 merchants internationally. The feature will roll out in B Infinite app begin in Q1 2017.
B Infinite is powered by Wirecard AG, a global leader in electronic payment technology and infrastructure.
B Infinite app
You can join B Infinite rewards program now by installing the B Infinite app for Android or iOS.
The app has 4 main features: promotions, redemption, cards, and merchants.
Are you an SME owner? Do you have an annual headache when it is about time to submit your income tax? Do you spend a lot of money to hire an accountant but you don’t know how is your business doing?
Easy Count is a “made in Malaysia” free app for iOS and Android to help you record your business accounts easily.
You can save money to hire accountants to get the job done. Also, you can learn more about your business financial via the money flow shown in the app.
You don’t need to know accounting to use Easy Count app. You can manage your business account anywhere, anytime via your mobile device using Easy Count.
Free, Simple, Powerful
Easy Count is available for free download on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It is only a few MB download size.
Easy Count is powerful, feature rich, yet easy to use financial app to manage your business account.
It can track your company sales purchase, expenses, assets, equity, liability and other incomes, as well as generate reports: income statement, balance sheet, and ledger.
At first app launch, you will be asked to create and Account ID. Then you can add your company and details. You can add as many companies as you own.
After that, select a company to start records your business. You will be welcomed by a simple and clear page divided into 3 parts: Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Report.
Income Statement: Sales, Purchase, Other Income, Expenses
Balance Sheet: Assets, Equity, Liability
Reports: Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Ledger
You can view reports immediately in the app or, export and email the reports in Microsoft Excel format.
Everyone can use Easy Count
With Easy Count app, you can manage your business account anywhere, anytime. The app will sort the accounting records accordingly and automatically generate reports (income statement, balance sheet, ledger) of your business.
SME owner like online sellers, night market sellers, and retailers will benefit from the app by saving cost to hire expensive accountant and better understanding their business finance health.
Easy Count users also get to learn more about basic of account and save cost of hiring account.
MOIBA is an association that owns the largest members associated with the mobile industry giants in South Korea, including major companies such as SK Telecom, LGU+, KT, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and other 370 companies in various related fields.
The two days event from the 8th to 9th September showcased top mobile apps from Korea and Malaysia. There were presentations and demonstrations by top selected app developers from both countries, sharing of success strategies as well as lessons learnt during the app development from conceptual to marketing stage.
During the launch on the second day, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Ubinuri Inc., My Appszil Asia Sdn Bhd and MDec to signify the collaboration of the promotion and localization of Korean apps in Malaysia.
Mobile apps is a fast growing market and those who have ventured into this industry many years ago are now greatly rewarded as being the pioneers in a leading industry. Paul Noh, CEO and Arnold Kang, Marketing Director of UbiNuri shared that the top five countries with the highest app revenue are Japan with a 1.4x growth, US, South Korea, Germany and the UK. The fast emerging countries were India, Mexico and Indonesia.
As for South Korea with a population of 50 million, they have a very high Smartphone penetration of up to 83%. It comes as no surprise that up to 93% of them are Android users, thanks to Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. It is also estimated that Smartphone usage per day is up to 219 minutes. The healthy app market size is valued at $2.7 billion and Korea commands 50% market share of top 10 games. In-store app purchases are up to 70%. It was also shared that Koreans loves to try new games. Hence, there is a short life span for games. Up to 22.3% games developed would bring in significant revenue 6 months later.
Malaysia is also considered an emerging country and to support this, MDeC developed an eco-system called ICON to cultivate talents, nurture them and provide market access. From 2011 to 2014, it partnered with enterprises such as Microsoft, Nokia, ECS and Amazon to upskill their developers for the e-commerce market. From 2013 to 2014, ICON 3 (third stage) partnered with major cloud, enterprise and social platforms to scale up in technology and ultimately increase revenue. The Icon programme has successfully generated revenue of RM 3.2 million in the past three years and trained 1,193 app developers.
En Ahmad Sahar, Trainer from My Appszil shared an important insight to mobile development and this picture clearly explains it. Your apps should be designed for both IOs and Android devices.
The Korean app developers, shared the following words of advice to budding developers
play as many games as possible
develop the games and push out to the market as fast as possible. Then improve on it further based on customer’s feedback
it’s a long arduous journey, so you must persevere
Below are the 10 Korean mobile apps that were showcased during the event:
Reading and learning in English is now more exciting with the Reading Adventure app. Designed to deliver clear text and vibrant images, the app brings top quality contents that integrated with audio voices of professional natives. It has a total of seven levels and 350 interactive e-books.
BridgeCall is a free call service that lets you make calls without needing to launch its app. It automatically connects to calls for â€˜freeâ€™ between BridgeCall users using the phone’s default calling app. More than 2 million users are already enjoying BridgeCall to make free calls to their loved ones and we foresee it being a popular app here in Malaysia as well.
FAMY is a Light, fast, and accurate location tracking application. Key features include Accurate Location Tracking, Storing History of Movement Paths, Group Location Sharing and Sending SOS message. A practical App that schools and even parents could consider using as a safety measure.
Boto the Pink Dolphin is an education app consisting of attractive characters and stories based on the curriculum developed by the talented youth education centre at the KIM Research Institute, an expert agency for child creativity and a child education expert at the Child and Family Studies Department in the Seoul National University. This app has been localized and includes a â€˜Malayâ€™ version.
Invention savers aim to nurture young creative minds and educate them on the principles of basic invention. By venturing through the game land, the player can unconsciously develop interest on invention and learn the history of popular inventions.
Damyeongi V1.0 Go Board Game
Damyeongi V1.0 is a Go game app that puts a large number of users with a number of powers in order. The Go game is a brain game that must be completed within one hour without interruption.â€¬â€¬â€¬
The legend of RC Racing game, RE-VOLT Classic is a 3D Racing Game for Android. Gamers can race radio-controlled cars through the neighborhood and beyond in the classic arcade racer RE-VOLT! Fast paced, exciting driving, explosive weapons and unique track designs will deliver a larger than life racing experience.
God Summoners is a RPG game on mythological heroes and gods can be played by configuring a strategic team through the characterâ€™s attributes for easy and convenient automatic battle. You can also can play the game on a Samsung smart TV by downloading the â€œGod Summonersâ€ App.
In Happy Chicken Town, you and your friends grow by helping each other. The casual game also offers in-app purchases. A capable â€˜CEOâ€™ must be able to decorate the restaurant and ensure customer satisfaction.
MOIBA is the organization representing South Koreaâ€™s mobile carriers, manufacturers, contents and solutions combined to lead the smart mobile South Korea under the government support.
Since the establishment in 2009, MOIBA has been playing significant roles for the vitalization of the Mobile Internet industry and to help small and medium sized businesses to generate competitiveness in difficult environment by implementing the improvement of regulations, policy suggestions, supporting businesses, cooperation between large organizations and small and medium sized businesses that establish the coexistence and co-prosperity.
MOIBA provides support to the small and medium sized organizations to help them to enter the global market as most of businesses do not have experiences in regional or global expansion.
South Koreaâ€™s biggest content aggregator with more than 6,500 apps and a latent pool of 1,100 developers worldwide.
Since its inception in June, 2003, Ubinuri has been committed to distributing software applications to Korean mobile phone users. Having worked with hundreds of developers from around the world over the last 8 years, Ubinuri is emerging as an important hub for distributing applications to the fast-growing Korean mobile phone market.
Working with major Korean mobile service operators, including SKT, KT, and LGU+, and hundreds of application developers around the world, Ubinuri is developing a critical ecosystem within which Korean mobile users have ready access to the most valuable mobile phone applications the world has to offer.
My Appszil (Asia) Sdn Bhd (MASB) is an associate company of Ubi-Nuri Inc. MASB business model focuses on 3 key areas in the mobile apps industry which are training, creating solutions and publishing; including operating the local app store in Malaysia.
Our training programs are based on individualized learning skills where there will be no more than 12 students per class to ensure effective learning. Our trainers are all highly qualified and have been in the apps industry for more than 10 years. We intend to create â€œtechnopreneursâ€ from our efforts to spur the mobile apps economy in the region to compete with rest of the world.
Selected participants of the training program of ours will also gain the opportunity to be sponsored for internship programs with our partners in USA, Korea, Japan and Indonesia. Other participants of our training program with the relevant experiences will also be allowed to participate in this internship program under their own expense. This is to enable them to gain the relevant working experiences and knowledge to succeed in the app industry.
MyAppszil is also a solutions provider to business organizations where â€œwe listen to understandâ€ the needs of the business when we use our experience to tailor make, design, develop and implement solutions exclusively for your organization. We have a good track record in deliverance to our customers and we have been providing customers with cutting edge technology solutions since 2012.
With the presence of our MyAppszil application store,MyAppszil will be able to provide the worldâ€™s application developers with critical services in the Asian markets, including application localization, training and local support. Our ultimate goal is to make it as easy as possible for application developers around the world to enter the Asian local mobile phone application markets.
The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) was incorporated in 1996 to oversee the development of the MSC Malaysia and to advise the Malaysian Government on legislation and policies, as well as to set breakthrough standards for multimedia operations.
Established in the same year, MSC Malaysiaâ€™s primary focus was to create an ideal and conducive platform to nurture Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the ICT sector, to become world-class businesses whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest in and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia. Seventeen years on, MSC Malaysia has driven the development of the Malaysian ICT industry, enhanced technology adoption, and has made significant strides in increasing the economic impact and footprint of ICT for the nation.
11street Malaysia launches online shopping app for iOS and Android with mobile exclusive promotions.
Launched in April 2015, 11street has become one of the largest online marketplaces in Malaysia with more than 350,000 product listings.
More than 50% of 11street traffic comes from mobile devices. The e-mall in Malaysia launches its online shopping app for iOS and Android on 27 May 2015 for free downloads.
The mobile apps enable consumers to access the hot selling products and services much easier, especially on the â€œShocking Dealsâ€ section with Lowest Price Guarantee. The 11street mobile app is build to accept credit cards and bank transfers payments. Also, you can view your membership benefits, check order status and uses discount coupons in the mobile app.
In conjunction with the mobile app launch, you can enjoy the following mobile exclusive promotions:
Credit Blossom â€“ 1000 units of up to RM 1,111 shopping credits will be made available for mobile shoppers to download on a daily basis starting from June 1st â€“30th, 2015.
Shocking Weekend â€“ One product item will be selected and featured every weekend from Friday to Sunday for mobile purchase at 50 percent discount from May 29th, 2015 onwards.
The 11street mobile app is available as free download from Apple AppStore and Google Play Store. Other mobile operating system devices like BlackBerry and Windows Phone still can access the 11streetâ€™s mobile-optimized website.