Mobile

  • N 31 May 2013

    Russia's first NFC wallet for smartphones launched

    Russia's first NFC wallet for smartphones launched

    iFree, Tinkoff Credit Systems bank and MasterCard have presented a Near Field Communication technology wallet that allows data exchange between smartphones and other gadgets, and also remote issuing and safe download of Mobile MasterCard PayPass.

  • N 16 May 2013

    Yandex new search platform presented

    Russia's leading search engine Yandex has officially announced its new platform, which the company branded "Yandex.Ostrova" (Russian for 'Islands"). According to Yandex, the platforms is designed to 'shorten a user's path from a search query to the goal of their search'.

  • N 6 May 2013

    More smartphones then regular phones sold in Q1

    More smartphones then regular phones sold in Q1

    For the first time in Russia, sales of smartphones exceeded those of regular mobile phones in the first quarter of 2013, RIA Novosti reports, citing a research from IDC. The study says our of the total 418.6 million mobile phones sold, smartphone accounted for slightly more than a half (216.2 m).

  • N 24 April 2013

    Experts gather to discuss the state of online payments

    Experts gather to discuss the state of online payments

    A round-table discussion on the state of electronic payments in Russia took place at last week's RIF+KIB annual Internet industry conference. The meeting was organised by Uniteller acquiring company with support from the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). Participants included representatives of many online payment service companies.

  • N 3 April 2013

    27% Russian city population use mobile Internet

    27% Russian city population use mobile Internet

    Mobile Internet audience in Russia's larger cities increased by 35% in 2012 compared to the previous year, reaching 16.7 million people, or almost 27% of the cities' population.

  • N 26 March 2013

    Emergency ministry develops mobile rescue app

    Emergency ministry develops mobile rescue app

    Russian Emergency Ministry has completed developing its official mobile application. Dubbed 'Mobile Rescue', the app lets users call the police or other emergency service and notify their family by a push of a single button. Mobile Rescue is available in Google play and AppStore.

  • N 18 March 2013

    Russian mobile app market soared in 2012

    Russian mobile app market soared in 2012

    Russian mobile application market is estimated to be worth $160 m, according to a report published by J’son & Partners Consulting. The data from 2012 shows the market grew by 256% compared to the previous year. The company estimates the global market value to be $7.83 bn., and expects it to reach $65.79 by 2016.

  • N 28 February 2013

    Minister says all smartphones to support GLONASS soon

    Minister says all smartphones to support GLONASS soon

    GLONASS, a global satellite navigation system developed in Russia, will soon be available to all smartphone users around the world. Speaking at Mobile World Forum in Barcelona, Russia's communications minister Nikolay Nikiforov said mobile chipset manufacturers have agreed to include GLONASS support already this year.

  • N 25 February 2013

    Yandex launches own Android app store

    Yandex has launched its own mobile app store for devices running on Android OS. Dubbed Yandex.Store, the service is available to users globally and lists more than 50,000 applications. Users can pay for their apps using banking cards or their phone accounts (currently works with Russia's three major mobile operators).

  • N 25 February 2013

    Runa Capital invests $8 m in mobile payment service

    Runa Capital venture fund has sealed the biggest deal in its history, investing $8 m in uBank, a mobile payment service system. Details on Runa's share in the project were not made public, but it is likely to be a minority stock. uBank stated it would spend the raised money on the service's further development in Russia and neighbouring nations.