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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The Transport Ministry has announced a plan to launch a car booking service similar to Uber, which has faced several legal actions in Vietnam over the past year despite its growing popularity. According to the ministry, many mobile apps emulating Uber have been launched to connect passengers and transport services to cater to a growing demand in the local market. However, the developers of those apps have not been registered in Vietnam. Many individual cars offering Uber-esque services are not allowed to transport passengers either. The ministry said its new plan aims to create a legal platform for car hailing services in Vietnam. Only transport companies will be allowed to use the ministry's app, it said. This means individual cars will be banned from joining the service. If approved, the plan will be launched this year in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Ha Long. It will be reviewed in 2018 for further expansion. Uber, the US-based transport network company, … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s transport ministry to launch app to compete directly with Uber
An executive of a popular taxi company was quoted as saying that it has been running its new app on a trial basis, and results so far are positive. The app will be officially launched this month with more than 3,000 taxis operating around the northern region, he said, adding that his company will introduce "the most competitive" fares for the new service. With an initial cost of around US$500,000, the locally-developed application is compatible with all smartphone operation systems, according to the executive. Another $1 million will be invested into future upgrades, he said. Khuc Huu Thanh Hai, director of Dat Cang Transportation Trading and Services Joint Stock Company, which operates Dat Cang taxis in Hai Phong, said with the current "harsh competition" between traditional taxi services and foreign hailing services, local businesses cannot ignore the technology. However, he said, compared to Uber and GrabTaxi, which were both launched in Vietnam last year and operate more like … [Read more...] about Hanoi taxi firms race to launch mobile apps as Uber, GrabTaxi thrive
Google, part of Alphabet Inc, aims to launch the China version of its Google Play smartphone app store next year, according to people familiar with the matter, its first major foray in the market since ending localized product support in 2010. The Google Play app store would be set up specifically for China, and not connected to overseas versions of Google Play, two of the people said. Google intends to comply with Chinese laws on filtering content that might be viewed as sensitive by the ruling Communist Party, and laws requiring the company to store the app store's data within the country, those two people said. A Singapore-based Google spokesman declined to comment. Google largely pulled its services out of China five years ago after refusing to continue self-censoring its search results. It has maintained a limited presence in the world's biggest smartphone market, but most of its services, including Play, have been rendered borderline inaccessible. The U.S. company would use a … [Read more...] about Google aims for China launch of Google Play app store next year: sources
VietNamNet Bridge – More and more information technology (IT) firms rush to make mobile applications in the context of the increasingly high number of smart phone users. Venture funds have also made heavy investment in the promising sector. Huynh Ngoc Hung, former Director of Nava.vn, belonging to NCT Corporation, said he plans to set up a business of his own in October 2012 which would specialize in making mobile apps for online shopping Nguyen Van Tuan, a senior executive of VC Corp, also said that the company is seeking suitable candidates for the mobile application development division, though it did not focus on the sector before. “VC Corp plans to recruit 25 engineers, while it has found 20 only. We hope to launch an application allowing to read newspaper on smart phones, which is quite different from the apps of the same kind now available on the market,” Tuan said. Besides, VC Corp would also focus on making apps for e-commerce and bring the company’s … [Read more...] about Venture funds pour money into mobile app development firms