Apple tops Taiwan smartphone market for 5th straight month

TaiwanApple led Taiwan’s smartphone market in sales volume and sales value and had the best-selling single model for the fifth consecutive month in February, according to statistics released Wednesday by industry sources. A total of 771,000 smartphones were sold in Taiwan in February, down 3.4% from a month earlier, the figures showed. Apple was once again the top smartphone vendor with a 23.4% share of all smartphones sold, followed by Taiwan-based HTC with a 19% share, Samsung Electronics with a 14% share, Asustek Computer of Taiwan with a 12% share and Sony Mobile with a 9.1% share.

Apple to launch trade-in programme in China

ChinaNEW DELHI: Apple Inc plans to introduce a trade-in program for iPhones in China in association with the Foxconn Technology Group, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the effort.  Under the program, consumers will be able to exchange older iPhones at Apple stores in China for credit against the company’s products starting March 31, Bloomberg reported. Chinese demand for larger-screen iPhones helped fuel Apple’s record profit of $18 billion in the final quarter last year.

Samsung to soon go the Xiaomi way in India: Report

IndiaNEW DELHI: Samsung seems to be taking a leaf from rival Xiaomi’s book. The South Korean manufacturer reportedly has plans to sell its smartphones online-only, a strategy made popular by Xiaomi.  According to a report by Korea Times newspaper, Samsung plans to sell its smartphones via leading e-commerce websites in India, Vietnam and China.  Citing supply chain sources, the report says that Samsung aims to save on sales costs through its new online-only plan. Moreover, this means that Samsung will be able to sell its products cheaper to the consumers.

Tata Consultancy Services expands Singapore ops

SingaporeMUMBAI-headquartered IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced it has expanded its presence in Singapore with the opening of a new 1,000-person TCS Singapore Banking and Financial Services (BFS) Centre. The facility will provide a range of applications development, digital and IT services to leading global banks in the Asia Pacific region, the company said in a statement. TCS said its BFS business has grown substantially in Singapore. The new centre replaces a 500-seat centre opened in 2011, and will offer a broader range of services, with a major focus on digital offerings.

Amazon launches designer store in India

IndiaBENGALURU: In a bid to move deeper into the apparel business, online marketplace Amazon has launched a designer clothing store. It has partnered with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) to pick talent from fashion schools, as well as established designers to sell on the portal. “Fashion is one of our top three categories on Amazon and the challenge is to keep up with the growth,” said Vikas Purohit, head of fashion at Amazon India. Amazon says its fashion business has grown fourfold in three months.

Russian internet firm to develop online retail trade with China

China.gifRussia’s top internet search engine Yandex said Thursday that it has inked a cooperation deal with a group of Chinese companies and organizations to develop online retail trade between the two countries. The online trade may total 50 million rubles (US$815,000) by summer, Anna Kuzmina, deputy commercial director of Russia’s largest electronic payment service Yandex Money, told the Vedomosti business daily.

‘Free’ Windows 10 upgrade for Chinese users may have a catch

China.gifThe free upgrade Microsoft has offered to Chinese users of pirated versions of its operating system may not be as good as it sounds, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times. The US software giant introduced Windows 10 at its WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen on March 18. The company promised users of pirated versions of Windows 7 and 8.1 that they could upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Acer’s telecommunications unit to sign up major Chinese customer

TaiwanTaipei, March 22 (CNA) Acer Octon Inc. (宏碁通信), the telecom solutions unit owned by Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc. (宏碁), is expected to announce a new Chinese customer at the 2015 China (Chongqing) International Cloud Computing Expo, which will be held from April 10-12 in Chongqing. Acer Octon General Manager James Sha (沙舟) told a media briefing recently that the new customer is a large-scale Chinese enterprise that is not a telecommunications operator.

Taiwan market: Server shipments in 2014 valued at NT$11.11 billion, says IDC

TaiwanServers shipped in the Taiwan market in 2014 were worth NT$11.11 billion (US$352 million), growing 18.3% on year. NT$8.88 billion or 79.9% was due to brand vendors and NT$2.23 billion or 20.1% to direct-sale white-box ODMs, according to IDC Taiwan. Shipment value for volume (entry-level) servers increased 28.6% on year and accounted for 83.7% of total shipment value. Mid-range enterprise servers slipped 36% and took up 5.8%, and high-end enterprise models grew 1.5% and accounted for 10.5%.

Firefox OS smartphones fail to impress in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: It’s Nano all over again — in smartphones. In August last year, Intex launched the world’s cheapest smartphone in India. Priced at Rs 1,999 and running on Mozilla Firefox operating system (OS), this phone was supposed to be a winner in a fast-growing but price sensitive market. Three other brands, Spice, Zen Mobile and Alcatel One Touch also sold ultracheap smartphones running on Firefox OS. There were online deals with Flipkart and Snapdeal. But the data is in, and the Nano of smartphones, just like Nano the car, has flopped.

India’s online fashion sales may cross $35 billion by 2020

IndiaMUMBAI: The fashion business in India through e-commerce portals is expected to see a turnover of $35 billion by 2020, said Google’s director for e-commerce and online, Nitin Bawankule. “By 2020, India is expected to generate $100 billion online retail revenue out of which $35 billion will be through fashion e-commerce. Online apparel sales are set to grow four times in coming years,” he said at the India Fashion Forum. According to Google research, every third shopping search on Google is fashion-related and the queries on fashion are growing at 66% year-on-year.

Shipments of iPhone 6 devices to reach 53 million units in 1Q15, says paper, from TW

TaiwanApple is expected to ship 53 million units of iPhone 6 devices in the first quarter of 2015, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, citing data from Morgan Stanley. The US-based investment institution forecast previously iPhone 6-series shipments for the quarter to reach 51 million units. Meanwhile, shipments of all iPhone devices will reach 54.5 million units during the quarter, down 21% on quarter but up 43% on year.

Xiaomi Will Open 100 Experience Stores In India In 2015

IndiaChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to open 100 experience stores in India in 2015. According to Xiaomi, those experience stores will not sell any products. Instead, they will become channels for Indian consumers to experience Xiaomi products. Xiaomi entered the Indian market in July 2014 and its products are mainly sold via the local e-commerce operator India is currently the third largest smartphone market in the world.

Samsung India expects better sales growth in FY16

KoreaNEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Samsung Electronics expects its revenue growth in India this fiscal year to slow to less than half of last year, but still continue to outpace the industry in every category it operates. Samsung hopes new smartphone launches to drive sales next year in India, which it expects to become the second-largest market for the Korean electronics major by the end of 2016, surpassing the US but behind China.

OnePlus to launch OnePlus Two smartphone with 4GB RAM

ChinaNow the company has announced the successor of OnePlus One named ‘OnePlus Two’ priced at USD 538. One Plus Two  feature a 5.5-inch full HD LTPS display with 2,560 X 1,440 pixels resolution.  The device is be clocked at Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB RAM. Rumours suggests that smartphone will run on Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat Operating System, while some are speculating that it will run on company’s custom platform.

Smartphone boom in Vietnam benefits Chinese brands

VietnamIt plans to market products this year selling from several million dong to dozens of millions of dong to target different groups of customers. Shawn Shu, a Huawei senior executive, said it would have been easier for Huawei to join the Vietnamese market some years ago. Meanwhile, the market has become too competitive with the presence of “big guys”. The low-cost market segment, priced at below VND4 million, was once dominated by Vietnamese and Chinese brands. However, Microsoft has jumped on the bandwagon.

Acer’s Thailand notebook market share hits record

ThailandTAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) achieved a record-high notebook market share of 34.8 percent in Thailand in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said Wednesday, citing data from research firm IDC. Acer’s record-high share also marks “a new chapter for the brand’s continuous market leadership for over a decade” in Thailand, the New Taipei-based company said in a statement that did not disclose the market shares of other vendors or the overall market volume during the quarter.

Server demand from emerging markets rising, from TW

TaiwanDemand from emerging markets such as Russia and China for white-box servers directly supplied from ODMs has been increasing, pushing related ODMs to accelerate their paces on establishing full product lineups, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Because of the US government’s PRISM surveillance program, many Internet players in emerging markets are planning to establish in-house datacenters, boosting demand for datacenter hardware and bringing new business opportunities to Taiwan-based white-box server ODMs, the sources said.

Tech Mahindra opens sales office in Hanoi,Vietnam

VietnamTech Mahindra is bringing jobs and IT expertise across the region by opening its Vietnam sales office in Hanoi. Tech Mahindra is present in Vietnam since 2012 and has experienced an increase in the number of customers especially in the banking sector in the country. It has come a long way since 2012 and today it boasts a strong ecosystem in Vietnam comprising established product vendors and local partners.

Apple Watch to ship 15 million units in 2015, says Strategy Analytics, from TW

TaiwanThe Apple Watch will ship over 15 million units worldwide in 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple will quickly become the world’s number one smartwatch vendor and capture 55% global market share in the year, said the research firm. Global smartwatch shipments are forecast to reach 28.1 million units in 2015, up 511% from the 4.6 million units shipped in 2014, Strategy Analytics director Cliff Raskind indicated. Most of the smartwatch growth will come from the new Apple Watch, which the firm forecasts to ship 15.4 million units worldwide in 2015, Raskind said.