Digi Times — According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research, total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful, much of the Windows installed base are likely to use their current computer hardware for at least a while longer.
Times of India — BENGALURU: India was the fastest growing market for Dell last year, the first full year since the company went private. The growth was two times faster than in the second fastest growing market. And the growth did not come from a low base. India is Dell’s third largest market, after the US and China. Dell India MD Alok Ohrie told TOI that the company grew 30% in its fiscal year ended January 2015, compared to the year before.
Want China Times — Taiwanese computer maker Acer refreshed its entry-level notebook lineup Tuesday with two models powered by the Windows 10 operating system, as part of efforts to develop its cloud computing business. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 feature a fan-less design of just 17.9mm thick, while the 11-inch model weighs just 1.15kg and the 14-inch model weighs in at 1.6kg.
Digi Times — Taiwan-based ODMs will ship an estimated 32.067 million notebooks (not including detachable hybrid models) during the third quarter of 2015, accounting for 81.6% of the global total and increasing 2.4% on quarter but decreasing 12.2% on year, according to Digitimes Research. There will be 39.288 million notebooks shipped globally in the third quarter, growing 2.5% on quarter but slipping 12% on year, Digitimes Research indicated.
Digi Times — China-based ODMs LCFC (Hefei) Electronics Technology and Uniwill Technology are expected to have notebook shipments in 2015 significantly increasing on year, posing increasing competitive pressure on Taiwan-based notebook ODMs, mainly Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Digi Times — Worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.4 million units in the second quarter of 2015, a 9.5% decline from the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner. This was the steepest PC shipment decline since the third quarter of 2013. PC shipments are projected to decline 4.4% in 2015.
Orders received this coming July will be crucial for the second half 2015 business prospects for Taiwan-based component makers in the notebook and PC industry supply chain, according to sources in the supply chain. Intel’s decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform until the second half of 2015 has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems, affecting the sales performance of most component suppliers, said the sources.
Lenovo Group, the world’s biggest PC maker by sales, said on Thursday that it aims to grab a “double-digit” share in Taiwan’s consumer PC market that is currently dominated by the local brands Asustek Computer and Acer. Lenovo currently accounts for 6%-7% of the Taiwan consumer PC market by unit sales, which the Chinese giant expects will reach 10% by the end of current fiscal year that will conclude in March 2016, said Lenovo Taiwan general manager Paul Tseng, who took office on April 1 this year.
MICROSOFT Corp said that its new large-screen collaboration device the Surface Hub will be available for businesses to order in 24 markets beginning July 1, with only two Asian countries on the list. Singapore will be the only South-East Asian country getting it, joining Japan. The device is available in two main configurations: Surface Hub 55-inch for US$6,999, and Surface Hub 84-inch for a whopping US$19,999.
Wistron shipped 1.3 million notebooks in May, down 7.14% from 1.4 million units in April and the company currently expects the volume in the second quarter to suffer a sequential decline, down from original expectations of 0-5% growth. The company noted that its clients are not aggressive in pulling in their orders and this could be because consumers are waiting for the release of Windows 10 and have delayed their notebook purchases.
Taiwan-based notebook ODMs have been accelerating their paces building partnerships with Internet of things (IoT) startup companies and are providing financial, production and technological support to these players, looking to enhance their presence in the industry. The ODMs are expected to achieve some results in the second half, at the earliest. Since most of the startup companies are not able to commercialize their innovations due to lack of funding or production support, some ODMs are directly partnering with them and some have established small project teams to help these players.
BENGALURU: Global personal computers vendor Dell ranked top in shipments and sale of PCs, notebooks and workstations in the fourth quarter (October-December) of the calendar year 2014. “Dell ranked No.1 PC vendor in the commercial segment and No.2 in the consumer segment,” the US-based company said in a statement on Monday, quoting from IDC India PC market tracker for the quarter (Q4).
TAIPEI — 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.
PC shipments so far in the first quarter of 2015 have been short of expectations because many vendors are still clearing inventories and demand in Europe and emerging markets including China and Southeast Asia is weak. Consequently, shipments in the quarter are likely to drop over 20% sequentially, according to sources from ODMs and component makers. With PC products still lacking innovative features that could attract consumers, and smartphones and tablets continuing cannibalizing the PC shipments have been weak since the beginning of 2015.
CHANDIGARH: Leading personal computer player Lenovo today announced the launch of a financing support scheme to help consumers especially youth to buy computers and laptops. “As part of the initiative, Lenovo is providing an end-to-end package to make computers more accessible to youth across these markets. This includes an attractive finance scheme, Internet access and huge-scale promotion to drive awareness,” said company’s Director- Home and Small Business, Shailendra Katyal here today.
Security researchers warned that an adware program called Superfish, which was preloaded on some Lenovo consumer laptops, opened computers to attack. However, it seems that the same poorly designed and flawed traffic interception mechanism used by Superfish is also used in other software programs. Superfish uses a man-in-the-middle proxy component to interfere with encrypted HTTPS connections, undermining the trust between users and websites. It does this by installing its own root certificate in Windows and uses that certificate to re-sign SSL certificates presented by legitimate websites.
There have always been worries that the Chinese government could use its power to force homegrown technology companies like ZTE, Huawei, Qihoo 360 and Lenovo to spy on user communications, but now a bombshell has landed that shows Lenovo is forcing adware onto users’ computers on the company’s own volition.
Computer giant Lenovo has come under fire from users and security pundits after its consumer laptops were found to contain pre-installed adware/malware which could be used to intercept and hijack encrypted Transport Layer Security communications in Microsoft Windows. The ‘Superfish’ adware is a third-party application that was, until last month, installed on all Lenovo consumer laptops.
Mr. Peter Chang, Regional Head, South Asia and Country Manager, System Business Group, ASUS India said, “Being a value notebook with a premium feel, EeeBook has received tremendous response beyond our comprehensions. This is an exciting phase for us with the form of reception we are getting from the market. To cater to the same, we are today releasing the second lot on Flipkart. We will continue to pump up the units to counter the demand and to satisfy the ever growing appetite of our existing and prospective customers.”