India snaps up 52.4 million smartphones in past year, but tablet boom slows dramatically

Thanks to the proliferation of low-cost phones and reduced data tariffs, smartphone sales more than trebled in India in the financial year 2013-14, growing by 244 percent. 52.4 million smartphones were sold in India in that time period, says MAIT, the body representing India’s IT hardware, training, and R&D services sectors, in its annual industry performance review. Surprisingly, India’s tablet boom slowed down dramatically. Unsurprisingly, desktop computer sales were down.

This Is Volantis, HTC’s Nine-Inch Nexus Tablet

With Android Silver rumors brewing, and LG’s Ken Hong indicating that the manufacturer doesn’t have a Nexus phone in the cards, the fate of the Nexus line as a whole has been sort of up in the air. We don’t have news about whether a Nexus phone exists, but we do have information related to HTC’s Volantis (or Flounder), an 8.9″ Nexus tablet. The information provided to us indicates possible specs, features, and pricing, as well as an early look at the form factor, though the images we have don’t appear to be final renderings of the device.

Lenovo Launches Windows 8.1 OS Powered Yoga 2, Flex 2 Laptops in India; Price, Specifications Details

Top PC maker Lenovo has launched two new generation laptops – Yoga 2 and Flex 2 – in India. The new Yoga 2 convertible ultrabook series comes with a 13.3-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS wide-view touch-screen screen and, as the name suggests, users can flip the laptop a full 360 degrees to fours modes – laptop, tablet, stand and tent.

The Most appreciated Apps on iOS – India

BANGALORE: Applications for the smartphones are available on the App stores for everything, from scanning your documents to food recipes. With an app available for every individual’s taste, we would like to introduce some of the best, people friendly apps out there, as compiled by Paste media.

Digitimes Research: Intel to achieve 80% of 2014 tablet AP shipment goal

Intel is set to ship 40 million application processors (APs) for tablets in 2014, up 400% from the volume in 2013, though most market watchers believe the goal is rather difficult to achieve. Digitimes Research has found that Intel is currently placing its focus on penetrating into the Android tablet market and is persuading brand vendors and China white-box players to join its camp by offering subsidies and support from its China-based supply chain, which Intel has been nurturing.

Xiaomi unveils its first-ever tablet, the Mi Pad, set to retail starting at $240

At Xiaomi’s Baomihua (“Popcorn”) fan meetup in Beijing today, founder and CEO Lei Jun took the stage to announce three upcoming products for the growing company. First, Xiaomi will introduce its second smart TV, the Mi TV 2. Sporting a display with 4K resolution), the device is 23 percent thicker than its previous incarnation and will retail for RMB3999 (about US$640) when it hits shelves on May 27.

Lenovo launches first consumer Chromebooks

SAN FRANCISCO, May 6 — The world’s largest PC maker has taken the wraps off two new notebooks that ignore Microsoft in favour of Google’s lightweight virus-free operating system, Google Chrome OS. Both Chromebooks use Intel Celeron processors, supported by up to 4GB of RAM and 16GB hard disks. However, in terms of cost, portability — they measure just 295 mm x 212 mm x 17.9 mm (11.6 in x 8.34 in x 0.70 in) and boast an eight-hour battery life — and ease of use, they have very few competitors, except for other Chromebooks.

Sony warns investors of deeper loss as it exits PC business

TOKYO–Sony on Thursday warned it would report a bigger-than-expected annual loss, blaming costs tied to its exit from the personal computer business, as the once-mighty firm undergoes a painful restructuring.  The Japanese electronics giant said it would book a 130 billion yen net loss (US$1.27 billion) in the latest fiscal year to March, while it slashed its operating earnings outlook. The figure is worse than a 110 billion yen net loss forecast just three months ago, when Sony also announced it would cut 5,000 jobs in its struggling computer and television units.

Acer sets internal targets of 10 million smartphones and tablets for 2014

Acer has set an internal goal of shipping 10 million smartphones and 10 million tablets in 2014, increasing from the 1.5 million and five million shipped in 2013, according to Acer’s Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Acer regained normal business operations in the first quarter of 2014, weathering the negative impact of personnel reshuffles in the second half of 2013, company CEO Jason Chen said. Shipments will start to rise beginning the second quarter, Chen indicated.

Apple’s sales boom in Communist Vietnam

HANOI: Communist Vietnam is suddenly Apple Inc’s hottest market after sales there tripled in its fiscal first half, a growth rate five times faster than in India where it is spending heavily in a battle for market share.   Vietnam has barely received a mention from Apple executives in their regular briefings for financial analysts. But in a quarterly conference call on Wednesday, they were talking up the potential of the country.

Vietnam is now Apple’s fastest growing market in the world

If you know anything about Vietnam, you know that Vietnamese people are highly brand conscious. Brands are associated with status and status is everything. Vietnam is so brand conscious that a business person will not trust that you are successful unless you drive a nice Mercedes Benz. So it’s no surprise that Apple, which has been deemed the world’s number one brand, is seeing its iPhones and iPads flying off the shelves in Vietnam.

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments drop 30% sequentially in 1Q14

Global tablet shipments reached only 58.56 million units in the first quarter of 2014, down almost 30% sequentially, but up 4.6% on year despite Samsung Electronics trying to boost both its high-end and entry-level tablet shipments and Lenovo pushing shipments to meet its fiscal 2013 targets. Seasonality, Apple seeing weaker sales, and the tablet market growing mature were also factors that affected shipment performance, according to Digitimes Research.

Windows tablets gaining traction in Japan

TAG indexSales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising as vendors have been aggressively releasing Windows 8.1-based 8-inch models since October 2013. In February 2014, 15.7% of Japan’s tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models, up significantly from a year ago and also larger than the Windows tablet’s share of 2% in the worldwide tablet market, according to figures from Japan-based BCN.

Office 365 Personal now available in Asia Pacific

Microsoft’s Office 365 Personal, a new consumer subscription offering for Office 365, is now available in Asia Pacific. The software company announced the availability of this offering today, adding that  Office 365 Personal is designed for smaller households or individual users with single PC and tablet devices, but comes with the familiar features of Office in the cloud to subscribers.

Acer gears up for back-to-school PC demand

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Taiwan’s Acer Inc. will host a press conference on April 29 in New York to roll out a back-to-school lineup of notebook computers, tablets and all-in-one computers, the company’s chairman Stan Shih said Wednesday. The new products, integrated with Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) services, will be demonstrated by Acer Chief Executive Officer Jason Chen and presidents of Acer’s business groups, according to Shih.

Japan-, Korea-based vendors increase ODM orders for 8- to 10-inch Windows tablets

Japan- and Korea-based vendors have recently released more orders for 8- to 10-inch Windows tablets to ODMs in Taiwan, which is expected to boost Windows’ share in the tablet market, according to sources with Taiwan’s supply chain. The fierce price competition in the 7-inch tablet market and the gradually saturated tablet demand are driving Japan- and Korea-based vendors to seek to rely more on product differentiation.

Microsoft aims at global shipments of 25 million Windows tablets in 2014, say Taiwan makers

Microsoft has set an internal goal of increasing global Windows tablet shipments, including its Surface, in 2014 to 25 million units, five times the five million units shipped in 2013, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The target shipments are too optimistic, and 18-20 million units is more likely, according to the sources.

4.14 million new tablets shipped in India last year, iPad is third most popular

Gadget manufacturers shipped 4.14 million tablets in India in 2013, according to new data from IDC today. While the number sounds small for a nation with over 800 million voting-age consumers, the tablet shipments number is up 56.4 percent from 2012. The boost in numbers is driven mostly by affordable, low-end tablets, says IDC.

Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Tablet 2013-2017 Forecast and Analysis

This IDC study presents an update on the tablet market in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) or APEJ, along with market sizing data from 1Q12 to 1Q13, as well as forecast data for the 2013-2017. Breakdowns by vendor, country, operating system, connectivity, and screen size are also included to provide greater insight into APEJ dynamics.

Thailand’s One Tablet Per Child faces another dead end as a Chinese manufacturer cancels the deal

It seems the Thai government can’t catch a break. With the political crisis ongoing, one of the government’s most popular policies, One Tablet Per Child has hit another dead end. A famous policy that even Google’s Eric Schmidt once praised, One Tablet Per Child is the Yingluck administration’s program to equip every public school first grader with a tablet, with the goal to encourage better education.