Worldwide smartphone growth to slow to 10.4% in 2015, says IDC, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% on year, instead of a previous forecast of an 11.3% growth, to 1.44 billion units in 2015, according to the latest data released by IDC. However, steadily falling ASPs will fuel growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019.

Alibaba, Qihoo 360 set to enter China smartphone market

ChinaDigi Times — More China-based Internet service providers are looking to enter the local smartphone market later in the second half of 2015, according to sources at Taiwan’s IC design houses. Alibaba and Qihoo 360 will launch their own brand models in cooperation with handset makers, said the sources. As new entries in the local smartphone market, both Internet service providers will be gearing up for China’s National Day holiday in October and Single’s Day promotions in November, the sources indicated.

Xiaomi looking to start Africa sales in the autumn

ChinaWant China Times — After entering emerging markets such as India and Brazil, leading Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is gunning for the African market as early as September, reports the Shanghai-based China Business News. Xiaomi reportedly will introduce the Xiaomi 2 and 4 smartphones to African counties, priced at US$160 and US$320, respectively.

Vietnam sees rapid growth in smartphone use

VietnamVietnam Net — The use of smartphones in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow rapidly, on par with the rest of the world, with page-view volume on mobile websites and apps also comparable with the global average. India, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, countries which Opera refers to as the ‘P4’ (Power 4) sub-region, have witnessed a dramatic increase of 545% in the use of smartphones since 2013, making it one of the sub-regions with the fastest growth rates in the world.

Xiaomi’s bottleneck appears inevitable as rivals catch up

ChinaWant China Times — The growth of leading Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been slowing down as the country’s smartphone market becomes saturated and domestic rivals Huawei, Meizu and Lenovo catch up with innovative models and diversified sales channels, reports the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald. Xiaomi sold 34.7 million handsets in the first half of the year, 33% growth over the same period last year.

Asustek Zenfone 2 launches in Latin America

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan’s Asustek Computer has launched its second-generation ZenFone series in Brazil, taking aim at Latin America’s smartphone market. The ZenFone 2 was launched during a Thursday press event at the iconic Ibirapuera Auditorium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Asus also launched its ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone Selfie, ZenFone 2 Deluxe and revealed a brand new ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition.

Asustek aims to be top-10 smartphone vendor in 2016, says CEO

TaiwanDigi Times  — Asustek computer aims to ship 40 million smartphones globally in 2016, becoming one of the world’s 10 largest vendors, according to company CEO Jerry Shen. Excluding the China market, 2016 target shipments are 30 million smartphones, Shen said. Asustek shipped eight million ZenFone-series smartphones in the first half of 2015 and expects to ship six million in the third quarter.

Smartphone Market Volume to Reach 1.83 Billion Units by 2019 Growing at 7.1% CAGR. from IN

APACPRNewswire — PUNE, India: Worldwide Smartphone Market Forecast, 2015-2019 research report says while China is expected to occupy a lion’s share of global smartphone market at over 30% in 2015, its share however is predicted to fall below 30% in 2016 and thereafter. Complete report on worldwide smartphone market spread across 16 pages and covering 10 companies while providing data for 2012-2019 is now available.

India-made smartphones’ share jumps to 24.8% in Q2: Study

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative seems to have begun bearing fruits as 24.8% of the smartphones shipped in the country during the June quarter were made locally compared with 19.9% in preceding quarter, according to a report. According to the research firm CyberMedia Research, a total of 56.6 million handsets were shipped during the June quarter, of which smartphones comprised 43% (24.8 million units) of the volume.

Smartphone prices in India may fall this year: Report

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Smartphone prices in India may fall by 11% year-on-year in 2015 with demand for 4G devices capturing 6% of the smartphone unit demand, research firm GfK said. Besides, India would be the largest contributor to smartphone sales growth globally, it added. In the second quarter of 2015, global smartphone sales in value terms was up 7% year-on-year, while in volume terms, it grew 5% year-on-year, GfK said in a statement.

Huawei wins European smartphone award for third year running

ChinaWant China Times — Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei was on Monday announced as the winner of the prize for the European Consumer Smartphone 2015/2016 in recognition of its Huawei P8 smartphone. Huawei has now won the award, handed out by the European Image and Sound Association (EISA), for three consecutive years — it won the 2014/2015 award for the Huawei Ascend P7, while the Ascend P6 won the previous year’s prize.

MediaTek gives way to Phison as Taiwan’s top IC designer earner

TaiwanWant China Times — MediaTek lost its title as the most profitable integrated circuit designer in terms of earnings per share (EPS) in Taiwan in the first half of this year in the wake of slowing global demand for smartphone chips, according to figures released Saturday. Smartphone chips serve as the largest revenue source for MediaTek, accounting for more than 60% of the IC designer’s total sales.

Chinese vendors triple smartphone share in India

IndiaChinese vendors tripled shipments year-on-year in the second quarter in the Indian market, indicating that low-cost vendors are posing a challenge to global players like Apple in a very price-sensitive market. The Chinese vendors have been successful by a combination of strategies, including online flash sales and by pushing low-cost 4G phones, priced at between US$100-150, a market that was unattended by Indian and global vendors, according to research firm IDC.

Asustek confirms tie-up with Foxconn to make phones in India

IndiaWant China Times — Taiwan’s Asustek Computer confirmed on Tuesday it has teamed up with contract manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group (Hon Hai Precision Industry), a key supplier to Apple, to produce smartphones in India. Mass production of the assembly line is expected to begin at the end of August, with a monthly capacity of around 200,000 units, Asustek chief executive Jerry Shen told reporters after the company’s earnings briefing.

Foxconn set to win more smartphone orders for sale in India, Brazil, say sources

TaiwanDigi Times — Foxconn Electronics will benefit the most for snapping up more windfall smartphone orders as handset vendors including Asustek Computer and Xiaomi Technology are foraying into the smartphone markets in India, Brazil and other emerging economies, according to industry sources.

Software and IT services sales spike in China in H1

ChinaWant China Times — Software and IT services sales in China surged in the first five months this year, evidence that consumption pertaining to technology and internet is increasing economic growth, said China’s top economic planner. The two sectors witnessed a 17.1% increase in sales revenue from a year earlier to 1.59 trillion yuan (US$260 billion) during the January-May period, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Monday.

India to overtake US smartphone market by 2017, Q2 sales up 44%: IDC

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: After a sluggish first quarter, smartphone shipment in India grew 44% to 26.5 million units in the June quarter as vendors took to online retail to push sales, research firm IDC said.  Also, the market is expected to continue to grow in double-digits over the next few years as people switch to smartphones and gradually upgrade to 4G-enabled phones.

China’s Xiaomi to unveil its first India-made phone

IndiaIndia Times — MUMBAI: Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc will unveil its first phone to be manufactured in India on Monday, as it looks to expand aggressively in the world’s third-largest smartphone market amid slowing growth in China.  “Will be launching Xiaomi’s first India manufactured phone tomorrow in Vishakhapatnam,” N. Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of southern Andhra Pradesh state, tweeted late on Sunday.

VNPT VinaPhone set to launch

VietnamVietnam Net — The Corporation was created on the basis of unifying subsidiaries of the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), including VinaPhone, the Vietnam Data Communication Company (VDC), the Vietnam Telecoms National Company (VTN), and VNPT International, to focus business on telecommunications services and information technology under Decision No. 888/QD-TTg from the Prime Minister on the restructuring of VNPT.

SMIC’s 28nm Chips Power Mainstream Smartphones Marking a New Era for Advanced Chip Manufacturing in China

ChinaPRNewswire — SHANGHAI: Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), China’s largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry and one of the world’s largest foundries, today announced its 28nm process technology that is used for manufacturing Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processors, has been successfully adopted into mainstream smartphones. This marks a significant step in the commercial usage of 28nm core chips, and a new era of advanced mobile phone chip manufacturing in China.