Times of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo, which owns the Motorola brand, plans to nearly double local production to 10 million units annually next year, as it aims to become the No. 2 smartphone brand in the fastest growing market worldwide. The company also plans to export from its existing facility in Chennai and will add more models from both brands to be made locally. Lenovo plans to bring the popular phone customization programme Moto Maker to India, after launching it in the US and Brazil.
Digi Times — Shipments of smartphones in India totaled 28.3 million units in the third quarter of 2015, up 21.4% from 23.3 million units shipped for the same period of a year earlier, according to IDC. In the third quarter, the 4G enabled devices have witnessed almost a three-fold increase in unit shipments over the previous quarter, IDC noted.
Digi Times — China-based vendor Lenovo has announced plans to replace its Vibe brand mid-range and high-end smartphones with its Lemon series and Motorola branding products, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report. In the future, Lenovo will market smartphones under Lemon and Motorola brands, respectively, in the China market, said the report, citing Chen Xudong, president of Lenovo’s Mobile Business Group.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Micromax Informatics, India’s second-largest smartphone vendor, said that it remained the largest home bred player, disputing the findings of research firm IDC which showed that Intex had surpassed it to become the leading local supplier in overall handset market in the third quarter. “We continue to retain our No.2 position (behind Samsung). We imported almost 9.7 million devices in the (third) quarter.
Tech in Asia — The number of internet users in India will reach 402 million next month, nearly 50 percent more than what it was last year, according to a study by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International. With the latest surge, India will overtake the US to have the second-largest internet user base in the world, next only to China. This will be music to the ears of mobile and internet-based businesses targeting the fast-growing digital market in India.
Times of India — NEW YORK: As China, the world’s largest smartphone market, grows wary of US surveillance, it is mulling its own “secure” smartphones in an attempt to insulate them from surveillance. The effort — another step in the country’s quest to build a homegrown tech industry — would involve state-owned companies as well as some of the private players, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Digi Times — Continued demand for affordable smartphones in emerging markets drove worldwide sales of smartphones in the third quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 353 million units, a 15.5% growth over the same period in 2014. “The availability of affordable smartphones in emerging markets saw consumers upgrade their feature phones to smartphones more quickly because of the small price gap,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner.
Android Headlines — November started with Huawei inviting us, along with a few other publications, across the world to China. Where we would spend some time in both Shenzhen (where their headquarters are located) as well as in Beijing. The main purpose of this trip was to give the media more of an inside look at the company, who is now the largest smartphone manufacturer in China, having recently taken that crown back from the start-up Xiaomi.
Times of India — MUMBAI | KOLKATA: Apple crossed the $1-billion sales mark in Indian operations for the first time in the year ended March, according to results filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Wednesday. The maker of iPhones and iPads posted a 44% increase in sales to Rs 6,472.89 crore from Rs 4500.35 crore and net profit doubled to Rs 242.85 crore from Rs 119.48 crore as the company widened its retail network and stepped up marketing efforts, including buyback schemes, installment programmes and discounts. The rupee traded at around 62-63 against the dollar in FY15.
RCR Wireless — India and China are often thought of as the fastest-growing mobile markets, but the latest Ericsson Mobility Report shows the rest of the Asia-Pacific region growing faster than these two giants combined. Excluding China and India, the Asia-Pacific region added 26 million new mobile subscriptions in the third quarter, while India added 13 million and China added 7 million.
Digi Times — According to Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), there were 755 million LTE mobile communication subscribers around the world at the end of June 2015. Digitimes Research forecasts the global LTE user base will increase to 945 million at the end of 2015 and 1.466 billion in 2016. From the beginning of commercial operation of the first network in the world to a global user base of one billion, it took over 12 years for GSM (2G), nine years for 3G and will take only six years for LTE, Digitimes Research indicated.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Canada-based low-cost tablet and smartphone maker DataWind is considering a foray into the affordable 4G device segment by mid-2016 and plans to start two new manufacturing facilities with an initial investment of Rs 200 crore in the country. “We may work on a sub Rs 3,000-priced 4G-enabled smartphone next as the 4G market matures in India,” DataWind chief executive Suneet Singh Tuli told ET, adding that the company is closely watching the telcos’ 4G moves.
Enterprise Innovation — Hong Kong consumers are increasingly likely to make their online purchases through mobile devices (mobile phone or tablet), rather than via desktops, according to Visa’s 2015 e-commerce Consumer Monitor Survey. Respondents from Hong Kong reported a large growth in mobile commerce (m-commerce) this year, a 23 percent increase from 2014 in online shopping via their mobile devices.
Tech in Asia — Although we don’t have a total number for the entire country yet, it seems certain that yesterday was the biggest online shopping day in the history of the world. (If that sounds hyperbolic, go read about how much Alibaba sold). But what were people actually buying? Xiaomi stuff, apparently. Of course, people buy tons of things on Singles Day. But the Chinese smart hardware startup has announced that Xiaomi was the number one overall vendor on Alibaba’s Tmall platform for the third year straight.
Selular.ID — Singapore: Advances in mobile technology makes the presence of smartphones are increasingly popular. Phone vendors continue to compete to boost the development and production of smartphone devices until next year. In the event the Innovation Day 2015 in Singapore, Huawei mention the existence of a new evolution of the smartphone, called superphone.
Digi Times — Asustek Computer will be able to ship a total of 20.5 million smartphones in 2015, meeting its shipment target set for the year, according to company CEO Jerry Shen. The company shipped 13.5 million smartphones in the first three quarters of 2015 and will ship another seven million units in the fourth quarter, Shen said.
ZDNet — Chinese technology giant Huawei has announced its vision for the next generation of the smartphone: The “superphone”, which will further integrate the physical with the digital world, where everything that can be connected will be connected. According to Huawei, the smartphone-to-superphone evolution will take place within a 12-year cycle similar to the one that saw Motorola invent the first feature phone in 1995 and Apple end that cycle by inventing the first smartphone in 2007.
Digi Times — China had 1.3 billion mobile communication service subscribers as of the end of September 2015, growing 0.28% sequentially and 2.14% on year. Of the subscribers, 427.41 million (32.88%) and 302.39 million (23.26%) used 3G and 4G services respectively, and 948.07 million (72.94%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
Myanmar Times — The parent to MPT joint venture partner KDDI Summit Global Myanmar said Myanmar’s state operator has boosted its user base by 250 percent since the firms teamed up last July. With a 16-million-strong user base the state-owned incumbent leads Myanmar’s race for mobile users. However, with Telenor’s subscriber tally coming in at just under 12 million late last month, its long-held first-place ranking could be at risk.
Digital News Asia — DIGI Telecommunications Sdn Bhd said it has started field tests on Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology over its 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) network. Digi, which is claiming that its 4G LTE network is now the widest in the country – a claim that rival Maxis Communications Bhd may dispute – said that the addition of VoLTE capability will further enhance the subscriber experience. VoLTE brings voice calls over a 4G LTE network, Digi said in a statement.