China produces over 760 million handsets in 1H15, says MIIT

ChinaDigi Times  — China-based makers produced 761.788 million handsets in total during the first half of 2015, decreasing 4.5% on year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). China-based makers produced 70.582 million color TVs in the period, increasing 2.7% on year, and 66.141 million units of the output were LCD models, growing 2.1%.

Vietnam attractive for smartphone production

VietnamVietnam Net — There are more investors expanding their business in Vietnam to utilize support policies from the government and the country’s large, low cost workforce, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, an online Japanese newspaper. It noted that Microsoft has moved its manufacturing lines from two factories it closed down in China to its factory in the north of Vietnam.

Mobile commerce grows fast in Vietnam

VietnamVietnam Net — MasterCard announced the results based on interviews done between October and December 2014 with a minimum of 500 respondents aged 18-64 in each of the 14 surveyed markets. They included Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, India and Philippines.

Panasonic eyes smartphones for revenue growth in India

JapanTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic’s India arm was looking to ramp up revenues via the handset business at a time when growth in different verticals of consumer durables have slowed down, a top company official said. The firm, which just did a business of Rs 700 crores last year from its handset business, is looking to close this year at Rs 2,000 crore.

Asustek, Taiwan ODMs benefit from growing demand for inexpensive smartphones in Japan

JapanDigi Times  — There is increasing demand for inexpensive SIM-free smartphones in the Japan market and consequently ZenFone series models launched by Taiwan-based vendor Asustek Computer have been in booming sale and Japan-based smartphone vendors including Sony Mobile Communications, Sharp, Fujitsu and Kyocera have sought cooperation with Taiwan-based ODMs to develop and produce inexpensive SIM-free Android smartphones specifically for sale in the Japan market, according to Taiwan-based smartphone ODMs.

Smartphone AP revenues jump 20% in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — The global smartphone applications processor (AP) market registered a solid 20% year-over-year growth to reach US$5.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum grabbed the top-five revenue spots in the global smartphone AP market in the first quarter of 2015, said Strategy Analytics.

Global smartphone shipments grow 1.9% on quarter in 2Q15, says TrendForce, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Global smartphone shipments grew 1.9% sequentially to 304 million units in the second quarter of 2015, according to TrendForce. Shipment growth slowed down in the second quarter as vendors were preparing to launch new flagship models for the second half of the year, said the market research firm. However, China-based vendors posted a growth rate higher than the industry’s average, reaching 15.6% or 126 million units in the second quarter.

Taiwan IT industries facing challenges from China supply chains, says MOEA

TaiwanDigi Times — A number of Taiwan’s IT related industries, including IC design, LCD panel (touchscreen), camera module, battery and chassis, are facing severe challenges from the supply chain makers in China, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has warned.

Airtel to launch branded 4G handset at Rs 4,000

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: To counter Reliance Jio’s bid to capture the 4G services market with low cost bundled handsets, telecom major Bharti Airtel is planning to launch Airtel branded smartphones for Rs 4,000 by October-November. “Airtel is in advanced stages to finalise vendors to launch dual mode 4G handset in the price range of Rs 4,000-12,000. Negotiations are around if it should be only Airtel branded handset or co-branded handsets,” a industry source privy to the development said.

Huawei on path to ship 100 million smartphones by year end

ChinaTimes of India — HONG KONG: China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s fourth-biggest smartphone maker, is ahead of schedule on smartphone shipments and will meet its 2015 target of 100 million handsets before the end of the year, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.

Global Android phone makers slump in China

ChinaWant China Times — Leading global smartphone companies in the Android camp have not fared well in the Chinese market this year, amid heated competition from local players and Apple, the China Business Daily reports. Samsung, which dominated the Chinese smartphone market until last year, gave estimates on the company’s results for the period between April and June July 7, estimating its operating profit at 6.9 trillion South Korean won (US$6.13 billion), down 4% from last year.

China Telecom Will Allow Customers To Use VoLTE By 2018

ChinaChina Tech News — China Telecom chairman Wang Xiaochu revealed the company’s VoLTE development route and stated that China Telecom plans to raise its 4G network coverage to the level of 3G networks and realize the commercial use of VoLTE before 2018. VoLTE – Voice over LTE – is an IP data transmission technology that delivers high-speed data service and high-quality voice and video communications.

China ZACEEZ to become largest handset production base worldwide

ChinaDigi Times  — China government-developed Zhengzhou Airport Comprehensive Economic Experimental Zone (ZACEEZ) in northern China has a cluster of nearly 70 handset supply chain makers currently and is set to replace Shenzhen in southern China to become the largest handset production base in the world, according to Taiwan-based handset supply chain makers.

Chinese E-commerce Group Rumored To Buy 25% Stake In Indian Phone Maker

IndiaChina Tech News — Alibaba Group may soon enter into an agreement with Micromax, a mobile phone manufacturer in India, to purchase a 25% stake in the latter for USD700 million. According to reports in Indian local media, this will become the first time for Alibaba to buy Indian phone maker shares as a foreign investor if the deal is successfully signed.

Foxconn to roll out smartphones for Xiaomi in India: report

IndiaWant China Times — Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, will assemble smartphones in India for Chinese brand Xiaomi, according to a report posted Wednesday by India’s technology website TeleAnalysis. The report cited an unnamed official from Sri city as saying that since early June, Foxconn, known in Taiwan as Hon Hai Group, has been moving production facilities from its plant in Chennai to a new base located in Sri city,

Xiaomi’s prospects look uncertain despite this year’s success

China.gifWant China Times — Xiaomi recently announced that it sold 34.70 million smartphones in the first six months of this year, up 33% from the same period of last year and ranking No. 1 in China for the fifth consecutive sales season, according to Sina’s tech news portal. Despite the success, there are still doubts about the prospects for the smartphone maker.

Sony Mobile CEO: “We will never ever sell or exit from the current mobile business.”

JapanAndroid Authority — For the better part of the current millennium, Sony has been in a perpetual state of financial turmoil. While some core businesses like gaming are safe and secure, fans need only to look at the VAIO brand to feel a twinge of pain. As far as the mobile market goes, the situation has been far less stable, with reports usually indicating a bleak future.

Vietnamese smartphone market still fastest-growing in SE Asia

VietnamVietnam Net — In August 2014, Wiko, a French smartphone brand officially joined the Vietnamese market with products priced under VND6 million. Alcatel, which visited Vietnam a year before, has focused on mid-tier products. Huawei, a Chinese brand, had an impressive product launch earlier this year.  However, the largest smartphone distribution networks such as The Gioi Di Dong, Vien Thong A and FPT Shop all reported that purchasing power was weak.

Huawei launches four new smartphones in India

China.gif Times of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei said it was looking to strengthen its retail presence as it launched a new series of smartphones that will be available offline only. The newly launched smartphones — Y336, Y541, Y625 and G620S — will be available under Huawei’s G and Y series between the price range of Rs 5,499 – Rs 9,499.

Foxconn Electronics to produce Xiaomi, Asustek smartphones for sale in Brazil

TaiwanDigi Times  — China-based vendor Xiaomi Technology will soon its launch entry-level Hong Mi (Red Rice) 2 smartphone in the Brazil market and Taiwan-based vendor Asustek Computer will also launch its ZenFone 2 smartphone in the market in August, with the two models under production by a factory set up there by Taiwan-based EMS provider Foxconn Electronics, according to industry sources in Taiwan.