Compal begins mass production of smartphones in Vietnam, says paper

VietnamDigi Times — Compal Electronics’ plants in Vietnam have started mass production in small volumes and currently have about 100-200 workers. Compal aims to recruit a total of 2,000, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report. Compal has invested US$500 million in the Vietnam plants and will use the production lines to manufacture smartphones.

Google India confirms Nexus 5X, 6P launch date

IndiaNEW DELHI: It’s official! Google’s new Nexus phones are arriving in India on October 13. In line with rumours, the search giant has sent invites to the media for an event scheduled next Tuesday, where it’s expected to unveil Nexus devices. The same is also apparent from the Android bot featured in the invite. The pricing of the two phones was already online thanks to a slip up on Google Play Store. Flipkart has also started teasing the Nexus 6P on its website.

Japan market: HTC unveils 2 SIM-free smartphones

JapanDigi TImes — HTC on October 1 unveiled two SIM-free smartphones, Desire Eye and Desire 626, for launch in the Japan market at retail prices of JPY50,000 (US$416) and JPY29,800 in mid-October, according to the company. In May 2015, regulations which required handsets be bundled with SIM cards ended.

China’s Huawei rides Google coattails into new markets

China.gifShanghai Daily — WITH a partnership to make one of Google’s flagship Nexus smartphones, Chinese tech giant Huawei is gaining new prominence which could help its efforts to win broader global consumer appeal. Huawei was tapped this week to produce the Nexus 6P, one of two handsets unveiled this week by Google to showcase its Android mobile operating system.

Apple Music Now Offers iTunes Movies and iBooks in China

ChinaChina Topix — Chinese music-streaming fans may now subscribe to iTunes Movies and iBooks as Apple Inc. has finally announced that its services are now available to Android users in China. Included on their long list of artists are both Chinese and international performers. Thus, subscribers may choose from a vast library of songs also being offered in other countries worldwide.

Panasonic aims $2 billion revenue from smartphone by 2018

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Panasonic is targeting almost $2 billion (Rs 13,200 crore) in revenue from smartphones by 2018 as it makes a comeback in the business globally, with India as the key sales driver. The Japanese electronics maker’s optimism stems from the initial success it tasted in the country and the recent decision to make India its base for expanding business in south Asia and India, Middle East and Africa, Panasonic India MD Manish Sharma said.

Eight cores good, ten cores better: MediaTek resumes Qualcomm multi-core war

TaiwanThe Register — Despite what Qualcomm claims, its main foe, MediaTek, claims that the core wars are not over. Qualcomm has argued – like a politician saying that “left and right is old thinking” – that it isn’t about how many cores you had, but what you did with them. Qualcomm recently announced impressive performance figures for its new Snapdragon 820 chip, which has four cores, and it doesn’t use the standard ARM architecture in the 820 – and will claim that for the spin it’s applied and the process it’s using, four cores is plenty.

China white-box smartphone vendors lower prices to cope with increasing competition

ChinaDigi Times — China-based white-box smartphone vendors, under increasing competition from vendors including Huawei Device, Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology and Coolpad as well as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, have reduced ex-factory quotes, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Quotes for a 5-inch white-box smartphone, for example, have reached as low as US$35, the sources said.

Micromax, Celkon and Karbonn sign MoU with Andhra Pradesh for manufacturing hub

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh signed MoUs with low-cost Indian mobile phone manufacturers Micromax, Celkon and Karbonn for setting up of a mobile manufacturing hub at Tirupati. The MoUs were signed in Vijayawada in presence of chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The state government described this as the first step towards making the state an electronics manufacturing hub.

RJio launches unlimited free Wi-Fi in Mumbai during Ganesh Utsav

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: RIL’s telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced the launch of unlimited free Wi-Fi service, Jionet, at select pandals during ongoing Ganesh Utsav. Devotees visiting Lalbaug Cha Raja, Andheri Cha Raja and Sahyadri Cha Raja pandals during 11-day long festival will be able to access high speed Wi-Fi internet services through their mobile devices, the company said in a statement.

Xiaomi to push India sales via own e-commerce site

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Xiaomi, China’s leading smartphone maker, plans to ramp up sales in India through its own e-commerce site, although it has no immediate plans to trim offerings with retail partners Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal, a top company executive told ET. “Xiaomi is keen to sell more products in India through and grow its e-commerce business,” Manu Jain, India operations head, told ET.

TSMC secures A10 chip orders from Apple, says report

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be the exclusive supplier of Apple’s next-generation A10 processors with volume production to kick off starting March 2016, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report. TSMC will offer its in-house developed backend integrated fan-out (InFO) wafer-level packaging for the production of the A10 chips, which will be built using the foundry’s 16nm FinFET process technology, said the report, which cited unspecified Apple suppliers as its source.

Tizen-Powered Samsung Z3 Arriving in Europe Later this Year; Production Starts in India

KoreaVC Post — Samsung has confirmed that its Tizen-powered Z3 smartphone will be arriving in Europe soon. This will be the first Tizen-running Samsung smartphone to be sold outside Asia. Tizen 3.0-powered Samsung Z3 is expected to be released first in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia, and Poland. While the first-ever Tizen-powered Samsung smartphone, Z1, was introduced first in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Micromax, Intex both claim No. 2 spot in India’s smartphone market

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: It’s a no-holds barred slugfest between incumbent Micromax and challenger Intex for the No. 2 spot in the lucrative smartphone space in the world’s fastest growing market.  The fight reflects the intensity of the battle for buyers and the volatile nature of the Indian market, the world’s fastest growing after China.

Lenovo to step into OEM handset business

ChinaDigi Times — Lenovo has decided to ramp up the capacity utilization rates of its handset production facilities by stepping into the OEM handset business, in a move to revive its dwindling handset business, according to industry sources. The move is also part of Lenovo’s restructuring plan for its handset business unit after the company posted a loss of US$292 million for the second quarter of 2015.

Apple may spoil Samsung’s party in India

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Apple plans to advance the launch of its just-unveiled iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in India to the first half of October and may bring in Apple Watch as early as next week, setting the stage for one of its biggest marketing wars with arch-rival Samsung this festive season, four senior trade officials said.

Commentary: MediaTek to account for over 50% revenues of Taiwan IC design industry

TaiwanDigi Times — The landscape of Taiwan’s IC design industry is set to undergo significant changes in 2016 as MediaTek has disclosed plans to acquire up to 100% stake in analog IC vendor Richtek Technology, and its subsidiary MStar Semiconductor will also take over display driver IC maker ILI Technology (Ilitek). Both acquisition plans are to be completed in the first half of 2016.

H1 2015 smartphone, tablet sales in Malaysia unhampered by GST: IDC

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — A TOTAL of 4.8 million units of smartphones and 900,000 units of tablets were shipped in the first half of 2015 (H1 2015) in Malaysia, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia/Pacific’s Quarterly Mobile Phone and Tablet Trackers. Smartphones and tablets grew by 42% and 15%, respectively, compared with H1 2014, the research and analyst firm said in a statement.

4G war breaks out among telcos

VietnamVietnam Net — Viettel has officially kicked off the 4G new race among mobile network operators, stating that it will begin providing 4G services in October. Dat Viet quoted Viettel’s deputy CEO Do Minh Phuong as saying that Viettel is gearing up to prepare for the service launch. It has signed contracts on equipment procurement and will install equipment soon.

Asustek to have Foxconn, Arima produce ZenFone

TaiwanAsustek Computer, in addition to its existing ODM partners Pegatron and Quanta Computer, will have Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) make its ZenFone smartphones for the Brazil and India markets, and Arima Communications do so for the Indonesia market, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.