4 of 5 smartphones in China are Android, most with at least 3 Tencent apps installed

Chinese web giant Baidu has released a new report documenting the rise of smart mobile devices in China. The Q2 2014 Mobile Internet Trends  (PDF) report shows smart device penetration rose to 30 percent of China’s population, triple the rate from just two years ago. That being said, the growth rate diminished last quarter. Android’s firm hold on the market has only grown stronger. Baidu says Android has 79 percent market share in China, up from 73 percent one year earlier. iOS, meanwhile, actually dipped slightly from 13 percent to 12 percent.

http://www.techinasia.com/4-5-smartphones-china-android-3-tencent-apps-installed/

China Telecom Will Sell Unlocked iPhone 6

China Telecom said all iPhone 6 units the company will sell will be unlocked and may be used on all wireless networks in China. China Telecom is the third largest telecommunications company in China, following China Mobile and China Unicom. At the moment, iPhone units being sold by China Telecom only accept SIM cards issued by the company. China Telecom’s early 4S to most recent 5S models only run under their 3G CDMA2000 network and 2G CDMA network.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/7648/20140822/china-telecom-will-sell-unlocked-iphone-6.htm

Chinese Consortium Offers To Buy iPhone Camera Supplier For USD167 Million

iPhone camera supplier OmniVision Technologies said that the company has received a cash acquisition proposal from a Chinese investment consortium led by Hua Capital Management Ltd. According to media reports, the consortium offered to buy OmniVision for USD29 per share in cash for a total value of USD167 million, which represents a premium of 17.9% to the company’s closing price last Wednesday.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/18/20812-chinese-consortium-offers-to-buy-iphone-camera-supplier-for-usd167-million

Strong iPhone sales in China boost Apple profits

The impending release of a new flagship Apple smartphone has failed to dampen sales of current iPhones, with the consumer electronics giant reporting a jump in quarterly profit off the back of strong smartphone sales. Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter, the company announced today – a 13 percent rise on the same period last year, and the second quarter in a row it has posted double-digit percentage growth in iPhone sales.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390211,strong-iphone-sales-in-china-boost-apple-profits.aspx

Apple iPhone "threat to national security": Chinese media

BEIJING: Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has accused US technology giant Apple of threatening national security through its iPhone’s ability to track and time-stamp a user’s location. The “frequent locations” function, which can be switched on or off by users, could be used to gather “extremely sensitive data”, and even state secrets, said Ma Ding, director of the Institute for Security of the Internet at People’s Public Security University in Beijing.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/apple-iphone-threat-to/1256540.html

Influential Chinese State Broadcaster Calls iPhone a Security Threat

China Central Television (CCTV), citing a report by an online security expert, said the iPhone’s ability to track location and record time can be used to collect and analyze data on the Chinese economy and even “state secrets.”  The influential state broadcaster was referring to data stored in iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” feature, which it claimed can be rooted out and used in nefarious activities. Although CCTV does not necessarily represent the views of top officials in Beijing, the broadcaster has proven to exert influence on businesses.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/4019/20140711/cybersecurity-apple-china-iphone.htm

Apple’s larger iPhones said to start mass production next month – from Taiwan

TAIPEI, June 24 — Apple Inc’s suppliers will begin mass production of new iPhones in China next month, according to people familiar with the plans. Apple is ramping up on two bigger-screen iPhones, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. One model will have a 4.7-inch screen that may be available to ship to retailers around September, said two of the people. A larger 5.5-inch version is also being prepared for manufacturing and may be available at the same time, the people said.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/apples-larger-iphones-said-to-start-mass-production-next-month

Review: Lava Iris X1 – from NEW DELHI

NEW DELHI: This new phone from Lava is the latest entry-level smartphone with Android 4.4. Lava has attempted to stand apart from the crowd with a sleeker design and 8MP camera. Straight out of the box, the Iris X1 impresses for such a low-cost phone. The sleek phone in white has rounded edges and a silver plastic surround – the design is very similar to the Apple iPhone 4/4S.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/et-review-lava-iris-x1/articleshow/36624764.cms

iPhone users in VN safe from recent hacker attacks

Many iPhone users in Australia and the US had accounts hacked recently because they used their iPhone accounts with some online services. Meanwhile, Vietnamese have been spared from the incident because few of them use these services. Ngo Tuan Anh, vice president of BKAV, a well known internet security expert, said that a series of online services had been attacked recently. From the affected accounts of the online services, the attackers logged into iCloud.com and hacked iPhones.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/104286/iphone-users-in-vn-safe-from-recent-hacker-attacks.html

Foxconn rumored to land 5.5-inch iPhone orders; Wistron gets 4-inch phone orders

Apple is rumored to release a 5.5-inch and a 4.7-inch iPhone in 2014 with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) said to be manufacturing both models, while Pegatron has landed 30% of the 4.7-inch model’s orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Orders for the existing 4-inch iPhone will be outsourced to Wistron.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140527PD205.html?mod=3&q=APPLE

Apple plans August launch for iPhone 6 – from Taipei

TAIPEI: Apple plans to release its new iPhone in August, a month earlier than expected, after sales were hit by new big-screen models from its rivals, a major Taiwanese newspaper reported on Friday, citing supply chain sources. The Economic Daily News quoted unnamed sources as saying Apple had acquired parts from various Taiwanese suppliers such as wafer maker Visual Photonics Epitaxy Co and Largan Precision, a leading maker of lenses used in mobile phones, for the handset expected to be called iPhone 6.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/apple-plans-august-launch/1100490.html