Lenovo’s Motorola looks to take market share from China rivals

ChinaBEIJING: Motorola, the mobile handset maker bought by China’s Lenovo Group Ltd from Google Inc for $2.9 billion, is optimistic about its prospects in the Chinese market, its president told Reuters. Lenovo’s acquisition, completed three months ago, ended Google’s move into the consumer mobile handset business. The deal has turned personal computer-maker Lenovo into a challenger in the higher-end smartphone market, competing with Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc.


Facebook unveils ‘lite’ app for emerging markets

APACWASHINGTON: Facebook said on Monday (Jan 26) it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality internet connections in emerging markets. A spokesman told AFP in an email that the “Facebook Lite” Android app is designed “for people on 2G (second-generation) connections or in areas of limited Internet accessibility.” The move expands Facebook’s efforts to grow the world’s biggest social network, which already has more than a billion users.


Datawind to unveil mobile phones with free basic Internet

IndiaNEW DELHI: Low cost mobile device maker Datawind has earmarked about Rs 150 crore to launch mobile phones with free basic Internet services for one year to start with.  These phones will cost Rs 3,000 per unit. “We are in talks with a private operator to launch mobile phones with free basic Internet services for one year to start with. It should cost around Rs 3,000 a unit.


Samsung Electronics to be main chip supplier for next iPhone: Report

KoreaSEOUL: South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple Inc’s next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry.  Samsung will be responsible for around 75 per cent of the chip production for the next iPhone, the South Korean newspaper said.


Samsung to make Tizen OS-based smartphone in India

KoreaNEW DELHI: Buoyed by the market response to its Tizen OS-based smartphone in India, tech giant Samsung plans to manufacture the ‘Z1′ at its Noida facility soon. The South Korean firm, which is the world’s largest smartphone player, had launched the device earlier this month in India. “The compelling proposition of an easy to use and clutter free interface (of Z1), along with premium design has met wide consumer acceptance… The Z1 will be manufactured in company’s Noida plant in UP,” Samsung India Vice President Marketing (Mobile and IT) Asim Warsi told .


Xiaomi to Boost Smartphone Sales in India with Online Push

IndiaPopular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, Inc. is going to focus on its online sales strategies in India. Xiaomi says it can sell a wider array of smartphone models in stores throughout India while it keeps implementing the same online-only sales strategy, according to Reuters. This will only take place, however, if the phone manufacturer can increase the sales of its Redmi Note 4G model sold through Bharti Airtel Ltd.


Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6 ranks as top seller in local market

TaiwanTAIPEI — The iPhone 6, one of Apple Inc.’s newest smartphone models, ranked as the best-selling model in Taiwan for December 2014, industry sources said Friday. In addition, Apple grasped first place in both smartphone sales value and sales volume for the month, the sources said. Local consumers’ enthusiasm toward the two new iPhone models with larger displays — the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus — remained strong after the two models hit he local market in late September, the sources said.


SKT ordered to stop ads on 3-band LTE-A service

KoreaThe Seoul Central District Court ordered SK Telecom to halt advertising its tri-band LTE-A mobile wireless technology, a court spokesman said Friday. Since Jan. 9, SK, the country’s top mobile carrier, has launched a marketing campaign claiming its new wireless technology provides a downlink speed of up to 300Mbps. The court decision will be effective immediately.


Phone brands around the world are now rushing to emulate Xiaomi

ChinaOnce dismissed as a cloner, now a growing number of phone brands are rushing to copy China’s Xiaomi. What they want to replicate is the secret sauce that has propelled the young Beijing company from zero to 60 million phones sold per year in just four years. The recipe to that secret sauce, however, is a lot more complex than it appears. To those who haven’t yet come to understand Xiaomi, it seems that it’s just copying Apple at bargain basement prices – but that kind of assessment is way off the mark.


Xiaomi’s phablet forecast to boost unit of Foxconn

ChinaTAIPEI — Chinese handset maker Xiaomi (小米) Corp.’s newly launched 5.7-inch smartphone is expected to boost sales and profits for FIH Mobile Ltd. (富智康), a unit of Taiwanese contract electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group (富士康), according U.S. brokerage Morgan Stanley. Xiaomi on Jan. 15 unveiled the Mi Note flagship phone that features ultra-slim design, a more powerful processor, improved cameras and better display resolution. The 5.7-inch phone-tablet hybrid is available in China at 2,299 Chinese yuan (US$372).


Japan’s SmartNews booming in US with 1M monthly active users

JapanJust three months after debuting in the US, Tokyo-headquartered news app SmartNews has achieved a major milestone: one million Americans are already monthly active users. It has also reached the number-one spot in the news category for apps on the US versions of the App Store and Google Play.


Acer aims to double smartphone shipments in 2015, says CEO

TaiwanAcer expects its smartphone shipments in 2015 to double from 4-5 million units shipped a year earlier, according to company CEO Jason Chen. This means Acer aims to ship about 10 million smartphones in 2015. Acer’s smartphones are now available in 53 countries, more than doubling the company’s target of 25 countries set for 2014, Chen noted.


Micromax unit Yu to sell 15,000 Yureka smartphones units on Amazon today

IndiaNEW DELHI: Micromax’s fully-owned subsidiary Yu Televentures will put 15,000 Yureka smartphones on Amazon today, for its second online sale after launching the Rs 8,999 device last month. The online sale will begin at 2 pm Thursday and people with pre-registration will be able to buy the device. In the second round of sale today, the consumers who had registered to buy YUREKA before January 13, will remain pre-registered and can take part in the sale just the same as last time, the company said.


Rising competition from China supply chain: Q&A with Compal president Ray Chen

TaiwanCompal Electronics was one of the pioneers that relocated its major production base to China from Taiwan in 1990 and has since then transformed itself into an IT conglomerate with annual revenues topping over NT$700 billion (US$22.17 billion). As a notebook ODM, Compal also formed a joint venture, LCFC (Hefei) Electronics Technology, with China-based notebook brand Lenovo in 2011 as a means to secure notebook orders from the vendor.


iPhone hits record sales market share in South Korea, grows to 51% in Japan

KoreaApple’s iPhone is on a roll in a number of important Asian markets, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research (hat-tip to the Wall Street Journal for spotting this). The iPhone hit a record high sales market share in South Korea, accounting for 33 percent of monthly sales in the country in November. The stronger shipments of the iPhone in South Korea seem to have coincided with a big slip for Samsung:


Why China’s mobile gaming explosion isn’t really about mobile games

ChinaBy most standards, 2014 was a banner year for mobile gaming in China. The size of the industry itself doubled, with more than 300,000 people now working at over 5,000 mobile development companies (there were fewer than 3,000 at the end of 2013). Correspondingly, mobile gaming revenues went through the roof in 2014, reaching more than RMB 27 billion (US$4.3 billion) and shattering 2013’s revenue numbers. For the first time ever, mobile games in China took in more revenue than web-based browser games.


Fingerprint sensor market to face eliminations

TaiwanThe number of fingerprint sensor suppliers has risen to above 40 companies, intensifying competition in the market, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design firms. A price war will likely be triggered in 2015 and bring pressure on less-competitive players, which may be squeezed out of the market as early as the third quarter, the sources indicated.



Samsung to release superfast Galaxy Note4

Samsung Electronics will release an updated Galaxy Note 4 this week with the world’s fastest tri-band LTE-A wireless technology. A tri-band LTE-A wireless network is three times faster than the current LTE-A service, with download speeds of 300Mbps; meaning just 28 seconds will be needed to download a 1 GB movie. The release comes at a time when three domestic mobile carriers are embroiled in a dispute over SK Telecom’s claim that it has succeeded in offering the tri-band LTE-A service.


IBM unveils servers targeting e-commerce, mobile app economy

NEW DELHI: Technology giant IBM today unveiled the z13 mainframe servers, which will provide real-time encryption on all mobile transactions, targeting e-commerce and m-commerce firms in India. z13 is the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day. Its transactions are persistent, protected and auditable from end-to-end, IBM said in a statement.


Compal Electronics aims to ship 100 million devices in 2015, says president

ODM Compal Electronics aims to ship 100 million notebooks, tablets, AIO (all-in-one) PCs, smartphones, LCD TVs and servers in total in 2015, according to company president Ray Chen. Compal shipped 43 million notebooks in 2014 and expects 2015 shipments to remain unchanged, Chen said. The company shipped nearly 20 million smartphones and four million LCD TVs in 2014 and expects 2015 shipments to increase to 40 million and 4.5 million units, respectively, Chen noted.