SINGAPORE: China’s smartphone maker Xiaomi has revealed its latest smartphone, the Mi 4, on Tuesday (July 22), touting that the device is its “fastest” and would come with 4G capability. A Xiaomi representative told Channel NewsAsia that the Mi 4 will be on sale in China from July 29 and will be compatible with telco China Unicom’s mobile network, but the release dates for other markets – including Singapore – are not confirmed.
Beijing-based consumer electronics company Xiaomi, Inc’s. rapid four-year growth has led it to target the potentially rich smartphone markets in India. Xiaomi outdid sales of Apple, Inc. in China when it offered competitive and inexpensive smartphones and tablets. The emerging company has used social media to gain market share in other Asian markets. Now, it is teaming up with Flipkart.com to sell its newest device, the Mi3.
China now has 632 million internet users, according to the latest report from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). These numbers for June 2014 reveal internet penetration in the country is still shy of the halfway mark at 46.9 percent. Mobile internet users continued to surge to 527 million from 460 million six months ago. 83.4 percent of netizens access the web via mobile device, which for the first time ever has surpassed those who access the web via PC at 80.9 percent.
VietNamNet Bridge – The Ha Noi Department of Information and Communication s has recently caught a private IT company spying on 14,140 mobile phone subscribers using the Ptracker software. Initial police investigations showed that the Viet Hong Company’s malicious software used on digital devices to collect personal information was being used by wives and husbands to keep track of their partners. A lawyer, an IT expert, a psychologist and members of the public talked about the issue.
NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker ZTE is expected to launch its premium ‘Nubia Z7 Max’ handset in India ahead of the festive season to compete in the fiercely contested smartphone market. Nubia Z7 Max, priced at around Rs 26,000, will be the first device from ZTE’s premium phone range to debut in India, the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. ZTE will launch the device around September-October in the Rs 24,000-26,000 range, sources said.
BANGALORE: Google is gearing up to spend more than 100 crore with its partners on advertising and marketing for the $100 Android One smartphone, reports Economic Times. India being one of the fastest growing smartphone market in Asia-Pacific region, with an increased rate of 186 percent in the first quarter of 2014. The launch is planned in October for Diwali, when Sundar Pichai, the senior V-P at Google is expected to visit India during that time.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators” report to their offering. “Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators” report provides a top-level overview and detailed insights into the operating environment for mobile operators. It is an essential tool for companies active across the telecom value chain in Asia-Pacific and for new companies that may be considering entering the market.
Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of its new application hub – ‘Samsung GALAXY Apps’. An improvement upon its predecessor, the GALAXY Apps is a host of select 500 quality curated apps, 300 of which will be India centric Apps and 200 global Apps. The new Samsung GALAXY Apps will offer enriched display with new logo, icon, user interface, design and an augmented experience to the Galaxy smartphone consumers.
Today, Xiaomi revealed just how committed it is to breaking Samsung’s hold on the Indian smartphone market with the launch of its flasghip smartphone, the Mi3, slated for July 22. The cheaper Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Redmi Note will launch later.
Xiaomi Mi3 is priced at INR 13,999 (US$232) now available for pre-order ahead of July 22 shipping. Xiaomi Redmi 1S for Rs 6,999 (US$116) will go on sale soon. Xiaomi Redmi Note will be INR 9,999 (US$166), also due soon.
LG’s 2014 marquee phone G3 can now be pre-booked at an online store in the sub-continent. Before the company could officially announce the release date of its flagship phone, a local e-commerce site, Infibeam has begun taking orders for LG G3 in India. The retailer has also disclosed the price of the 16GB and 32GB models – ₹46,990 (MRP: ₹49,990) and ₹49,990 (MRP: ₹54,990) respectively and adds that the delivery of the device would begin from 25 July.
Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC officially launched the One E8 and Desire 616 smartphones in India on Friday (11 July). HTC’s One E8 is the plastic variant of the flagship HTC One M8; it boasts dual-curve design having ergonomic uni-body exterior, seen on the high-end HTC One models, sans the usage of metal; instead it flaunts a synthetic polycarbonate body.
Smartphone vendors that are looking to release new high-end models in the second half of 2014 are worried about getting access to enough component supplies as many component makers are preparing orders for Apple’s new iPhone, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. In addition, non-Apple vendors have delayed the launches of their new smartphones to a later time in 2014 to avoid direct competition against the new iPhones, the sources noted.
China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile telco by user-base with 787 million subscribers and the fifth-biggest company in China. Near the end of last year, it was the first telco in the country to receive a 4G license from China’s Ministry of Internet and Information Technology (MIIT), and the number of LTE subscribers on its network has grown strongly ever since.
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC recently published its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, stating that the company achieved operating revenue of NTD65.06 billion; its pre-taxes net profit was NTD2.76 billion; operating profit was NTD2.43 billion; post-taxes net profit was NTD2.26 billion; and its net profit per share was NTD2.74. HTC’s performance in the second quarter met its expectations. Prior to this, the company predicted that its operating revenue would be between NTD65 billion and NTD70 billion; its gross margin would be between 21.3% and 22%; and its earnings per share would be between NTD2.21 and NTD3.
Flipkart, India’s homegrown ecommerce titan, started selling Motorola phones online five months ago – it’s the only official sales channel for Motorola in the country. Flipkart revealed this week that shoppers have bought one million Motorola phones in that time. That covers three models: the Moto E, Moto G, and Moto X. To put that figure into context, people in India bought 52.4 million smartphones in the financial year 2013-14, according to data from India’s Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the body representing the nation’s tech sector.
Chinese phone maker Xiaomi will start its account in India with the flagship Mi3 on July 15. The smartphone is priced aggressively at INR 14,299 (US$250) and is sure to shake up the affordable smartphone market in India with top-of-the-line specs. India has been eagerly waiting for Xiaomi’s first offering. The company’s announcement on Facebook today got close to 500 likes in minutes. Mi3 has a nice ring to it for Indians.
When Xiaomi first came to Singapore to sell its flagship phone, the Mi3, every single phone from the first batch was snapped up in two minutes flat. Today, Xiaomi went one better with the inaugural launch of the Redmi Note. All 5,000 units of the 5.5-inch screened ‘phablet’ were sold out in an astonishing 42 seconds. On the Xiaomi Singapore Facebook page, a representative was quick to note that their ‘sold out timing’ refers to the time when all inventory is cleared, and is not indicative of orders placed.
Huawei Technologies is now using Chinese messaging app WeChat as their marketing tool to sell smartphones. The company introduced the marketing strategy during the last week of May when WeChat integrated a virtual shop of JD.com, an online retailer and second-largest e-commerce in China next to Alibaba group. According to JD, its WeChat store have received 550,000 Honor 6 pre-orders from customers. Also, portions of the orders were attributed the sales campaign the company launched before the handset was released on Tuesday.
The total number of TD-LTE subscribers worldwide increased to 12.48 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and will increase to 70.4 million at the end of the year, according to Digitimes Research. Saudi Arabia-based Mobily accounted for 28.2% of the 12.48 million subscribers, followed by Japan-based SoftBank Mobile with 27.5%, China-based China Mobile with 22.4% and Saudi Arabia-based STC with 10.8%, Digitimes Research indicated.
BANGALORE, INDIA: KeyPoint Technologies, an award-winning company in intelligent user interface technology, has partnered with Lava to enhance Iris 402e user-experience with a complete localization solution for the Indian Market. “We are very well known for the Adaptxt Keyboard that offers over 120 languages. We have chosen to partner with Lava to provide end-to-end localization services for their flagship device, Iris 402e. Localization is about being relevant to the local culture.