BANGALORE: Phone makers and retailers have more than one reason to celebrate this festival season. With the launch of new devices and falling prices, this Diwali is being seen as a bumper season for smartphone sales. “We are thinking, let’s have the volumes ready. I’m sure it’s going to be a hit. The target is to catch Diwali,” said Sudhir Hasija, chairman of local smartphone brand Karbonn, which is gearing up to launch Android One phones in September. Brands like Micromax and Spic ..
Tomorrow, Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S will go on sale for the first time in India. The plan is to sell 40,000 units in the flash sale on Flipkart, but well over 200,000 people have already registered for it, Manu Jain, Xiaomi’s India head, told Tech in Asia. 40,000 is not a small number to sell on the first day of sales but eager Mi fans on Xiaomi India’s Facebook page have already started posting their disappointment over the huge gap between the demand and supply.
Mobile network operators and OTT app developers have finally found a way to co-exist. According to Harald Preiss, a senior executive of Nokia Networks, in the countries which have been utilizing 4G technology like Japan, mobile network operators now provide free voice call and SMS service as a part of the monthly data package service, and they only charge fees for data services. As such, when customers use OTT services, mobile network operators can earn money, while users will be more satisfied because they can use high-quality services.
NEW DELHI: Emerging countries in regions like India and China will help smartphone sales jump close to 24 per cent this year to 1.25 billion, even as the growth pace slows down in mature markets, research firm IDC said. According to IDC, more than 1.25 billion smartphones are expected to be shipped worldwide in 2014, representing a 23.8 per cent increase from the 1.01 billion units shipped in 2013.
One more big phone maker has given up on Windows Phone. Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker says that it will no longer release Windows Phone devices because it simply can’t make any money on it. Where else can Microsoft turn? In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business group, was direct about the company abandoning Windows Phone.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Asia Pacific Telecom (APT,亞太電信) Chairman Lu Fang-ming (呂芳銘) yesterday stated that shifting its 4G network launch date from the first quarter of next year to before the end of this year is the best path for the company, he said at the firm’s extraordinaire shareholders’ conference. Shareholders questioned APT executives on the lack of progress in its forthcoming 4G network, as the technology has already been implemented by rivals in the sector.
Today popular Chinese gadget manufacturer Xiaomi officially launches in Indonesia. Company heads Hugo Barra and Lin Bin flew to Jakarta and presented its first product for the country: the IDR 1.5 million (US$128) Redmi 1S. Surprisingly, that’s a bit cheaper compared to the selling price in neighboring Singapore (S$169 or US$136); gadgets are generally more expensive in Indonesia.
China’s ZTE Corporation has signed a contract with Slovak operator SWAN for a nationwide LTE network project. ZTE will exclusively construct a core CS/PS network, and a GSM/LTE mobile communications and value added services network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode GSM/LTE base stations to SWAN. Financial terms of the deal were not released.
Intel and Mozilla have collaborated on a cut-price smartphone which will go on sale in India for just 1,999 rupees (£19.90) in a bid to grab a slice of the country’s rapidly expanding market. The Intex Cloud FX uses Mozilla’s Firefox operating system and is powered by a 1GHz processor and memory which can be expanded to a 4GB limit. Users will also get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and dual-SIM slots.
During the first half of 2014, the number of adults using the mobile Internet in Taiwan reached 9.87 million. The Taiwan Network Information Center published a report on the broadband network usage in Taiwan in 2014, which said that over the past three years, Taiwan’s Internet growth rate maintained a rate of over 70% and it also reached 77.6% in 2014. Meanwhile, the development of mobile devices has promoted the rise of the mobile Internet.
There will be an estimated 250 million handsets sold in the India market in 2014, 35% of which will be smartphones, an increase from the 23% in 2013. However, with a population of 1.2 billion and an underdeveloped infrastructure in India has resulted in a complicated system for marketing handsets and offering after-sale service. To collect direct information on the India market, Digitimes interviewed four India-based handset-marketing companies in Chennai and New Delhi and invited India-based enterprises and Taiwan-based MediaTek and Delta Electronics to attend two India-Taiwan business symposiums.
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.
Sales of handsets in the India market reached 61.07 million units in the first quarter of 2014, with smartphones accounting for 17.59 million units or 28.8%. Notably, smartphone sales showed a 186% on-year growth in the first quarter compared to a 31% growth recorded in China, indicating rising growth momentum in India, according to IDC. The market research firm expects smartphone sales in India to top 80.57 million units in 2014, with a CAGR of over 40% in the next five years.
TAIPEI — HTC Corp. (宏達電) confirmed it will launch the world’s first Android smartphone using an octa-core 64-bit processor on Sept. 4, trying to steal spotlights ahead of the annual IFA electronics trade show in Germany. The next HTC handset is codenamed with “820” as the company hinted in its teaser images posted on its Twitter-like Sina Weibo microblog in China. The Taiwanese smartphone maker has sent out media invitations for a press conference in Berlin, Germany on Sept. 4, which will be hosted by Chang Chia-lin, HTC’s president of global sales and chief financial officer.
MUMBAI, Aug 26 — The Cloud FX will be the first smartphone offered to the country’s consumers to run a cost-effective alternative to Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS operating systems. In terms of specifications, the handset, built by Intex Technologies specifically for the Indian market, is not going to give the iPhone a run for its money. It has a 3.5-inch screen, a 1 GHz processor and no front-facing camera. But that’s not the point; the point is the handset’s operating system which is open and created in a language that pretty much all web designers and developers are familiar with — HTML5.
A Vietnamese smart phone is now offering Opera Max software that can compress data by up to 50 per cent compared with the limited 3G packages available now. Now available in Mobiistar’s Black Diamond Prime508 model, it will only be uploaded on Viet Nam’s Google Play after three months. The software allows users to easily manage their mobile data usage and enjoy video clips with less buffering than usual. Nearly 70 per cent of videos on 2G and 3G networks in Viet Nam have to buffer. This is the second highest rate in Southeast Asia after only Myanmar, where it is over 88 per cent.
Poised to give China one of its biggest sugar rushes yet, Candy Crush Saga finally made its long awaited debut in the Middle Kingdom. Developer King Digital announced in a statement its mega-hit will will be made available through Tencent Holdings, a Chinese game publisher that also operates China’s largest instant messaging platforms Mobile QQ and Weixin, each with hundreds of millions of users. The game, where players have to align three items and solves puzzles to advance, will also be available through Tencent’s App Center and Apple’s App Store in China.
According to Bac Ninh Province’s authorities, the firm has sent a document to related agencies in Vietnam announcing that it is going to shut down all or part of its factories in Komarom (Hungary), Beijing and Dongguan (China) and Reynosa (Mexico). Earlier, Nokia Vietnam said in a statement sent to relevant agencies to report on its business performance since 2011 and new business strategy after Microsoft took over Nokia that Microsoft has plans to relocate most smartphone production lines to Vietnam.
Spice Retail Limited has taken the lead in democratizing the handset category through an ultra low cost phone, the country’s first Firefox OS powered smartphone, Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1. Priced at an unbelievable price of Rs,2,299, Spice Fire One is purely targeted to the nearly 90 per cent of the feature phone users wanting to switch to smartphones. The device is aimed at the masses that are looking for a larger than life phone statement but are deterred due to price sensitivity.
SAN FRANCISCO: US videogame service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf. The Santa Monica, California-based firm has partnered with Xiaomi Inc to take its games to Chinese living rooms via the smartphone maker’s new streaming boxes and “smart” TVs, an Ouya executive and a source at Xiaomi close to the deal told Reuters.