Earlier on Tuesday (29 July), Xiaomi Mi3 went on for the second sale this month and the response from the public was even more overwhelming than the previous time. Last week, Xiaomi phone got sold out within 40 minutes; today the company ran out of Mi3 stocks in a record 5 seconds time. Xiaomi boasted the feat on the company’s official Facebook page, thanking the fans for the tremendous response.
TAIPEI — The HTC Desire 816, a mid-range model sold by Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC Corp., ranked as the best seller in Taiwan’s smartphone market in June, knocking Asustek Computer Inc.’s (華碩電腦) ZenFone 5 out of the top spot, according to the latest figures. The ZenFone 5 was second followed by HTC’s flagship model the HTC M8, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.’s (鴻海精密) InFocus M210, China-based Xiaomi Corp.’s (小米科技) Hongmi and Apple Inc.’s iPhone 5S, according to statistics released Tuesday by industry sources.
Xiaomi Mi3 made a remarkable debut in India (via Flipkart) last week, with stocks running out within 40 minutes of its release. And now, the feature-rich smartphone is all set to go sale again on 29 July. Xiaomi’s exclusive e-commerce partner Flipkart has announced that Mi-3 sale will kick start at 2:00 pm noon, 29 July. It has to be noted that users must be pre-registered with the e-retailer, in order to buy the phone on Tuesday.
SEOUL: Samsung Electronics said on Monday (July 28) it would postpone the roll-out of its new smartphone based on Tizen, a home-grown operating system aimed at breaking away from Google’s Android system. The delay is seen as a blow to Samsung’s campaign to carve out a niche in mobile software and services, to complement its dominant hardware role. The Samsung Z, which has been specially developed by Samsung to run on the Tizen platform, was to go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year before reaching other markets.
Panasonic has sent out invites to media for an event on July 30, hinting that it will launch Eluga range of smartphones in India. So far, the company has offered its P and T range of Android smartphones, but the Eluga brand name has been associated with its flagship offerings. Last month Panasonic had teased the impeding launch of the Eluga range of smartphones. Interestingly, Panasonic has stopped making Eluga smartphones in its home country Japan so the India launch is sort of a revival for the brand.
Taiwan-based ODMs and own-brand makers will ship 21.95 million handsets in the third quarter of 2014, increasing by 4.2% on quarter and by 32.1% on year, and 18.65 million or 85% of the shipments will be smartphones, according to Digitimes Research. Chi Mei Communication Systems will be the top maker, followed by HTC, Compal Electronics, Arima Communications and Asustek Computer, Digitimes Research indicated.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chunghwa Telecom’s (CHT, 中華電信) near field communication (NFC) trusted service manager (TSM) system was recently certified by Visa to provide Visa credit card payment services on NFC-enabled smartphones in Taiwan. CHT announced that it has obtained certification from Visa for its NFC TSM system and has become a Visa-approved vendor able to provide mobile Visa credit card payment services on NFC-enabled smartphones in the Taiwan market.
We saw the official release of Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone Mi3 earlier this week. Now, fellow Chinese company OnePlus is slated to foray into the Indian market. OnePlus’ official blog administrator Carl Pei has hinted that the company has plans to enter Indian market, inciting excitement among many Indian fans. “It’s safe to say that we’re interested in India. Being such a young company, we also know that India is a huge challenge.
Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower — Steve Jobs — On Tuesday, around the time some 100,000 pre-registered Indian consumers were going berserk trying to get their orders through for Xiaomi’s Mi 3 platform on e-commerce local heavyweight Flipkart’s website, the Chinese budget handset maker was living up to its image of the Apple of the East back in Beijing.
NEW DELHI: Former Apple CEO John Sculley, who recently launched low-cost smartphone brand Obi in India, plans to take his products to other emerging markets next year after gaining a firm foothold in the local market. “Our aspirations are to build an international brand with India being the beachhead and to go to all of the emerging markets, learning from our experience here with differentiation around branding and marketing,” said Sculley, 75, who famously forced co-founder Steve Jobs out of Apple in 1985.
Chinese search giant Baidu reported a 34 percent jump in profit for the second quarter, with mobile ad sales accounting for almost a third of revenue for the first time. Baidu’s profit reached 3.5 billion yuan (US$571 million) for the quarter, while revenue soared 59 percent to 12 billion yuan, at the upper end of its forecast. Mobile made up 30 percent of revenue, which was a first for the company, CEO Robin Li said in a statement. A day earlier, Facebook said it more than doubled its profit in the second quarter, with mobile a big factor.
BANGALORE: Mobile connections in India will grow to 815 million in 2014, an 8 percent increase from 755 million connections in 2013, according to Gartner, Inc. The mobile services market in India will remain almost at the same level as 2013 at $19.2 billion in 2014. “The mobile market in India is going through a rough patch, where voice average revenue per user (ARPU) is falling very fast, and the increase in data ARPU is not able to fully compensate for the decline,“ said Neha Gupta, senior research analyst at Gartner.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Mobile connections in India will grow to 815 million in 2014, an 8 percent increase from 755 million connections in 2013, according to Gartner, Inc. The mobile services market in India will remain almost at the same level as 2013 at $19.2 billion in 2014. “The mobile market in India is going through a rough patch, where voice average revenue per user (ARPU) is falling very fast, and the increase in data ARPU is not able to fully compensate for the decline,” said Neha Gupta, senior research analyst at Gartner.
Due to oversupply of smartphone components and price-cut pressure from China-based smartphone vendors, many small- to medium-size China-based smartphone component makers are likely to be forced out of the market in the second half of 2014, according to supply chain makers. Demand for low-priced components in China is continuing to increase and makers are seeing increased pressure to find low-cost solutions, which is pushing out makers in the supply chain while others are seeing significant performance declines.
There is an “urgent” need for mobile services in the Australian state government of Victoria according to 89% of IT officials in the region, an exclusive FutureGov survey has found. FutureGov polled the 130 regional CIOs and senior public officials who attended the FutureGov Forum, Victoria last week, and asked them “how important/urgent is your need for mobile solutions?” In response, 59% said “important/urgent” while a further 30% said “very important/urgent”. No-one said that it is “not important at all,” 6% said that it is “not important,” and 3% said that they were “neutral”.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a notice today requiring developers to register with their real names when publishing their mobile apps to the public, according to Techweb. The aim is to discourage developers from anonymously pushing apps containing pornographic content and viruses, both of which are illegal in China. The notice also states that MIIT will create a blacklist database for developers who break the rules. Telecom operators, smartphone makers, and app stores will all be responsible for obtaining the names of developers who publish on their respective platforms.
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.