Lenovo aims to double India smartphone production to 10 million units

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo, which owns the Motorola brand, plans to nearly double local production to 10 million units annually next year, as it aims to become the No. 2 smartphone brand in the fastest growing market worldwide. The company also plans to export from its existing facility in Chennai and will add more models from both brands to be made locally. Lenovo plans to bring the popular phone customization programme Moto Maker to India, after launching it in the US and Brazil.


India market: Smartphone shipments increase 21.4% on year in 3Q15, says IDC

IndiaDigi Times — Shipments of smartphones in India totaled 28.3 million units in the third quarter of 2015, up 21.4% from 23.3 million units shipped for the same period of a year earlier, according to IDC. In the third quarter, the 4G enabled devices have witnessed almost a three-fold increase in unit shipments over the previous quarter, IDC noted.


Lenovo to phase out Vibe brand smartphones, says report

ChinaDigi Times — China-based vendor Lenovo has announced plans to replace its Vibe brand mid-range and high-end smartphones with its Lemon series and Motorola branding products, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report. In the future, Lenovo will market smartphones under Lemon and Motorola brands, respectively, in the China market, said the report, citing Chen Xudong, president of Lenovo’s Mobile Business Group.


Lenovo looks to boost enterprise segment growth, in India

Indialivemint — New Delhi: Chinese computer technology company Lenovo Group Ltd is betting on India’s e-commerce sector to accelerate growth for its enterprise segment which sells servers and storage, catering to the networking needs of web companies. Taking on the bigger rivals including Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell Inc. with the renewed India strategy, the company is eyeing a bigger piece of India’s datacenter infrastructure market.


China mobile phone users reach 1.3 billion in September, says MIIT

ChinaDigi Times — China had 1.3 billion mobile communication service subscribers as of the end of September 2015, growing 0.28% sequentially and 2.14% on year. Of the subscribers, 427.41 million (32.88%) and 302.39 million (23.26%) used 3G and 4G services respectively, and 948.07 million (72.94%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).


Check out all the big-shot tech execs who met the Chinese president in Seattle

ChinaBusiness Insider — Some of the most powerful tech leaders got together in Seattle to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his visit to the US Wednesday. And based on the group photo tweeted out by Seattle Times reporter Matt Day, it was a star-studded event:


China white-box smartphone vendors lower prices to cope with increasing competition

ChinaDigi Times — China-based white-box smartphone vendors, under increasing competition from vendors including Huawei Device, Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology and Coolpad as well as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, have reduced ex-factory quotes, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Quotes for a 5-inch white-box smartphone, for example, have reached as low as US$35, the sources said.


Lenovo to step into OEM handset business

ChinaDigi Times — Lenovo has decided to ramp up the capacity utilization rates of its handset production facilities by stepping into the OEM handset business, in a move to revive its dwindling handset business, according to industry sources. The move is also part of Lenovo’s restructuring plan for its handset business unit after the company posted a loss of US$292 million for the second quarter of 2015.


Worldwide server shipments grew 8% in 2Q15, while revenue increased 7.2%, says Gartner, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — In the second quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 8% on year, while revenues increased 7.2% from the second quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The second quarter on-year growth for 2015 slowed compared with the annual growth of the first quarter of the year,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.


Smartphone brands in China to focus on quality not quantity

ChinaWant China Times — Faced with increasingly acute competition, Lenovo, China’s leading IT firm, will have its mobile communications division, except for the operations of its Zuk smartphone brand, incorporated into Motorola, which it acquired in early 2014, Lenovo Mobile president Chen Xudong said on Aug. 27. The decision is in line with the strategy of the new CEO focusing on a few select models in order to survive the cut-throat competition on the market, according to the Chinese-language Beijing Daily.


Lenovo Cuts 3,200 Employees Worldwide

ChinaChina Tech News — China’s Lenovo Group announced that they will cut about 3,200 non-manufacturing employees worldwide. Lenovo announced this decision in its financial report for the first quarter of the 2015/16 financial year. The company said facing the dramatic decline of PC sales, Lenovo Group must continue to improve effectiveness and cut expenses. They will reduce about 3,200 non-manufacturing employees around the world, accounting for 10% of its total non-manufacturing employees and about 5% of its total employees. The company reportedly has 60,000 employees worldwide.


Chinese vendors triple smartphone share in India

IndiaChinese vendors tripled shipments year-on-year in the second quarter in the Indian market, indicating that low-cost vendors are posing a challenge to global players like Apple in a very price-sensitive market. The Chinese vendors have been successful by a combination of strategies, including online flash sales and by pushing low-cost 4G phones, priced at between US$100-150, a market that was unattended by Indian and global vendors, according to research firm IDC.


India not an easy market for Chinese handset makers

IndiaWant China Times — With the domestic market increasingly saturated, Chinese handset makers have turned their focus on India with its similarly huge population but it has proved a tough market to crack, according to a technology blog on web portal Sina. Although brands including ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo and Xiaomi have successfully snatched up the medium and low-end market in China from HTC and Samsung, they face tough home-grown rivals in India.


Lenovo to take on Asustek, Acer in Taiwan’s PC market

TaiwanLenovo Group, the world’s biggest PC maker by sales, said on Thursday that it aims to grab a “double-digit” share in Taiwan’s consumer PC market that is currently dominated by the local brands Asustek Computer and Acer. Lenovo currently accounts for 6%-7% of the Taiwan consumer PC market by unit sales, which the Chinese giant expects will reach 10% by the end of current fiscal year that will conclude in March 2016, said Lenovo Taiwan general manager Paul Tseng, who took office on April 1 this year.


Lenovo says it has big plans for Malaysia

MalaysiaBEIJING-based global technology giant Lenovo Inc said it has big plans for Malaysia, with new business models and strategies for 2015. This is part of its continuous shift to the device and connected ecosystem, which will see increased emphasis on human-centric design in everything from wearables and smartphones to tablets, PCs, servers and software, as well as cloud services, the company said in a statement. As part of Lenovo’s transformation, the company will continue to invest more in the Malaysian market.


Lenovo aims to up market share in Malaysia

MalaysiaKUALA LUMPUR: Lenovo, a global technology leader, on Wednesday unveiled its transformation via new business models and strategy for 2015 to its Malaysian channel partners. This is part of its continuous shift on the entire device and connected ecosystem with increased emphasis on human-centric design, from wearables, smartphones, tablets, personal computers, servers, softwares as well as cloud services.


Google Play may pay subsidy to enter China

ChinaSearch engine Google is reportedly in talks with Chinese phone makers on introducing its Play app store to the country, where the mobile market has recorded explosive growth, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Sources told the newspaper that three of China’s six major handset makers–ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo, Vivo and Oppo–received offers from Google, which would pay US$1 for each phone that is pre-installed with a version of Google Play. “For Chinese handset makers that post thin margins, a subsidy of 6 yuan (US$1) is a lot,” said Wang Yanhui, director of Mobile China Alliance.


China’s X86 Server Market Grew 23% In Q1 2015

China.gifChina’s X86 server market scale reached USD1.6 billion, a year-on-year increase of 23%, according to a report from market research firm Gartner. Inspur, Dell, and Lenovo ranked the top three in this market. Statistics from Gartner show that during the first quarter of 2015, the global server market saw obvious growth with shipments of 2.67 million units, representing a year-on-year increase of 13%. This was reportedly the first time for the global server market to reach double-digit growth since the global economic crisis in 2008.


Worldwide server shipments grow 13% in 1Q15, while revenues increase 17.9%, says Gartner, from TW

TaiwanIn the first quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 13% on year, while revenues increased 17.9% from the first quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The first quarter of 2015 was a particularly strong start to the year, with the strongest shipment growth since the third quarter of 2010, when the market was recovering from the downturn. It was also the second-largest-volume quarter ever,” said Adrian O’Connell, research director at Gartner.


Google seeking new partners for nexy generation Nexus phones; China vendors may prevail

China.gifGoogle will continue to roll out its next-generation Nexus smartphones, and a number of handset vendors including Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology, Huawei and LG Electronics are likely to gear up efforts for winning the cooperation project, according to sources at Taiwan’s supply chain. But since LG has produced the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, Google is more likely to choose China-based handset makers as new partners, either for strengthening its presence in China or supporting the development of new production partners, said the sources.