Why Chinese smartphone makers are turning to India

IndiaHONG KONG: The most important market for Chinese smartphone makers may no longer be China. For years, hundreds of millions of Chinese have bought new smartphones. In the process, they lifted the fortunes of local handset makers, from the well known like Huawei and Lenovo to the obscure like Coolpad and Gionee. But the era of fast growth is coming to an end in China, where the research group IDC said that phone sales fell 4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, the first contraction in six years. IDC expects no growth in China’s smartphone market in 2015.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Why-Chinese-smartphone-makers-are-turning-to-India/articleshow/47264974.cms

Micromax Canvas Nitro 2 launched at Rs 10,399

IndiaNEW DELHI: Indian brand Micromax has listed a new smartphone, named Canvas Nitro 2, on e-commerce website Infibeam. Though a formal announcement about the smartphone is yet to be made, the e-tailer is selling the model for Rs 10,399. The new Canvas Nitro 2 has a 5-inch HD (720p) display with 178-degree viewing angles and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). The smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Mediatek 6592 processor that is backed by 2GB RAM. It comes with 16GB internal storage and supports microSD cards with capacities up to 32GB.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/mobiles/Micromax-Canvas-Nitro-2-launched-at-Rs-10399/articleshow/47247556.cms

One Plus, Micromax end dispute, OnePlus users to get Cyanogen OTA, from India

IndiaNEW DELHI: One Plus smartphone users in India will continue to get software updates of Cyanogen operating system, as the Chinese smartphone maker resolved an ongoing legal battle with Micromax Informatics through mutual consent. In a blogpost on its website on Friday, One Plus said that its customers and fans in India will continue to receive software updates from Cyanogen, in line with users in other markets as all legal proceedings have been resolved and cases have been withdrawn through mutual consent.

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One Plus, Micromax resolve dispute over Cyanogen OS, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: One Plus smartphone users in India will continue to get software updates of Cyanogen operating system, as the Chinese smartphone maker resolved an ongoing legal battle with Micromax Informatics through mutual consent. In a blogpost on its website on Friday, One Plus said that its customers and fans in India will continue to receive software updates from Cyanogen, in line with users in other markets as all legal proceedings have been resolved and cases have been withdrawn through mutual consent.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/one-plus-micromax-resolve-dispute-over-cyanogen-os/articleshow/47204988.cms

Alibaba in talks to buy US$1.2bil stake in Micromax: sources

IndiaMUMBAI: Alibaba Group Holding is in talks with India’s Micromax Informatics to buy an about 20% stake in the smartphone maker, helping the Chinese e-commerce giant expand in one of the world’s fastest growing markets for the devices, several people with direct knowledge of the matter said.  The deal, if completed, would see Alibaba investing as much as US$1.2bil (RM4.31bil) in Micromax, the second-largest smartphone brand in India by sales, and would value the company at up to US$6bil (RM21.58bil), two of the people said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2015/05/08/Alibaba-in-talks-to-buy-US12bil-stake-in-Micromax-sources/

India smartphone market contracts but Samsung maintains leadership in Q1 : CMR

IndiaNEW DELHI: Samsung retained its leadership in the India smartphone and overall market even as smartphone market contracted 7 per cent sequentially, in January to March quarter 2015, analysts at CyberMedia Research said Tuesday. India’s mobile handsets market declined 15 per cent in terms of overall shipments over Q4 2014, to 53 million mobile handsets of which, 37 per cent (19.5 million) were smartphones, CyberMedia said. Featurephone shipments declined 18 per cent sequentially.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/india-smartphone-market-contracts-but-samsung-maintains-leadership-in-q1-cmr/articleshow/47170864.cms

Micromax Canvas Play listed online

IndiaNEW DELHI: Indian handset brand Micromax has expanded its Canvas series with the launch of a new smartphone, Canvas Play. The smartphone has been listed on the company website and is available via online website ebay.in at Rs 7,490. At this price, the smartphone competes with Lenovo A6000 Plus, Gionee Pioneer P4S and Spice Stellar 526n. The dual sim smartphone features a 5.5-inch FWVGA (480×854) display. Powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, Canvas Play has a 1GB RAM, and comes with 8GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/mobiles/Micromax-Canvas-Play-listed-online/articleshow/47082635.cms

Micromax looks for strategic investors to diversify portfolio

IndiaNEW DELHI: In a move to stay competitive against rivals like Samsung and Xiaomi, domestic mobile handset maker Micromax is planning to rope in strategic investors on its board in the next 2-3 months, as part of its plans to expand product portfolio and services.  “Micromax is looking at beefing up investments in research and development of its products and services and so, getting a strategic investor on board makes sense,” sources said. They added that the company is in discussions with potential partners and these kind of decisions “take time”.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/micromax-looks-for-strategic-investors-to-diversify-portfolio/articleshow/47057769.cms

Micromax to go for flash sales in bid to protect market share

IndiaNEW DELHI: Micromax is introducing ‘flash sale’ to its online retail strategy as the country’s second largest handset maker looks to maintain its breakneck growth rate and take competition such as Xiaomi and Motorola head-on. Micromax, which clocked 54% jump in its revenues for the year ended March 2015 at around Rs 10,000 crore, will offer exclusive products in different price ranges with online retailers Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal, its chief executive Vineet Taneja said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/micromax-to-go-for-flash-sales-in-bid-to-protect-market-share/articleshow/47007542.cms

Micromax’s Redmi 2 rival priced under Rs 6,000: Sources

IndiaNEW DELHI: Indian handset brand Micromax is gearing up to launch a new entry-level Android smartphone that will offer features rivalling premium budget phones from Xiaomi, Motorola and Lenovo. According to industry sources, Micromax’s new phone is an entry-level device phone is likely to be priced below Rs 6,000 and sold via flash sale model on Snapdeal most likely starting last week of April. ​The phone will sport a screen that will measure between 4.3- to 5-inch and be powered by a quad core processor. Other details are not known at the moment.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromaxs-Redmi-2-rival-priced-under-Rs-6000-Sources/articleshow/46876395.cms

Micromax Bolt S300 available online at Rs 3,300 ($53)

IndiaNEW DELHI: It seems Indian handset maker Micromax is soon going to launch an all new budget smartphone — Micromax Bolt S300. The smartphone is available online at an e-commerce website for Rs 3,300. The smartphone comes with a 4-inch WVGA (480x800p) display. Powered by 1GHz single-core processor, Micromax Bolt S300 has 512MB RAM, and comes with 4GB of internal storage. Users can also install microSD cards of up to 32GB for more storage.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-Bolt-S300-available-online-at-Rs-3300/articleshow/46745158.cms

SoftBank leads group in talks to buy up to $1 billion stake in Micromax: Sources

IndiaMUMBAI: A group of investors led by Japanese mobile telecom firm SoftBank Corp is in talks to buy a 20 per cent stake in Indian handset maker Micromax Informatics for up to $1 billion, two people aware of the discussions said. The investment would value Micromax, an unlisted provider of affordable smartphones that competes with South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co, at around $5 billion, the people said. They did not want to be named because the talks aren’t public.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/softbank-leads-group-in-talks-to-buy-up-to-1-billion-stake-in-micromax-sources/articleshow/46703320.cms

SoftBank eyeing stake in Micromax: Report

IndiaMUMBAI: A group of investors led by Japanese mobile telecom firm SoftBank Corp is in talks to buy a 20% stake in Indian handset maker Micromax Informatics for up to $1 billion, two people aware of the discussions said.  The investment would value Micromax, an unlisted provider of affordable smartphones that competes with South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co, at around $5 billion, the people said. They did not want to be named because the talks aren’t public.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/SoftBank-eyeing-stake-in-Micromax-Report/articleshow/46703437.cms

Xiaomi beats Apple, Samsung to become India’s top 4G handset vendor: CMR

IndiaNEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi surpassed global smartphone giants Samsung and Apple in terms of market share to become India’s top 4G handset seller in January this year, CyberMedia Research said on March 17. Earlier this month, the market research firm had said that the iPhone maker emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country in October-December 2014.  As per the latest CyberMedia Research (CMR) data, Xiaomi leads the 4G LTE device market with 30.8% market share in January followed by Apple (23.8%), Samsung (12.1%), HTC (10%) and Micromax (8.3%).

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Xiaomi-beats-Apple-Samsung-to-become-Indias-top-4G-handset-vendor-CMR/articleshow/46595114.cms

Micromax launches Android smartTVs at Rs 39,990

IndiaNEW DELHI: Indian cellphone major Micromax, which recently ventured into the television market, said that its large screen ultra high-definition (UHD) range will be available for consumers exclusively via e-commerce portal Flipkart. According to the online seller who is bullish over the tie-up, UHD range of televisions (TV) is drawing “tremendous growth” in consumer’s interest.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-launches-Android-smartTVs-at-Rs-39990/articleshow/46553072.cms

India’s smartphone shipments rose by 68.5% in 2014

IndiaIndia’s smartphone shipments reached 81 million units in 2014, up 68.5% from 48 million in the previous year, according to Counterpoint Research. Chinese handset makers including Xiaomi and Gionee more than doubled their market to 13%. Samsung and Nokia lost out, but Indian handset makers led by Micromax gained.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/indias-smartphone-shipments-rose-by-68-5-in-2014/articleshow/46306993.cms

Amazon India hosts ‘Golden Ticket Sale’ of Yu Yureka smartphone for select customers

IndiaAccording to the website, registered customers will receive an email from Amazon.in informing them of their access to the sale. The ‘overwhelming response’ from the customers had earlier forced Micromax subsidiary Yu Televentures to close the  registrations for the first sale of its Yureka smartphone early.

http://post.jagran.com/amazon-india-hosts-golden-ticket-sale-of-yu-yureka-smartphone-for-select-customers-1424249917

Micromax announces Android Lollipop update for Canvas phones

IndiaNEW DELHI: Domestic devices maker Micromax has announced that the company will be rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its popular Canvas series of smartphones. Lollipop is the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.  The Micromax Canvas Xpress A99 will be the first device in the portfolio to receive the software update, the company informed.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-announces-Android-Lollipop-update-for-Canvas-phones/articleshow/46275103.cms

Micromax Informatics names Ashish Agrawal as Chief Technology Officer

IndiaNEW DELHI: Micromax Informatics Friday appointed Ashish Agrawal as its new Chief Technology Officer.  Prior to joining Micromax, Agrawal served as the Chief technology Officer with Sirqul and worked for the execution and adoption of Sirqul’s suite of mobile engagement products and services.  Agrawal will be responsible for defining the vision and the direction of software services, and driving new initiatives to provide a strong impetus to brand Micromax and bring future technology disruptions into the market, the company in a statement said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/micromax-informatics-names-ashish-agrawal-as-chief-technology-officer/articleshow/46231010.cms

Samsung leads India mobile phone market, but losing grip: CMR

IndiaNEW DELHI: Samsung may be the leader in the burgeoning Indian mobile market, but the Korean handset giant is losing ground in one of the world’s largest markets as it faces stiff competition from rivals like Micromax, Karbonn, Lava and Microsoft ( Nokia).  According to the latest data from CyberMedia Research (CMR), Samsung is “losing its earlier firm grip” with its share declining to 16.5 per cent at the end of December 2014 from 20.3 per cent at the beginning of the year.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-leads-india-mobile-phone-market-but-losing-grip-cmr/articleshow/46162231.cms