China market: 780 million smartphone-based active surfers in 2015, say report

ChinaDigi Times — There were 780 million smartphone-based active users of mobile Internet services in the China market in 2015, accounting for 56.9% of the population, according to a joint report by Internet Society of China (ISC) and National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC).

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160518PD207.html

Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra reveals company’s presence at Google I/O, teases possible Android TV box

China9to5 Google — Hugo Barra, a former VP at Google and now Vice President of Global Operations at Xiaomi,has today announced on Twitter that he — or at least the Chinese firm — will be back atGoogle’s upcoming developer conference… While he did confirm that Xiaomi will indeed “be a part of Google I/O”, he only tweeted an image to hint at what will be announced.

http://9to5google.com/2016/05/17/xiaomi-at-google-io/

Japan market: Asustek is top SIM-free smartphone vendor in FY2015, says paper

TaiwanDigi Times — Sales of SIM-free smartphones totaled 1.705 million units in Japan in fiscal 2015 (from April 2015 to March 2016) with Taiwan-based Asustek Computer being the top vendor in the segment with a 35.7% share, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report, citing data from Japan-based MM Research Institute.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160516PB201.html

March of the Chinese smartphones gathers pace

ChinaZDNet — Wherever you live on this planet, if you are considering picking up a new smartphone, chances are that you’re looking more kindly towards Chinese manufacturers, especially Huawei, than you were a year ago. While the headline numbers from the latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech survey show Android gaining at the expense of Windows Phone and iOS, within those numbers lay some interesting trends.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/march-of-the-chinese-smartphones-gathers-pace/

Samsung launches 256GB microSD card

KoreaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Samsung today launched its EVO Plus 256GB microSD card for $249.99, which roughly translates to around Rs 16,730. Samsung claims that the new memory card can offer up to 12 hours of 4K UHD or 33 hours of Full HD video recording on smartphones.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/more-gadgets/Samsung-launches-256GB-microSD-card/articleshow/52261168.cms

Chip orders from China smartphone vendors to boost MediaTek 2Q16 revenues

TaiwanDigi Times — Orders placed by China-based Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are set to boost revenues at smartphone-chip provider MediaTek in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are all expected to enjoy as much as 30% shipment growth in 2016, which will buoy related chip and component suppliers’ sales performance, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160511PD219.html

Huawei presents ‘the scary index’: how smartphones may lead to life after death

ChinaDigital Trends — Digital Trends — The future is closer than we think, said Kevin Ho — and it’s not going to be terrifying at all, he claims. We’ll see. Life today would be unimaginable for people from a few decades or a few centuries ago, explained Ho, President of Huawei’s handset line, speaking Wednesday morning at the CES Asia 2016 event in Shanghai, China.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/huawei-scary-index-immortality/

Digitimes Research: Over 104 million smartphones shipped in China market in 1Q16

ChinaThere were 104.7 million smartphones shipped in the China market during the first quarter of 2016, slipping 11.2% on quarter but growing 20.1% on year and accounting for 33.8% of global total, according to Digitimes Research.

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China white-box players leaving tablet market and pushing into new applications

ChinaDigi Times — With the global tablet market becoming mature and related shipments gradually weakening, China’s white-box players are leaving the market and turning to focus on new businesses such as 2-in-1 devices, robots and virtual reality. Worldwide tablet shipments reached the peak in 2013 at more than 200 million units, of which Apple’s iPad series contributed 74.2 million units.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160509PD203.html

China market: Smartphone shipments fall in 1Q16, says Strategy Analytics

ChinaDigi Times — China’s smartphone shipments declined 5% on year in the first quarter of 2016, according to Strategy Analytics. About 104.9 million smartphones were shipped to the China market in the first quarter of 2016, down from 109.8 million units during the same period in 2015, said Strategy Analytics.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160509PR201.html

India market: Lenovo and Apple seeing fast growth among top-10 smartphone vendors, says Canalys

IndiaDigi Times — India’s smartphone market grew 12% on year to 24.4 million units in the first quarter of 2016, according to Canalys. Among the top-10 vendors during the quarter, Lenovo grew the most with shipments up 63%, while Apple saw its shipments climb 56% making it the second fastest-growing vendor.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160505PR202.html

Digitimes Research: China vendors ship 128.6 million smartphones globally in 1Q16

ChinaDigi Times— China-based vendors shipped 128.6 million smartphones globally in the first quarter of 2016, decreasing 20.2% on quarter but increasing 33.3% on year and accounting for 41.5% of the global total, according to Digitimes Research. Of the shipments, 45.6 million units were shipped in overseas markets, slipping 40.7% on quarter but growing 27.3% on year, Digitimes Research indicated.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160505PD207.html

China market: Component orders from China white-box handset makers to decline

ChinaDigi Times — While parts and component makers in Taiwan’s handset supply chain are still receiving substantial orders from China-based white-box handset makers, orders are likely to reduce gradually due to a saturating domestic market in China and increasing shipments from first-tier brand vendors, according to sources from Taiwan’s handset supply chain.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160504PD200.html

India’s cheapest Android phone now costs Rs 888

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Here’s another attempt at offering the cheapest possible smartphone in India. Jaipur-based Docoss has announced an Android-powered smartphone priced at Rs 888. Called Docoss X1, the smartphone has made a silent entry, unlike Freedom 251’s launch which was a grand affair.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Indias-cheapest-Android-phone-now-costs-Rs-888/articleshow/52010825.cms

Android Open Source market opportunities shrinking as Android One becomes viable market contender

ChinaDigi Times — Overall smartphone share of the global handsets market is slowing as mobile phone (or feature phone) sales show some resilience through local brands in emerging markets. While ABI Research finds major China-based vendors are continuing to witness solid volume growth, the market region could be on the cusp of a change as Google Android regains momentum and fights back against Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160503PR201.html

China smartphone vendors ramping chip orders, sources say

ChinaDigi Times — China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei, Xiaomi and TCL have stepped up their pace of placing chip orders in the second quarter of 2016, according to industry sources. The May 1 holiday season encouraged China-based smartphone vendors to build inventories. Meanwhile, the vendors are gearing up for the upcoming roll-outs of their new models, said the sources.

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JD.com Signs Smartphone Sales Agreement With Letv.com

ChinaChina Tech News — JD and Letv signed a strategic cooperation agreement under which JD.com aims to sell six million Letv smartphones, including three million Le 2 smartphones. Meanwhile, the two parties reached consensus in various sectors, including exclusive sales, product debuts, and policy support. Financial teerms of the deal were not released.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2016/04/17/23406-jd-com-signs-smartphone-sales-agreement-with-letv-com

Huawei Technologies aims to ship 140 million smartphones in 2016

ChinaDigi Times — Huawei Technologies aims to ship 140 million smartphones worldwide in 2016, 44% of which will be mid-range and high-end models. The company aims at revenues of US$30 billion in 2016 for its Consumer Business Group consisting of smartphones, tablets and consumer networking/communication devices.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160413PD209.html

Micromax goes online with 100% ‘Make in India’ plans

IndiaTimes of India — GURUGRAM: Leading domestic brand Micromax today announced a complete overhaul of its market strategy to arrest stalling growth in smartphones. Primarily a mobile brand, Micromax has expanded its focus to tablet PCs, LED TVs and laptops and aims to become a complete consumer electronics player.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-goes-online-with-100-Make-in-India-plans/articleshow/51812781.cms

China market: 2nd-tier smartphone vendors post strong shipment growth in 2015

ChinaDigi Times — China-based second-tier smartphone vendors, including Vivo, Oppo and Gionee, managed to continue ramping up their shipments in 2015 despite dwindling demand and industry consolidation in the local market, according to China-based Beijing Business Today report.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160406PD206.html

iPhone market share shrinks in China

ChinaZDNet — The traditional Chinese New Year ending in February in 2016 — when major promotions always kick in to boost sales — has led to something different this year, with Apple’s iPhone market share eroded by 3.2 percentage points. This also marks the first drop for the iPhone in the country since August 2014, according to research by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/iphone-market-share-shrinks-in-china/

Xiaomi invests $25 million in India

IndiaTimes of India — Xiaomi has made its first investment in India, leading a $25 million (Rs 170 crore) funding round into Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, an aggregator and publisher of entertainment content on the internet. Xiaomi, which will invest along with Hungama’s existing investors Intel Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, will pick up a minority, but undisclosed, stake in the Mumbai-based company.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Xiaomi-invests-25-million-in-India/articleshow/51682943.cms

Global smartphone sales growth seen at 7% in 2016

APACEnterprise Innovation — Global smartphone sales will for the first time exhibit single-digit growth in 2016, estimated to reach 1.5 billion units or 7% against 2015, according to Gartner. Worldwide combined shipments for devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016, a 0.6% increase from 2015. End-user spending in constant U.S. dollars is estimated to decline by 1.6 percent year over year.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/global-smartphone-sales-growth-seen-7-2016-2117472505

‘Smartphone sales to slump globally, except India’

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Global smartphone sales may grow just 7% this year to 1.5 billion units as demand in China and North America remains flat but markets like India could be an exception, research firm Gartner said today. The total mobile phone market is forecast to reach 1.9 billion units in 2016.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Smartphone-sales-to-slump-globally-except-India/articleshow/51632517.cms

Xiaomi launches Redmi 3 Pro with 3GB RAM & 4,100 mAh battery

ChinaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has officially launched the Redmi 3 Pro. The company has priced the device at $138 and will be available in gray, silver and gold colour options. The smartphone flaunts a full-metal magnesium alloy unibody design and packs a massive 4,100 mAh battery. It has hybrid sim support which enables users to use secondary nano sim slot as a microSD card slot.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/mobiles/Xiaomi-launches-Redmi-3-Pro-with-3GB-RAM-4100-mAh-battery/articleshow/51599017.cms

Smartphone manufacturers are looking beyond smartphones for the next big trend, from IN

APACTimes of India — After Apple unveiled a re-packaged iPhone 6 at its most recent event, it seems like the evolution of the smartphone is slowing down. Smartphones are more capable than ever, but major changes are becoming less and less common. The Samsung Galaxy S7 may have a nicer-looking screen, a better camera and a faster processor than its predecessor, but there’s nothing truly revolutionary there

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Smartphone-manufacturers-are-looking-beyond-smartphones-for-the-next-big-trend/articleshow/51569927.cms

Micromax clocked around $2 billion revenue in 2015-16: Rahul Sharma, co-founder

IndiaTimes of India — Coming out from an ‘eventful’ 2015, Micromax has set its sights on being No. 1 in India, where it feels it has what it takes to whether the competition with market leader Samsung. Co-founder Rahul Sharma tells ET, that the company won’t be replacing senior executives who have quit as the founders are well equipped to run operations, which has the backing of its investors.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-clocked-around-2-billion-revenue-in-2015-16-Rahul-Sharma-co-founder/articleshow/51490433.cms

Micromax founders eye 40% revenue growth in FY17

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The promoters of Micromax Informatics have taken full operational control of the company after the departure of some top executives and are focused on taking India’s No. 2 smartphone maker to the top position by dethroning Samsung Electronics in the world’s fastest-growing market. Micromax cofounder Rahul Sharma, speaking to ET, described 2015 as an “eventful” year.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-founders-eye-40-revenue-growth-in-FY17-to-focus-on-dethroning-Samsung-from-top/articleshow/51495278.cms

Apple plans Fifth Avenue-like stores in India

IndiaTimes of India— KOLKATA: The Apple-Samsung war in India is set to intensify and spill over to the streets and malls. The maker of the iPhone plans to set up a flagship Apple Store in the country — on the lines of the famous one on Fifth Avenue in New York — and a string of smaller outlets. Leading real estate brokerage companies are already scouting for 15,000-20,000 square feet on high streets and in malls, prompting rival Samsung Electronics to look for space to set up a similar flagship outlet and revamp its existing 1,100 smartphone brand stores.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Apple-plans-fifth-avenue-like-stores-in-India/articleshow/51488809.cms

China market: Samsung smartphone share sinks to 7.7% in 2015, says Counterpoint

VietnamDigi Times — Samsung Electronics saw its smartphone shipments to China tumble 39% on year in 2015, reducing its share in the market to 7.7%, from 12.8% in 2014, according to Counterpoint. Xiaomi Technology saw its shipments increase 14% on year, ramping its market share by 1.6pp to 14.9% and making it the number one smartphone vendor in China, Counterpoint said.

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