/China has made an incredibly quick switch from 3G to 4G

ChinaTech in Asia — Two-and-a-half years after China’s 4G mobile networks first switched on, the nation now has 562 million 4G subscribers across its three main telcos. That’s out of a total of 1.3 billion mobile SIM subscribers, according to the latest data from the three carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. The number is so high as some individuals have more than one number.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-quick-switch-to-4g

Huawei ships 28.3 million smartphones in 1Q16, says report

ChinaDigi Times — China-based vendor Huawei Technologies shipped 28.3 million smartphones globally in the first quarter of 2016, hiking 64% on year, and aims to ship 140 million units in 2016, according a Chinese-language Tencent report citing Huawei’s end product manager Kevin Ho.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160701PD204.html

Xiaomi buys Microsoft patents in bid to extend reach beyond China

ChinaBD Live — SINGAPORE — Software maker Microsoft is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi, a rare departure for the US company and part of what the two companies say is the start of a long-term partnership. The deal, announced on Wednesday, also includes a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets.

http://www.bdlive.co.za/world/asia/2016/06/01/xiaomi-buys-microsoft-patents-in-bid-to-extend-reach-beyond-china

India’s smartphone growth higher than China despite lesser shipped units.

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Global smartphone growth is set to slow, dragged by a slowdown in China, notwithstanding the strong pace of sales in India, which has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world. This highlights the fact that India may have surpassed China’s pace of smartphone sales growth, but replacing its Asian rival as the growth driver for the global handset industry seems a long shot, given the vastly smaller market size and majorly rural user base fetching far lower revenue.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/-Indias-smartphone-growth-higher-than-China-despite-lesser-shipped-units-/articleshow/52632156.cms

India’s smartphone growth higher than China despite lesser shipped units.

IndiaNEW DELHI: Global smartphone growth is set to slow, dragged by a slowdown in China, notwithstanding the strong pace of sales in India, which has emerged as the fastest growing market in the world. This highlights the fact that India may have surpassed China’s pace of smartphone sales growth, but replacing its Asian rival as the growth driver for the global handset industry seems a long shot, given the vastly smaller market size and majorly rural user base fetching far lower revenue.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/-Indias-smartphone-growth-higher-than-China-despite-lesser-shipped-units-/articleshow/52632156.cms

India to have 810 million smartphone subscriptions by 2021: Report

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: By the year 2021, Indias smartphone subscription is expected to be 810 million, which is four times the subscriber base in 2015, said Ericsson Mobility report released on Tuesday. Also, total mobile traffic will grow 15-fold from the year 2015 to 2021, said a statement issued by Swedish communication technology major Ericsson, citing the report.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-to-have-810-million-smartphone-subscriptions-by-2021-Report/articleshow/52649098.cms

Worldwide smartphone sales to slow in 2016, says Gartner, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Gartner expects global smartphone sales twill continue to slow and will no longer grow in double digits. Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to grow 7% in 2016 to reach 1.5 billion units. This is down from 14.4% growth in 2015. In 2020, smartphone sales are on pace to total 1.9 billion units.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160608PR202.html

Micromax plans to enter China by 2017

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s leading home-grown handset maker Micromax is looking to enter the China market next year as it aims to become the No. 5 player worldwide by 2020, in an intensely competitive market. For achieving this it may raise cash through a public listing or strategically align with a partner, a top executive said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Micromax-plans-to-enter-China-by-2017/articleshow/52583943.cms

Taiwan market: LG launches G5 Speed smartphone

TaiwanDigi Times — LG Electronics has launched its LG G5 Speed smartphone in the Taiwan market in cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), priced at NT$23,900 (US$740) unlocked. The LG G5 Speed, which is almost identical to the LG G5, supports 4G LTE 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz using 3-carrier aggregation (3CA) technology, according to LG Taiwan.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160607PD201.html

Smartphone sales drop in India

IndiaTimes of India — The phrase holds perhaps more resonance for smartphone makers in India than characters of popular series Game of Thrones, as Samsung ,Micromax , Intex , Karbonn and other players foresee a slowdown in Smartphone sales.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Smartphone-sales-drop-users-await-affordable-options/articleshow/52478900.cms

Xiaomi Sinks As Huawei Dominates In Chinese Smartphones

ChinaChina Tech News — With all the buzz and attention Xiaomi receives, one may expect it to be a dominant force in China’s smartphone world. But latest numbers show Xiaomi isn’t even in the top two of the number of devices recently shipped. During the first quarter of 2016, China’s smartphone shipment reached about 104.9 million units, representing a decrease of 5% compared with the 109.8 million units in the same period of last year.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2016/05/23/23560-xiaomi-sinks-as-huawei-dominates-in-chinese-smartphones

Digitimes Research: China smartphone AP shipments to grow 11.3% sequentially in 2Q16

ChinaDigi Times — Having digested their excessive inventory, smartphone vendors have stepped up the pace of placing chip orders in the second quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research. Smartphone vendors are also gearing up for the upcoming roll-outs of their new models.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160523PD207.html

Huawei to launch Daydream-based smartphones, HMDs

ChinaDigi Times — Huawei plans to integrate its Kirin CPU products with Qualcomm’s processors to roll out smartphones and head-mounted devices (HMD) supporting Google’s Daydream VR (virtual reality) platform before year-end 2016, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report, citing sources from the company.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160523PD205.html

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160509PD204.html

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160502PD202.html

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