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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Xiaomi Redmi 3 variant spotted on TENAA, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — Seems a new variant of Redmi 3 smartphone with fingerprint scanner is in the works. According to a report in GSMarena, a smartphone with specs identical to Redmi 3 have been spotted on TENAA’s website. The key specifications revealed by the listing on the website include a 1.5GHz octa-core CPU, 5-inch display with 720p resolution and 2GB RAM.


Viettel launches carrier billing for Google Play

VietnamTelecom Asia — Viettel has become Vietnam’s first operator to offer to offer direct carrier billing for the Google Play store. The operator has teamed up with carrier billing company Fortumo to offer carrier billing to its 55 million subscribers. Both postpaid and prepaid customers will be able to take advantage of the new function.


India’s smartphone market is huge, but the best is yet to come

IndiaTech in Asia — Every day, it seems, we’re publishing stories about smartphones in India. Mobile apps are gaining success. More and more Indians are buying smartphones. But what does “more” mean? According to a recent Pew Research study that compared smartphone ownership across the globe to similar figures in 2013 and 2015, it seems that India’s barely scratched the surface in terms of smartphone power.


Wireless Patent Deal Adds To Qualcomm’s China Exposure

ChinaChina Tech News — Qualcomm reached a new patent license agreement with Lenovo Group. So far, China’s five leading smartphone manufacturers, including Xiaomi, Huawei, TCL, ZTE, and Lenovo, have signed new patent license agreements with Qualcomm. Neither Qualcomm nor Lenovo released any financial details about the agreement.


China’s best iPhone cloner bites the dust, and its death may mark the end of the Xiaomi model

China.gifTech in Asia — Chinese smartphone maker Dakele has collapsed. CEO Ding Xiuhong broke that news himself on his Weibo account Monday evening after months of speculation that the company was headed towards the drain. You probably don’t recognize the name Dakele, but its death may mark the end of an era.


China mobile phone user base shrinks in January, says MIIT

China.gifDigi Tiems — There were 1.280 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of the end of January 2016, declining 1.97% on month and 0.81% on year, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Of the subscribers, 290.98 million (22.73%) and 468.30 million (36.59%) were 3G abd 4G users respectively. The number of subscribers accounted for 95.4% of the country’s population.


Mobility, 5G-tech will bring transition: Cisco India

IndiaDeccan Herald — Cisco India president (Engineering and Site Leader) Amit Phadnis told Deccan Herald that it is a challenge to bring on board the next three billion as the company will have to keep the speed and analytics in the back-end. “It took 25 years to bring these people to internet. But, the next three billion will come within three years.


Qualcomm scores points in promoting Snapdragon 820 chips

APACDigi Times — Qualcomm is likely to dominate the application processor market for high-end Android smartphones in the first half of 2016, powered by its Snapdragon 820 chips, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has been promoting its Snapdragon 820 chips since the second half of 2015 and has won adoption from Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, HTC and China-based vendors Xiaomi Technology, Vivo and LeTV, the sources indicated.


India’s Tier 2 and 3 cities to drive next smartphone market growth

IndiaMarket research firm IDC is projecting India’s Tier 2 and 3 cities to constitute a significant portion of the Indian smartphone market in the years to come. Data from its Monthly City Level Smartphone Tracker shows that the leading 30 cities of India make up approximately 51 percent of the entire smartphone market in the fourth quarter 2015. New Delhi generates the maximum demand, closely followed by Mumbai.


APAC to drive almost half of global mobile data by 2020

APACZDNet — Smart mobile devices and connections also would account for 72 percent of the region’s total mobile connections, up from 35 percent in 2015, according to Cisco Systems’ latest Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast. Smart devices are defined as those with advanced computing and multimedia capabilities, and support at least 3G connectivity.


Men more likely than women to own mobile phones: report

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The report, “Mobile phones, internet and gender in Myanmar”, says that although traditional gender roles are evolving, women – the greater half of the population – are in the minority when it comes to SIM card ownership, with men often tasked with carrying a household’s only handset. The report is based on surveys and interviews of more than 12,000 people, completed across Myanmar last year.


China market: LeTV strong smartphone shipments to benefit supply chain

ChinaDigi Times — Some suppliers in Taiwan’s handset supply chain are benefiting from strong smartphone sales of China-based channeled-TV operator LeTV. LeTV is expected to be able to ship 20 million smartphones in the China market in 2016, beating established brands such as ZTE and Coolpad, according to industry sources.


Digital wallets surge in popularity in APAC

APACTelecom Asia — Consumers in Asia Pacific are embracing new mobile technologies with one in five (19.5%) now using digital wallets, according to MasterCard. This represents a two-fold increase from just two years ago where adoption stood at 9.7%, a new mobile shopping survey by the  company indicates. The study took place between October and December 2015 and involved 8,500 people aged 18-64 across 14 markets in the Asia Pacific.


Smartphone growth expected to drop to single digits in 2016, says IDC, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — According to a recent forecast update from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, 2015 is likely to be the last year of double-digit smartphone growth. The 2015 calendar year finished with 1.44 billion smartphone shipments worldwide, which were up 10.4% over 2014. IDC’s most recent projections show 2016 shipments of 1.5 billion, or 5.7% growth over 2015.


Apple And Samsung: The Drivers of NFC Mobile Payment Growth In 2016

KoreaDaze Info — The exploded adoption of smartphones has allowed manufacturers to embrace many mobile based solutions, most important of all being Mobile Payments. According to the latest study, titled Contactless Payments: NFC Handsets, Wearable & Payment Cards 2016-2020, from Juniper Research, the number of smartphone users making payments via their NFC based mobile payment solutions, i.e. Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, will reach 148 million in 2016.


Freedom 251: Ringing Bells adds cash on delivery option

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facing an FIR and defamation suit amid deepening mystery and now senior government officials raising serious questions over “Freedom 251” smartphone, its makers on Friday announced “cash on delivery” (COD) facility for those who have placed the order for the world’s cheapest smartphone. In a statement released here, Ringing Bells president Ashok Chadha announced that the Rs.251 (less than $4) “Freedom 251” smartphone customers will now be required to make payment only when the smartphone is delivered to them.