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.
Times 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.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese mobile internet company UCWeb , part of Alibaba Group, today launched its news aggregation app called UC News. The company also announced an update for its popular UC Browser, which claims to have 80 million active users in the country and a market share of 58%. UC Browser reportedly has 400 million monthly active users globally. It is the largest mobile browser in Asia and the second largest globally.
Digi 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.
Times 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.
China 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.
Digi Times — Google has announced that new Chromebooks rolled out by its notebook partners will start supporting Google Play, a move which is likely to substantially ramp up shipments of Chromebooks. Taiwan-based notebook vendor Acer and Asustek Computer are expected to release soon new Chromebooks with an integrated platform combining Chrome OS and Google Play.
ZDNet — 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.
There 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Telecom Asia — IBM currently leads the SaaS cloud service market, while Amazon leads the global cloud infrastructure market (IaaS, CaaS, PaaS) in 2015, according to a new report by research firm IHS. According to the report, Salesforce ranked the second in the SaaS cloud service market with 8% of market share, while Microsoft and Oracle had 6% and 3%. SAP had just 2% share in the global SaaS cloud service market.
Digi 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.
Networks Asia — Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate the cloud infrastructure services market with a 31% worldwide market share, dwarfing the chasing pack, according to new Q1 data from Synergy Research Group. The big three followers – Microsoft, IBM and Google – in aggregate accounted for 22% of the market, while the next 20 top-ranked cloud providers accounted for another 27%.
PC-Tablet — With the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets, the use of mobile browser apps like UC Browser has increased considerably. Moreover, there is a huge surge in the adoption of mobile browsers since the behaviour of consumers has changed over the last one year. Many people depend upon mobile browsers to perform a wide range of actions like to view documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go.
Enterprise Innovation — Facebook this week announced the official opening of its office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, weeks after its launch of its Manila, Philippines office on 20 April last month. According to Facebook, more than 241 million people in Southeast Asia (SEA) access the social media network, with the vast majority (94%) doing so from mobile devices.
FT — Shares in Ericsson fell to a three-year low after the Swedish telecoms equipment maker admitted that it had “not been happy” with growth in recent years on the back of weak first-quarter results. The company has promised a turnround with a comprehensive restructuring and cost-cutting programme aimed at refocusing the group on future growth markets.
Digi Times — Global semiconductor revenues fell by 2% in 2015, according to IHS. Sequential quarterly growth was weak throughout every quarter of 2015, especially in the first quarter when the market declined 8.9% over the previous quarter – the deepest sequential quarterly decline since the semiconductor market collapsed in the fourth quarter of 2008 and first-quarter 2009.
Tech in Asia — Japan’s consumers have clung onto flip phones far longer than in most advanced nations. But the trend is finally close to dying out as a lot more people buy smartphones. Japan saw 36.6 million new mobile shipments in 2015, of which a record low 20 percent were “feature phones” – basically, flip phones – not running Android, iOS, or Windows, according to new data from IDC. The rest were smartphones.
ZDNet — 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.
Enterprise 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.
Times of India — BENGALURU: Flipkart was the most preferred e-commerce website by online consumers buying smartphones last year, with the company accounting for almost half of the online sales, says a research report by Counterpoint Research, a mobile phone sales tracking platform. Snapdeal and Amazon followed with market shares of 22.3% and 21.5% respectively. Flipkart had a 47.5% share. The top three players contributed to 91% of all online smartphone sales.
Telecom Asia — More than a quarter (27%) of worldwide retail and wholesale colocation revenues are being generated in just five metro areas, new data from Synergy Research Group indicates. Ranked by revenue generated in the fourth quarter of 2015, the top five metros are New York, London, Washington, Tokyo and Silicon Valley.
Digi Times — Tablet shipment volumes are tumbling, with ABI Research attributing the general decline over the past two years to two culprits. Demand for branded tablets in advanced market economies is decreasing due to saturation, slow replacement cycles, greater influence of business purchases, and substitution.
Digi 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.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Gartner said shipments of personal computers in India grew nearly 11% in the fourth-quarter, but the research firm added that it does not see significant growth in the market going forward. PC shipments in India totalled nearly 2.6 million units, Gartner said. The research firm showed that Lenovo increased its share of the market to 25.3% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, from 18% a year ago.
Digi Times — Pure-play foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to see 50% of its 2016 revenues generated from orders placed by its fabless customers based in China and Taiwan, according to industry sources. TSMC used to have more than 80% of its total revenues generated from orders placed by its non-Greater China customers, but the proportion has declined in recent years, said the sources.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Networking giant Facebook has said it has over 142 million users in India, of which about 133 million access the social media platform through their mobile phones. Also, about 69 million people in India use Facebook daily, of which 64 million access the platform through their mobile devices.
Telecom Asia — More than three million businesses actively advertise on Facebook, according to an update posted by the company on the Facebook for Business page. The number of active advertisers on Facebook grew by 50% in one year, with more than 70% of these businesses located outside of the United States. Notably, Southeast Asia is the fastest growing region, according to Nadia Tan, head of SMB in Southeast Asia at Facebook.