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.
Tech in Asia — If you’re a smartphone company – even a big, successful one – looking to get into the Chinese market with your own mobile payments system, here’s a piece of advice: don’t. Over the last month, we’ve seen Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and even Huawei Payenter mainland China. There are reports that Xiaomi, ZTE, and Lenovo are working on their own services as well.
Enterprise Tech — As it seeks to boost global demand for servers, especially in the nascent Asian market, Lenovo announced a “global strategic partnership” this week with networking specialist Juniper Networks aimed at the next generation of hyper-converged datacenters. Lenovo (HKSE:992), which is attempting to expand server demand across Asia, also said the partnership would seek to “develop joint go-to-market plans and a tailor-made resell model to address unique localization requirements in China”
Digi Times — Shipments of smartphones in China grew 11.5% sequentially to 119 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, buoyed by an increase of 54.5 million new 4G/3G service subscribers due to preferential packages launched by China Mobile, according to Digitimes Research.
DigiTimes — Taiwan-based IC design houses, particularly LCD driver IC vendors, are eyeing orders from Huawei and Lenovo to sustain sales growth and market share in 2016, according to industry sources. Huawei led all China-based vendors to ship a record 108 million smartphones in 2015, making it the top smartphone vendor in China and also the world’s third-largest for the year, the sources.
Bloomberg — Lenovo Group Ltd. plunged in Hong Kong trading after quarterly revenue declined for the first time in more than six years on stalling demand for phones and computers. Shares fell 10 percent in their biggest decline in two years. The world’s largest PC maker said revenue dropped 8 percent in the three months ended December, even as broadening cost cuts delivered a surprise rise in net income.
In order to compete with China-based vendors Inspur and Sugon Information Industry for data center server orders from Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, Lenovo will strengthen its partnership with Taiwan-based ODM Inventec, with the latter to be specifically responsible for R&D and ODM production, according to industry sources.
Digi Times — Despite the acquisition of IBM’s server business, Lenovo’s server shipments dropped over 20% on year in 2015 and the company is pushing aggressively to land datacenter orders from clients such as Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, according to sources from the upstream supply chain, adding that the China-based vendor is looking to ship one million servers in 2016, up 40% from those in 2015.
Digi Times — Lenovo is giving priority to promote its handsets in emerging markets, especially in Brazil, India and Russia, according to a China-based tech.sina.com report, citing company chairman and CEO Yang Yuangqing. Lenovo currently holds a 22% share in Brazil’s handset market, Yang noted.
Cloud Wedge — In the United States, when you think of Lenovo, you typically think of desktop PCs and laptops. That may all change if Lenovo is able to capitalize on the tremendous growing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud. In China, Lenovo is one of the biggest all around electronics producers. Lenovo’s mobile lineup has proven to be a hit consumers from Asia; Lenovo mentions that it is looking to expand its mobile technology and IoT business outside of China.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo, which owns the Motorola brand, plans to nearly double local production to 10 million units annually next year, as it aims to become the No. 2 smartphone brand in the fastest growing market worldwide. The company also plans to export from its existing facility in Chennai and will add more models from both brands to be made locally. Lenovo plans to bring the popular phone customization programme Moto Maker to India, after launching it in the US and Brazil.
Digi Times — Shipments of smartphones in India totaled 28.3 million units in the third quarter of 2015, up 21.4% from 23.3 million units shipped for the same period of a year earlier, according to IDC. In the third quarter, the 4G enabled devices have witnessed almost a three-fold increase in unit shipments over the previous quarter, IDC noted.
Digi Times — China-based vendor Lenovo has announced plans to replace its Vibe brand mid-range and high-end smartphones with its Lemon series and Motorola branding products, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report. In the future, Lenovo will market smartphones under Lemon and Motorola brands, respectively, in the China market, said the report, citing Chen Xudong, president of Lenovo’s Mobile Business Group.
livemint — New Delhi: Chinese computer technology company Lenovo Group Ltd is betting on India’s e-commerce sector to accelerate growth for its enterprise segment which sells servers and storage, catering to the networking needs of web companies. Taking on the bigger rivals including Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell Inc. with the renewed India strategy, the company is eyeing a bigger piece of India’s datacenter infrastructure market.
Digi Times — China had 1.3 billion mobile communication service subscribers as of the end of September 2015, growing 0.28% sequentially and 2.14% on year. Of the subscribers, 427.41 million (32.88%) and 302.39 million (23.26%) used 3G and 4G services respectively, and 948.07 million (72.94%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
Business Insider — Some of the most powerful tech leaders got together in Seattle to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his visit to the US Wednesday. And based on the group photo tweeted out by Seattle Times reporter Matt Day, it was a star-studded event:
Digi Times — China-based white-box smartphone vendors, under increasing competition from vendors including Huawei Device, Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology and Coolpad as well as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, have reduced ex-factory quotes, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Quotes for a 5-inch white-box smartphone, for example, have reached as low as US$35, the sources said.
Digi Times — Lenovo has decided to ramp up the capacity utilization rates of its handset production facilities by stepping into the OEM handset business, in a move to revive its dwindling handset business, according to industry sources. The move is also part of Lenovo’s restructuring plan for its handset business unit after the company posted a loss of US$292 million for the second quarter of 2015.
Digi Times — In the second quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 8% on year, while revenues increased 7.2% from the second quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The second quarter on-year growth for 2015 slowed compared with the annual growth of the first quarter of the year,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.
Want China Times — Faced with increasingly acute competition, Lenovo, China’s leading IT firm, will have its mobile communications division, except for the operations of its Zuk smartphone brand, incorporated into Motorola, which it acquired in early 2014, Lenovo Mobile president Chen Xudong said on Aug. 27. The decision is in line with the strategy of the new CEO focusing on a few select models in order to survive the cut-throat competition on the market, according to the Chinese-language Beijing Daily.
China Tech News — China’s Lenovo Group announced that they will cut about 3,200 non-manufacturing employees worldwide. Lenovo announced this decision in its financial report for the first quarter of the 2015/16 financial year. The company said facing the dramatic decline of PC sales, Lenovo Group must continue to improve effectiveness and cut expenses. They will reduce about 3,200 non-manufacturing employees around the world, accounting for 10% of its total non-manufacturing employees and about 5% of its total employees. The company reportedly has 60,000 employees worldwide.
Chinese vendors tripled shipments year-on-year in the second quarter in the Indian market, indicating that low-cost vendors are posing a challenge to global players like Apple in a very price-sensitive market. The Chinese vendors have been successful by a combination of strategies, including online flash sales and by pushing low-cost 4G phones, priced at between US$100-150, a market that was unattended by Indian and global vendors, according to research firm IDC.
Want China Times — With the domestic market increasingly saturated, Chinese handset makers have turned their focus on India with its similarly huge population but it has proved a tough market to crack, according to a technology blog on web portal Sina. Although brands including ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo and Xiaomi have successfully snatched up the medium and low-end market in China from HTC and Samsung, they face tough home-grown rivals in India.
Lenovo Group, the world’s biggest PC maker by sales, said on Thursday that it aims to grab a “double-digit” share in Taiwan’s consumer PC market that is currently dominated by the local brands Asustek Computer and Acer. Lenovo currently accounts for 6%-7% of the Taiwan consumer PC market by unit sales, which the Chinese giant expects will reach 10% by the end of current fiscal year that will conclude in March 2016, said Lenovo Taiwan general manager Paul Tseng, who took office on April 1 this year.
BEIJING-based global technology giant Lenovo Inc said it has big plans for Malaysia, with new business models and strategies for 2015. This is part of its continuous shift to the device and connected ecosystem, which will see increased emphasis on human-centric design in everything from wearables and smartphones to tablets, PCs, servers and software, as well as cloud services, the company said in a statement. As part of Lenovo’s transformation, the company will continue to invest more in the Malaysian market.
KUALA LUMPUR: Lenovo, a global technology leader, on Wednesday unveiled its transformation via new business models and strategy for 2015 to its Malaysian channel partners. This is part of its continuous shift on the entire device and connected ecosystem with increased emphasis on human-centric design, from wearables, smartphones, tablets, personal computers, servers, softwares as well as cloud services.
Search engine Google is reportedly in talks with Chinese phone makers on introducing its Play app store to the country, where the mobile market has recorded explosive growth, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Sources told the newspaper that three of China’s six major handset makers–ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo, Vivo and Oppo–received offers from Google, which would pay US$1 for each phone that is pre-installed with a version of Google Play. “For Chinese handset makers that post thin margins, a subsidy of 6 yuan (US$1) is a lot,” said Wang Yanhui, director of Mobile China Alliance.
China’s X86 server market scale reached USD1.6 billion, a year-on-year increase of 23%, according to a report from market research firm Gartner. Inspur, Dell, and Lenovo ranked the top three in this market. Statistics from Gartner show that during the first quarter of 2015, the global server market saw obvious growth with shipments of 2.67 million units, representing a year-on-year increase of 13%. This was reportedly the first time for the global server market to reach double-digit growth since the global economic crisis in 2008.
In the first quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 13% on year, while revenues increased 17.9% from the first quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The first quarter of 2015 was a particularly strong start to the year, with the strongest shipment growth since the third quarter of 2010, when the market was recovering from the downturn. It was also the second-largest-volume quarter ever,” said Adrian O’Connell, research director at Gartner.
Google will continue to roll out its next-generation Nexus smartphones, and a number of handset vendors including Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology, Huawei and LG Electronics are likely to gear up efforts for winning the cooperation project, according to sources at Taiwan’s supply chain. But since LG has produced the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, Google is more likely to choose China-based handset makers as new partners, either for strengthening its presence in China or supporting the development of new production partners, said the sources.