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-China mobile phone industry to hold talks

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Mobile phone industry players of India and China will deliberate on cooperation opportunities to enhance handset manufacturing eco-system in the country. “Chinese companies are keen to participate in the ‘Make in India’ campaign and establish mobile handset & component manufacturing facilities here,” Mobile World (Shoujibao) Shenzhen Founder & CEO Wu said in a statement.


Google Play may pay subsidy to enter China

ChinaSearch 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.


World’s ‘slimmest’ smartphone coming to India on December 15

NEW DELHI: Chinese mobile device brand Vivo is all set to make its debut in the Indian market with the launch of X5Max, touted to be the world’s slimmest smartphone.  The company had announced the move last week and has now sent media invites for an event scheduled to be held on December 15 in New Delhi, where it will unveil the Vivo X5Max.  The phone appeared online on Chinese certification agency TENAA’s website where it’s hardware specifications were also revealed. The phone measures 4.75mm, and is 0.10mm thinner than Oppo R5, believed to be the world’s slimmest smartphone.