Times of India — NEW DELHI: After 4G devices, the next big thing in the fast-growing Indian smartphone market will probably be handsets that support Voice over LTE (VoLTE), a facility that allows users to speak over high-speed data networks. LG, Lenovo, Micromax and Intex are lining up plans to bring consumers these future-ready devices as telecom operators start offering these services using LTE (Long Term Evolution), a 4G standard.
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.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: It’s a no-holds barred slugfest between incumbent Micromax and challenger Intex for the No. 2 spot in the lucrative smartphone space in the world’s fastest growing market. The fight reflects the intensity of the battle for buyers and the volatile nature of the Indian market, the world’s fastest growing after China.
NEW DELHI: Xiaomi announced a drop of Rs 5,000 on its top-of-the-line Mi 4 smartphone on June 19, four months after its launch. Not to be outdone, Samsung offered a discount of Rs 6,000 on its Galaxy Grand Max but just for one day. These dramatic cuts reflect the intensity of the fight for buyers and the volatile nature of the Indian market, the world’s largest after China. Samsung and Micromax are the top two smartphone sellers in India with a combined share of 48%, although it’s not always clear which one of the two is ahead. But even more hotly contested are the next three slots.
NEW DELHI: Intex Technologies, a mobile handset and consumer durables manufacturer, is planning to invest Rs 1,000 crore in the next fiscal year beginning April 1 to strengthen its operations in the country, apart from pumping in another Rs 500 crore to build a new smartphone plant in India in the next few years. “We will invest Rs 350 crore to strengthen customer service and increase retail points, Rs 250 crore towards marketing, Rs 100 crore in R&D. We will also invest Rs 200 crore to increase our manufacturing capacity,” Keshav Bansal, director-marketing at Intex Technologies, told ET.
Intel Capital, the VC arm of chipmaker giant Intel, has just dished out a sizable chunk of its US$100 million China Smart Device Innovation Fund to invest in five Chinese startups. As the name of the fund suggests, they’re making smart gadgets or services either as wearables, mobile, or for the home. While they each might have their merits, they’re not the most exciting Chinese smart startups that we’ve seen. (For those, see our list of 12 of China’s hottest hardware startups.)
Taiwan-based BIOS designer Insyde Software is expected to benefit from orders for Intel-based Android white-box tablets, as the CPU giant gradually expands its presence in the Android tablet market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Intel is aiming to ship 40 million tablet processors in 2014 and Insyde, which is an Intel-invested company, has received strong orders for related tablet BIOS recently and will start seeing its revenues benefit in the fourth quarter.
NEW DELHI: Domestic handset maker Intex said it has sold 15,000 units of its Firefox-powered smartphone in the country within three days of launch. Intex had launched the Cloud FX smartphone, priced at Rs 1,999. It claims that the device is the cheapest smartphone available in the country. “Intex has already sold 15,000 units of Cloud FX in just 3 days, which went on sale on August 25 exclusively on Snapdeal,” the company said.
Intel and Mozilla have collaborated on a cut-price smartphone which will go on sale in India for just 1,999 rupees (£19.90) in a bid to grab a slice of the country’s rapidly expanding market. The Intex Cloud FX uses Mozilla’s Firefox operating system and is powered by a 1GHz processor and memory which can be expanded to a 4GB limit. Users will also get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and dual-SIM slots.