Times 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.
Times of India — HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh signed MoUs with low-cost Indian mobile phone manufacturers Micromax, Celkon and Karbonn for setting up of a mobile manufacturing hub at Tirupati. The MoUs were signed in Vijayawada in presence of chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The state government described this as the first step towards making the state an electronics manufacturing hub.
Times of India — BENGALURU: Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative seems to have begun bearing fruits as 24.8% of the smartphones shipped in the country during the June quarter were made locally compared with 19.9% in preceding quarter, according to a report. According to the research firm CyberMedia Research, a total of 56.6 million handsets were shipped during the June quarter, of which smartphones comprised 43% (24.8 million units) of the volume.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: After a sluggish first quarter, smartphone shipment in India grew 44% to 26.5 million units in the June quarter as vendors took to online retail to push sales, research firm IDC said. Also, the market is expected to continue to grow in double-digits over the next few years as people switch to smartphones and gradually upgrade to 4G-enabled phones.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Domestic handset manufacturer Karbonn Mobiles said it had earmarked Rs 800 crore for investment in manufacturing over the next three years. “As part of the investment initiative, we have tied up with Water World to set up a facility in Noida that will be capable of producing 1.5 million units,” Shashin Devasare, promoter of Karbonn Mobiles, said.
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: Smartphone makers have shifted their focus to devices which support 4G services in India in the lead-up to Reliance Jio Infocomm’s high-speed broadband services launch expected around December this year and Bharti Airtel’s plan to expand its offerings. Global and Indian market leaders Samsung and Apple have launched premium-end 4G devices in the past few quarters, while Chinese counterparts Xiaomi, Meizu, Coolpad, Huawei and recently ZTE are concentrating on the affordable range for better acceptance of 4G devices in India where the service is still at a pretty nascent stage.
Handset maker Karbonn entered the mobile accessories business and said its revenues from this vertical may touch Rs 100 crore by March, 2016. Currently, the accessories market is dominated by grey market products which impact the functioning and efficiency of devices. The move is aimed at offering consumers the choice of technologically superior mobile auxiliaries that are affordable, Karbonn Executive Director Shashin Devsare said in a statement.
The smartphone was listed on the company’s website for Rs 10,490 but other e-commerce portals are selling it for Rs 9,715. Mach Two is the successor of the erstwhile smartphone Mach One which was released in January. The all-new Karbonn smartphone sports a 5-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides of the device with 720×1280 pixels resolution. Karbonn Titanium Mach Two is clocked at 1.4 GHz octa core processor copmplimented by 1GB RAM.
India’s smartphone shipments reached 81 million units in 2014, up 68.5% from 48 million in the previous year, according to Counterpoint Research. Chinese handset makers including Xiaomi and Gionee more than doubled their market to 13%. Samsung and Nokia lost out, but Indian handset makers led by Micromax gained.
NEW DELHI: Smartphone chipmaker MediaTek will leverage its Android One partnership with Google and use India as a springboard to scale up its presence in the developed markets of US and Europe, where rival Qualcomm has a dominant position. As part of a broader plan with Google, an array of smartphones, including those supporting LTE, a standard for highspeed mobile data, will be launched in India as the associated network develops towards the beginning of next year, Mohit Bhushan, vice president and general manager, US corporate marketing for MediaTek, told ET.
Google announced the first three smartphones that will be part of Android One, the company’s initiative to bring affordable Android smartphones to developing markets. Each of the three devices, manufactured by Micromax, Spice and Karbonn, has a 4.5-inch display and will first ship in India. The phones will also come to Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka by the end of the year; Google said it would make Android One available in more countries next year.
Samsung is the world’s – and Asia’s – top smartphone maker. But there are a lot of rival phone-makers out there aiming to dethrone the likes of Samsung and Apple. That competition is especially strong across Asia, where a number of relatively new phone-makers are playing to their strengths in home markets, aiming to get consumers hooked on their own keenly-priced but strongly-specced devices. Let’s look at 15 of the strongest new contenders across Asia. They’re all – individually and collectively – keen to steal sales from more established phone-makers. To quote a Bob Marley song: If you are a big tree, we are a small axe, sharp and ready, ready to cut you down.
BANGALORE: Phone makers and retailers have more than one reason to celebrate this festival season. With the launch of new devices and falling prices, this Diwali is being seen as a bumper season for smartphone sales. “We are thinking, let’s have the volumes ready. I’m sure it’s going to be a hit. The target is to catch Diwali,” said Sudhir Hasija, chairman of local smartphone brand Karbonn, which is gearing up to launch Android One phones in September. Brands like Micromax and Spic ..