Asustek, Taiwan ODMs benefit from growing demand for inexpensive smartphones in Japan

JapanDigi Times  — There is increasing demand for inexpensive SIM-free smartphones in the Japan market and consequently ZenFone series models launched by Taiwan-based vendor Asustek Computer have been in booming sale and Japan-based smartphone vendors including Sony Mobile Communications, Sharp, Fujitsu and Kyocera have sought cooperation with Taiwan-based ODMs to develop and produce inexpensive SIM-free Android smartphones specifically for sale in the Japan market, according to Taiwan-based smartphone ODMs.

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Microsoft sues Kyocera over cell phones, seeks ban

JapanSAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft Corp sued Kyocera Corp for patent infringement, alleging the Japanese company’s Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier cell phone lines violate seven Microsoft patents.  Microsoft asked a Seattle federal judge to impose a US sales injunction against Kyocera’s infringing products, according to the lawsuit.  A Kyocera representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

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