Taipei, Friday, November 27, 2015 03:53 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Digitimes Research: Android may lose its competitiveness in the entry-level segment
Eric Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Monday 26 August 2013]

The Android platform's gradually increasing demand over hardware specifications is expected to endanger the platform's share in the entry-level segment as hardware prices are gradually dropping and it is becoming more difficult for players to create an Android-based product at a low price, according to Digitimes Research.

Entry-level hardware can still function smoothly with older Android operating systems, but the performance and features of older versions are no longer suitable for current demand.

Compared to Android, Digitimes Research believes iOS has better management and less demand over hardware specifications. If Apple decides to release low-price products, the company will have advantages in cost control and product features, allowing the platform to have stronger competitiveness against Android

Because of Android's high hardware demands, some smaller operating systems such as FireFox OS, Tizen, MeeGo and Windows Phone, have started to be considered by vendors.

This article is an excerpt from a Chinese Digitimes Research report. Click here if you are interested in receiving more information about the content and price of a translated version of the full report.

Realtime news
  • Samsung starts mass production of 128GB DDR4 modules for enterprise servers

    Bits + chips | 6h 2min ago

  • Intel unveils 2016 tablet processor road map, say Taiwan makers

    Bits + chips | 6h 5min ago

  • Open bids for 2,500-2,600MHz bands increase to NT$23.1 billion, says NCC

    Mobile + telecom | 6h 8min ago

  • Lenovo expects to produce 10 million smartphones in India in 2016, says executive

    Before Going to Press | 6h 27min ago

  • AOpen competes for digital signage orders, says chairman

    Before Going to Press | 6h 28min ago

  • Tongwei setting up 5GWp solar cell factory in western China

    Before Going to Press | 6h 30min ago

  • US court fines Epistar US$9.3 million for patent infringement

    Before Going to Press | 6h 31min ago

  • Shipments of smartphones equipped with OLED to surpass 200 million in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 6h 31min ago

  • Sales of commercial TVs drop in China during 3Q15

    Before Going to Press | 6h 32min ago

  • SSD contract prices to fall 10-11% in 4Q15, says DRAMeXchange

    Before Going to Press | 6h 33min ago

  • HMI 2015 EPS likely to fall 20%, says report

    Before Going to Press | 6h 33min ago

  • TSMC raises holdings in Xintec

    Before Going to Press | 6h 33min ago

  • Tsinghua Unigroup seeking investment in SK Hynix, says report

    Before Going to Press | 6h 34min ago

  • PCB firm Unitech looks to automotive, IoT for 2016 growth

    Before Going to Press | 6h 40min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Korea makers to mass produce transparent OLED displays in 2016

    Before Going to Press | 6h 43min ago

View more

China Internet TV and OTT market developments

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 21, 16:00

China's Tri-network Integration Policy has eased restrictions on the broadcasting and telecom industries in China and allowed them to offer each other's services. This has brought new competitive challenges to the local video market, especially its Internet video/TV...

The Big Fund - China's next step to becoming a global semiconductor leader

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 16, 17:49

China has been solidifying its semiconductor industry policy objectives through the release of the "National IC Industry Development Guidelines" in June 2014 and "Made in China 2025" in June 2015, with one key financial support program being the National IC Industry...

Global tablet market – 3Q 2015

GLOBAL TABLET | Nov 19, 18:44

Global tablet shipments reached only 50.64 million units in the third quarter, up 9% from the second quarter, but still down sharply by 18% on year.

China smartphone market and industry – 3Q 2015

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Nov 13, 15:36

In September, Digitimes Research surveyed China's smartphone supply chain. After analyzing the industry as well as relative market data, it found that in the third quarter, there were 59.8 million new 3G/4G users in China, which is higher than the average growth...

Taiwan LCD TVs - 3Q 2015


Taiwan-based makers saw significant shipment growths in the third quarter of 2015, as clients in Europe and North America prepared for the year-end shopping season.

Intel strategies in the mobile device market
Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.