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Commentary: Internet service providers still vying for smartphone market

Dec 15, 11:31

Despite the lackluster performance of initial sales of their own brand smartphones, Internet service providers including Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba and Baidu, have not yet given up...

Commentary: Signing of FTA between China and Korea offers a choice for Taiwan

Dec 5, 14:10

The signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) between China and Korea is expected to result in a structural change in trade patterns between the two counties. The FTA and its consequences...

Commentary: MediaTek offers food for thought about investing in China

Nov 27, 15:03

The announcement by MediaTek that it will invest in a private equity fund led by SummitView Capital and the Shanghai city government indicates that the Taiwan-based smartphone solution...

Commentary: Android smartphone vendors set to meet more challenges

Nov 25, 15:26

Sluggish demand for Android-based smartphones is taking its toll on vendors including Samsung Electronics, HTC and Sony Mobile Communications as evidenced by third-quarter reports...

Commentary: Xiaomi facing challenge to sustain growth

Nov 21, 12:41

China-based Xiaomi Technology, a smartphone startup of a little over four years, has risen as a technology company with a full range of product lines that has expanded vertically...

Commentary: Who will win in race for Apple A9 chip orders?

Nov 20, 11:21

There have been many speculations circulating about Apple's A9 processors, which are to be used in next-generation iPhone and iPad devices in 2015.

Commentary: Taiwan lags behind in development of high-power semiconductors

Nov 19, 11:42

Electric car, solar energy and smart grid manufacturing sectors have become the main focuses of industrial development for many countries recently, and the development of these sectors,...

Commentary: Foxconn strives to rekindle its e-commerce business

Nov 17, 11:15

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has tried again to build up its e-commerce business by removing its flagship online store, flnet.com, from its host web in China,...

Commentary: Are large-size smartphones really at odds with tablets?

Nov 13, 11:08

Many market watchers now believe that demand for tablets is set to decline, affected by reasons including a high penetration rate after three years of rapid growth, rising popularity...

Commentary: Is it possible for Nokia to re-enter the mobile device market?

Nov 10, 11:47

Nokia, as hinted by its CFO Timo Ihamuotila at the company's latest conference call, is mulling the possibility of making a re-entry into the mobile device market, most likely in...

Commentary: Calculating the cost of GamerGate, many losers, 2 potential big winners

Oct 30, 15:53

Concerns raised in a previous report that allowing the schism between the gaming press and their core audience to fester could lead to real economic impacts for the gaming industry...

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Commentary: China ODM services increasing as local vendors aim to cut costs and expand handset lineups

Oct 20, 16:21

Low-priced, high-specification handsets are continuing to be focus for handset vendors in China, with Xiaomi, Coolpad and Huawei Device expected to push segment in 2015 in order to...

Commentary: Taiwan electronics industry experiencing outflux of talent to China

Sep 26, 12:14

Taiwan's electronics industry is experiencing an outflux of talent to China while upper management is beginning to retire, leaving many industry analysts worried about the stability...

Commentary: Few Taiwan-made IC parts in iPhone 6

Sep 25, 10:55

A recent teardown of the iPhone 6 showed that Apple still prefers to use IC parts offered by leading international players, excluding most Taiwan-based IC design houses for the supply...

Commentary: Korea vendors still hold hopes for OLED TVs but will it really become mainstream technology?

Sep 18, 15:18

Korea-based vendors still have hopes for OLED TVs despite limited sales in recent years, according to Hyun Hwoi Ha, executive VP at LG Electronics.

Commentary: Apple Watch pioneering user interface will make around 10% of users Think Different

Sep 10, 15:22

The long rumored Apple Watch (previously widely reported on as the iWatch) has been announced, but while the company believes it has created a pioneering user interface for the emerging...

Apple Watch

Commentary: Time is running out for console makers to clean up GamerGate

Sep 9, 10:45

A battle, which has been given the title #GamerGate on social media, between gamers and the gaming press has been ongoing for three weeks and is showing only minimal signs of losing...

Tweets per day of gamergate and notyourshield hashtags

Commentary: Ultra HD still dominating in high-end TV segment

Aug 27, 15:51

As TV vendors are looking to capture increased market shares in the TV market including the high-end segment, Ultra HD has become the mainstream choice for both TV vendors and panel...

Commentary: Entry-level and mid-range devices to further dominate in 2H14

Aug 18, 15:34

Going into the second half of 2014, vendors will continue to focus on mobile devices, most notably smartphones and tablets but instead will aim at expanding their entry-level and...

Commentary: Microsoft moves to eliminate Nokia

Jul 28, 09:57

In addition to initiating a massive lay-off, Microsoft also plans to discontinue Nokia's Asha-, Series 40- and X-series handset products as well as to rename the Lumia-series - moves...

Commentary: TSMC should support MediaTek to counter Samsung-Qualcomm alliance

Jul 21, 10:18

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) should support MediaTek with its technology and production capacity to counter the alliance between Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm...

Commentary: Panel makers need to be more active in developing products

Jul 4, 14:34

Panel makers need to take a more active role in developing technology and products that applications can be based around and not the other way around. Sharp's Free Form Display is...

Commentary: Why Foxconn wants to secure a stake in Sharp

Jun 25, 15:00

Recently, Foxconn Electronics chairman Terry Gou expressed his distress over an agreement that would give the company roughly a 10% stake in Japan-based panel maker Sharp. The agreement,...

Commentary: Where do Taiwan makers fall as China makers aggressively develop new panel technologies?

Jun 4, 20:31

As China makers continue to develop and invest in new technologies as well as expand production capacity, many market observers are concerned about the future of Taiwan makers as...

Commentary: Innovations needed to keep panel industry moving forward

Apr 23, 15:47

Creating new demand through innovations and unique solutions will be crucial to the panel industry in upcoming years as the primary panel markets, including handsets, notebooks and...

Commentary: AUO may retake spot as number three panel maker globally in 2014

Apr 18, 15:27

AU Optronics (AUO) is expected to reach NT$400 billion (US$13.25 billion) in revenues during 2014 while Innolux is expected to reach NT$380 billion, according to market observers.

Commentary: Taiwan handset vendors, ODMs advised to optimize rising supply chain in China

Apr 2, 16:36

Taiwan-based handset vendors and ODMs are advised to optimize the advantages of the handset supply chain in China to sharpen their competiveness and to avoid of being marginalized...

Commentary: Is it likely for Qualcomm to produce 28nm chips at SMIC?

Mar 13, 15:56

Recent reports from China have cited Qualcomm president Derek Aberle as disclosing that it plans to produce 28nm chips at China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation...

Commentary: Is COS a genuine home-grown platform or a copycat?

Feb 6, 11:10

China has unveiled a home-grown operating system, the China Operating System (COS), for use in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes (STBs) and other types of smart devices, claiming...

Commentary: Is time ripe for Lenovo to acquire IBM x86 server business?

Jan 27, 12:29

Lenovo has signed a definitive agreement with IBM for the acquisition of IBM's x86 server hardware and maintenance business for US$2.3 billion. It is an important step for Lenovo...

Commentary: HP smartphone comeback efforts not promising

Jan 13, 15:48

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is planning a comeback to the smartphone market, but it is generally believed that chance is lower for HP to make its renewal efforts a success.

Commentary: Taiwan panel makers face challenges as China and Korea panel makers expand production

Nov 25, 14:30

Panel makers in China and Korea are expanding production at rates that may put Taiwan's panel industry in the doldrums if actions are not taken.

Commentary: Taiwan government needs to further help the local panel industry

Nov 22, 15:25

The panel industry in Taiwan is facing challenges. As of 2014, AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux are expected to pay back roughly NT$100 billion (US$3.38 billion) in debts and it is...

Commentary: TV vendors look to new strategies to stay afloat

Nov 22, 14:40

LCD TV prices are expected to drop during the year-end holiday period, with 32-inch units expected to drop to US$100 and 60-inch units to around US$600.

Commentary: Is HTC co-governance a cure or curse?

Oct 28, 10:42

HTC has revamped its management model under which its chairperson Cher Wang and CEO Peter Chou will co-govern the company, instead of the previous policy of allowing the CEO to handle...

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