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Google to incorporate NFC functionality into Android

Jul 24, 21:38

Google will incorporate TSM (trusted service manager) software and applications into the Android platform after Apple reportedly has made NFC functionality a standard for its speculated iWatch, according to industry sources.

India market: Mobile platform providers to ramp up market share by tying up with local smartphone vendors

Jul 22, 13:43

Mobile platform providers Microsoft, Google and Mozilla have geared up efforts to expand their market shares in India by cooperating with local handset vendors.

Samsung teams up with Taiwan universities to push app development

Jul 22, 11:50

Samsung Electronics has recently teamed up with some Taiwan universities, looking to nurture talent for app design. It is also offering SDKs for Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Gar 2 and Samsung Gear Fit to software developers.

Firefox smartphones to be launched in India in July, says Mozilla COO

Newswatch - Jul 15, 11:24

Mozilla will launch a series of inexpensive Firefox OS smartphone models in the India market in July, with retail prices of up to US$50, according to company COO and Mozilla Taiwan CEO Gong Li.

Over 24 million cars will be fitted with Apple CarPlay in 2019, says ABI Research

Jul 14, 11:22

Earlier in 2014, several car OEMs announced that they would be releasing new cars installed with CarPlay capabilities, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, and Volvo, with many others sure to follow. With so many supporting CarPlay, ABI Research forecasts that in...

Worldwide traditional PC, tablet, ultramobile and mobile phone shipments to grow 4.2% in 2014, says Gartner

Jul 9, 14:18

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 4.2% increase from 2013, according to Gartner.

Digitimes Research: Google looking to clean up Android device mess in emerging markets

Jul 3, 12:01

The Android operating system was again the spotlight of Google I/O developer conference and in addition to a preview of the latest Android L, the Internet giant also launched an entry-level turnkey solution, Android One for emerging markets.

Digitimes Research: Vehicle industry showing more signs of incorporating mobile applications and smart features

Jul 2, 15:25

Google's new Android Auto platform announced at Google I/O developer conference is focusing mainly on the connection between Android-based smartphones and car infotainment systems, and the vehicle industry is showing more signs of incorporating mobile applications and smart features into newer vehicles...

Google teams up with MediaTek to develop Android One, say sources

Jun 27, 11:57

Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform that will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting nearly one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply ch...

Computex 2014: Microsoft, Google showcasing expanded supply chain in Taiwan

Jun 6, 10:26

Microsoft and Google are showcasing their efforts to expand the supply chain ecosystems for their Windows Phone 8 smartphones and Chromebook notebooks in Taiwan at Computex 2014.

The HCM encryption solution: An interview with Enova Technology president Robert Wann

Jun 4, 15:44

Smart devices including PCs, tablets and smartphones are changing people's life. In 2013, 2.32 billion units of smart devices were shipped to the market according Gartner. It highlights the fact that enormous amounts of electronic information ranging from texts, photos and videos is being created,...

Rober Wann, president and CEO of Enova Technology

Samsung launches Tizen-based Samsung Z smartphone

Jun 4, 11:40

Samsung Electronics has introduced the Samsung Z, the first commercially available smartphone powered by the Tizen platform. The Samsung Z is being displayed at the Tizen Developer Conference, San Francisco from June 3-4.

Computex gets smart

Jun 3, 13:26

Asia's biggest ICT procurement exhibition and the world's second largest show is set to kick off today and run for the next five days, and Computex Taipei 2014 is expected to highlight a wide variety of IT products and solutions, from the latest mobile devices and computer peripherals, to the newest...

Apple to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for US$3 billion

May 29, 15:22

Apple has announced that it has agreed to acquire the streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.

Lenovo, Coolpad seeking ways to boost ASPs

May 28, 22:13

Lenovo will try to raise the ASP of its smartphones by ramping its share in the mid-range to high-end segment by optimizing on the brand image of Motorola, while fellow company Coolpad will roll out more 4G LTE models to lift its ASPs, according to sources in Taiwan's supply chain.

Handset vendors to compete for audio performance

May 23, 15:50

Handset vendors are likely to enter a new round of competition to upgrade their sound-processing technology in order to deliver high quality audio content through their smartphones, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Vendors, software developers flocking to Android OS

May 21, 14:22

Due to the fast-growing Android ecosystem, most software developers have no choice but to support Android OS in order to avoid of being marginalized, according to Digitimes Research.

China market: Handset brands and ODMs still reluctant to launch WP-based smartphones

May 19, 12:42

China-based handset vendors and ODMs are still reluctant to launch Windows Phone (WP)-based smartphones in 2014 despite Microsoft's efforts to promote its WP platform without charging license fees for mobile devices with a below 9-inch display and to bundle sales with Qualcomm's QRD (Qualcomm reference...

China handset vendors may face increasing patent complaints, say sources

May 2, 15:58

China-based handset vendors have begun strengthening their patent portfolio or establishing defensive alliances to fend off increasing threats of patent complaints from international handset players or patent licensees, according to industry sources.

Lenovo to buy mobile patents from NEC

Apr 7, 13:06

Lenovo has announced that it has purchased a portfolio of patents from NEC consisting of more than 3,800 patent families filed in numerous countries around the world.

HTC launches new HTC One

Mar 26, 14:51

HTC has unveiled its new high-end flagship model, the HTC One (M8), in New York and London simultaneously, aiming to rekindle its sagging smartphone sales as well as to shore up its dwindling market share.

Most smartphone vendors supporting Android Wear

Mar 21, 16:41

Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, HTC, Asustek Computer and Motorola have voiced support for Android Wear, Google's new platform for wearable devices.

Digitimes Research: Google shifts focus to large-size tablet competition

Mar 18, 15:49

Digitimes Research has learned that Google is set to release at least two Nexus tablets in 2014 with an 8.9-inch model already under development and set to enter mass production in July. The 8.9-inch tablet features a display resolution of more than 2K.

China market: Second-tier China handset vendors plan to request anti-trust probe into Android licensing

Mar 18, 14:38

Some second-tier and small China-based handset vendors feel that Google has unreasonably high charges for some applications under the Android platform, and therefore plan to request the China government launch an anti-trust probe into Google's unfair competition, according to industry sources in Tai...

More handset makers joining WP camp

Mar 10, 11:31

Microsoft has successfully lured a number of China- and India-based handset vendors to join the Windows Phone (WP) camp, which may help ramp up the ratio of the WP8 phones in the global smartphone market, according to industry sources.

Advanced content recommendations to reach 75% of US Pay TV households by 2018, says ABI Research

Feb 25, 15:22

Consumer exposure to advanced recommendation engines will grow to reach 75% of Pay TV households on multi-screen services and 55% on set-top boxes (STBs) in North America by 2018, up from 20% and 10% in 2013, respectively. This growth is driven by today's highly competitive viewer landscape for Pay...

Microsoft to lower Windows 8.1 licensing fees for entry-level PCs, say Taiwan makers

Feb 24, 15:31

Microsoft plans to further decrease Windows 8.1 licensing rates for entry-level PCs priced below US$250 and tablets, from nearly US$50 currently to about US$15, according to Taiwan-based PC supply chain makers.

Nokia reportedly to launch Android variant smartphones

Feb 17, 12:26

Nokia reportedly plans to unveil an Android variant smartphone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 targeting the entry-level segment, according to industry watchers.

Android smartphone shipments just shy of 800 million in 2013, says IDC

Feb 14, 16:18

The smartphone market passed an important milestone in 2013 when worldwide shipments surpassed the one billion mark for the first time, driven by continued momentum from Android and iOS. According to IDC, Android and iOS accounted for 95.7% of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013,...

Indonesia market: BlackBerry to stage a turnaround with Jakarta model

Feb 13, 22:05

The BlackBerry-Foxconn tie-up is expected to launch their first jointly developed BlackBerry 10-based smartphone, the Jakarta, in Indonesia in April, according to industry sources.

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 that the OS is a brainchild of a two-year research and development of its Institute of Software under the Chinese Academy...

Soft-World expected to see 2014 revenues of NT$13 billion

Jan 28, 15:00

Taiwan's largest online game developer/operator Soft-World International is expected to generate consolidated revenues of NT$13 billion (US$433 million) for 2014, growing 17.8% on year, according to local market analysts.

Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom lands exclusive rights for new media broadcasts of 2014 FIFA World Cup

Jan 22, 14:07

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has obtained exclusive rights for new media broadcasts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to take place in Brazil during June 12-July 13 in the Taiwan market and will deliver 64 football games in HD though its MOD (multimedia on demand), and Internet streaming platforms, according to...

China-developed OS unveiled, Android device vendors watching

Jan 21, 20:46

China Operating System (COS), developed by China-based Lian Tong Network Communication Technology (Shanghai) and the Institute of Software under the Chinese Academy of Sciences for use in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and other types of smart devices, has been announced and is expected to be...

Taiwan market: Gomaji 2013 revenues nearly double on year

Jan 17, 14:37

Gomaji, currently the largest operator of online group buying services in the Taiwan market, generated revenues of NT$3.1 billion (US$104 million) for 2013, hiking 93.8% on year, and aims at revenues of NT$5.0 billion for 2014, according to the company.

Taiwan market: Android platform accounts for 90% of smartphone OS market

Jan 15, 12:35

Android-based smartphones currently account for over 90% of smartphone OS market share in Taiwan, leaving little room for other platforms, including Firefox OS and Tizen, according to market sources.

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.

Foxconn to develop Firefox OS tablet

Jan 7, 14:03

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is cooperating with Mozilla to develop a tablet featuring Firefox OS. Taiwan-based chipmaker VIA Technologies will also join the project.

Foxconn to development Firefox OS tablet with Mozilla

Sony to offer MOD service from CHT on PS4

Jan 6, 22:01

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Taiwan reportedly will cooperate with Taiwan's largest telecom carrier Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) to add the carrier's Multimedia on Demand (MOD) service on its PlayStation 4 (PS4) game console, according to some market watchers.

Sony Mobile to launch WP8 phones, say sources

Jan 6, 14:09

Sony Mobile Communications has decided to launch ODM models of Windows Phone 8-based smartphones, while concentrating its R&D efforts on Android and Firefox models, according to industry sources.

China market: Mobile IM accounts rise to 1.57 billion in 3Q13, says Analysys

Dec 9, 14:43

There were 1.57 billion mobile instant messaging (IM) accounts in the China market as of the end of third-quarter 2013, rising 6.1% sequentiallyt and 74.4% on year, according to Analysys International.

BlackBerry may replace core hardware devices business with software services

Dec 4, 15:09

BlackBerry is likely to replace its core hardware devices business with software services due to the growing popularity of its BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) services, according to industry watchers.

Bumpy landing of iOS 7 in the enterprise leaves room for Windows Phone growth, says ABI Research

Nov 25, 14:54

The consumerization of IT has reached a maturation state in key markets forcing smartphone OEMs to incorporate security and advanced enterprise features into mobile device hardware and software, according to ABI Research.

China-based smartphone vendors launching family series models to extend product life-cycles

Nov 20, 21:39

China-based smartphone vendors are following the steps of international players to launch upgraded flagship models and family series products to ramp up their product scale as well as to extend the life-cycle of their products, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Sales of new iPhones by NTT DoCoMo impact Japan handset market

Nov 18, 22:29

Sales of Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c by NTT DoCoMo starting in September 2013 have brought a number of impacts to Japan's handset market, including changes in the subscriber bases among the top-3 telecom operators, the offering of Android models and the consolidation of Japan's handset market,...

Digitimes Research: Nokia launches 5 models to ramp up market share

Nov 15, 12:01

Nokia's recent release of three Asha-series feature phones and two Lumia smartphones is aimed at ramping up the market share of Windows Phone. But the effectiveness of the strategy remains to be seen, according to Digitimes Research.

WP-based smartphones still face tough road ahead despite 3Q13 shipment gains

Nov 7, 15:40

Although Windows Phone has become the third largest mobile platform in the global smartphone segment, it remains to be seen if shipments of WP-based phones will be able to maintain their momentum in 2014, according to sources at handset supply chain in Taiwan.

Firefox OS smartphones may struggle to compete with Android, Nokia models

Oct 28, 10:34

Smartphones running on Firefox OS may not be able to compete effectively against low-end Android phones or Nokia's Asha family models, despite successful initial sales of ZTE Open launched by China-based ZTE in the US and UK, according to industry sources.

Nokia, BlackBerry to retire old platforms differently

Oct 9, 15:20

Nokia and BlackBerry are to take different approaches to retire their old mobile operating platforms due to varied market conditions, according to industry observers.

Digitimes Research: Prospects remain bleak for BlackBerry

Oct 8, 15:35

Despite accepting an acquisition offer from its shareholder Fairfax Financial, the prospects of BlackBerry remain bleak as the hardware specifications and operating platforms of its smartphones are still lagging behind prevailing market trends, according to Digitimes Research.

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