Firefox-based smartphones to enter Africa in 2015
Dec 18, 11:50
Mozilla is expected to team up with China-based handset makers to produce Firefox OS-based smartphones for sales in Africa through Millicom's subsidiaries, including Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.
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 released by related vendors. And the fourth-quarter figures for Android smartphone vendors are expected to be worse than...
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 to include tablets, smart TVs, smart routers, smart wearable devices and even parts and components.
China market: Xiaomi invests in TV content provider
Nov 13, 11:47
Xiaomi Technology has announced it will invest US$10 million in local Internet television company Youku Tudou, aiming to integrate Xiaomi's end devices with Youku Tudou's TV content, according to a China-based sina.com report.
MediaTek and Opera Software partner to extend consumer data plans
Sep 18, 12:06
MediaTek and Opera Software have jointly announced that Opera Max, a data-savings app for Android phones, will be embedded into MediaTek's LTE SoC (system on chip) solutions. The first two MediaTek SoCs to be shipped with Opera Max are the 64-bit MT6752 and MT6732 chips.
Sporton International expects continued growth in 3Q14 revenues
Aug 19, 20:36
Sporton International, a Taiwan-based testing, inspection and certification service provider for electronics products, expects its sales for the third quarter of 2014 to outpace the amount recorded a quarter earlier judging from orders received so far of the third quarter, according to company vice...
Worldwide smartphone shipments edge past 300 million units in 2Q14, says IDC
Aug 15, 14:32
The worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in the second quarter of 2014, moving past the 300 million unit mark for the first time. According to data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter,...
Foxlink to sell Chinese writing system in Greater China region
Aug 12, 14:56
Foxlink has signed contracts with Taiwan's Tamkang University and acquired the distribution rights for the university's Chinese writing practice system and will start selling the product in its channel retail chain Studio A in Taiwan in September and in China and Hong Kong in the fourth quarter.
Foxlink to expand into digital content market, says chairman
Aug 8, 16:03
Foxlink is looking to expand into the software service market and in addition to establishing data centers to create services with added value, the company will also invest in the development of digital content, according to Foxlink chairman Guo Tai-qiang.
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 which could eventually lead to the elimination of Nokia.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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.