Taipei, Saturday, April 19, 2014 05:18 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
24°C

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.

Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom launches Hami+ Music

Oct 2, 14:43

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) on October 1 launched Hami+ Music, a one-stop-shopping platform of online music across smartphones, tablets and PCs, in the Taiwan market.

Gamania steps into development of mobile games

Sep 30, 15:46

Taiwan-based online games developer and operator Gamania Digital Entertainment has stepped into development of handset- and tablet-based mobile games by spinning off R&D teams as subsidiaries, having existing R&D subsidiaries shift development to mobile games, and investing in or merging with...

Sony Mobile aims to ship 65 million smartphones in fiscal 2014

Sep 30, 15:22

Sony Mobile Communications aims to ship 65 million smartphones in its fiscal year 2014 (April 2014-March 2015), up 55% from the 42 million units projected for the current fiscal year, according to sources in the vendor's supply chain.

BlackBerry focus on enterprise market to benefit application developers, says top executives

Sep 27, 14:40

BlackBerry's strategy to focus on the enterprise and professional segment will benefit application developers since users in the segment have high demands for a variety of applications, according to Alec Saunders, vice president of developer relations and ecosystem development at BlackBerry.

App developers to not give up BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone 8, say sources

Sep 27, 11:41

Most of mobile application developers participating in BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 have indicated that they will not quit BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone 8 developments mainly because Apple places strict controls on developers and there have been many free or bad-quality Android-based applications.

Nokia to step into large-size smartphone market in October, say sources

Sep 23, 16:01

Nokia reportedly will join the large-size smartphone segment by releasing its 6-inch Lumia 1520 in October after BlackBerry announced its 5-inch BlackBerry Z30 smartphone recently, according to industry sources.

Mobile app stores will see annual downloads reach 102 billion in 2013, says Gartner

Sep 23, 13:10

Mobile app stores will see annual downloads reach 102 billion in 2013, up from 64 billion in 2012, according to Gartner. Total revenues in 2013 will reach US$26 billion, up from US$18 billion in 2012. Free apps will account for 91% of total downloads in 2013. Gartner said that in-app purchases (IAPs)...

Digitimes Research: Xiaomi steals spotlight; Firefox OS gains a foothold

Sep 17, 20:12

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology, while undermining market conditions by releasing low-priced smartphones to push sales in its home market where competition in hardware and pricing has been keen, has captured headlines recently by announcing the hiring of a former Google executive as...

Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom launches QR code credit card mobile e-payment service

Sep 13, 14:05

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) on September 12 launched a QR code-based mobile e-payment service through cooperation with eight local credit card-issuing banks and a number of retail stores and service providers.

Western European mobile phone market grows on year but declines sequentially in 2Q13, says IDC

Newswatch - Sep 11, 12:21

Total shipments of mobile phones in Western Europe reached 43.3 million units in the second quarter of 2013, up 2.6% from a year earlier but down from the previous quarter, according to IDC.

Digitimes Research: Microsoft aims to become mobile platform provider via Nokia acquisition

Sep 6, 12:23

While Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business indicates the software vendor aims to develop its own-brand mobile end-market devices, the move also demonstrates that Microsoft actually intends to transfer itself into a mobile platform provider, according to Digitimes Research...

Global mobile phone market to grow 7.3% in 2013 driven by 1 billion smartphone shipments, says IDC

Sep 5, 11:16

The worldwide mobile phone market is forecast to grow 7.3% year over year in 2013, marking a sharp rebound from the nearly flat (1.2%) growth experienced in 2012. Strong demand for smartphones across all geographies will drive much of this growth as worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass...

Digitimes Research: Apple iPhone shipments down by 6.2 million units in 2Q13

Sep 4, 15:36

Apple's iPhone shipments declined by 6.2 million units in the second quarter of 2013 as compared to those shipped in the previous quarter as consumers are waiting for the release of new iPhones, according to Digitimes Research.

Windows phones challenging Android for Vietnam smartphone market, says IDC

Newswatch - Sep 4, 12:37

A total of 5.8 million mobile phones were shipped to Vietnam in the second quarter of 2013, in which shipments of feature phones contracted 25.8% sequentially due to aggressive shipments of low-cost smartphones, according to IDC.

Microsoft-Nokia deal moves handset market from product to ecosystem battlefield, says IDC

Sep 4, 10:59

The announcement of the Microsoft-Nokia deal signals the end of an era, not just for Nokia, but also for Microsoft. Both companies have now embraced different strategies to be able to better compete in a completely different landscape where mobility is the driver, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research...

WP platform likely to become closed OS, forcing other brands to develop alternatives

Sep 3, 15:42

The Windows Phone (WP) platform is likely to become a closed OS after Microsoft completes its acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business, a development which will force other smartphone vendors who utilize the WP platform currently to move to the Android camp, or to accelerate the development...

Microsoft to acquire Nokia Devices and Services business

Sep 3, 13:38

Microsoft and Nokia have jointly announced that the boards of directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business, license Nokia's patents, and license and use Nokia's mapping services.

Windows and BlackBerry face challenges to become 3rd-largest mobile OS ecosystem, says ABI Research

Sep 2, 13:21

ABI Research's recent smartphone research shows Android accounted for 80% of all smartphones shipped worldwide in the second quarter of 2013. The next largest ecosystem, Apple's iOS, reached its lowest share in three years with 13.6% of smartphones shipped in the second quarter. The race for third...

Android mobile app revenues to reach US$6.8 billion in 2013, says ABI Research

Aug 30, 14:45

Android's smartphone mobile app revenues are projected to reach almost US$6.8 billion by the end of 2013, nearly doubling from the previous year. The Android platform has some way to go before catching iOS's smartphone revenues, nevertheless, the smartphone app market will be Android's most fruitful...

More Mobile content, software coverage
DIGITIMES Marketing Services
China smartphone tracker

18-Apr-2014 markets closed

 LastChange

TAIEX (TSE)8966.66+22.50+0.25% 

TSE electronic342.87+1.95+0.57% 

GTSM (OTC)145.35+0.26+0.18% 

OTC electronic180.97+0.93+0.52% 

DIGITIMES Translation Services
  • HTC updates

    HTC has launched its flagship smartphone M8

  • TD-LTE

    TD-LTE is the mainstream global choice for 4G asymmetric frequency spectrum networks

  • Smartphone trends

    Smartphone vendors are improving their hardware

  • WiMAX

    A portal for information about Taiwan's WiMAX industry.