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Taiwan market: HMD Global launches Nokia 5, Nokia 3

Jun 23, 16:30

HMD Global has launched Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 in the Taiwan market in cooperation with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET), priced at NT$5,390 (US$177) and NT$3,990, respectively, unlocked.

Huawei, Oppo and Vivo likely to ship fewer-than-expected smartphones in 2017

Jun 23, 11:59

China's top-3 smartphone vendors, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, have quietly lowered their smartphone shipments goals set for 2017 due to difficulties ramping up shipments significantly in non-China markets, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses.

huawei

Jason Chen becomes Acer chairman

Jun 22, 15:18

Acer has appointed its chief executive officer (CEO) Jason Chen as chairman as part of the company's latest management reshuffle which also saw it get a new chief financial officer (CFO).

Taiwan market: Oppo launches R11 in local market

Jun 22, 13:23

China-based smartphone vendor Oppo has launched its new smartphone, the Oppo R11, in the Taiwan market, priced at NT$15,990 (US$525) unlocked.

The Oppo R11

Arima expects robust growth in 2017

Jun 22, 11:31

Taiwan-based handset ODM Arima Communications expects its shipments and revenues to increase significantly in 2017 as it has secured large-volume orders from a domestic smartphone vendor and continued orders from clients in Japan and other countries.

Arima

Smartphone makers may see component shortages in 2H17

Jun 20, 15:17

As production for new iPhones is expected to begin in third-quarter 2017 and many Android smartphone vendors will also launch new models in second-half 2017, demand for handset components will increase significantly, and may result in shortages, according Taiwan-based component suppliers.

China accounts for 7 of top-10 leading smartphone suppliers in 2016, says IC Insights

Jun 19, 15:41

Seven of the world's top-10, and 10 of the top-14 smartphone companies listed for 2016 were headquartered in China. Two South Korea-, one US- and one Taiwan-based companies made up the remainder of the companies, according to IC Insights.

Inventec appoints new chairman, president

Jun 19, 08:59

Inventec's board of directors has elected Tom Cho, currently chairman for affiliate company Inventec Solar Energy, as the new chairman and appointed Maurice Wu, currently company COO, as the new president, with both positions taking effect on June 16, according to the company.

New Inventec chairman Tom Cho (right) and president Maurice Ho

Handset component business outlook positive in 2H17

Jun 16, 15:47

Business prospects for handset part and component suppliers in the second half of 2017 are positive, driven by traditional peak season effects in the third quarter and new models launched by brand vendors for the latter half of the year, according to sources from upstream component suppliers.

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Sales of HTC U11 better than expected

Jun 16, 14:06

Sales of HTC's new flagship smartphone, the HTC U11, have been better than expected since its launch in May, with shortages in some markets unable to be fulfilled until early July, according to Chang Chia-lin, president of HTC's smartphone and connected devices business unit.

Taiwan market: Asustek launches ZenFone AR smartphone

Newswatch - Jun 14, 21:15

Asustek Computer has officially launched its first AR-enabled smartphone, the ZenFone AR, in the Taiwan market, priced at NT$24,900 (US$824) unlocked.

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen demos ZenFone AR

Acer to focus on niche smartphone segment

Jun 14, 14:44

Acer will continue its smartphone business focusing on niche-market products, according to Jerry Kao, president of the company's IT products business.

Jerry Kao, president of Acer IT products business

Arima Communications sees revenues up on month in May

Stockwatch - Jun 13, 14:58

Handset ODM Arima Communications has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.765 billion (US$58.455 million) for May, up 10.98% on month but down 17.73% on year.

China market: JD.com starts using drones for deliveries

Jun 13, 14:51

China-based e-commerce giant JD.com has started delivery services using drones in four cities, including Xian, Chengdu and Suqian, in China, according to the company.

DJ.com demonstrating operation of its delivery drone

China market: Oppo unveils next-generation R11, R11 Plus smartphones

Jun 13, 13:23

China-based smartphone vendor Oppo has unveiled the new generation of its R-series family, the Oppo R11 and R11 Plus. The R11 Plus comes with a 6-inch AMOLED display, while the Oppo R11 has a smaller, 5.5-inch display.

HTC adds new content to Viveport platform

Jun 12, 12:24

HTC recently added 76 new titles onto its Viveport, the app store for its Vive head-mounted display (HMD) VR devices, bring the total number of content to over 150, according to the company.

Asustek May revenues drop 1.6% on year in May

Stockwatch - Jun 9, 16:20

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$31.344 billion (US$1.04 billion) for May 2017, representing a 15.61% increase on month and 1.6% drop on year.

Acer revenues up in May

Stockwatch - Jun 9, 16:05

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$17.964 billion (US$596.91 million) for May 2017, representing a 24.47% increase on month and 3.67% increase on year.

Asustek to launch ZenFone 4 smartphones at end of July

Jun 9, 14:56

Asustek Computer will unveil its long awaited ZenFone 4-series smartphones at the end of July 2017, almost three months behind its original schedule due to a design overhaul and efficiency upgrades, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

Samsung Display to supply up to 80 million AMOLED panels for new iPhone in 2H17

Jun 9, 12:34

Apple's upstream supply chain has begun mass producing components for the vendor's three next-generation iPhones: a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model both featuring reinforced glass chassis with aluminum metal frame; and a 5.8-inch model featuring reinforced glass chassis with metal frame and an...

StarVR ties up with ZeroLight to develop VR solutions for automotive industry

Jun 7, 21:05

StarVR, a joint venture between by Acer and Sweden-based game developer Starbreeze, has tied up with ZeroLight, a UK-based car visualization interactive solution developer, to develop high-resolution VR solutions for the automotive industry, according to Acer.

Global wearable device shipments swell nearly 18% on year in 1Q17, says IDC

Jun 7, 14:23

Global shipments of wearable devices totaled 24.7 million units in the first quarter of 2017, up 17.9% from the 20.9 million units shipped a year earlier, according to IDC.

HTC sees revenues dip to 14-month low in May

Jun 7, 13:44

HTC saw its consolidated revenues decline 3.88% on month and 32.91% on year to a 14-month low of NT$4.53 billion (US$150.62 million) in May.

Apple accounts for over 83% global smartphone operating profits in 1Q17, says firm

Newswatch - Jun 6, 15:48

Apple's smartphone business recorded an operating profit of US$10.18 billion in the first quarter of 2017, accounting for 83.4% of the total operating profits generated by global smartphone vendors compared to 79.8% of a year earlier, according to Strategy Analytics.

Once upon a time in the IoT world

Jun 5, 23:29

Over the past few years, one of the most popular subjects to discuss and anticipate in the global IT industry is the predicted boom of the Internet of Things (IoT) market and it appears that the market is starting to take off. But the optimism represented by the massive investments made by companies...

Global AR/VR headset shipments gain momentum in 1Q17, says IDC

Newswatch - Jun 5, 23:16

Global shipments of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets continued to soar with a total of 2.3 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2017, according to IDC.

IBM, Globalfoundries and Samsung build new transistor for 5nm technology

Jun 5, 22:20

IBM on June 5 announced that the company and its research alliance partners Globalfoundries and Samsung, and equipment suppliers have developed an industry-first process to build silicon nanosheet transistors that will enable 5-nanometer (nm) chips. In less than two years since developing a 7nm test...

Huawei plans to set up VR R&D centers in China, US

Jun 3, 12:08

China-based Huawei reportedly plans to set up R&D centers in China and the US for development of VR/AR/MR related products and applications, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Android Pay launches

Jun 2, 12:33

Google has launched its mobile payment service, Android Pay, in the Taiwan market through cooperation with two local banks initially, CTBC Bank and First Commercial Bank.

Android Pay launches in Taiwan

Production value of Taiwan communication industry to dip 4% in 2017

Newswatch - Jun 2, 10:58

The production value of Taiwan's communication industry, which includes handset products and overseas shipments of communication parts and components, is expected to reach NT$2.96 trillion (US$98.349 billion) in 2017, down 4% from a year earlier, according to the Market Intelligence and Consulting...

Virtual reality becoming more of a reality at Computex Taipei

Jun 1, 21:14

A number of announcements and technology demos were made and seen at Computex Taipei this year that are sure to help virtual reality (VR) technology become more accessible and exciting for consumers moving forward. And while industry giants like Intel and Microsoft may have made the big splashes at...

Mitac showcasing Mio series at Computex Taipei 2017

May 31, 15:20

IT device maker Mitac International is showcasing Mio, its own brand for smart devices including smart wrist bands for health care, in-car digital video recorders, professional tablets at the Computex Taipei 2017, according to the company.

Smart electrocardiographic wrist band MiCor A100

The enterprise platform revolution of 2017: An opportunity for Taiwan vendors to take the lead

May 30, 15:37

With all the overcooked buzz about mobility, IoT and other consumer-oriented market speak, it is easy to forget the less sexy, but far more profitable and strategically important enterprise computing segment. After all, all that data on your phone or tablet does comes from, or through, some kind of...

Welcome to Computex 2017: New friends, renewed rivalries

May 30, 15:37

After several years where players in a post-mature PC industry have been more concerned about making sure they clear out inventory rather than consistently introducing new innovations to the market, Computex Taipei 2017 is gearing up to be a throwback show, where industry heavyweights go toe-to-toe...

Welcome to Computex 2017

IoV market holds strong potential for Taiwan-based makers

May 30, 15:36

While smart cars, connected cars or autonomous cars have been in frequent and diverse discussions across the IT industry, it has been the automobile industry that has been focused on the related development of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, fusion of sensors and Big Data analysis technologies...

Qualcomm pursuing Apple manufacturers over royalty row

May 26, 15:17

Qualcomm has filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of California against FIH Mobile and Hon Hai Precision Industry (together known as Foxconn), Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics - the four manufacturers of all Apple iPhones and iPads sold worldwide - for allegedly...

New iPhone to come without home button, says paper

Newswatch - May 26, 14:06

It is not a tip but true that the new iPhone devices scheduled to be rolled out in the second half of 2017 will come without a home button, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report, citing sources from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Lenovo nets US$107 million for fiscal 4Q 2016/2017

May 26, 12:56

China-based IT vendor Lenovo Group on May 25 released its financial report for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ended March 2017, posting consolidated revenues of US$9.58 billion, gross margin of 14.6%, net operating profit of US$74 million and net profit of US$107 million for the first quarter...

Taiwan market: Smartphone shipments decline sharply in April

May 26, 11:25

Shipments of smartphones in the Taiwan market totaled 543,000 units in April, down nearly 10% from the previous month and 20% from a year earlier period, according to data compiled by local retail channels.

HTC rolls out AI device for medical diagnosing applications

May 25, 15:59

HTC has come out with an artificial intelligence (AI)-based device and related applications for medical examination and diagnosis applications, according to Edward Chang, president of healthcare and research unit at HTC.

Edward Chang, president of HTC healthcare and research

Global smartphone shipments grow 9.1% on year in 1Q17, says Gartner

May 25, 14:02

Global shipments of smartphones grew 9.1% on year to 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017, according to Gartner.

Pegatron to showcase new products on June 1

May 25, 11:40

Pegatron is scheduled to showcase an array of new products and applications, including AI (artificial intelligence), VR (virtual reality) and in-car electronics devices, as well as wireless charging applications, on a product event to be held at its headquarters in Taipei on June 1. Pegatron chairman...

Pegatron chairman TH Tung

Taiwan market: Samsung Pay launched

May 24, 11:16

Samsung Electronics formally launched Samsung Pay on May 23 in Taiwan after a three-week trial operation of the smartphone-based e-payment services in cooperation with seven local banks.

Taiwan market: Alliance Digital Tech to boost mobile e-payment services

May 23, 15:39

Alliance Digital Tech, a TSM (trusted service management) company jointly established by five local mobile telecom carriers and EasyCard Corp., will promote mobile e-payment services by marketing NFC (near field communication)-enabled SIM cards pre-installed with functions of EasyCard which enables...

Huawei competes head to head with Oppo in domestic and overseas markets

May 23, 14:30

Competition between China-based Huawei and rival Oppo for ramping up their smartphone shipments in the domestic and overseas markets are to intensify in the second half of 2017, according to industry sources.

FIH Mobile warns losses to expand in 1H17

May 23, 11:24

FIH Mobile has issued a warning on its profitability, saying its net losses for the first half of 2017 are expected to more than double to US$240 million compared to US$110 million forecast in April.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers to ship nearly 21 million handsets in 2Q17

May 22, 21:54

Taiwan-based ODMs, OBMs (own-brand manufacturers) and JDM (joint-design manufacturers), but not including OEMs (such as for the iPhone), will together ship 20.92 million smartphones and feature phones in the second quarter of 2017, increasing 38.1% on quarter and 73.5% on year and accounting for 4.5%...

iPhone shipments still grow in US, UK, Australia in 1Q17, says Kantar Worldpanel

Newswatch - May 22, 15:12

Despite an overall 0.8% on year shipment decline in the first quarter of 2017, shipments of iPhone devices in the UK, US and Australia still posted a growth of 5.6%, 5.2% and 3.8% on year, respectively, in the quarter, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

China market: LeEco CEO steps down

May 22, 14:15

Jia Yueting, chairman and CEO of China-based LeEco, has stepped down as CEO of the company but will retain his position as chairman, according to a recent stock exchange filing.

Shipments of Google Daydream-enabled smartphones to reach over 10 million units in 2017

May 22, 11:20

Global shipments of smartphones supporting Google's Daydream platform will reach over 10 million units in 2017, according to Clay Bavor, vice president of virtual and augmented reality at Google.

Google VP of VR/AR Clay Bavor
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