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Taiwan market: 641,000 handsets sold in May, says CNA

Jun 23, 20:51

There were 641,000 handsets, mostly smartphones, sold in the Taiwan market in May, decreasing 1.3% on month, according to Taiwan-based Central News Agency (CNA).

Foxconn chairman expects channel retail business to grow strongly in 1 year

Jun 23, 15:06

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) chairman Terry Guo has told investors that the company has already resumed its channel retail business, but he refused to provide details on the business' current status. However, he believes the business will achieve great results in many markets including...

China market: Xiaomi likely to launch smartwatch in September, says report

Newswatch - Jun 22, 22:17

Xiaomi Technology is expected to launch its first smartwatch in September at the earliest. The Mi smartwatch is likely to come with a 1.3-inch round display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU with 512MB RAM, according to media reports in China.

Asustek, HTC caught up in Tessera patent infringement case in the US

Jun 22, 15:33

Commenting on US-based Tessera Technologies and its subsidiary Invensas filing lawsuits against players such as Broadcom and Avago as well as Asustek Computer and High Tech Computer (HTC) for infringing its semiconductor equipment patents, Asustek said that the company values intellectual property...

Foxconn chairman looks at LeEco ecosystem for possible cooperation

Jun 22, 14:07

Foxconn Electronics chairman Terry Gou and a number of top executives of the EMS giant have recently visited an experience shop of the "LeEco ecosystem" operated by China-based conglomerate LeEco (formerly LeTV) in Shenzhen to tap the possibility of enhancing cooperation between the two companies,...

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HTC confirms departure of former CEO

Jun 22, 12:02

HTC has confirmed that its former CEO Peter Chou has left the company. Chou is currently serving as chairman of Hong Kong-based Digital Domain though he is still an honorary consultant to HTC.

Sales of HTC 10 higher than expected in Taiwan, Japan, says company

Jun 21, 13:41

HTC expects its sales performance in the Taiwan market in the second quarter of 2016 to be better than that a quarter earlier due to strong sales of its flagship model the HTC 10, according to Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia.

China market: Foxconn enters financial service sector

Jun 21, 11:27

Foxconn Electronics has entered the financial service market in China and also plans to launch an online financial service platform in 2016, according to media reports in China.

Himax provides Quad HD display driver IC for Tango-enabled AR smartphone

Jun 21, 11:12

Himax Technologies has announced its HX8396-A display driver IC has secured the design win in the world's first augmented reality (AR) smartphone, Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The Phab 2 Pro is built on Google's Project Tango platform, a new technology that enables location-specific content for AR gaming and...

Asustek becomes largest client of Arima Communications

Jun 17, 10:44

Asustek Computer has accounted for about 40% of Arima Communications' smartphone shipments to become the largest client, followed by LG Electronics with about 20% and Sony Mobile Communications which was the largest client over the past few years, according to industry sources.

Wearable shipments to reach 213.6 million units worldwide in 2020, says IDC

Jun 17, 10:01

Worldwide shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach 101.9 million units by the end of 2016, representing 29% growth over 2015. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, the market for wearable devices will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3%, culminating...

Digitimes Research: Growing VR ecosystem to accelerate development of VR video market

Jun 16, 15:24

Video and gaming applications for virtual reality (VR) devices were the highlights of the recently concluded Computex 2016 as demonstrated by the number of related products and exhibitors presented at the trade fair, according to Digitimes Research.

Apple stepping up procurement for new Apple Watch

Jun 15, 10:51

Apple has stepped up procurement of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch which is expected to debut later in 2016, according to sources from the supply chain.

Asustek cuts 2Q16 revenue guidance due to weak smartphone demand

Jun 14, 14:11

Because of weaker than expected demand in the Asia Pacific market, the smartphone industry is entering a new era of competition and smartphone ASPs are dropping. Asustek Computer has announced it will reduce its revenue target for the second quarter, down from NT$95-100 billion (US$2.93-3.09 billion)...

HTC launches new mid-range smartphone, ties up with Bethesda Softworks

Jun 14, 13:56

HTC has unveiled a new mid-range smartphone, the HTC One S9, which will be available at its exclusive shops in the Taiwan market on June 17 priced at NT$9,990 (US$309) unlocked. The device will be also available at the counters of the top-five telecom operators starting July 1 under package deals.

China holds 8 spots among top-12 smartphone vendors, says IC Insights

Jun 13, 21:10

Eight of the world's top-12 smartphone companies during the first quarter of 2016 are China-based including Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, ZTE, Lenovo, TCL and Meizu, according to IC Insights.

Arima Communications speeds up expansion into non-smartphone product lines, says president

Jun 13, 21:09

Smartphone ODM Arima Communications, in view of slow growth in global demand for smartphones and increasing market competition, has adjusted its business operation model to reduce its reliance on smartphones by speeding up its expansion to other product lines including VR (virtual reality) devices,...

Asustek sees stable performance in Brazil

Jun 8, 16:32

Asustek Computer CEO Jerry Shen has pointed out that the company is rather cautious about its operations Brazil, which has see high inflation, increasing unemployment and weakening consumption for the past few years.

Worldwide smartphone sales to slow in 2016, says Gartner

Jun 8, 16:21

Gartner expects global smartphone sales twill continue to slow and will no longer grow in double digits. Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to grow 7% in 2016 to reach 1.5 billion units. This is down from 14.4% growth in 2015. In 2020, smartphone sales are on pace to total 1.9 billion units.

Apple completes sales of first bond issue in Taiwan, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 8, 14:07

Apple has completed the sale of US$1.277 billion worth of bonds in Taiwan, with the yield for the 30-year bond issue set at 4.15%, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Digitimes Research: Tablet AP shipments in China to rise 6% in 2Q16

Jun 8, 13:59

China's tablet-use application processor (AP) shipments will increase 6% sequentially to 20.4 million units in the second quarter of 2016, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan market: LG launches G5 Speed smartphone

Jun 7, 13:52

LG Electronics has launched its LG G5 Speed smartphone in the Taiwan market in cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), priced at NT$23,900 (US$740) unlocked.

Synnex sees increased May revenues

Jun 7, 12:19

IT and consumer electronics distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$27.38 billion (US$840 million) for May, increasing 3.5% on month and 25.0% on year.

HTC May sales performance remains weak

Newswatch - Jun 6, 22:49

HTC has reported revenues of NT$6.75 billion (US$208.44 million) for May, increasing 17.3% sequentially but declining 37.4% from a year earlier.

Worldwide smartphone growth to slow to 3.1% in 2016, says IDC

Jun 3, 14:41

Smartphone shipments are expected to grow 3.1% in 2016, which is a substantial slowdown from the 10.5% growth in 2015 and 27.8% in 2014, according to IDC. The forecast is 2.6pp lower than IDC's previous forecast for 2016 on the basis of the continued slowdown in mature markets and China.

Taiwan market: Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi enhancing marketing efforts for smartphones

Jun 3, 13:49

Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi Technology have recently strengthened their marketing efforts in the Taiwan market, with each expecting to take a 5% share in the local smartphone market in 2016, according to industry sources.

Asustek expected to focus on development of IoT, robots, AR/VR

Jun 3, 12:36

Asustek Computer is expected to shift its development focus to Internet of Things (IoT), robot and virtual /argument reality (VR/AR) products, seeing the motherboard/graphics card and notebook markets continuing to suffer from weakening demand.

MediaTek stepping up development for auto electronics, VR

Jun 3, 10:11

MediaTek's R&D teams have started to work with Europe-based car vendors and worldwide handset firms on the development of the company's product lines targeted at automotive electronics and virtual reality (VR) applications, according to industry sources.

Next generation iPhone features minor upgrades; production volume to decline in 2016, says TrendForce

Newswatch - Jun 3, 10:07

Apple has settled on most of the specifications for the next generation iPhone, which will come in two sizes: 4.7- and 5.5-inch. The major hardware highlights include expanded storage for the two models and dual-camera specifically for the 5.5-inch model, according to TrendForce.

Taiwan market: Huawei launches P9 Plus smartphone

Jun 2, 19:58

Huawei has launched its latest smartphone, the P9 Plus, in the Taiwan market, aiming to ramp up its share in the local handset market to 5% in 2016.

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Foxconn integrating Sharp, Nokia marketing efforts

Jun 2, 15:37

Foxconn Electronics has begun to integrate the marketing and sales efforts of Sharp's smartphones and Nokia's feature phones after taking control of the two brands recently, according to industry sources.

HTC to spin off VR business in 3Q16, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 1, 13:10

HTC is expected to spin off its virtual reality (VR) business in the third quarter of 2016 at the earliest, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, citing company chairperson Cher Wang.

Brazil market: Xiaomi recalls handset team, to not introduce new models temporarily

Jun 1, 11:13

Xiaomi Technology reportedly has recalled its handset team stationed in Brazil back to China due to difficulty promoting smartphones in the country and will not introduce new models in the near future.

Everyone wants in on virtual reality opportunity

Jun 1, 11:04

If the IT industry has not quite entered the era of virtual reality (VR), most key players at Computex Taipei 2016 are trying to expedite the process. Major technology launches on the first day of Asia's largest tradeshow touched on how VR will be enabled in the upcoming years. ARM staked out the mobile...

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Qualcomm expands Snapdragon Wear lineup with offering for targeted-purpose wearables

May 31, 20:19

Qualcomm has introduced the new Snapdragon Wear 1100 processor for targeted-purpose wearables such as connected kids and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets and wearable accessories. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 processor complements the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which is designed for...

Computex 2016: Asustek unveils new ZenFone 3 smartphones and Transformer 2-in-1lineups

May 31, 12:02

Asustek Computer has unveiled its new ZenFone 3 series smartphones, including the flagship ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the entry-level model ZenFone 3 and the large-size ZenFone 3 Ultra, priced at US$499, US$249 and US$479, respectively.

Asustek ZenFone 3 smartphones

Digitimes Research: Korea memory-IC industry output value to increase 5% in 2Q16

May 31, 11:19

The production value of South Korea's memory chip industry is expected to increase about 5% sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, according Digitimes Research. Demand for smartphones and other mobile devices is picking up, but chip prices continue to fall.

Computex looks to take on new identity

May 31, 08:51

This year's Computex Taipei 2016 will mark a turning point for Asia's biggest tradeshow, as Taiwan begins asserting itself as being not only the center of the global ICT supply chain but also as a key partner for building the global technology ecosystem and driving innovation. This new positioning...

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Powering the cloud: Intel embraces new identity

May 30, 22:09

The next wave of computing is now beginning to define the IT industry, where the boundaries of computing are expanding as billions of smart and connected devices, new data-rich services and cloud apps fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly bring new experiences to our lives. Aligning itself...

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China market: Suning setting up VR experimental shops

May 30, 15:35

China-based Suning Commerce Group is currently building the largest VR (virtual reality) experimental platform in China, planning to build as many as 300 VR experimental shops within three months, according to media reports from China, citing the group's chairman Zhang Jingdong.

Taiwan market: Oppo launches R9 Plus smartphone

May 27, 16:21

Oppo has unveiled its latest smartphone, the Oppo R9 Plus, in the Taiwan market with the availability to begin on June 1, priced at NT$16,990 (US$522) unlocked for a 64GB version and NT$18,990 for a 128GB version, according to Oppo Taiwan.

ZTE plans to set up 23 flagship retail stores globally in 2016

May 27, 15:34

China-based telecom equipment vendor ZTE plans to set up 23 flagship retail stores around the world by the end of 2016, 20 in major cities of China and one each in Germany, Russia and Mexico, according to the company's Mobile Device CEO Adam Zeng.

Taiwan market: Samsung launches new Galaxy J7 and J5 smartphones

May 26, 12:13

Samsung Electronics has launched its new mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) in the Taiwan market targeting the NT$5,000-10,000 (US$154-308) segment.

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Taiwan market: Smartphone sales slow down in April

Newswatch - May 25, 22:40

Sales of handsets, mostly smartphones, in the Taiwan market totaled 650,000 units in April, decreasing 2.9% from the previous month, according to data compiled by local retail channels.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan smartphone shipments set to decline in 2Q16

Newswatch - May 25, 15:53

Shipments of smartphones by Taiwan-based handset brands and ODMs are expected to reach 12.6 million units in the second quarter of 2016, down 9.7% sequentially and 42.9% on year, Digitimes Research has estimated.

Foxconn receiving more short lead-time orders, performance to be even better in 3Q16, says chairman

May 25, 15:46

Foxconn Electronics has been receiving more short lead-time orders recently amid structural changes of global economy, and this has resulted in an increase in overtime hours at its factories, according to company chairman Terry Gou.

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou

China market: Oppo to ship 80 million smartphones in 2016, says paper

Newswatch - May 24, 10:52

China-based smartphone Oppo is expected to ship over 80 million smartphones in 2016, an increase of 60% from a year earlier, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Chip suppliers cautious about unit production for upcoming iPhone

May 23, 22:37

Chip suppliers are looking to enter production starting mid-June for the upcoming new iPhone series slated for launch in September 2016, but are generally less optimistic on their unit production for the devices by the end of the year.

Huawei to launch Daydream-based smartphones, HMDs

May 23, 15:52

Huawei plans to integrate its Kirin CPU products with Qualcomm's processors to roll out smartphones and head-mounted devices (HMD) supporting Google's Daydream VR (virtual reality) platform before year-end 2016, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report, citing sources from the company.

China market: Lenovo to use Samsung Exynos CPUs

May 23, 15:24

ZUK, a handset subsidiary of Lenovo, is to roll out a new smartphone powered by a Samsung Electronics Exynos 8890 processor, according to company CEO Chang Cheng.

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