Xiaomi has difficulties expanding overseas, says report
Dec 19, 14:47
China-based Xiaomi is facing major difficulties in selling its smartphones outside of China despite the company's aggressive actions and the fact that it has been one of the most talked about smartphone brands in the industry, according to a Chinese-language LanjingTMT.com report.
IC design houses gearing up for 64-bit smartphone boom
Dec 18, 14:39
With Android phone makers pushing for migration to 64 bit architecture, chip suppliers including Qualcomm and MediaTek are set to introduce new quad- and 8-core 64-bit solutions in the first half of 2015, according to industry sources.
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.
Foxconn IT shopping mall in Taipei to open in March 2015
Dec 17, 23:18
Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry) new IT shopping mall in Taipei, Taiwan has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the air bridge between the building and Guang Hua Digital Plaza, an existing IT shopping mall in the city.
Taiwan market: PND market becoming more centralized on few brands
Dec 17, 15:14
The PND device market in Taiwan has become more centralized on four brands, Garmin, Papago, Mio and TomTom, as second-tier and white-box makers have switched to focus on wearable devices and driving recorders which now look to have more potential, according to industry sources.
Smartphone sales grow 20% in 3Q14, says Gartner
Dec 16, 15:26
Worldwide sales of mobile phones to end users were flat in the third quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. However, sales of smartphones to end users grew 20.3% to reach 301 million units.
Apple, Samsung pushing tablets for year-end holiday sales
Dec 16, 14:53
Apple and Samsung Electronics have been offering price cuts for their tablet products for the year-end holidays recently, looking to boost their sales performances for the fourth quarter. Apple will have a chance to sell around 20 million iPads in the fourth quarter, while Samsung's tablet sales may...
FIH Mobile to close India plant
Dec 15, 12:16
FIH Mobile, the handset arm of Foxconn Electronics, will officially close its handset assembly plant in Chennai, India on December 24, 2014, according to the company.
Commentary: Internet service providers still vying for smartphone market
Dec 15, 11:31
Despite the lackluster performance of initial sales of their own brand smartphones, Internet service providers including Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba and Baidu, have not yet given up their handset businesses and instead will try to make significant inroads into the market using new strategies.
TCL to meet smartphone shipment target in 2014
Dec 12, 10:40
China-based vendor TCL Communication Technology Holdings has managed to ramp up its smartphone shipments to over five million units a month since October and will reach its goal of shipping 40 million smartphones in 2014, according to the company.
Synnex Technology sees decreased November revenues
Dec 11, 11:36
Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$26 billion (US$846 million) for November, decreasing 4.1% sequentially and 17.5% on year.
Taiwan market: Sub-NT$10,000 models account for 50% of local smartphone sales
Newswatch - Dec 10, 22:19
Nine out of the top-10 best-selling smartphone models sold in the Taiwan market so far in 2014 are priced below NT$10,000 (US$320), and online sales of sub-NT$10,000 models have accounted for 50% of total smartphone sales in the local market, according to data compiled by 24h.pchome.com.
Smart connected devices continued to grow in Western Europe in 3Q14, says IDC
Dec 10, 21:35
The smart connected device market posted another quarter of growth in Western Europe, driven mainly by increased demand for personal computers. According to figures published by IDC, PC, tablet, and smartphone shipments totaled 60.1 million units, with volume 8.6% higher compared with the same quarter...
China touch panel makers suffer amid smartphone inventory pile-up
Dec 10, 12:36
As demand for smartphones in the China market has turned weak in the second half of 2014, smartphone vendors have high inventory levels and clearing of inventories is expected to continue until the first quarter of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Taiwan market: Acer unveils 4G smartphone Liquid Jade S
Dec 9, 21:46
Taiwan-based vendor Acer on December 9 unveiled an Android 4.4.4 4G smartphone, Liquid Jade S, for launch in the Taiwan market on December 18 at a contract-free retail price of NT$6,990 (US$225), according to the company.
Asustek November revenues buoyed by smartphone demand
Dec 9, 15:38
Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$48.95 billion (US$1.57 billion) for November, up 5.1% on month, but down slightly by 0.72% on year, and combined consolidated revenues for the first 11 months of 2014 reached NT$435 billion, up 2.73% on year.
Coolpad aims to ship over 20 million 4G smartphones in 2014
Dec 8, 15:22
China-based vendor Coolpad will launch Dazen F2, an Android 4.4.4 smartphone supporting 1,800MHz 4G frequency band, in the Taiwan market at a contract-free retail price of NT$5,490 (US$177) on December 9, according to Coolpad Taiwan.
Will Xiaomi get caught in the antitrust crossfire between China and Qualcomm?
Dec 5, 17:40
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is investigating Qualcomm's alleged monopolization of patents concerning smartphones through alleged unreasonable licensing terms dictated to China-based smartphone vendors and, according to China-based media reports, the investigation is focusing...
China market: First Beidou-positioning smartphone launched, says paper
Dec 4, 15:37
The first smartphone featuring the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, a China-developed satellite positioning technology, has been launched in the China market, with the smartphone jointly developed by China-based Shanghai Beidou Satellite Platform, Dongguan Techtotop Microelectronics Technology and...
LTE handset shipments to soar to 676 million in 2015, says ABI Research
Dec 3, 14:40
About 676 million 4G LTE handsets will be shipped in 2015, growing 204 million units from 2014, according to ABI Research. Furthermore, ABI Research estimates that the total number of LTE connected devices shipped worldwide will exceed 1.89 billion units by the end of 2019, demonstrating the need for...
E Ink, TPK supply components for YotaPhone 2
Dec 3, 10:54
Russia-based smartphone vendor Yota on December 3 will unveil the YotaPhone 2, a dual-touch screen smartphone with a front 5-inch 1080p AMOLED panel supplied by Samsung Display, and rear-side 4.7-inch EPD (electrophoretic display) supplied by E Ink Holdings. The touch panels of both screens are supplied...
Taiwan handset ODMs to see orders fluctuate significantly in 2015
Dec 3, 10:52
Taiwan-based handset ODMs may see their orders from Sony Mobile Communications and LG Electronics fluctuate significantly in 2015 following the recent reshuffles of top management at the two vendors, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.
HTC expected to hit high-end of 4Q14 guidance
Dec 2, 22:02
HTC is expected to see its consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 hit the high-end target of its guidance of NT$43-47 billion (US$1.38-1.51 billion) set for the quarter, according to industry sources.
Samsung may postpone Galaxy A smartphone launch in China, says report
Dec 1, 10:42
Samsung reportedly is postponing the launch of its mid-range/entry-level Galaxy A-series smartphones in China, originally scheduled for the end of November due to a delay in related R&D. The devices are estimated to be launched after mid-December, according to a Korean-language ET News...
India tablet market reports strongest on-year growth in 3Q14, says IDC
Dec 1, 10:25
According to IDC, the tablet market in India saw the strongest year to date growth in the third quarter of 2014, fueled by festive buying and strengthening commercial demand. Tablet market shipments in India witnessed strong on-quarter growth of 10% making it a 0.94 million units market.
Taiwan market: Smartphone shipments in 3Q14 hit record, says IDC
Nov 28, 10:04
There were 2.45 smartphones shipped in the Taiwan market during the third quarter of 2014, hitting a quarterly record and accounting for 96.1% of total handset shipments. Taiwan had the third highest smartphone penetration next only to Hong Kong and Singapore, according to IDC.