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Digitimes Research: Intel simplifies Atom product lines for mobile devices

Mar 6, 16:16

Intel has announced its latest lineup for its Atom series products at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 and in addition to simplifying the naming system for the processors to avoid confusion, the CPU giant also designed and optimized them specifically for different segments of the market.

Apple Watch to ship 15 million units in 2015, says Strategy Analytics

Mar 6, 16:08

The Apple Watch will ship over 15 million units worldwide in 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple will quickly become the world's number one smartwatch vendor and capture 55% global market share in the year, said the research firm.

Digitimes Research: LG focuses on mid-range/entry-level smartphones and smartwatches at MWC 2015

Mar 6, 11:13

Unlike Samsung Electronics and High Tech Computer (HTC) that unveiled their newest flagship smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, LG Electronics focused its exhibition on four new mid-range and entry-level models: the LG Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy, and smartwatches:...

LG Urbane

Japan market: ZTE to launch Blade S6 for mid-range segment

Newswatch - Mar 5, 11:58

China-based smartphone vendor ZTE plans to launch its new mid-range smartphone the Blade S6 in the Japan market in April. The Blade S6 features a 5-inch display and is powered by an 8-core CPU, according to the company.

ZTE mid-range smartphone Blade S6

Samsung loses top position in global 4Q14 smartphone market, says Gartner

Mar 4, 22:11

Samsung lost the top spot to Apple in the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. Samsung had been number one since 2012.

Smartphone platform providers eyeing emerging Africa market

Mar 4, 22:06

Smartphone platform providers including Google, Mozilla and Microsoft are planning to team up with handset makers, most likely China-based makers, to develop sub-US$100 smartphones for sale in markets in Africa, according to industry sources.

MWC 2015: Acer unveils Liquid Jade Z smarpthone

Mar 4, 15:41

Acer has announced the Liquid Jade Z featuring an IPS display with the Zero Air Gap technology to help reduce reflections and Corning's Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone also supports 4G LTE (Cat. 4) connectivity and a 64-bit quad-core Mediatek processor.

Acer Liquid Jade Z smartphone

Commentary: Galaxy S6 to bring significant impact on supply chains

Mar 4, 12:07

The launch of the Galaxy S6 may help Samsung Electronics revive its flagging smartphone business thanks to improvements in terms of product design and functionality. And yet, the new Galaxy smartphone may bring significant impact on the upstream supply chains.

HTC reports 27% on-year revenues increase for February

Stockwatch - Mar 3, 20:30

HTC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$9.226 billion (US$293.9 million) for February 2015, representing a 24.84% drop on month but 27.7% increase on year.

MWC 2015: Acer launches its first Windows 8.1 smartphone

Mar 3, 12:09

Acer has unveiled the Liquid M220 smartphone, its first Liquid smartphone to run on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, featuring a 4-inch 233ppi display.

Acer Liquid M220 smartphone

Galaxy S6 sales to outperform its predecessors, says Samsung Taiwan executive

Mar 2, 16:16

Samsung Electronics will begin to market its newly released flagship smartphone the Galaxy S6 starting April 10 and expects sales to outperform the Galaxy S4, the vendor's best-selling model so far, according to Andy Tu, general manager of Samsung's mobile communication business in Taiwan.

MWC 2015: Acer showcasing new mobile devices

Mar 2, 15:28

Acer is showcasing its latest mobile products at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 hosted from March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain including the Liquid Leap+ wearable device, which is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows platforms and features a 1-inch touchscreen OLED screen and meets the IPX7 waterproof...

Acer Liquid Leap+ wearable device

HTC unveils HTC M9 flagship, wearable devices HTC Grip, HTC Vive

Mar 2, 15:12

HTC has unveiled its new flagship smartphone the HTC One M9 along with its first smart sports bracelet the HTC Grip and a VR (virtual reality) device the HTC Vive during a pre-MWC 2015 event.

HTC CEO Peter Chou demonstrates HTC Vive

Smartphone vendors to showcase new models at pre-MWC events

Feb 26, 14:24

Smartphone vendors including Samsung Electronics, HTC, LG Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications all plan to unveil new smartphones at pre-MWC 2015 events to be held on March 1. HTC is expected to showcase its new flagship model, the HTC One M9.

Commentary: 14nm FinFET process, Galaxy S6 crucial to Samsung semiconductor business

Feb 26, 14:00

The debut of Samsung Electronics's new flagship smartphone the Galaxy S6 at the upcoming MWC 2015 will mark the world's first smartphone powered by a 14nm 3D FinFET processor and could also serve as a turning point for the vendor's semiconductor business.

Samsung to unveil Galaxy S6 at MWC; initial shipments to top 50 million units

Feb 26, 13:47

Samsung Electronics is expected to unveil its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC), according to suppliers in Taiwan's handset supply chain. The local suppliers expect initial shipments of the Galaxy S6 to reach 50 million units.

India handset market contracts in 4Q14, says IDC

Feb 26, 13:07

India's mobile phone market stood at 64.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, down 11% sequentially and 5% on year, according to IDC.

Samsung Galaxy S6 to feature 5.1-inch 577ppi AMOLED display

Feb 25, 21:08

Samsung Electronics' new flagship smartphone the Galaxy S6 is expected to feature a 5.1-inch 577ppi AMOLED display, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera and weight of below 140g, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Android and iOS account for over 96% of smartphone OS market for both 4Q14 and 2014, says IDC

Newswatch - Feb 25, 19:58

Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter as well as for all of 2014, up slightly from 95.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013 and from 93.8% a year earlier, according to IDC.

Smartphone shipments to China increase marginally in 4Q14 with Xiaomi taking top position, says IDC

Feb 25, 14:05

Smartphone shipments in the China market were up 2% sequentially to 108 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, bringing China's total smartphone shipments for the year to 420 million units, according to IDC.

Apple to invest EUR1.7 billion in new data centers in Europe

Feb 24, 12:26

Apple today announced a EUR1.7 billion (US$1.93 billion) plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100% renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark's central Jutland, will power Apple's online services including the iTunes Store, App...

Foxlink chairman optimistic about wearables and USB Type-C connectors

Feb 17, 15:43

Commenting on the company's outlook for 2015, Foxlink chairman Guo Tai-qiang has said that wearable devices and USB Type-C connectors will become growth drivers for Foxlink.

Guo Tai-qiang, Foxlink chairman

Japan market: Smartphone shipments in 2014 down 5.3%, says report

Feb 17, 12:34

Shipments of smartphones in the Japan market in 2014 declined for the second straight year by 5.3% to 27.7 million units, according to a Chinese-language QQ.com report citing data from MM Research Institute.

Fingerprint recognition smartphones from China vendors expected to ramp up in 2H15

Feb 16, 20:53

China handset supply chains expect to see orders for smartphones with fingerprint recognition from China vendors increase in the second half of 2015.

Supply chains adjusting strategies as tablet market expected to decline 30% in 1Q15

Feb 16, 15:58

Tablet supply chains are evaluating their strategies for 2015 as overall shipments are expected to wither throughout the year, declining most heavily by an estimated 30% on quarter in the first quarter of the year.

Asustek sees decreased 4Q14 profit

Feb 16, 11:36

Asustek Computer saw net profit of NT$4.509 billion (US$143 million) for the fourth quarter of 2014 decrease by 22.41% on quarter and by 20.77% on year mainly due to loss of NT$713 million from foreign exchange, the company said at an investors conference on February 13.

Asustek Computer CEO Jerry Shen

Digitimes Research: Google to finish 2-in-1 Chromebook development in 1Q15

Feb 13, 14:22

Google is planning to push 2-in-1 devices in 2015, according Digitimes Research's inquiries within the upstream supply chain. Google's 2-in-1 Chromebook designed by Quanta Computer is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter.

Pegatron subsidiary rolls out cases for iPhone 6 devices

Feb 13, 14:11

Pegacasa, a subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, has rolled out a series of decorative cases for iPhone 6 devices in corporation with Taiwan-based Eslite Bookstore.

HTC and other vendors to launch non-Android Wear smart devices

Feb 13, 11:16

Although Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility and Asustek Computer have launched Android Wear-based smartwatches, Samsung Electronics, HTC and some China-based makers are likely to release comparable models running on their own platforms initially, according to industry sour...

Taiwan market: Huawei to beef up marketing for mobile devices

Feb 13, 10:01

China-based vendor Huawei will strengthen the marketing for its smartphones and tablets in the Taiwan market by deepening its cooperation with retail channels and setting up an online shopping mall, according to sources at the company's sales agent.

Over 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014, says Canalys

Feb 12, 19:47

Over 720,000 Android Wear devices were shipped in 2014, when a total of 4.6 million smart wearable bands were shipped, according to Canalys.

Sony Mobile to use more MediaTek smartphone solutions, say sources

Feb 12, 11:47

Sony Mobile Communications will increase its purchases of handset solutions from MediaTek for production of entry-level and mid-range smartphones in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Sony Mobile Xperia E4

Pegatron sales buoyed by iPhone 6 shipments

Feb 12, 11:24

Pegatron Technology saw its January revenues grow 3.28% sequentially and 28.98% on year to NT$118.05 billion (US$3.75 billion) mainly thanks to orders for the iPhone 6.

Foxconn January revenues down sequentially, but iPhone 6 device shipments remain strong

Feb 11, 15:15

Foxconn Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$396.01 billion (US$12.49 billion) for January, dropping 23.29% on month but growing 25.9% on year. The January figures were the company's highest level for the month.

HTC appoints new CMO

Feb 10, 22:10

HTC has appointed Idris Mootee, CEO of Idea Couture, a design firm based in Toronto, as its new CMO. Mootee's predecessor, Benjamin Ho, left the company in July, and company chairwoman Cher Wang led the top marketing role in the interim.

Qualcomm fined US$975 million by China's NDRC, but relieved investigation is over

Feb 10, 17:10

Qualcomm has announced that it reached a resolution with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) regarding the NDRC's investigation of Qualcomm under China's Anti-Monopoly Law (AML), with the NDRC imposing a fine on Qualcomm of CNY 6.088 billion (approximately US$975 million).

Qualcomm fines may not affect competition between China handset makers and international brands, say sources

Feb 10, 16:26

The China government's decision to fine Qualcomm up to US$975 million for violating antitrust regulations may not affect competition between China-based handset makers and international brands, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Taiwan market: Samsung, HTC release 4G smartphones

Feb 10, 15:19

Samsung Electronics and HTC have both launched new smartphones targeting the entry-level to mid-range segments in the Taiwan market. The new models will compete with comparable models from Asustek, Xiaomi, ZTE and InFocus, said sources at local retail channels.

HTC showcases the HTC Desire 626

Digitimes Research: Taiwan handset shipments to drop nearly 30% on quarter in 1Q15

Feb 10, 14:59

Taiwan-based brand vendors and ODMs will ship a total of 18.05 million handsets in the first quarter of 2015, down 29.4% on quarter but up 11.2% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

HTC expects revenues, profits to fall in 1Q15

Newswatch - Feb 9, 10:55

HTC expects its revenues to drop 6-13% sequentially to NT$41.5-45 billion (US$1.31-1.42 billion) for the first quarter of 2015. On an annual term, the revenues will be up 25-36% from a year earlier.

Tablet vendors taking new strategies to rekindle sales in 2015

Feb 6, 14:38

Tablet vendors are adopting measures to revive sales or reduce BOM (bill of materials) costs in 2015 in order to tide over their current difficulties caused by falling unit prices and tapering market demand, according to industry sources.

Apple reportedly to diversify LCD driver IC suppliers

Feb 5, 20:55

Apple is looking to diversify its LCD driver IC suppliers and move away from its dependence on Synaptics (formerly Renesas SP Drivers; RSP), according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Handset shipments by Taiwan-based vendors and ODMs increase 50% on year in 4Q14

Feb 5, 15:42

Shipments of handsets by Taiwan-based ODMs and brand vendors totaled 25.56 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing 15% sequentially and over 50% from a year earlier, according to Digitimes Research.

Motorola performs strongly during October-December period

Feb 4, 21:23

Motorola Mobility saw its handset shipments soar 118% sequentially to over 10 million units during the third quarter of its fiscal 2014 (from October to December 2014) and generated revenues of US$1.9 billion or nearly 56% of total sales recorded by Lenovo's mobile business unit in the quarter, according...

Taiwan market: Local brands to enhance presence in sub-NT$5,000 smartphone segment

Feb 4, 15:37

Taiwan-based smartphone vendors, including HTC, Acer, Asustek Computer, BenQ and Gigabyte Communications, all plan to enhance their presence in the sub-NT$5,000 (US$158) smartphone segment in the local market, according to sources at local retail channels.

Smartwatches for children a prime target for vendors in China

Feb 4, 15:08

Smartwatches with GPS tracking and SOS alert functions are being targeted by vendors in China with an emphasis on the children's market.

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to tumble 30% sequentially in 1Q15

Feb 4, 14:52

Global tablet shipments are expected to plunge by 30% sequentially to 52.15 million units in the first quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

Inventec to set up production lines in India

Feb 4, 14:04

Inventec plans to set up production lines at a leased factory in Chennai, southern India, with production to begin at the end of the second or beginning of the third quarter of 2015, according to the company.

Taiwan handset ODMs to perform differently in 2015

Feb 4, 10:38

Taiwan-based handset ODMs Compal Electronics and Inventec are set to ramp their shipments in 2015 after the consolidation of their associated companies Compal Communications and Inventec Appliances, while Arima Communications may see its shipments decline due to a limited number of clients, according...

Digitimes Research: Smartphone shipments in China top 100 million units in 4Q14

Feb 3, 22:03

Shipments of smartphones in the China market grew 10.8% on quarter and 13.2% on year to 103.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, driven by the release of iPhone 6 devices as well as low-priced 4G models by local vendors, according to Digitimes Research.

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