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    Before Going to Press | 11h 39min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipment to drop over 10% on year

    Before Going to Press | 11h 44min ago

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    Before Going to Press | 11h 45min ago

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    Before Going to Press | Aug 24, 19:51

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  • China Telecom nets CNY11.673 billion for 1H16

    Before Going to Press | Aug 24, 19:47

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    Before Going to Press | Aug 24, 19:46

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Nvidia unveils Tegra Parker mobile SoC

Newswatch - Aug 24, 15:28

Nvidia has unveiled its newest mobile processor, the Tegra Parker, which is suited for automotive applications like self-driving cars and digital cockpits.

China-based selfie app vendor Meitu plans IPO in HK, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 24, 12:15

China-based selfie application vendor Meitu plans an initial public offering in Hong Kong in the fourth quarter of 2016, aiming to raise US$500 million to US$1 billion through the IPO issue, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Taiwan market: Sharp to launch Aquos Z2 smartphone for high-end segment

Aug 23, 11:07

Sharp plans to launch its new flagship smartphone, the Aquos Z2, in the Taiwan market on August 25, according to the vendor's local sales agent Commtiva Technology.

After successive decline for 2 quarters, India smartphone market recovers with 17% growth in 2Q16, says IDC

Aug 22, 15:33

According to the IDC's Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, India's smartphone market revived after declining for two successive quarters by registering 27.5 million units of smartphones shipments in the second quarter of 2016. Smartphone shipments posted a healthy 17.1% growth over previous quarter and...

Commentary: Taiwan makers reluctant to yield to Apple requests to lower quotes

Aug 19, 14:13

Apple has met resistance from makers in Taiwan's supply chain to lower their quotes for parts and components for iPhone 7 devices, a move which aims to force Apple to discontinue its established policy of constantly squeezing profits from Taiwan suppliers.

LG mobile communications staff size down in 2Q16

Aug 18, 12:24

LG Electronics staff in its mobile communication department dropped from 7,321 at the end of the first quarter to only 7,016 at the end of the second, down 305 or 4.2%, according to revelations from the company's report for first-half 2016 operations. The number was also lower than the 7,460 at the...

China market: Xiaomi, Apple see smartphone shipments decline sharply in 2Q16, says IDC

Newswatch - Aug 18, 11:12

Xiaomi Technology saw its smartphone shipments decline 38.4% on year to 10.5 million units in the China market in the second quarter of 2016 during which other major local rivals were enjoying significant shipment growths, according to the latest data released by IDC.

HTC to see sales improve in 4Q16 on release of new phones

Newswatch - Aug 18, 09:54

HTC is likely to see its sales improve significantly in the fourth quarter of 2016 as the vendor is expected to launch a new mid-range smartphone at the end of September and possibly new Nexus devices in early fourth quarter, according to industry sources.

India market: FIH Mobile to commence operations at new handset plant

Aug 16, 22:04

FIH Mobile's new handset plant in Maharashtra, India will kick off production in the second half of 2016, one year after commencing operations of its plant in Andhra Pradesh.

Smartphone shipments to grow 5% in 2016 when Apple posts first annual decline, says Canalys

Aug 16, 14:00

Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach just over 1.4 billion units in 2016 representing a 5% on-year increase, according to Canalys. During the year, Apple is set to post its first annual decline in iPhone shipments, said the research firm.

Asustek 2016 smartphone shipments to fall short of target, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 16, 11:16

Asustek Computer is expected to ship 22-23 million smartphones in 2016, falling short of its target of 25 million units set for the year, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report, citing sources from international securities investment firms.

Asustek 2Q16 brand operations down

Aug 15, 16:15

Asustek Computer saw global brand operations in the second quarter of 2016 drop on quarter and on year in terms of revenue and profitability, the company said at an August 12 investors conference.

Asustek Computer CEO Jerry Shen

Digitimes Research: Smartphone shipments in China up slightly in 2Q16

Aug 15, 16:10

Smartphone Shipments in the China market totaled 149 million units in the second quarter of 2016, representing an increase of 2.7% on quarter and 14.3% on year, according to data compiled by Digitimes Research.

Acer smartphone chief to leave, likely to head Qualcomm Taiwan

Aug 15, 10:39

Acer has announced that ST Liew, co-president of Acer's BYOC Smart Products Business unit, will leave the company. The announcement follows local media reports indicating that Liew will take up an appointment as president of Qualcomm Taiwan.

Acer smartphone business chief ST Liew

China market: Huawei adjusting strategy to protect domestic smartphone market

Aug 12, 13:52

Huawei will launch more entry-level and mid-range smartphones for sale in the China market to fend off increasing competition from local rivals Oppo and Vivo in the two segments, according to industry sources.

Sales of iOS smartphones up in US and EU, down in China in 2Q16, says Kantar

Newswatch - Aug 12, 11:51

Sales of iOS-based smartphones returned to growth in the US and in the three major markets in the EU – the UK, Germany and France – but continued to suffer on-year declines in China in the second quarter of 2016, according the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Digitimes Research: China vendors ship over 145 million smartphones in 2Q16

Aug 11, 22:09

China-based vendors shipped 145.9 million smartphones globally in total during the second quarter of 2016, rising 13% on quarter and 22.9% on year and accounting for 44.1% of the global total, according to Digitimes Research.

Asustek sees decreased July revenues

Aug 11, 10:39

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$33.34 billion (US$1.04 billion) for July, decreasing 21.34% on month and 3.49% on year, and NT$255.94 billion for January-July, inching up 0.43% on year. Of the consolidated revenues, brand-sales revenues were NT$29.96 billion for July, down...

China-based Luxshare to take up 51% stake in Merry subsidiary

Aug 11, 10:09

The board of directors of headset maker Merry Electronics has approved a capital expansion project for its subsidiary in Suzhou, under which ICT-Lanto, a subsidiary of China-based Luxshare Precision Industry, will invest CNY530 million (US$79.74 million) to take up a 51% stake in Merry's Suzhou subs...

Digitimes Research: White-box tablet players see weak shipments in 2Q16

Aug 9, 21:25

White-box tablet shipments were down 15.3% from sequentially to reach only 13.8 million units in the second quarter because the quarter was a slow season for North America and Europe, while demand from emerging markets also remained weak due to economic downturns. In addition, component shortages and...

TSMC grabs chip orders for new Apple Watch, says report

Newswatch - Aug 9, 21:10

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will replace Samsung as the sole supplier of chips for the new Apple Watch starting the second half of 2016, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Taiwan market: Samsung expected to ship 500,000 Galaxy Note 7s

Aug 9, 15:17

Samsung Electronics has launched its new flagship model, the Galaxy Note 7, in the Taiwan market, and sources at the local retail channels expect the Korea-based vendor to ship over a total of 500,000 units in the local market.

HTC sales remain flat in July

Newswatch - Aug 8, 10:58

HTC has reported revenues of NT$6.32 billion (US$200.25 million) for July, down 0.6% on month and 14.69% on year.

Galaxy S7 edge is top-selling Android phone in 1H16, says Strategy Analytics

Newswatch - Aug 5, 11:00

Samsung Electronics's Galaxy S7 edge was the world's top-selling Android smartphone model in the first half of 2016, according to Strategy Analytics. Samsung currently aslo accounts for the three top-selling Android smartphone models shipped worldwide.

Synnex sees July revenues increase on year

Aug 5, 10:53

IT and consumer electronics distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$28.77 billion (US$899 million) for July, slipping 3.5% on month but growing 9.1% on year.

Oppo smartphone shipments marred by tight AMOLED supply

Aug 4, 12:06

Shipments of smartphones by China-based Oppo may fall short of its revised goal of shipping 90-100 million units in 2016 due to insufficient supply of AMOLED panels from Samsung Display, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Smartphone shipments total 607,000 units in June

Aug 3, 11:57

Shipments of smartphones totaled 607,000 units in the Taiwan market in June 2016, down from the 641,000 units shipped in the previous month and 640,000 units shipped a year earlier, according to data compiled by local channels.

HTC posts significant losses for 2Q16

Newswatch - Aug 2, 21:35

HTC has reported a net loss of NT$3.1 billion (US$98.065 million) or NT$3.71 per share for the second quarter of 2016. For the first half of 2016, net losses totaled NT$5.7 billion or NT$6.87 per share.

Global smartphone shipments stay flat in 2Q16, says IDC

Newswatch - Aug 2, 10:55

Global smartphone shipments reached 343.3 million units in the second quarter of 2016, up 3.1% on quarter and 0.3% on year, according to the latest data from IDC.

HTC picks 33 Vive X VR Accelerator start-ups in first batch

Aug 1, 22:03

Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC, in order to set up a VR (virtual reality) ecosystem, in April 2016 began to implement its Vive X VR Accelerator program with an initial supporting fund of US$100 million and has chosen 33 start-ups from nearly 1,200 applicants across more than 30 countries in the...

Huawei Technologies to add 15,000 retail stores globally in 2016

Aug 1, 21:57

China-based vendor Huawei Technologies, in line with its target global sales of 140 million smartphones in 2016, will add 15,000 retail stores around the world in 2016, according to tech.sina.com.

Qualcomm, Oppo sign 3G/4G patent license agreement

Aug 1, 21:55

Qualcomm and GuangDong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications have entered into a new 3G and 4G patent license agreement for China, according to the companies.

Samsung 2Q16 operating profits rise 18% on brisk smartphone sales

Jul 28, 15:11

Samsung Electronics has announced operating profits of KRW8.14 trillion (US$7.24 billion) for the second quarter of 2016, up 21.9% on quarter and 18% from a year earlier, while revenues increased 2.3% sequentially and 4.9% on year to KRW50.94 trillion.

BlackBerry launches new Android smartphone

Newswatch - Jul 27, 21:33

BlackBerry has launched its second Android smartphone, the DTEK50, priced at US$299. The DTEK50 features a 5.2-inch display with a 1920 by 1080 resolution, Qualcomm 8-core Snapdragon 617 CPU, 13-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and supports Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging te...

Digitimes Research: Over 4,000 models of LTE-enabled devices launched as of February 2016

Jul 27, 21:24

Based on GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) statistics, there were 4,416 models of LTE-enabled mobile terminal devices cumulatively launched around the world as of the end of February, an addition of 1,770 models from a year earlier. 1,311 or 74.1% of the additions were smartphones, according...

Samsung likely to unveil Galaxy Note 7 on August 2

Jul 27, 11:39

Samsung Electronics has announced a product event on August 2 in New York City where the vendor is expected to officially announce its new flagship smartphone for the second half of 2016, the Galaxy Note 7.

HTC to face increasing competition in VR market in 2H16

Jul 26, 11:05

HTC is expected to face increasing competition from other brand vendors in the VR (virtual reality) market in the second half of 2016 as VR or AR (augmented reality) devices appear to be hot-selling items for the forthcoming year-end holiday shopping season, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan smartphone ODM/OEM shipments drop in 2Q16

Jul 25, 20:29

Taiwan-based ODMs/OEMs shipped 12.06 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2016, slipping 13.5% on quarter and 43.5% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Digitimes Research: MWC Shanghai focuses on smart services

Jul 25, 15:20

While Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona during February 22-25 focused on unveiling of new smartphones and exhibiting advance telecom technologies, MWC Shanghai 2016 during June 29-July 1 featured smart service applications and the telecom industry ecosystem in China, according to Digitimes...

Vendors to launch smartphones supporting biometrics recognition

Jul 25, 12:27

Smartphone brands have been gearing up efforts to develop biometrics recognition technology, aiming to ramp up their market share with high-end models featured biometrics functionality, according to industry sources.

China market: Oppo raises 2016 smartphone shipment target to 100 million units, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 25, 10:36

China-based smartphone vendor Oppo reportedly has raised its shipment target for 2016 to 100 million units, from the revised 80 million set in June, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Wireless charging to become major feature in mobile devices

Jul 22, 14:08

More mobile devices are expected to feature wireless charging which will stimulate demand for related analog ICs and protective components, according to industry sources.

Worldwide smartwatch market experiences first decline as shipments fall 32% in 2Q16, says IDC

Jul 22, 12:38

For the first time, the worldwide smartwatch market saw an on-year decline of 32%, according to preliminary data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2016, which was down substantially from the 5.1 million shipped...

Sharp to roll out new smartphone utilizing MediaTek 10-core chip, says report

Newswatch - Jul 22, 11:52

Sharp is reportedly engaged in the development of a new smartphone utilizing MediaTek's 10-core Helio X20 chip (dubbed MT6797).

Taiwan market: Garmin launches mobile e-payment-enabled smart band

Jul 20, 15:43

Garmin on July 19 launched the vivosmart HR, a smart wristband supporting mobile electronic payments (e-payment) via a built-in iPASS chip, in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of NT$5,990 (US$187), according to Garmin.

HTC to participate in US-sponsored AWRI program

Jul 20, 14:13

HTC has announced that it will participate in the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative (AWRI) program launched jointly by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Science Foundation of the US.

HTC to hold 3Q16 investors conference on August 2

Newswatch - Jul 19, 22:32

HTC will hold its investors conference for the third quarter on August 2. The company is expected to report a loss of NT$1.5-2 billion for the second quarter, down from a loss of NT$2.6 billion recorded a quarter earlier.

Handset LED market to decline, says IHS

Jul 18, 22:14

The market for LEDs used in mobile phones – including backlighting behind the display, keypad illumination and camera flash - will decline at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% from 2015 to 2021, according to IHS. Increased penetration of organic LEDs (OLED) is a primary reason for...

SoftBank to acquire ARM

Jul 18, 16:24

The boards of directors of SoftBank and ARM have announced that they have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash acquisition of ARM for GBP24.3 billion (US$32.2 billion).

Smartphone vendors crossing into notebook market for growth

Jul 18, 15:57

China-based Huawei and Xiaomi have entered the notebook market and Korea-based smartphone brand vendors Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are also releasing products for the market. Sources from the upstream supply chain have commented that these players are becoming strong competitors to existing...

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