Mobvoi touts disruptive man-machine interaction
New-generation man-machine interaction in the post-smartphone era will be dominated by mobile + voice, with voice-control mobile devices to enjoy huge sales opportunities, according to Li Zhifei, founder and CEO of China AI startup Mobvoi.
The arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wangzhou threatens to further escalate the US-China trade tensions, significantly dimming business prospects for the China firm's supply chain partners in Taiwan.
HTC gearing up for blockchain phones, 5G mobile hubs
HTC is striving to make a turnaround in 2019 by accelerating its development of blockchain-focused smartphones and new mobile products for the upcoming 5G era, according to industry sources.
The commercialization of 5G communications will be realized starting in early 2019 with mobile device launches and network rollouts across North America, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and China, according to Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon.
Compound semiconductor firms are conservative about order visibility for the first quarter of 2019 due partly to Apple cutting orders amid weaker-than-expected sales of new iPhones, according to industry sources.
Largan November revenues hit 7-month low
Largan Precision on December 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.008 billion (US$130 million) for November, the lowest monthly level since May 2018, decreasing 23.08% on month and 28.57% on year.
Mobvoi unveils smartwatches in Taiwan
China-based AI start-up Mobvoi has unveiled two smartwatches, TicWatch Pro and TicWatch C2, for sale in Taiwan at recommended retail prices of NT$7,790 (US$253) and NT$6,290 respectively.
Qualcomm intros 7nm, 5G-ready chip
Qualcomm has unveiled its Snapdragon 855 mobile platform to enable commercial 5G networks and mobile devices in early 2019.
Global shipments of wearable devices reached 32 million units in the third quarter of 2018, up 21.7% from the previous year, according to IDC.
GPS tracker device maker ATrack Technology has won a bid to supply its 4G LTE satellite positioning trackers to one of the top-three power companies in Canada with shipments to start soon, according to company sources.
HTC has teamed up with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) to launch an upgraded version of its HTC U12 life in Taiwan aiming to ramp up its smartphone sales during the year-end shopping season.
China-based smartphone vendors Huawei and Xiaomi expect their smartphone sales to continue to grow robustly in 2019, while Oppo and Vivo are more conservative about their prospects due to limited product lines, according to sources from Taiwan's IC-design houses.
MediaTek, Qualcomm upgrading SoCs to drive sales in 2019
MediaTek and Qualcomm both are moving to fabricate their next-generation mobile SoCs with advanced process nodes in 2019 that will support more advanced technologies, as they aim to maintain their sales momentum and ASPs to tide over a period full of uncertainty over replacement demand in the smartphone...
Africa mobile phone shipments flatline as major markets experience differing fortunes, says IDC
Africa's mobile phone market declined 2.1% on quarter in the third quarter of 2018 according to the latest figures announced by IDC. Overall shipments for the quarter totaled 52.6 million units, with feature phone shipments falling 2.7% on quarter and smartphone shipments declining 1.3% over the same...
Sharp Aquos zero to be available in Taiwan in January
Sharp plans to launch its first OLED-based flagship smartphone, Aquos zero, in the Taiwan market in January 2019 with its price to be announced later, according to an announcement of Sharp Taiwan.
Taiwan-based General Interface Solution (GIS) and China's O-film Tech are likely to share the orders for ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensors from Samsung Electronics for its flagship Galaxy S10 lineup slated for launch in early 2019, according to industry sources.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been little affected by a cutback in chip orders for Apple's new iPhones as many of its other fabless clients are queuing for its 7nm process capacity, according to industry sources.
Meitu and Xiaomi partnership points to consolidation in China smartphone market, IDC finds
Meitu, a company best known for its selfie app, and Xiaomi announced recently a strategic partnership to jointly launch Meitu-branded phones and other smart devices in a move that IDC believes will have a far-reaching impact on the brand development of Meitu and Xiaomi as well as the smartphone market...
Taiwan chipmaker MediaTek may find it a difficult job to score an estimated 10% annual growth in total mobile AP shipments for 2019, given the global smartphone market still facing headwinds in the coming year, according to industry sources.
Handset sales in Taiwan rebound in October
Sales of handsets, mostly smartphones, in the Taiwan market increased to 640,000 units in October, up 18.5% on month and 10.3% on year, driven by brisk sales of iPhone devices and other Android-based models from Sony Mobile, Huawei and Xiaomi, according to data compiled by local retail channels.
HTC dismisses speculation about quitting handset market
HTC has dismissed recent speculation claiming it would quit the smartphone market with its latest U12+ being the last of its models.
As worldwide smartphone vendors are expected to further lower prices for new models to stimulate replacement demand in 2019, global chipmakers including Qualcomm, MediaTek and UNISOC (Spreadtrum & RDA) may see their gross margins and earning capabilities undermined by the device vendors' new marketing...
Shares of Apple supply chain makers tumbling
A number of Apple's supply chain makers in Taiwan have seen their shares decline sharply and also get downgraded recently amid growing concerns of sluggish sales of new iPhones launched in September.
Import tariffs introduced by the United States and China in September will see Chinese exporters bear approximately 75% of the costs, with the US extracting a net welfare gain of US$18.4 billion, according to new research from EconPol Europe.
Most handset brands including Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo are gearing efforts to expand their shares in India as the growth momentum in the China market has slowed down, according to industry sources.
Taiwan LCD monitors – 3Q 2018
Taiwan's LCD monitor shipments grew 6.3% sequentially and 7.5% on year to reach 22.35 million units in the third quarter.
Taiwan LCD TVs – 3Q 2018
Taiwan's LCD TV shipments increased 11.4% sequentially, but down 3.1% on year to arrive at 8.52 million units in the third quarter...
Taiwan handsets – 3Q 2018
Taiwan's handset shipments increased 5.5% sequentially, but dropped 6.8% on year to come to 21.8 million units in the third...
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