Taipei, Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:06 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
33°C
Digitimes Research: Taiwan smartphone makers see dropping orders from Amazon, Microsoft Mobile and Facebook in 2014
Luke Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Wednesday 3 September 2014]

Taiwan handset makers originally expected to continue receiving orders for Lumia series products from Microsoft Mobile and also acquire new orders from Amazon and Facebook in 2014, but according to the latest upstream information acquired by Digitimes Research, Taiwan makers were not able to land orders from Amazon and Facebook as expected, and may even see their orders for Lumia-branded Windows Phones decrease.

From the fourth quarter of 2013 to the first half of 2014, Compal Electronics and FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of the Foxconn Group, had both been talking with Amazon about cooperation and also received requests for quotation (RFQ) from the vendor.

After more than half a year of negotiations, and Amazon even released its in-house designed Fire Phone, Amazon has not yet fully established its smartphone outsourcing plans, causing Compal and FIH Mobile to fail to land Amazon's smartphone ODM orders in 2014 as expected.

In the second half of 2013, Facebook started cooperating with Compal Communications, which was still an independent company at the time, to outsource smartphone ODM orders. After Compal's merger with Compal Communications in the first half of 2014, and having shipped several thousands of entry-level Android smartphones to Facebook, Compal's cooperation with Facebook ended and the two firms have not had any other cooperation so far.

As for Nokia's smartphone department, which was acquired by Microsoft and is now Microsoft Mobile, Taiwan's smartphone makers originally expected the vendor, which has support from Microsoft's enormous resources, to expand its ODM orders for Lumia series Windows Phone in 2014, but instead the vendor has been cutting Taiwan makers' ODM orders since the third quarter of 2014, fully terminating smartphone and tablet projects that have not yet entered mass production, as it has turned to focus on business reorganization and cost reductions.

Digitimes Research believes Taiwan smartphone makers' ODM orders from Microsoft Mobile, Facebook and Amazon will need to wait until the second quarter of 2015 or even the second half of 2015 to have a chance to see improvements.

Realtime news
  • Getac launches new ruggedized tablet with improved gear

    IT + CE | 9min ago

  • GCL-Poly Energy has no plans to produce solar cells

    Green energy | 11min ago

  • China Internet user base over 667 million at end of June 2015, says CNNIC

    Mobile + telecom | 14min ago

  • Motorola launches 3 smartphones

    Mobile + telecom | 23min ago

  • Taiwan market: TWM, FET maintain monthly price of NT$998 for unlimited 4G use

    Mobile + telecom | 25min ago

  • Corning announces 2Q15 core sales of US$2.5 billion

    Displays | 30min ago

  • China imports 10,942 tons of polysilicon in June

    Green energy | 36min ago

  • PC replacement pushed by Windows 10 may come slowly, say Taiwan makers

    IT + CE | 46min ago

  • UMC expects wafer shipments to drop in 3Q15

    Bits + chips | 50min ago

  • Silicon Motion expects to deliver another year of record sales

    Bits + chips | 53min ago

  • Testing service provider Sporton reports strong 2Q15 earnings

    Bits + chips | 1h 7min ago

  • HTC to make investment in VR application provider WEVR

    Mobile + telecom | 1h 23min ago

  • Tsunami of M&A deals underway in 2015 chip industry, says IC Insights

    Bits + chips | 1h 25min ago

  • Wistron chairman expresses concerns about China supply chain takeover

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:57

  • China-based Wei Dong partners with Global View to introduce Taiwan educational resources

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:56

  • Silicon Motion expects to deliver another year of record sales

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:55

  • Equipment maker Foxsemicon diversifying offerings

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:54

  • Taiwan IC firms positive about demand for USB 3.1 Type-C solutions

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:54

  • LG top TV panel supplier to China in 1H15

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:54

  • TPK revenues slip due to decline in handset touch panel shipments

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:52

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan 2Q15 LCD TV shipments decline 8% on year

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:52

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan 2Q15 small- to medium-size panel shipments drop 0.4%

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:51

  • High-end graphics cards become new focus for vendors

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:51

  • UMC expects wafer shipments to drop in 3Q15

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:49

  • Low order visibility for 2H15, says SPIL chairman

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:49

  • WearWise unveils new wearable camera

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:48

  • Motorola launches 3 new smartphones

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:47

  • Corning announces 2Q15 core sales of US$2.5 Billion

    Before Going to Press | Jul 29, 21:46

Pause
 | 
View more
High-brightness LED market trends and forecast, 2015
Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets
Analysis of China revised domestic semiconductor industry goals
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.