OTT TV users grow fast in China in 2013
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 25, 11:42
There were 428.2 million subscribers of OTT (over the top) TV subscribers in China as of the end of 2013, increasing 144.3 million from 2010 and accounting for 69.3% of all Internet service users, according to Digitimes Research.
Samsung 12.2-inch enterprise tablets unlikely to see strong sales in short term
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 24, 14:56
Samsung started flooding the tablet market with new devices in the first quarter and is pushing its new 12.2-inch tablets, featuring a new user interface and multi-tasking abilities, as its main products for the enterprise market. However, because the devices have weaker price/performance ratios compared...
March analysis of tablet market
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 24, 11:53
China-based Huawei and CoolPad have both recently launched their new low-price high-specification phablets in China, aiming to grab shares from the high-end phablet market. Both vendors have adopted similar online hunger marketing strategies for the devices.
MediaTek to continue eating into Spreadtrum market share
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Mar 20, 15:18
Despite the slow-season performance of China's smartphone market, chipmaker MediaTek's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments in the first quarter continue to see strong growth like it did during the previous quarter. The good price/performance ratios of MediaTek's entry-level and mid-range...
Sony expected to focus on developing SXRD LCoS-based products in the future
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 20, 12:04
Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai in early 2014 unveiled the Life Space UX project, featuring the company's latest 4K ultra short throw projector, which adopts Sony's SXRD LCoS technology to allow projection of up to 147-inch 4K-resolution images in a very short distance. The projector will become...
Google shifts focus to large-size tablet competition
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 18, 15:49
Digitimes Research has learned that Google is set to release at least two Nexus tablets in 2014 with an 8.9-inch model already under development and set to enter mass production in July. The 8.9-inch tablet features a display resolution of more than 2K.
Comcast to push into new digital home market
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 17, 21:08
In addition to its existing Xfinity Triple-Play services, US-based Comcast has recently announced it will cooperate with US-based NRG Energy to offer electricity services. The move is expected to add an additional service to Comcast's packages and help bring in more revenues to the company.
Insufficient panel supplies to limit 2K-resolution smartphone penetration in 2014
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 17, 15:10
With Full HD (1,920 by 1,080) having become the mainstream specification of high-end smartphones in 2013, industry players are speculating over the possibility of the resolution climbing even higher to above the 2,000-pixel level in 2014. However, Digitimes Research believes such a chance is rather...
GTAT may supply only 9.0-16.6% of iPhone sapphire screen covers in 2014
GLOBAL SMARTPHONE | Mar 14, 16:27
US-based GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) is setting up a factory in Arizona for exclusive supply of sapphire to Apple, with the factory to be able to meet only 9.0-16.6% of demand for sapphire used in screen covers of a new-generation iPhone in 2014, according to Digitimes Research.
Google Glass for medicare?
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 14, 15:18
Wearable devices' functions have extended from the traditional area of information management to health management. This trend was highlighted by many smart health-monitoring bracelets showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014.
12-inch tablets facing development hurdles
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 14, 15:01
Brand vendors have started showing interests in large-size tablets since early 2014. In addition to Apple's rumored 12.85-inch tablet, Samsung Electronics has already launched a 12.2-inch Android-based enterprise tablet, while Asustek Computer is planning to release a 13.3-inch dual-OS tablet.
South Korea aims to acquire 40% share in wearable device market by 2020
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 12, 14:58
As demand for smartphones and tablets is gradually approaching saturation with related shipment growths slowing down, vendors have been aggressively seeking new growth drivers. Wearable devices are identified as one of the main growth drivers. Among them, smart watches, bracelets and glasses look the...
China touch panel makers to see shipments drop 5% in 1Q14
CHINA TOUCH | Mar 11, 15:22
China makers shipped 148.8 million touch panels in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the latest Digitimes Research China Touch Panel Tracker. Digitimes Research predicts that touch panel shipments from China makers will drop about 5% in the first quarter because of seasonality.
China smartphone vendors rely on international brands for overseas expansion
CHINA SMARTPHONE | Mar 10, 14:59
China-based smartphone players' shipments to markets outside of China currently account for 20% of their total volume. As demand from the local market - which has been their main growth driver - is weakening and the China-based players' combined shipments will only grow by 26.7% on year in 2014, expanding...
Google to get the brunt of dual OS tablets while Microsoft to benefit the most
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 7, 15:26
Intel and Asustek Computer released dual OS tablets at CES 2014 that combine Windows and Android operating systems into one unit in an attempt to tackle a new segment in the tablet market. However, due to pressure from Google, Asustek has postponed plans to release its TD300 tablet that was presented...
Notebook players see on-month shipment drop in February
TAIWAN ICT | Mar 6, 16:15
The global top-five notebook brand vendors and top-three makers both suffered 0-3% of on-month shipment declines in February, a range similar to that a year ago. The decline in February was caused mainly by inventory adjustments in the month. As for March, brand vendors are taking a more conservative...
MWC 2014 shows new tablet trends
GLOBAL TABLET | Mar 6, 15:22
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 demonstrated some new trends of the tablet industry: tablets with phone functions are starting to catch attention from brand vendors; some major brand vendors are developing tablets for the niche market, a sign of their concerns over the future tablet market; and...
February LED bulb prices in China market down over 18%
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 6, 11:35
February average retail pricing for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market slipped 18.8% sequentially to CNY38.1 (US$6.2), and 9W ones (equivalent to 60W incandescent) dropped 18.1% to CNY45.3, according to Digitimes Research.
Cortex-A17 to take over ARM high-end/mid-range 32-bit business
CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Mar 4, 14:49
Digitimes Research considers ARM's new Cortex-A17 and existing Cortex-A12 processors to be basically the same based on their architectures, except for the Cortex-A17's support for big.LITTLE architecture. As to why ARM created the Cortex-A17, Digitimes Research believes the chip designer is trying...