Amazon changes strategy for 3rd-generation Kindle Fire
GLOBAL TABLET | Oct 8, 15:33
Amazon recently announced three third-generation Kindle Fire tablets, one 8.9-inch and two 7-inch models. In addition to new hardware, Amazon also updated many of its apps and services, seeking to raise the tablets' overall value through richer content and services. Amazon is no long pushing price...
TD-LTE lags behind LTE FDD in global development
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 7, 11:55
While China Mobile has successfully promoted TD-LTE - a China-developed version of LTE (Long Term Evolution) - as an international standard, TD-LTE has lagged behind LTE FDD (frequency division multiplexing) in global development, according to Digitimes Research.
Notebook brand vendors and ODMs enjoy around 10% growth in September
TAIWAN ICT | Oct 3, 15:48
Global top-five notebook brand vendors and top-three ODMs enjoyed on-month shipment growths of 13% and 9% in September, respectively. Among first-tier vendors, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Acer and Dell achieved better performance than the others. HP shipped 3.5 million notebooks in September, while Acer...
STC to expand sapphire ingot capacity
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Oct 1, 12:13
With more and more smartphones and other portable devices adopting sapphire as cover glass, sapphire ingot vendor Sapphire Technology Company (STC) is looking to double its production capacity to meet the anticipated growth in demand, according to Digitimes Research.
Surface 2 series tablets unlikely to help Microsoft in mobile market
GLOBAL TABLET | Sep 30, 14:52
Microsoft announced its second-generation tablets, the Surface 2 series on September 23 in New York. Their specifications are similar to those of previous market rumors, while the industrial design also showed no surprises, according to Digitimes Research's findings.
Mobile DRAM bit demand to rise 35.5% in 4Q13
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 26, 11:20
Mobile DRAM bit demand is set to exceed 400 million gigabits (Gb) in the fourth quarter of 2013, up 35.5% on quarter and over 70% on year, according to Digitimes Research.
Samsung holds strong ground in smart TV segment due to early developments
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 25, 21:23
Samsung Electronics was the earliest developer of smart TVs in the market and was also the first TV vendor to explore voice and gesture recognition capabilities, which have been the main factors in the company's success in the segment, according to Digitimes Research.
Tablet trends at IFA 2013
GLOBAL TABLET | Sep 24, 15:08
Tablets were one of the major spotlights at IFA 2013 with PC and smartphone brand vendors all showcasing their latest tablet innovations at the show. Digitimes Research has taken a look at these new tablet products and found several new trends for the latest development of tablet products.
Standard DRAM bit demand to fall 3.5% in 4Q13
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 24, 14:31
Standard DRAM bit demand is set to decline 3.5% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2013, due to stagnant sales of desktops and notebooks and slowing growth in PC memory content, according to Digitimes Research.
Vendors to turn to 8-inch tablets to avoid competition in 7-inch segment
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 18, 15:28
Digitimes Research has found that the US tablet market is seeing more launches of low-price 7-inch models. Since more 7-inch devices are expected to come out before the end of 2013, the price competition in the segment is expected to grow fiercer. As 7-inch tablets offer little in production differentiation,...
Xiaomi steals spotlight; Firefox OS gains a foothold
CHINA SMARTPHONE | Sep 17, 20:12
China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology, while undermining market conditions by releasing low-priced smartphones to push sales in its home market where competition in hardware and pricing has been keen, has captured headlines recently by announcing the hiring of a former Google executive as...
Sony/Google relationship to affect SmartWatch 2 sales
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 17, 15:36
Sony Mobile Communications launched the successor of its LiveView watch, the SmartWatch 2 in June 2013 featuring a larger display, higher resolution, NFC support and water- and dust-proof abilities.
Poor business strategy causing Nintendo to suffer from weak sales
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 16, 21:14
Nintendo's Wii U is currently suffering from weak shipments and its quarterly shipments are even lower than those of the Wii, the previous-generation model. Seeing the issue, most third-party game developers have decided to withdraw from developing games for the game console.
Release of MHL 3.0 puts pressure back on MyDP
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 13, 14:32
The MHL Consortium on August 20, 2013 unveiled the new MHL 3.0 standard, pushing nine new features. Among the nine features, only seven are real enhancements, while the remaining two are just reaffirmation of the standard's existing technologies.
Bluetooth technology most common feature in smartwatches
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 12, 15:22
While smartwatches vary in their processors, software, memory, displays, memory as well as other components, Bluetooth appears to be the one feature that most vendors agree as a standard, according to Digitimes Research.
WiMAX 2.1 facilitates development of WiMAX toward TD-LTE
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 10, 12:12
The WiMAX Forum at the end of 2012 approved WiMAX 2.1 which features harmonization with LTE-Advanced and thereby is compatible with TD-LTE. This will bring opportunities for existing WiMAX operators around the world to develop toward TD-LTE, according to Digitimes Research.
New developments in the Digital Home industry emerge
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 9, 22:25
The Digital Home industry saw developments in August 2013 when CBS' Showtime Networks announced it is syncing its Sho Sync app to new LG Internet-connected sets that come equipped with LG's LivePlus platform.