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Commentary: Strong smartphone competition a blessing in disguise for feature phones

Feb 4, 10:45

The global market for feature phones has continued to dwindle recently, since most branded handset vendors have shifted their focuses to the development of smartphones on the back...

Commentary: Large-size TVs, big opportunities

Jan 19, 16:41

The LCD TV market went through severe price competition in 2011 with products such as 42-inch CCFL-backlit TVs costing only US$199/unit. Industry sources believe this price is close...

Commentary: A dance of numbers and policies for the solar market in 2012

Jan 12, 14:45

Germany surprised everyone with December solar installations reaching 3GW. This means the 2011 total installations in Germany market hit 7.5GW, surpassing 7.4GW in 2010 and becoming...

Commentary: Could automation solve labor issues for Foxconn?

Jan 10, 14:52

China has always given the impression of having a large and cheap labor force. But as the country's population structure and social values are starting to change, Foxconn Electronics...

Commentary: A recap of the solar market, 2004-2011

Dec 29, 15:42

Managing a business is like managing a battle. The many problems and challenges require the management to have good organization and coordination skills. Mostly importantly, the management...

solar module

Commentary: Market opportunities for direct-type LED TVs

Dec 28, 15:31

The penetration rate of LED TVs will likely reach 40% in 2011, a bit lower than 50% forecast in the beginning of the year. The market expects direct-type LED TVs will cause a new...

LCD TV

Commentary: Antitrust lawsuits dragging AUO to a watershed

Dec 9, 15:05

AU Optronics (AUO) has been taking a stand unlike other Taiwan-based rivals toward antitrust lawsuits lodged by related concerns including the US Department of Justice, the EU Commission...

Commentary: Consolidation to get solar industry back on track

Dec 2, 10:56

The solar market has been experiencing large turbulences in 2011. No one is optimistic about the industry in the short run. However, the exit of unfit firms has become the main drive...

Solar cells

Commentary: HTC faced with more pressure on product competition than patent litigation

Nov 29, 17:08

While HTC has been facing a double whammy in patent infringement lawsuits and a dwindling of its product competitiveness, sources in the handset industry believe that the pressure...

Commentary: Taiwan solar industry needs government support

Oct 24, 15:56

After a wave of bankruptcies declared by US-based solar firms in third-quarter 2011, some Europe-based solar firms have also been reportedly facing difficulties obtaining funding...

Commentary: LED lighting moving towards patent-dominated market

Oct 24, 12:05

The big LED lighting pie has been attracting many firms to enter the market, heating up competition between traditional and new firms. Fierce competition can lead to patent wars as...

Commentary: Apple being dragged into US-China trade war

Oct 21, 15:03

Since January 2011, three events have occurred in China which have led some upstream component suppliers to believe there is a conspiracy by the China government to try to suppress...

Commentary: The trends and challenges of the touch panel industry

Aug 8, 14:53

Touch panels have expanded the markets for smartphones, tablet PCs, e-book readers, automotive devices and digital signage. The development of the touch panel industry, according...

Apple iPad

Commentary: CIGS firms face tough competition

Aug 2, 15:48

Price competition among polysilicon solar cells have been causing the price for copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells to decrease as well. As governments in...

Commentary: Panel market in China likely to face oversupply concerns in 2013

Jul 15, 15:24

Rumors in China indicate LG Display will begin construction of a panel plant in Guangzhou, China, with mass production likely to begin in 2013.

Commentary: HTC acquisition of graphics and 3D patents has limited effect to counter Apple patent lawsuits

Jul 7, 17:04

HTC has stated that its decision to acquire S3 Graphics from its associate company VIA Technologies is aimed at strengthening its patent profiles related to graphics and 3D technology,...

Commentary: Tablet PCs at a crossroads

Jun 3, 16:07

While tablet PC is not a new product, it has begun to change the global view toward the computer industry. It is a device combining wireless communications, software and hardware...

Commentary: HDD market consolidates as players keep their eyes on the cloud

Jun 3, 15:51

The year 2011 has been a volatile one for the hard drive disk (HDD) industry. With Western Digital having bought Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) for US$4.3 billion and...

Commentary: Slow is better than fast for the TV industry

Jun 1, 16:52

The price for TV panels has been increasing recently and hopefully it will enhance the performance of large-size panel makers. The downward trend of the price for panels has been...

Commentary: Taiwan's economic growth and structural unemployment

May 30, 10:41

The Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland recently published the World Competitiveness Yearbook ranking Taiwan's competitiveness at 6th place, improving two spots...

Commentary: Taiwan solar firms should use advanced technology to face aggressive capacity expansion by China competitors

May 26, 12:06

Despite the downturn of the solar market, China-based solar firms have been continuing expanding capacity with the help of local governments and state-owned enterprises. The total...

Commentary: 2011 is the year of fierce competition for LED firms as gross margins contract

May 2, 11:41

The inception of LED into various TV models took the market for a rollercoaster ride in 2010. On one hand, the market grew by leaps and bounds bringing outstanding profits for LED...

Commentary: Energy policies face showdown between ideals and reality

Apr 27, 16:33

The energy policies proposed by Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Taiwan aim to provide stable energy while encouraging multiple energy sources. Future energy policies should...

Commentary: Governments should face up to high pollution of poly-Si production

Apr 14, 15:19

In 2008 the Washington Post ran a report about serious pollution caused by silicon tetrachloride (SiCl4) discharged from a polysilicon (poly-Si) plant in Henan Province,...

Commentary: Cloud-computing platform for innovative corporate services

Apr 12, 11:04

Cloud computing has attracted great attention from the government and the private sector. With Taiwan being a critical hardware production base in the global cloud computing industry,...

Commentary: TI triggers new competition in analog IC market

Apr 7, 11:00

After dedicating its own 12-inch wafer fab to the production of analog ICs, TI has taken over National Semiconductor (NS), with the aim of boosting its share in the global market...

Commentary: Acer founder had hinted of CEO step down

Apr 1, 10:49

Before the March 31 announcement of Acer CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci's resignation, Stan Shih founder and shareholder of Acer had made some comments at a press conference on...

Acer CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci has resigned from the company

Commentary: MediaTek takes up Ralink to strengthen Wi-Fi solution capability

Mar 17, 14:13

It had been widely known that Ralink Technology was thinking to sell off its company before March 17's announcement of a MediaTek-Ralink merger. But it still comes as a surprise to...

Commentary: iPad 2 launch could mean less business for Taiwan-based IC design houses

Mar 4, 16:36

The launch of the highly expected iPad 2 indeed serves as a major boost to the share prices of Apple-concept issues but certainly not for those outside the Apple camp, especially...

Commentary: Broadcom-Ralink merger rumors reflect history of relentless consolidation of Taiwan wireless industry

Jan 14, 16:12

News of Ralink being targeted for acquisition has never stopped ever since the company's preparation to go public to its being actually listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE)....

Commentary: Consumers prefer high-end smartphones, vendors slow efforts in entry-level segment

Jan 12, 15:19

Despite international smartphone vendors actively developing the entry-level segment, judging by current market conditions, consumers continue to be more receptive to functionally...

Commentary: TSMC's CIGS foray raises the technology sector's entry barrier

Jan 12, 14:04

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) foray into the copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) photovoltaic (PV) modules could raise the entry barrier to the technology...

Commentary: Taiwan IC packaging and testing houses await AMD to increase outsourcing of processor backend processing

Jan 12, 01:15

With the recent chief executive change by AMD, sources from Taiwan's IC packaging and testing houses are hoping that the US-based company will change its policy and increase outsourcing...

Commentary: Employee transfers becoming an issue for Foxconn expansion to inland China

Dec 31, 14:50

Although Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) expansion in western China will provide convenient job opportunities for inland employees, it could become an issue for...

Commentary: Financially-strapped Taiwan DRAM makers have difficulties migrating to sub-20nm processes

Dec 27, 09:39

Taiwan-based DRAM makers will find themselves at a disadvantage to migrate their production to 20nm and below processes, as they struggle to preserve cash for the expenses needed...

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Realtime news
  • Cooling module makers to further reduce mobile device heat pipe thickness; expect penetration rate of over 15%

    IT + CE | 2h 35min ago

  • 40W LED bulb prices drop in March, says LEDinside

    LED | 2h 38min ago

  • Taiwan sees increased March export order value, says MOEA

    Bits + chips | 2h 40min ago

  • China market: Two newcomers to launch mid-range, high-end smartphones

    Before Going to Press | 2h 51min ago

  • Taiwan market: Garmin launches Vivofit

    Before Going to Press | 2h 51min ago

  • Nanya Technology capacity utilization rate to hike in 2Q14

    Before Going to Press | 2h 52min ago

  • Taiwan sees increased March export order value, says MOEA

    Before Going to Press | 2h 55min ago

  • Taiwan hardware makers may enjoy wearable device orders from Nike, say sources

    Before Going to Press | 2h 56min ago

  • Main Taiwan networking device makers transforming operational models

    Before Going to Press | 2h 56min ago

  • Some Taiwan networking device makers undergoing revenue decreases due to operational transformation

    Before Going to Press | 3h 1min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipment to grow only 1.1% sequentially in 2Q14

    Before Going to Press | 3h 2min ago

  • China market : Smartphone-use application processors dip over 4% in 1Q 14

    Before Going to Press | 3h 2min ago

  • Buynow to welcome more non-IT related businesses to its shopping malls

    Before Going to Press | 3h 3min ago

  • Gold Circuit likely to swing back to profitability in 2014

    Before Going to Press | 3h 4min ago

  • Ilitek to ramp touchscreen controller ICs by 20-30% in 2014

    Before Going to Press | 3h 12min ago

  • Toshiba unveils new Ultra HD notebook

    Before Going to Press | 3h 13min ago

  • Finetech Japan 2014: Ultra HD and touch panels highlighted as key technologies

    Before Going to Press | 3h 14min ago

  • Digitimes Research: China touch panel makers' shipments show steep declines in 1Q14

    Before Going to Press | 3h 15min ago

  • Global average price for 40W-equivalent LED bulbs slightly drops in March

    Before Going to Press | 3h 15min ago

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2014 global smartphone market forecast
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    Digitimes Research expects demand in the domestic China market to reach 422 million smartphones in 2014, with 278 million units contributed by China-based smartphone vendors.

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    This report analyzes the main players, their strategies and shipments forecasts for 2014, as well as other factors contributing to either growth or decline in various segments within the tablet market, with a particular focus on Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft, along with whitebox vendors.