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Firefox-based smartphones to enter Africa in 2015

Dec 18, 11:50

Mozilla is expected to team up with China-based handset makers to produce Firefox OS-based smartphones for sales in Africa through Millicom's subsidiaries, including Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.

The ecosystem of the Firefox OS has continued to expand

Digitimes Research: Firefox OS shifting to TV stick technology

Dec 1, 10:35

While Firefox OS was previously used in smartphone followed by limited use in tablet devices, the software is now shifting to TV sticks and computer learning applications, according to Digitimes Research.

Patent wars may become competitive strategy in China smartphone market

Nov 27, 12:04

China-based smartphone vendors may engage in patent wars in their home market as Huawei and ZTE reportedly have begun taking legal action against rivals including Xiaomi Technology, Oppo and Vivo, according to industry sources.

Commentary: Android smartphone vendors set to meet more challenges

Nov 25, 15:26

Sluggish demand for Android-based smartphones is taking its toll on vendors including Samsung Electronics, HTC and Sony Mobile Communications as evidenced by third-quarter reports released by related vendors. And the fourth-quarter figures for Android smartphone vendors are expected to be worse than...

Commentary: Xiaomi facing challenge to sustain growth

Nov 21, 12:41

China-based Xiaomi Technology, a smartphone startup of a little over four years, has risen as a technology company with a full range of product lines that has expanded vertically to include tablets, smart TVs, smart routers, smart wearable devices and even parts and components.

China market: Xiaomi invests in TV content provider

Nov 13, 11:47

Xiaomi Technology has announced it will invest US$10 million in local Internet television company Youku Tudou, aiming to integrate Xiaomi's end devices with Youku Tudou's TV content, according to a China-based sina.com report.

Japan market: KDDI to launch mid-range Firefox smartphones in December

Oct 15, 15:42

Japan-based mobile operator KDDI will team up with its hardware production partner LG Electronics to release a Firefox-based smartphone in December, targeting the mid-range segment, according to industry sources.

MediaTek and Opera Software partner to extend consumer data plans

Sep 18, 12:06

MediaTek and Opera Software have jointly announced that Opera Max, a data-savings app for Android phones, will be embedded into MediaTek's LTE SoC (system on chip) solutions. The first two MediaTek SoCs to be shipped with Opera Max are the 64-bit MT6752 and MT6732 chips.

More than 75% of mobile applications will fail basic security tests through 2015, says Gartner

Sep 15, 15:35

Through 2015, more than 75% of mobile applications will fail basic security tests, according to Gartner. Enterprise employees download from app stores and use mobile applications that can access enterprise assets or perform business functions, and these applications have little or no security assurances...

Digitimes Research: Miui, CyanogenMod and Fire OS to become mainstream Android OS systems

Sep 4, 14:05

Mobile platforms based on forks of Android, including Miui developed Xiaomi Technology, CyanogenMod, and Fire OS by Amazon, are likely to become three mainstream Android-based operating systems, according to Digitimes Research.

Sales of branded smartphones from service providers such as Amazon, Facebook, and Alibaba lower than expected

Aug 29, 11:25

Sales of own-brand smartphones launched by online retailers or social networking service companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent have been lower than expected, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Handset brands launching more Android Wear-based devices

Aug 28, 13:58

More handset brands are rolling out Android Wear-based smartwatches and smart bracelets, adding pressure on specialized wearable device vendors such as Jawbone, Fitbit and Pebble, according to industry sources.

Sporton International expects continued growth in 3Q14 revenues

Aug 19, 20:36

Sporton International, a Taiwan-based testing, inspection and certification service provider for electronics products, expects its sales for the third quarter of 2014 to outpace the amount recorded a quarter earlier judging from orders received so far of the third quarter, according to company vice...

Sporton vice chairman Wang Hsin-tien

Worldwide smartphone shipments edge past 300 million units in 2Q14, says IDC

Aug 15, 14:32

The worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in the second quarter of 2014, moving past the 300 million unit mark for the first time. According to data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter,...

Foxlink to sell Chinese writing system in Greater China region

Aug 12, 14:56

Foxlink has signed contracts with Taiwan's Tamkang University and acquired the distribution rights for the university's Chinese writing practice system and will start selling the product in its channel retail chain Studio A in Taiwan in September and in China and Hong Kong in the fourth quarter.

Foxlink to expand into digital content market, says chairman

Aug 8, 16:03

Foxlink is looking to expand into the software service market and in addition to establishing data centers to create services with added value, the company will also invest in the development of digital content, according to Foxlink chairman Guo Tai-qiang.

Forked Android AOSP grows 20% in 2Q14, driven by China domination, says ABI Research

Aug 7, 15:30

Forked Android or AOSP smartphones grew 20% sequentially from first-quarter 2014 to second-quarter 2014 (total market growth was 3% sequentially) and also accounted for 20% of the smartphone market. Certified or OHA Android still leads the market with 65%, but it grew 13% sequentially. Android AOSP...

Commentary: Microsoft moves to eliminate Nokia

Jul 28, 09:57

In addition to initiating a massive lay-off, Microsoft also plans to discontinue Nokia's Asha-, Series 40- and X-series handset products as well as to rename the Lumia-series - moves which could eventually lead to the elimination of Nokia.

Google to incorporate NFC functionality into Android

Jul 24, 21:38

Google will incorporate TSM (trusted service manager) software and applications into the Android platform after Apple reportedly has made NFC functionality a standard for its speculated iWatch, according to industry sources.

India market: Mobile platform providers to ramp up market share by tying up with local smartphone vendors

Jul 22, 13:43

Mobile platform providers Microsoft, Google and Mozilla have geared up efforts to expand their market shares in India by cooperating with local handset vendors.

Samsung teams up with Taiwan universities to push app development

Jul 22, 11:50

Samsung Electronics has recently teamed up with some Taiwan universities, looking to nurture talent for app design. It is also offering SDKs for Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Gar 2 and Samsung Gear Fit to software developers.

Firefox smartphones to be launched in India in July, says Mozilla COO

Newswatch - Jul 15, 11:24

Mozilla will launch a series of inexpensive Firefox OS smartphone models in the India market in July, with retail prices of up to US$50, according to company COO and Mozilla Taiwan CEO Gong Li.

Over 24 million cars will be fitted with Apple CarPlay in 2019, says ABI Research

Jul 14, 11:22

Earlier in 2014, several car OEMs announced that they would be releasing new cars installed with CarPlay capabilities, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, and Volvo, with many others sure to follow. With so many supporting CarPlay, ABI Research forecasts that in...

Worldwide traditional PC, tablet, ultramobile and mobile phone shipments to grow 4.2% in 2014, says Gartner

Jul 9, 14:18

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 4.2% increase from 2013, according to Gartner.

Digitimes Research: Google looking to clean up Android device mess in emerging markets

Jul 3, 12:01

The Android operating system was again the spotlight of Google I/O developer conference and in addition to a preview of the latest Android L, the Internet giant also launched an entry-level turnkey solution, Android One for emerging markets.

Digitimes Research: Vehicle industry showing more signs of incorporating mobile applications and smart features

Jul 2, 15:25

Google's new Android Auto platform announced at Google I/O developer conference is focusing mainly on the connection between Android-based smartphones and car infotainment systems, and the vehicle industry is showing more signs of incorporating mobile applications and smart features into newer vehicles...

Google teams up with MediaTek to develop Android One, say sources

Jun 27, 11:57

Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform that will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting nearly one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply ch...

Computex 2014: Microsoft, Google showcasing expanded supply chain in Taiwan

Jun 6, 10:26

Microsoft and Google are showcasing their efforts to expand the supply chain ecosystems for their Windows Phone 8 smartphones and Chromebook notebooks in Taiwan at Computex 2014.

The HCM encryption solution: An interview with Enova Technology president Robert Wann

Jun 4, 15:44

Smart devices including PCs, tablets and smartphones are changing people's life. In 2013, 2.32 billion units of smart devices were shipped to the market according Gartner. It highlights the fact that enormous amounts of electronic information ranging from texts, photos and videos is being created,...

Rober Wann, president and CEO of Enova Technology

Samsung launches Tizen-based Samsung Z smartphone

Jun 4, 11:40

Samsung Electronics has introduced the Samsung Z, the first commercially available smartphone powered by the Tizen platform. The Samsung Z is being displayed at the Tizen Developer Conference, San Francisco from June 3-4.

Computex gets smart

Jun 3, 13:26

Asia's biggest ICT procurement exhibition and the world's second largest show is set to kick off today and run for the next five days, and Computex Taipei 2014 is expected to highlight a wide variety of IT products and solutions, from the latest mobile devices and computer peripherals, to the newest...

Apple to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for US$3 billion

May 29, 15:22

Apple has announced that it has agreed to acquire the streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.

Lenovo, Coolpad seeking ways to boost ASPs

May 28, 22:13

Lenovo will try to raise the ASP of its smartphones by ramping its share in the mid-range to high-end segment by optimizing on the brand image of Motorola, while fellow company Coolpad will roll out more 4G LTE models to lift its ASPs, according to sources in Taiwan's supply chain.

Handset vendors to compete for audio performance

May 23, 15:50

Handset vendors are likely to enter a new round of competition to upgrade their sound-processing technology in order to deliver high quality audio content through their smartphones, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Vendors, software developers flocking to Android OS

May 21, 14:22

Due to the fast-growing Android ecosystem, most software developers have no choice but to support Android OS in order to avoid of being marginalized, according to Digitimes Research.

China market: Handset brands and ODMs still reluctant to launch WP-based smartphones

May 19, 12:42

China-based handset vendors and ODMs are still reluctant to launch Windows Phone (WP)-based smartphones in 2014 despite Microsoft's efforts to promote its WP platform without charging license fees for mobile devices with a below 9-inch display and to bundle sales with Qualcomm's QRD (Qualcomm reference...

China handset vendors may face increasing patent complaints, say sources

May 2, 15:58

China-based handset vendors have begun strengthening their patent portfolio or establishing defensive alliances to fend off increasing threats of patent complaints from international handset players or patent licensees, according to industry sources.

Lenovo to buy mobile patents from NEC

Apr 7, 13:06

Lenovo has announced that it has purchased a portfolio of patents from NEC consisting of more than 3,800 patent families filed in numerous countries around the world.

HTC launches new HTC One

Mar 26, 14:51

HTC has unveiled its new high-end flagship model, the HTC One (M8), in New York and London simultaneously, aiming to rekindle its sagging smartphone sales as well as to shore up its dwindling market share.

Most smartphone vendors supporting Android Wear

Mar 21, 16:41

Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, HTC, Asustek Computer and Motorola have voiced support for Android Wear, Google's new platform for wearable devices.

Digitimes Research: Google shifts focus to large-size tablet competition

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.

China market: Second-tier China handset vendors plan to request anti-trust probe into Android licensing

Mar 18, 14:38

Some second-tier and small China-based handset vendors feel that Google has unreasonably high charges for some applications under the Android platform, and therefore plan to request the China government launch an anti-trust probe into Google's unfair competition, according to industry sources in Tai...

More handset makers joining WP camp

Mar 10, 11:31

Microsoft has successfully lured a number of China- and India-based handset vendors to join the Windows Phone (WP) camp, which may help ramp up the ratio of the WP8 phones in the global smartphone market, according to industry sources.

Advanced content recommendations to reach 75% of US Pay TV households by 2018, says ABI Research

Feb 25, 15:22

Consumer exposure to advanced recommendation engines will grow to reach 75% of Pay TV households on multi-screen services and 55% on set-top boxes (STBs) in North America by 2018, up from 20% and 10% in 2013, respectively. This growth is driven by today's highly competitive viewer landscape for Pay...

Microsoft to lower Windows 8.1 licensing fees for entry-level PCs, say Taiwan makers

Feb 24, 15:31

Microsoft plans to further decrease Windows 8.1 licensing rates for entry-level PCs priced below US$250 and tablets, from nearly US$50 currently to about US$15, according to Taiwan-based PC supply chain makers.

Nokia reportedly to launch Android variant smartphones

Feb 17, 12:26

Nokia reportedly plans to unveil an Android variant smartphone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 targeting the entry-level segment, according to industry watchers.

Android smartphone shipments just shy of 800 million in 2013, says IDC

Feb 14, 16:18

The smartphone market passed an important milestone in 2013 when worldwide shipments surpassed the one billion mark for the first time, driven by continued momentum from Android and iOS. According to IDC, Android and iOS accounted for 95.7% of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013,...

Indonesia market: BlackBerry to stage a turnaround with Jakarta model

Feb 13, 22:05

The BlackBerry-Foxconn tie-up is expected to launch their first jointly developed BlackBerry 10-based smartphone, the Jakarta, in Indonesia in April, according to industry sources.

Commentary: Is COS a genuine home-grown platform or a copycat?

Feb 6, 11:10

China has unveiled a home-grown operating system, the China Operating System (COS), for use in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes (STBs) and other types of smart devices, claiming that the OS is a brainchild of a two-year research and development of its Institute of Software under the Chinese Academy...

Soft-World expected to see 2014 revenues of NT$13 billion

Jan 28, 15:00

Taiwan's largest online game developer/operator Soft-World International is expected to generate consolidated revenues of NT$13 billion (US$433 million) for 2014, growing 17.8% on year, according to local market analysts.

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