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Global wearable market grows 223.2% in 2Q15, says IDC

Newswatch - Aug 28, 11:18

Global shipments of wearable devices came to 18.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015, up 223.2% from the 5.6 million shipped a year earlier, according to IDC.

Global tablet shipments in 2015 estimated at 163 million units, says TrendForce

Aug 28, 10:59

There will be an estimated 163 million tablets shipped globally in 2015, decreasing 14.9% on year. 117 million units will be shipped by brand vendors and 46 million units by white-box vendors, slipping 18.7% and 3.1% respectively, according to Taiwan-based consulting firm TrendForce.

Taiwan market: Asustek launches 3 ZenFone smartphones

Aug 28, 10:52

Asustek Computer has unveiled three ZenFone-series smartphones, the ZenFone Selfie, ZenFone 2 Laser and ZenFone 2 Deluxe, for immediate launch in the Taiwan market.

China smartphone market dominated by local vendors

Aug 28, 10:46

In the China smartphone market, China-based vendors have extended competitive advantage from entry-level models priced below CNY1,000 (US$156) to mid-range and high-end ones and thereby have gained the upper hand over foreign vendors in terms of overall market occupation, according to Taiwan-based...

Acer seeking smartphone OEM in Indonesia

Aug 28, 10:41

IT vendor Acer is seeking a manufacturing partner for OEM production of smartphones in Indonesia to avoid the country's high customs duty on imported smartphones and will make a final decision in the second half of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

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China market: Local smartphone vendors limit launch of new models

Aug 27, 11:14

China-based smartphone vendors have limited the number of new models launched per year to cope with the declining profitability generated by smartphones, a move which has affected the operations of small-scale handset OEMs in China, according to a China-based tech.163.com report.

Taiwan market: Samsung expects Galaxy Note 5 shipments to reach 50,000 units in 1st month

Aug 27, 11:12

Samsung Electronics expects sales of its new flagship model, the Galaxy Note 5, in the Taiwan market to reach over 50,000 units in the first month of launch.

Taiwan market: InFocus unveils 4G smartphones

Aug 27, 11:06

US-based vendor InFocus has unveiled M812, M808 and M370, respectively a flagship, mid-range and entry-level Android 5.0 4G smartphone models, for launch in the Taiwan market in early September, according to InFocus' Taiwan sales agent Commtiva.

Worldwide smartphone growth to slow to 10.4% in 2015, says IDC

Newswatch - Aug 26, 20:52

Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% on year, instead of a previous forecast of an 11.3% growth, to 1.44 billion units in 2015, according to the latest data released by IDC.

HTC to buy back treasury shares to save stock price

Aug 25, 11:00

HTC has announced it will buy back 50 million treasury shares, which will account for 6% of the company's outstanding shares, and will complete the process in two months.

Alibaba, Qihoo 360 set to enter China smartphone market

Aug 24, 21:57

More China-based Internet service providers are looking to enter the local smartphone market later in the second half of 2015, according to sources at Taiwan's IC design houses.

Asustek to focus on 5.5-inch smartphones in 2016, says CEO

Aug 24, 15:31

Asustek Computer plans to launch 6-7 models of its ZenFone-series products in 2016 with 5.5-inch displays as the mainstream, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

Asustek aims to be top-10 smartphone vendor in 2016, says CEO

Aug 24, 11:22

Asustek computer aims to ship 40 million smartphones globally in 2016, becoming one of the world's 10 largest vendors, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

Brazil market: Asustek aims to ship 3 million ZenFone 2 smartphones in 2016

Aug 21, 16:06

Asustek Computer will be able to reach its goal of shipping up to one million units of the new ZenFone 2-series smartphone in Brazil in 2015 and aims to ramp up its shipments to three million units in 2016, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen introduces ZenFone 2 products

Sony announces SmartBand 2 for September

Aug 21, 15:08

Sony Mobile has unveiled its new smart bracelet, the SmartBand 2, which is set to become available worldwide starting September. The SmartBand 2 features the same form factor and design as the first-generation and is equipped with pulse sensor, movement tracker and sleep detector to record personal...

Sony SmartBand 2 smart bracelet

Acer to launch 1st gaming tablet

Aug 21, 12:12

Acer has begun production of its first gaming tablet equipped with an Intel Atom Z8700 processor and 8-inch touch screen for launch in the third or fourth quarter of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Global smartphone shipments record slowest growth in 2 years in 2Q15, says Gartner

Newswatch - Aug 21, 11:30

Worldwide sales of smartphones totaled 330 million units in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 13.5% on-year, which was the lowest quarterly growth rate since 2013, according to Gartner.

Portable PC sales to remain flat despite Windows 10 launch, says ABI Research

Aug 20, 21:43

According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research, total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful,...

India mobile services market to reach US$21.4 billion in 2015, says Gartner

Aug 20, 21:40

Mobile connections in India will grow to 880 million in 2015, an increase of 5% from 837 million connections in 2014, according to Gartner. Spending on mobile services will grow 4% to reach US$21.4 billion in 2015.

Taiwan market: InFocus to launches 3 new smartphones

Newswatch - Aug 20, 14:46

The US-based smartphone vendor InFocus plans to launch three new models, the M812, M808 and M370, in the Taiwan market on August 25. The three models feature a 5-, 5.2- and 5.5-inch display, respectively.

HTC plans to sell Shanghai plant, says report

Aug 20, 11:41

HTC plans to sell its plant in Shanghai to China-based companies and is likely to initiate a second round of layoffs before year-end 2015 after announcing a restructuring plan recently in which the company said it will slash its workforce by 15%, according to Hong Kong-based Next Magazine.

Arima Communications 2015 smartphone shipments to fall short of target

Aug 20, 10:35

Arima Communications is expected to ship eight million smartphones in 2015, falling short of its target of 10 million units due to declining ODM orders from Sony Mobile Communications, according to industry sources.

Mobile payments poised for explosive growth in Asia Pacific, says IDC

Aug 19, 15:53

IDC predicts worldwide mobile payments will account for US$1 trillion in value in 2017, up 124% from the less than US$500 billion expected in 2015. Asia Pacific markets will contribute to this growth greatly as mobile commerce transactions with remote payments take off across the region. Driven by...

Samsung Taiwan appoints new general manager for Mobile Communication business

Aug 19, 15:41

Following the recent resignation of Samsung Electronics Taiwan's Mobile Communication business general manager Andy Tu, Samsung Taiwan has appointed its general manager of Consumer Electronics business unit Gary Tsao to take over the position.

Taiwan market: Samsung begins to sell Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+

Newswatch - Aug 18, 21:53

Samsung Electronics has begun marketing its new flagship models, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, in the Taiwan market. The vendor aims to ship over 50,000 units of the Galaxy Note 5 during the first month after launch.

The Galaxy Note 5

Asustek to ship 20 million smartphones in 2015, say Taiwan makers

Aug 18, 20:01

While Asustek Computer aims to ship between 17 million and 25 million smartphones in 2015, the company is expected to ship 20 million units based on its ODM orders scheduled for the second half of the year, according to Taiwan-based smartphone supply chain makers.

China market: Xiaomi unveils Hongmi Note 2

Aug 14, 15:46

Xiaomi Technology has unveiled its Hongmi Note 2, a 4G smartphone targeting the younger generation with a price tag below CNY1,000 (US$156).

HTC to slash jobs to sustain revenue and profit growth

Aug 14, 12:44

HTC has announced that it will reduce its operating costs by 35% and its global workforce by 15% by implementing a restructuring plan to sustain revenues and profit growth with a leaner and more flexible business model.

Asustek ships 4.3 million notebooks in 2Q15

Aug 13, 12:33

Asustek shipped 4.3 million notebooks in the second quarter, down from 4.8 million units in the first quarter and 4.6 million units in the second quarter of 2014. Asustek's desktop shipments were only 500,000 units, 100,000 units lower than a quarter ago.

Taiwan handset ODMs lands orders from regional brands in China, India and Southeast Asia

Aug 13, 12:06

Taiwan-based handset ODMs, including Foxconn Electronics/FIH Mobile, Compal Electronics and Arima Communications, reportedly have landed orders from regional brands in China, India and Southeast Asia, according to industry sources.

Foxconn set to win more smartphone orders for sale in India, Brazil, say sources

Aug 12, 12:04

Foxconn Electronics will benefit the most for snapping up more windfall smartphone orders as handset vendors including Asustek Computer and Xiaomi Technology are foraying into the smartphone markets in India, Brazil and other emerging economies, according to industry sources.

Handset supply chain makers set to enjoy brisk sales in August-September

Aug 12, 11:11

Suppliers in Taiwan's handset supply chain are expected to see their sales rebound in August-September as smartphone vendors including Apple, Samsung Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications and Microsoft Mobile are set to release new models for the latter half of the year, according to industry sour...

TCL looks to expand cooperation with Taiwan-based handset ODMs

Aug 10, 15:42

China-based handset vendor TCL has approached a number of Taiwan-based ODMs for possible cooperation in handset production, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Taiwan market: Xiaomi opens 1st retail store

Aug 7, 16:02

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology has opened its first retail store in Taipei, according to Xiaomi Taiwan. The vendor has established a total of 21 retail stores in China and Hong Kong.

Xiaomi first retail store in Taiwan

HTC loses NT$9.70 per share for 2Q15

Aug 7, 11:32

Smartphone vendor HTC suffered net loss per share of NT$9.70 (US$0.308) for the second quarter of 2015 mainly due to lower than expected demand for high-end Android smartphones, and low sale sales in the China market. The company also recognized costs for idle equipment and paid licensing fees and...

Huawei, Xiaomi to hike adoption of in-house-developed smartphone APs

Aug 7, 11:25

Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Technology are expected to increase adoption of in-house-developed ARM-architecture application processors (APs) in their own-brand smartphones. Huawei's subsidiary IC designer HiSilicon Technologies has improved its technological capability and Xiaomi has obtained licenses...

Smartphone, tablet component suppliers unable to clear inventories until 4Q15

Aug 6, 15:17

The current high levels of inventory held by upstream component and part suppliers for smartphones and tablets are unlikely to ease until the fourth quarter of 2015 due to sluggish demand in the end market, according to sources in Taiwan's supply chain.

Foxconn denies signing pact with India-based Gautam Adani

Stockwatch - Aug 6, 14:12

Foxconn Electronics has denied a Taiwan media report indicating that it plans to team up with India-based Gautam Adani to jointly set up production lines for the manufacture of Apple products in India.

Largan Precision reports revenues for July 2015

Stockwatch - Aug 6, 10:10

Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.255 billion (US$166.43 million) for July 2015, representing a 2.9% increase on month and 49.54% increase on year.

Sony Mobile likely to outsource wearables to Taiwan ODMs

Aug 6, 10:01

Sony Mobile Communications is reportedly in talks with Taiwan-based ODMs for possible production of its smart wearable devices, including smartwatches and smart bands, in addition to current production of smartphones, according to sources at local ODMs.

Xiaomi reportedly developing ARM solutions, paper says

Aug 5, 15:02

Xiaomi is engaged in the development of mobile processors based on the ARM chip architecture, and is expected to have the first in-house developed chips for handsets in early 2016, a 21st CenturyBusiness Herald report quoted sources from China's handset industry as saying.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan handset shipments to remain flat in 2H15

Aug 5, 10:48

Combined handset shipments by Taiwan-based handset vendors and ODMs in the third and fourth quarters are likely to be lower than the amount they shipped in the second quarter, reflecting slackening demand, according to Digitimes Research.

Inspection service company Sporton posts revenue growth in July

Aug 4, 14:57

Taiwan-based Sporton International, which provides mobile device testing and certification services, has announced consolidated revenues for July 2015 increased 1.1% sequentially and 7.4% on year to NT$280 million (US$8.8 million).

Taiwan market: Acer sees strong sales at TCAS

Aug 4, 14:12

Acer has achieved better-than-expected results during the Taiwan Computer Application Show (TCAS) 2015 in Taipei, recording a sales growth of 40% compared to 2014. The results may give the firm a chance to achieve sequential revenue growth of 30% in the Taiwan market in the third quarter.

iPhone 5c successor to feature FinFET chips, say sources

Aug 4, 14:02

Apple is not expected to launch a successor to the iPhone 5c this year, but will instead introduce its next-generation budget smartphones in second-quarter 2016 with the devices coming with 14/16nm FinFET chips, according to sources from the semiconductor industry.

Sony Mobile to have Arima, FIH produce mid-range smartphones

Aug 3, 15:17

Sony Mobile Communications will have Taiwan-based ODMs Arima Communications and FIH Mobile produce mid-range smartphone models Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 respectively, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Xiaomi and Huawei devices account for nearly 3rd of smartphones shipped in China in 2Q15, says Canalys

Aug 3, 14:48

Xiaomi regained its crown as the largest smartphone vendor in China with 15.9% market share in the second quarter of 2015, while Huawei saw its shipments rise 48% sequentially, the fastest growing vendor in the top-10, according to Canalys. Huawei's 15.7% share leaves a very slim lead for Xiaomi.

Taiwan market: Samsung launches new Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Galaxy Grand Prime

Jul 31, 12:00

Samsung Electronics has launched upgrade versions of its entry-level smartphone the Galaxy Grand Prime and the entry-level tablet the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 LTE in the Taiwan market, aiming to further ramp up its share in the local mobile device market.

Global smartphone shipments growth slows to 15% in 2Q15, says Strategy Analytics

Newswatch - Jul 31, 11:10

Global smartphone shipments grew 15% on year to reach 339.5 million units in the second quarter of 2015, which was the industry's slowest growth for six years, according to Strategy Analytics.

Motorola launches 3 smartphones

Jul 30, 11:43

Motorola has unveiled three smartphones, the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto G, simultaneously in New York, London and Sao Paulo.

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