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Taiwan market: Alliance Digital Tech to boost mobile e-payment services

May 23, 15:39

Alliance Digital Tech, a TSM (trusted service management) company jointly established by five local mobile telecom carriers and EasyCard Corp., will promote mobile e-payment services by marketing NFC (near field communication)-enabled SIM cards pre-installed with functions of EasyCard which enables...

Huawei competes head to head with Oppo in domestic and overseas markets

May 23, 14:30

Competition between China-based Huawei and rival Oppo for ramping up their smartphone shipments in the domestic and overseas markets are to intensify in the second half of 2017, according to industry sources.

FIH Mobile warns losses to expand in 1H17

May 23, 11:24

FIH Mobile has issued a warning on its profitability, saying its net losses for the first half of 2017 are expected to more than double to US$240 million compared to US$110 million forecast in April.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers to ship nearly 21 million handsets in 2Q17

May 22, 21:54

Taiwan-based ODMs, OBMs (own-brand manufacturers) and JDM (joint-design manufacturers), but not including OEMs (such as for the iPhone), will together ship 20.92 million smartphones and feature phones in the second quarter of 2017, increasing 38.1% on quarter and 73.5% on year and accounting for 4.5%...

iPhone shipments still grow in US, UK, Australia in 1Q17, says Kantar Worldpanel

Newswatch - May 22, 15:12

Despite an overall 0.8% on year shipment decline in the first quarter of 2017, shipments of iPhone devices in the UK, US and Australia still posted a growth of 5.6%, 5.2% and 3.8% on year, respectively, in the quarter, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

China market: LeEco CEO steps down

May 22, 14:15

Jia Yueting, chairman and CEO of China-based LeEco, has stepped down as CEO of the company but will retain his position as chairman, according to a recent stock exchange filing.

Shipments of Google Daydream-enabled smartphones to reach over 10 million units in 2017

May 22, 11:20

Global shipments of smartphones supporting Google's Daydream platform will reach over 10 million units in 2017, according to Clay Bavor, vice president of virtual and augmented reality at Google.

IHS sees first positive smartphone shipment growth in 2 years

May 19, 16:02

The global smartphone market continues its recovery, with the top three China-based OEMs posting impressive gains. Samsung continued to lead the pack in smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2017, shipping 79.1 million units. That is an increase of 0.1% year-over-year, according to new analysis...

Google to team up with Asustek to launch new AR smartphone

May 19, 16:00

Google will team up with Asustek Computer to roll out its second-generation AR-enabled smartphone expecting to launch the new phone in the third quarter of 2017 at the earliest, according to Google. The Internet company cooperated with Lenovo to launch its first generation AR smartphone in 2016.

Google to launch Android GO entry-level smartphones in 2018

May 18, 23:02

Google, at Google I/O 2017 taking place in San Francisco, unveiled Android GO, an Android O-architecture operating system specifically designed for use in entry-level smartphones, and will release Android GO-based entry-level smartphones for sale in emerging markets starting 2018.

MediaTek launches chipset supporting Google Assistant and Android Things

May 18, 21:47

MediaTek has introduced its newest full-featured chipset - MT8516 - designed to enable Voice Assistant Devices (VADs) and smart speakers, including the Google Assistant. MediaTek also announced support for MT8516 based Android Things pre-certified system on modules (SOMs) at Google I/O.

Digitimes Research: China vendors to ship 152 million smartphones globally in 2Q17

May 18, 21:45

China-based vendors will together ship 151.8 million smartphones globally during the second quarter of 2017, increasing 13.0% on quarter but decreasing 2.7% on year and taking up 46.7% of the global total, according to Digitimes Research.

Oppo, Vivo to adopt MediaTek Helio P30 chips in new smartphones

May 18, 21:36

Oppo and Vivo have both decided to use MediaTek's Helio P30 series chips in their upcoming models slated for launch in the second half of 2017 - an encouraging sign for the mobile SoC supplier which has given a less-than-optimistic sales outlook for the current second quarter, according to industry...

China market: Samsung launches Galaxy S8 as market share falls

May 18, 15:45

Samsung Electronics will begin marketing its latest flagship Galaxy S8 devices in the China market following a product event held in Beijing on May 18. But the Korea-based vendor may soon realize it is now difficult to recapture market share from China's first-tier smartphone vendors, according to...

Taiwan market: Sony Mobile launches Xperia XZ Premium smartphone

Newswatch - May 18, 12:30

Sony Mobile Communications has launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium, in the Taiwan market, featuring a 5.5-inch 4K HDR display. It is the world's first smartphone with a 4K HDR screen, the vendor claimed.

Qualcomm files breach of contract complaint against Apple manufacturers for non-payment of royalties

May 17, 21:40

Qualcomm has filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of California against FIH Mobile and Hon Hai Precision Industry (together known as Foxconn), Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics, the four manufacturers of all Apple iPhones and iPads sold worldwide, for breaching...

HTC launches new flagship smartphone U11

Newswatch - May 17, 11:09

HTC has launched its new flagship smartphone, the U11, which comes with Edge Sense pressure-sensitive technology that allows users to kick off a number of applications by squeezing the edges of the smartphone body.

HTC U11

TSMC capacity utilization ramping up

May 16, 11:18

Taiwan Semiconductor Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which had disappointing sales results in April, has seen its capacity utilization soar in May, according to industry sources.

Synnex sees decreased April revenues

May 15, 15:33

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$23.598 billion (US$779 million) for April, dropping 18.24% on month and 10.64% on year.

Asustek likely to discontinue ZenWatch product line

May 15, 12:36

Asustek Computer is likely to discontinue the development of its ZenWatch product line as sales of its smartwatch devices have been lower than expected, according to sources of Taiwan's supply chain.

Asustek 1Q17 net profit hits 23-quarter low

May 12, 16:10

Asustek Computer has released its financial report for first-quarter 2017, recording total revenues of NT$98.206 billion (US$3.23 billion), gross margin 13.39%, net operating profit NT$3.809 billion, net profit NT$3.651 billion and net EPS NT$4.92, with net profit being the lowest quarterly level since...

China smartphone vendors pushing into overseas markets

May 11, 14:21

As China's smartphone market is seeing weakening growth, China-based smartphone vendors including Oppo, Xiaomi and Huawei, have been aggressively expanding their products into overseas markets.

Japan IT Week to focus on IoT and embedded applications

May 11, 14:01

Japan IT Week will be hosted from May 10-12 in Tokyo, Japan, and 1,600 IT players worldwide including Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Oracle, Bosch, Advantech, and Gigabyte Technology, are showcasing their latest innovations at the show. The show is expected to attract 91,000 visitors,...

Japan IT Week opens May 10-12

Acer reports mild on-year increase in April revenues

Stockwatch - May 10, 15:54

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$14.432 billion (US$477.01 million) for April 2017, representing a 35.36% drop on month and 2.69% increase on year.

Qualcomm ramping up shipments of mid-tier smartphone CPUs

May 10, 15:25

Qualcomm is expected to ramp up shipments of its Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 CPUs for the mid-tier smartphone segment, putting more pressure on Taiwan-based smartphone AP provider MediaTek, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm has established business ties with a number of China-based...

HTC reports eighth quarterly losses in 1Q17

May 10, 11:12

HTC has reported net losses of NT$2 billion (US$66.12 million) on revenues of NT$14.5 billion for the first quarter of 2017. The company has booked losses for eight consecutive quarters.

Taiwan market: JPW to offer VR motion solutions for arcades

May 9, 20:16

More than 10 VR arcade entertainment centers will be set up across Taiwan starting June using VR motion solutions developed by the newly established JPW International Technology, according to JPW founder and CEO Jack Tong. Tong is former president of HTC North Asia.

China market: Xiaomi Mi 6 reportedly faces production issue

May 9, 15:27

Xiaomi Technology reportedly is facing difficulties ramping up shipments of its newly released flagship smartphone, the Mi 6, due to low yield rates at the supply chain makers as well as shortages of some key components, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Taiwan market: Samsung launches new 9.7-inch tablet; Galaxy S8 in short supply

May 9, 12:02

Sales of Samsung's Galaxy S8, particularly the Galaxy S8 Plus, in the Taiwan market have been better than expected resulting in a short supply of the smartphones in the local channels, according to Randy Lee, deputy general manager of mobile communications business unit, Samsung Taiwan.

New iPhone mass production on schedule, says report

Newswatch - May 8, 15:44

There will be no delay for the launch of the next generation iPhone devices, with the new devices to be unveiled in September, and Apple will begin selling the products in October, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Apple is top wearables vendor in 1Q17, says Strategy Analytics

Newswatch - May 8, 11:35

Global wearables shipments reached 22 million units in the first quarter of 2017, rising 21% on year from 18.2 million shipped a year earlier period, according to Strategy Analytics.

HTC sees revenues down in April

Newswatch - May 8, 11:07

HTC has reported revenues of NT$4.713 billion (US$156.14 million) for April, down 9.29% on month and 18.03% on year. For the first four months of 2017, revenues totaled NT$19.245 billion, decreasing 6.45% on year.

China market: Local vendors ramp up smartphone shipments at the expense of iPhone in 1Q17

May 5, 12:01

Apple suffered a serious setback in shipments of iPhone devices in the China market in the first quarter of 2017 as China-based brands including Huawei, Oppo and Vivo managed to continue ramping up their shipments, according to data released by IDC.

HTC to release new Vive audio solution on June 6

Newswatch - May 4, 20:23

HTC has announced that it will release its integrated headphone solution, the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, for the Vive globally on June 6 for NT$3,499 (US$116).

Taiwan market: Android Pay service to be available in June, says paper

Newswatch - May 4, 15:00

Android Pay, a mobile payment service developed by Google, will be available in the Taiwan market starting June 1 with support from three local banks, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

China market: Huami launches new fitness bracelet

May 4, 14:10

Huami Information Technology, the exclusive provider of wearable technology for Xiaomi and maker of the Mi Band, has launched a new Amazfit fitness tracker, which features built-in electrocardiograph (ECG) and heart rate variability sensors and is priced at CNY699 (US$101), according to a China-based...

Apple revenues, earnings increase in fiscal 2Q17

May 4, 10:59

Apple has reported on-year increases in both revenues and earnings for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended April 1, 2017. Revnues for the quarter came to US$52.9 billion and earnings per diluted share reached US$2.10, compared to revenues of US$50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of US$1.90...

Global smartphone shipments grow 4.3% on year in 1Q17, says IDC

Newswatch - May 2, 14:30

Global smartphone shipments totaled 347.4 million units in the first quarter of 2017, up 4.3% from the same period of a year earlier, according to IDC. The first-quarter growth was slightly higher than IDC's previous forecast of a 3.6% growth.

China market: More vendors to launch smartphones with dual-lens cameras

Apr 28, 13:53

China-based smartphone vendors including Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Gionee will follow the steps of domestic rival Huawei to launch smartphones with dual-lens cameras in the second half of 2017, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Ex-HTC executive launches startup to promote VR solutions

Apr 28, 11:33

Former HTC North Asia president Jack Tong has announced the establishment of JPW International Technology, a startup to develop and promote VR (virtual reality) motion solutions and related equipment.

JPW founder and CEO Jack Tong

China market: Huawei recaptures top smartphone vendor ranking in 1Q17, says Canalys

Newswatch - Apr 27, 15:06

After staying in the second place for two consecutive quarters, Huawei managed to move past rival Oppo to recapture the number one title in China's smartphone market in the first quarter of 2017, with shipments totaling 21 million units for an 18% share, according to Canalys.

Taiwan market: More China vendors to follow Oppo to expand share in local smartphone market

Apr 27, 14:02

Oppo's success in Taiwan's smartphone market is expected to encourage more China-based vendors to duplicate its strategy to penetrate into the local market, which may lead to a drastic change of market share among vendors, according to sources from local retail channels.

India market: Xiaomi facing increasing competition from Oppo, Vivo, says report

Apr 26, 15:11

Xiaomi Technology is facing increasing competition from rival vendors Oppo and Vivo in India's smartphone market, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report.

Meizu lowers smartphone shipment target for 2017, says paper

Newswatch - Apr 26, 15:09

China-based smartphone vendor Meizu has lowered its shipment target for 2017 by 15% to 30 million units from 35 million set previously, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

HTC North Asia chief leaves company, says paper

Newswatch - Apr 26, 15:08

Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia, has left the company for personal reasons, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Android smartphones to continue to expand market share in 2017

Apr 25, 11:56

Competition for market share between Apple's iOS system and Android OS will remain keen in 2017, particularly in the China market, due to new models introduced by Apple and vendors in the Android camp.

Galaxy S8 materials costs highest by far compared to previous versions, IHS teardown reveals

Apr 24, 20:32

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 equipped with 64 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$301.60, much higher than for previous versions of the company’s smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Taiwan market: Smartphone shipments down in March

Newswatch - Apr 24, 11:46

Shipments of smartphones in the Taiwan market totaled 599,000 units in March, down 5.82% on month and 10.86% on year, according to data compiled by local retail channels.

Sharp aims to ship one million smartphones in fiscal 2017, says paper

Newswatch - Apr 21, 15:50

Sharp has revamped its strategy for smartphones and aims to ship over one million smartphones in fiscal 2017 (April 2017-March 2018), according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

HTC to unveil new smartphone on May 16

Newswatch - Apr 21, 12:39

HTC has sent out invitations for a product event to be held in Taipei on May 16. The Taiwan-based vendor is expected to launch a new model of its HTC U family flagship products, according to market sources.

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