Consumer Electronics

"China's Apple" knocks Samsung off top spot in China

Source: 
CNBC

China's upstart smartphone maker, Xiaomi, has overtaken Samsung as the biggest smartphone vendor in China, intensifying pressure on the South Korean technology company.

In the second quarter of this year, Xiaomi took a 14 percent market share in volume China – the world's largest smartphone market – knocking Samsung off the top spot for the first time since the end of 2011, according to research by Canalys.

Apple TV sales slowing in crowded OTT field

Apple TV sales slowed down to a 12 percent annual growth rate at an estimated 1.9 million units sold in the second quarter of 2014, according to Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) service report.

Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple TV market share in the OTT Streamer segment has fallen about 10 points from 38 percent in 2012 down to 27 percent in 2014.

OTT Streamer shipments are forecast to rise 54 percent in 2014, reflecting strong demand for affordable delivery of OTT content on TV screens.

Power Buy Thailand launches new store concept

Central retail is revitalizing its nationwide chain of Powerbuy stores with American design firm Whitespace.

As retailers are under increasing pressure to compete for their customer’s limited attention, and must provide more engaging experiences to retain their customer’s loyalty, the design firmrecommended the development of a cutting edge, consumer-centric, experience oriented lifestyle retail concept.

Suning posts USD51m loss in 2Q

Source: 
Shanghai Daily

China's Suning Commerce Co posted its first half-year loss since it went public in 2004 after online expansion put a dent in profit.

Losses in the second quarter reached CNY315 million (USD51m), an improvement from the CNY434 million (USD70 million) loss in the first three months, the company said in an earnings release on Thursday. Revenue in the first half was down 7.87 percent from a year ago to CNY51.1 billion.
 

Chinese vendors outpace smartphone market

Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the smartphone market in the second quarter of 2014, preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker showed.

Data revealed that Huawei nearly doubling its smartphone shipments from a year ago, followed by another strong performance from Lenovo.

Global tablet sales up 6pc in Q2

Global tablet shipments reached 52.9 million units in the second quarter of 2014, up 6 percent from 50 million the same period last year.

Android cornered 70 percent global share, while iPad shipments were below expectations and iOS fell to 25 percent Windwas has 5 percent global share.

Peter King, Director of Tablet research at Strategy Analytics, said Android consolidation continued, selling 36.8 million units, up 13 percent from 33.2 million a year earlier.

Apple revenue lags Street's view despite strong China growth

Source: 
The Malaysian Insider

Apple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue Tuesday, but revenue surged 28 percent in greater China despite stiff competition in its third-largest market.

It sold 35.2 million iPhones in the June quarter, a rise of about 13 percent that was in line with analysts' projections, helped by a strong performance in an Asian market considered crucial to Apple's longer-term growth prospects.

Chief Executive Tim Cook told analysts on a conference call that Apple's Chinese performance was "honestly surprising".
 

Snapdeal to sell Micromax LED TVs

Source: 
The Hindu Business Line

Leading online marketplace Snapdeal.com has tied up with mobile brand Micromax to launch its range of LED TVs. As a part of its multi-screen business strategy, Micromax launched its range of LED TVs in October 2012. This is the first time Micromax has entered into a strategic partnership with Snapdeal.com to launch their latest 32-inch LED TV.This exclusive tie-up will help Micromax in reaching out to more than 25 million members of Snapdeal.com.

 

Vodafone Australia mobile customer numbers continue to fall

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has continued to bleed mobile customers despite its previous chief executive Bill Morrow promising a return to growth by early 2014.

Vodafone Australia lost 137,000 mobile subscribers in the six months ending on 30 June 2014 to reach 5.2 million after wholesale customers are included, according to Hutchison Telecommunications Australia's (HTA) financial results.

Customer service revenue fell by 9 percent thanks to its shrinking subscriber base and the continuing decline of voice and text message revenue.
 

Indonesia's Telkom to open new branches in Taiwan, Macau

Source: 
The Jakarta Post

State-owned telecommunications provider PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) will open two new overseas branches this year, in Taiwan and Macau.

Adding to the new branches, Telkom public relations vice president Arif Prabowo said that the company would proceed with a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreement, which would allow Telkom to forge cooperations with fellow network operators in the two countries.

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