Consumer Electronics

More vendors launching selfie phones


More smartphone vendors have shifted focus to upgrading the front-end cameras of their new models, particularly adding the selfie functionality and related applications, according to industry sources.

JB Hi-Fi clobbered by a falling iPad

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Who is responsible for the 7 per cent fall in JB Hi-Fi’s share price? The real culprit is Apple.

More specifically, the fall in sales of Apple's iPad is the single biggest reason that JB Hi-Fi's revenue numbers were soft in the final quarter of 2014 and fell in July. The revelation was a shock to the market, sending some analysts back to their desks to downgrade the forecast earnings for 2015.

Apple never on China government procurement list

The Malaysian Insider

Apple's devices have never appeared on a Chinese list of products eligible to be bought with public money, state media quoted an official as saying, denying reports the US tech giant had been excluded from the latest line-up.

Reports said that China removed 10 Apple devices, including MacBook laptops and the iPad, from a government procurement list over security concerns.

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


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.

Amazon must sell large volumes of Fire Phone to recoup investment, says IHS


From a hardware perspective, the Fire Phone carries a bill of materials (BOM) low enough to allow Amazon to cut a profit for each smartphone sold. But with Amazon likely having sunk large amounts of money into developing the Fire Phone's unique features, the company must sell large volumes to recoup its investment, according to IHS.

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

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.

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