Consumer Electronics

Vietnam's Vingroup announces new retail venture in electronics

Viet Nam News

A Vingroup official announced the establishment of the firm's new technology and electronics retail brand on Wednesday called VinPro.

A group representative said opening the chain was part of the group's strategy to become a leading retail brand in Vietnam, adding that it will open four VinPro stores in Hanoi and HCM City on 21 March.

Chinese desire for fancy toilet seats spurs 1,400pc rally in Laox shares

The Japan Times Online

Thousand-dollar rice cookers and toilet seats that know when you enter the room.

That's what visitors to Japan from China have been buying at Laox Co., sending the Tokyo-based duty-free store chain to its first profit in 14 years and its shares up 1,400 percent through yesterday from a low in 2012. The stock gained 1.5 percent today to close at the highest since July 2009.

Apple's market share in China rises to highest ever

Shanghai Daily

The popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple's market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground, a consumer survey showed.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said on Thursday that its latest survey of 15,000 people living in Chinese cities showed Apple's market share hit 25.4 percent in the November-January period, up from 20.9 percent a year earlier.

That was a record for Apple in the world's largest smartphone market, but not enough to catch up Chinese maker Xiaomi, which claimed 27.6 percent.

Apple edges out Samsung in global smartphone sales in Q4

The Business Times

Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner.

Apple sold 74.83 million smartphones to end users worldwide, ahead of the 73.03 million phones sold by Samsung, according to Gartner's report.

Huawei unveils smart wearable devices at MWC 2015

Huawei unveiled a series of wearable devices including the Huawei Watch, TalkBand B2, and TalkBand N1 for consumers to stay connected, on the eve of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona.

At the global press conference, Huawei Consumer BG also unveiled the next-generation phablet, MediaPad X2, and also announced the brands vision, "Dreams Inspire Creativity."

Mr. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, said wearable devices will remain one of the most significant trends in the device industry.

Samsung to freeze salaries in South Korea


Samsung Electronics will freeze wages in 2015 for employees in South Korea for the first time in six years, after the world's biggest smartphone maker saw profits fall in the face of rising competition.

The cost-cutting move is the latest by Samsung Electronics, which in January reported its first annual profit decline since 2011, as it lost market share to Apple Inc's new iPhones and cheaper Chinese rivals like Xiaomi Inc.

India’s Intex plans retail outlets to boost reach

The Hindu Business Line

Handset vendor Intex Technologies is planning to set up standalone brand stores to boost its retail presence. Called ‘Intex Smart World’, 400 stores will come up next fiscal (2015-16) at a cost of over Rs. 100 crore (USD16.1 million). Investments will be through internal accruals.


Meet iBall: the tablet maker crushing Samsung in India


Indian budget consumer electronics firm iBall raised eyebrows this week on a report that it has stolen South Korean juggernaut Samsung's crown as India's number one tablet vendor.

Mumbai-based iBall claimed a 15.6 percent share of India's tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2014, up from 4.5 percent a year earlier, as Samsung's share shrank to 12.9 percent from 17.9 percent, according to IDC.

Xiaomi tops smartphone sales in China

Shanghai Daily

Upstart Xiaomi was the top smartphone company in China last year with a 12.5 percent market share, narrowly outpacing South Korea’s Samsung, market intelligence firm International Data Corp said on Tuesday.


Google unveils 2 affordable smartphones in Philippines

Google unveiled two affordable smartphones in the Philippines built from the Android One program, a global initiative to bring high-quality smartphones to emerging markets.

The two phones, developed by local manufacturers Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, will retail for PHP5,000 (USD113.4) in the coming weeks.

Caesar Sengupta, Vice President, Product Management, Google, said the Philippines is the sixth country in Asia where the Android One program was rolled out, after India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

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