Consumer Electronics

JB Hi-Fi weathers the retail storm

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The Sydney Morning Herald Online

JB Hi-Fi is proving more resilient to slumping consumer confidence than other retailers.

The electronics retailer remains on track to lift annual profit by about 10 percent, despite winding back its sales expectations since the end of March.

Analysts say JB Hi-Fi is performing better than other retailers as it is not exposed to seasonal factors such as unusually warm weather, and due to its expansion into new product areas.
 

Amazon introduces first smartphone

Amazon unveiled on Wednesday its first smartphone - Fire.

The brand new gadget features two new technologies - Dynamic perspective, which it said uses a new sensor system to respond to the way users hold, view, and move the gadget; and Firefly, which recognizes things in the real world like web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, music, and products.

BlackBerry confirms deal with Amazon to gain access to Appstore

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal Online

BlackBerry Ltd. confirmed a deal Wednesday with Amazon.com Inc. to gain access to the e-commerce giant's Appstore for mobile devices, a move the Canadian company hopes will boost sales of its latest smartphones. 

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China's Xiaomi finds first overseas e-commerce partner in Taiwan

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ChinaPost.com.tw

Xiaomi Corp., a fast-growing Chinese maker of cheap smartphones, took a first step in building an overseas network of e-commerce partners on Monday when it teamed up with Taiwan based Web portal PChome Online Inc. Becoming Xiaomi's first official e-commerce partner to promote its phones, PChome will begin selling an initial allocation of 10,000 units of the enhanced version of the Redmi Note budget handset later this month.

Vietnam remains indifferent to high-end phones

Aggressive shipments of low-cost smartphones negatively impacted feature phone shipments in Vietnam, IDC’s Asia-Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows.

The research firm reported that 6.6 million mobile phones were shipped to the country in the first quarter of 2014, down by 4.9 percent quarter on quarter and 0.7 percent year on year.

Smartphones, however, accounted for 38.6 percent of total mobile phone shipments in the first quarter, a noticeable increase from 21.8 percent in the same period last year.

Local vendors drive Philippines tablet market

Tablet sales in the Philippines in the first quarter of 2014 posted the highest year-on-year growth among countries in Southeast Asia at 110 percent. Total shipments for the quarter reached 598,375.

China handset maker OPPO taps Taiwan market

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Chinapost.com.tw

OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp. made its Taiwan debut Wednesday with the launch of its flagship smartphone, the Find 7, as part of the Chinese handset maker's overseas expansion program.

The 4G device will be available locally in the third quarter of this year through Chunghwa Telecom Co., the country's biggest wireless carrier, at a cost of NT$16,990 (US$566).

Emerging markets see rising notebook demand

Source: 
DIGITIMES

Notebook demand in emerging markets has started recovering recently as international funds return to emerging markets after seeing a weak return on investment in the US and Europe, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

 

Homegrown brands lead India's mobile revolution

Source: 
CNBC

India's homegrown mobile phone brands are giving global heavyweights a run for their money as they mop up market share in the country's USD13 billion mobile phone market.

Until five years ago there wasn't a single recognizable local brand in India's handset market. However, cut-throat pricing, aggressive marketing and localization changed that; today the top-10 space is dominated by local newcomers including Micromax, Karbonn and Lava, which together account for over 30 percent of the smartphone market. Micromax's 17.5 percent share is second only to Samsung.

India's PC market declines 20pc in Q1

The combined desk-based and mobile PC market in India totalled nearly 1.9 million units in the first quarter of 2014, a 20.6 percent decrease over the first quarter of 2013, according to research firm Gartner.

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