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China phone makers rule home market

Shanghai Daily

China's domestic smartphone makers continue to battle foreign rivals as they post bigger market shares in the second quarter of this year, industry statistics showed.

Chinese brand Xiaomi sold more smartphones than any other producer in the country in the second quarter, garnering a market share of 18 percent, according to latest figures from market researcher IHS Technology.

Huawei and Vivo, both home-grown brands, took 16 percent and 10 percent market share, respectively, ranking second and fourth place.

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Xiaomi has struck a partnership with Uber that will allow users to order the Chinese company's new device through the taxi hailing app.

The Chinese smartphone company released its flasgship 5.7-inch Mi Note in Singapore and Malaysia on Thursday. Uber customers in Singapore and Kuala Lumpar will be able to order the handset in a pre-launch flash sale via the Uber app on 27 July, a day before the smartphone goes on sale on Xiaomi's official store.

Same-sex couples to be offered "family" phone discounts from NTT Docomo, KDDI

The Japan Times Online

Mobile phone carriers NTT Docomo Inc. and KDDI Corp. said on Tuesday they would launch family discounts from October for same-sex partners amid a growing awareness of the rights of sexual minorities. They will ask to see certificates issued by the municipality where the couple live.

Softbank Corp., Japan's third main cellphone carrier, said same-sex couples are covered by its current system because it offers family discounts to people living at the same address.

Huawei H1 smartphone revenue more than doubles in China

The Business Times

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd more than doubled its China smartphone revenue in the first half of 2015, defying a slowdown in the world's biggest handset market that is enveloping rivals Xiaomi Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

The fourth-largest smartphone maker globally missed shipment targets for two years, but a focus shift to high-margin premium models pushed January-June worldwide shipments to 48.2 million phones, Huawei said today. That puts it on course to move 100 million mobiles this year, 33% more than last.

Phone distributors ride on "made in Indonesia" rule

The Jakarta Post

Indonesian phone retailers are spreading their wings into the smartphone manufacturing business to take advantage of a new rule on local content requirements for 4G smartphones.

Under the regulation signed recently by the communications and information minister, the trade minister and the industry minister, all 4G smartphone brands sold nationwide should have at least 30 percent local content starting from early 2017.

China's Huawei gets green light to make handsets in India for booming market

Jakarta Globe

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies has won a key Indian government manufacturing approval, paving the way for it to become the first major Chinese brand to make handsets in one of the world’s biggest markets for mobile phones.

The green light from the Ministry of Home Affairs, confirmed by an official on Wednesday, comes 19 months after Huawei first applied for a manufacturing license, amid wrangling over national security concerns. It also marks a significant boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" campaign.

The Good Guys scraps cash discounts as consumers go digital

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Australian appliances retailer The Good Guys is dropping its "pay cash and we'll slash the prices" promise from its catchy television ads, underlining the impact of e-commerce and new payments technology on the AUD20 billion (USD7.39b) household appliances and consumer electronics market.

Samsung flags drop in operating profit in Q2

Shanghai Daily

Samsung Electronics on Tuesday flagged a second-quarter drop in operating profit that missed analyst estimates after sales of its newest flagship smartphone failed to meet expectations.

The earnings forecast came as a South Korean court ruled in Samsung's favour against a US hedge fund's efforts to block the proposed merger of two major affiliates.

The smartphone and memory-chip maker predicted operating profit of around KRW6.9 trillion won (USD6.1 billion) for the April-June period, down more than 4 percent from a year earlier.

Chinese mobile phone-makers storm India


Amid much fanfare, including a sneak peak of a new Hugh Jackman movie, Micromax, one of India's top smartphone brands, this month launched what it claimed was the world's slimmest phone. At the event, the company's CEO bit into an apple as he took a dig at the new upstarts in the Indian market, China's smartphone makers.

This latest launch is an attempt by the number two Indian smartphone brand to stem the fall in its market share, which has been under pressure since Xiaomi and other Chinese brands took India by storm with flash online sales last year.

Samsung becomes largest single brand retailer with 2,100 stores

Business Standard

Korean electronics maker Samsung India Electronics on Friday said it has become the biggest chain of single brand stores in India by opening 2,100 stores.

It announced the launch of Samsung Blue Fest, a nine day promotion campaign to celebrate the feat. It will start on June 20.

It is offering a free device care for one year on 7 Smartphone models. The device care will cover protection from physical and fluid damage for a period of one year on select Samsung smartphones purchased between 20th and 28th June.

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