Consumer Electronics

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.

Budget smartphone sales soar in Vietnam

Source: 
Viet Nam News

Budget smartphone sales have risen significantly in Vietnam following the narrowing price gap between mobile phones and smartphones.

Handsets costing VND2 million (USD94) to VND4 million (USD189) have become more popular. The low-end market, particularly in rural areas, is driving sales growth, traders say.

Chinese and Vietnamese budget smartphones, which offer high-end devices at relatively low prices, have played a key role in the mushrooming growth.
 

Microsoft expands 4G-enabled smartphone lineup in Taiwan

Source: 
Chinapost.com.tw

Microsoft Corp. launched its 4G-enabled Lumia 930 smartphone in Taiwan Thursday, marking the second Windows phone released in Taiwan since the software giant acquired Nokia's handset division.

The 5-inch device runs Windows Phone 8.1 and sports a 20-megapixel PureView camera with a lens by German optical systems maker Carl Zeiss AG.

'World Cup effect' boosts sales of flat panel TV in Southeast Asia

More TV sets were sold in every single market across Southeast Asia in the month prior to the commencement of the the FIFA World Cup in June, market research firm GfK's retail sales tracking reveals.

Its retail audit of TV sales for May 2014 reported nearly 957,000 units sold for the combined markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.

India's Spice Retail launches SIM-enabled smart watch

Source: 
The Hindu Business Line

Spice Retail has launched the country’s first SIM-enabled smart watch, Spice Smart Pulse M 9010, which can be used as a standalone phone. The dual-SIM, 4 cm touch screen device allows to make the phone functionalities such as make and receive call over a Bluetooth headset, send text messages and browse the Web.

 

Indonesia's Erajaya set for SE Asia expansion

Source: 
Jakarta Globe

Indonesian mobile phone retailer Erajaya Swasembada will acquire a 60 percent stake in privately owned Malaysian electronic devices reseller CG Computers in August, marking the company's first expansion in Southeast Asia.

CG Computers operates 23 outlets under the name Switch, which primarily sells Apple products, such as laptop computers, handsets, monitors, and speakers.

It also markets software products, including Mac OS, Microsoft Office, and anti-virus programs.
 

Electronics stores a hit with buyers in Vietnam

Source: 
Viet Nam News

A majority of consumers in Vietnam prefer large, modern stores when they shop for high-tech electronic products, according to analysts.

As a result such stores have mushroomed in recent years, they said, pointing to chains belonging to famous firms like FPT, The Gioi Di Dong, and Vien Thong A.

As soon as they appeared in the market, these shops became popular since they offered advantages that traditional retail shops did not – a large and varied range of models, convenient services, and reasonable prices — they said.

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