Consumer Electronics

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.

18m smartphones sold in Southeast Asia in Q1

Smartphone sales in Southeast Asia where six of the seven markets are developing markets continue to increase month aftermath and posted 43 percent growth in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last war.

Research firm GfK said in a new report, the sales generated nearly USD4.2 billion in revenues for the handset manufacturers, which represents a 25 percent increase from a year ago.

Alibaba will begin offering mobile numbers

Shanghai Daily

Alibaba Group said it will start to offer mobile numbers directly as it becomes the latest virtual mobile operator to offer telecommunications services to mobile phone users.

Alibaba allowed Taobao users to book a SIM card number in early May.

China last year issued telecommunications service licenses to 11 private firms, allowing them to offer mobile communications services under their own brands. The government hopes more competition will lead to better service quality.

Sale of media tablets nearly doubles in the Philippines

Media tablets posted a nearly two-fold (95 percent) increase in sales volume in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year.

GfK's new retail audit report also shows that tech savvy consumers in the country spent around USD65.8 million on 270,000 units of media tablets in the first three months of 2014 as compared to only USD49 million in the same timeframe last year.

China to beat US as top mobile phone market in 2014


China will overtake the US as the world's largest mobile phone market this year for the first-time ever, according to research out on Wednesday.

Market research firm Strategy Analytics forecast that mobile phone sales in China would reach a record USD87 billion in 2014, beating sales of USD60 billion in the US.

Chinese mobile phone revenues are seen surging 53 percent this year, compared to only 4 percent growth in the US.

Sluggish start seen for India PC Market in Q1

The overall India PC market continued to decline in the first quarter of 2014, largely due to poor end-user demand, according to the the latest report from research firm IDC.

India PC shipments for Q1 stood at 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of -25.2 percent over Q1 2013.

Sony to sell PlayStation in China through two new joint ventures


Sony will bring its PlayStation consoles to China through two joint ventures, its Chinese partner said Monday, as the Japanese gaming giant seeks to tap a newly opened market.


Lenovo ships 55m PCs, 50m smartphones, 9.2m tablets in 2013


China-based vendor Lenovo shipped 55 million notebooks and desktops, 50 million smartphones and 9.2 million tablets in fiscal 2013 (April 2013-March 2014), according to the company. Lenovo recorded consolidated revenues of USD38.707 billion, gross margin of 13.08 percent, net operating profit of USD1.052 billion and net profit of USD817 million for the fiscal year.


Xiaomi finding its groove in China smartphone market


With interesting designs, superior pricing and an innovative marketing strategy, China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi was able to become the top local brand in China in the first quarter of 2014, according to the recently published Digitimes Research China Smartphone Market and Industry Tracker report.


Optus increases profit to USD783m

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Australia's second largest telco, Optus, has lifted full year profit by 14.6 percent to AUD835 million (USD783.1m).

Revenue declined by 5 percent and free cash flow by more than 15 percent. The result reflected strong cost management and yield improvement, Optus said.

Optus chief Paul O'Sullivan said the strong full year earnings performance demonstrated that the company was taking necessary steps to transform and restructure the business.

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