The most amazing thing about two of the latest smartphones to emanate from the house of Google is neither their nifty array of tech tricks — though there are a few of those — nor the stylish customization features available to customers. Rather, in a world in which an expensive gold-clad iPhone snags status-conscious buyers, Google’s latest offerings are earning kudos for the modesty of their pricing.
The Asia-Pacific region led the growth in smartphone sales (77.3 percent increase) and mobile phone sales (11.9 percent) in the third quarter of 2013, according to research firm Gartner.
Globally, mobile phone sales totaled 455.6 million units, up from 5.7 percent from the same period last year. Aales of smartphones accounted for 55 percent of overall mobile phone sales during the period and reached their highest share to date.
Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 455.6 million units, up from 5.7 percent from the same period last year.
Taiwanese smartphone vendor HTC Corp. could see shipments fall more than 16 percent from the third quarter as its market share drops in the US and Europe over the fourth quarter, a research report predicted on Thursday.
There were 4.353 million consumer tablets sold in the China market during the third quarter of 2013, increasing 21.7 percent sequentially and 67.2 percent on year, according to Analysys International.
Tsann Kuen Enterprise, the operator of the Tsann Kuen IT and consumer electronics retail chain in Taiwan, saw consolidated revenues of TWD1.901 billion (USD64.4 million) for October 2013, down 7.4 percent on month but up 8.54 percent on year, while fellow operator E-Life Mall had October consolidated revenues of TWD969 million falling 9.77 percent on month but increasing 2 percent on year, according to the companies.
Despite a not-so-stellar third quarter for Apple, Japan was a bright spot for the iPhone maker. Apple now commands a record 34 percent market share in the country once dominated by domestic brands. It's the first time a smartphone brand has surpassed 30% market share in Japan in a decade, and Apple is poised to grab even more. Japan's smartphone market has typically been dominated by domestic companies including Sony and Sharp, and until this past quarter Apple didn't hold much sway in the country.
Most of its mobile phones, which it sells only online, look like Apple’s iPhones — but are much cheaper. China’s Xiaomi, after having eaten into the US-based handset giant’s market share on home turf, has now set its eyes on India and plans to replicate its model here, too. Hugo Barra, who recently came from Android to join as Xiaomi’s vice-president, sounds quite resolute when he says his company’s model, with which it beat Apple in China, will help it garner volume market share in India, too.
Malaysian consumers are replacing their old-fashioned CRT televisions with flat panel TVs. From January to August this year, 823,000 sets of TV worth over USD440 million were sold in the country, according to GfK's retail audit report.
The research firm said the latest inclination among Malaysian consumers is to buy bigger sized and more technologically advanced TV sets such as those which are equipped with Internet-connectivity or 3D function, the main reason for the slight increment in average TV price from USD527 last year to USD530 this year.
Apple’s newest iteration of its famous tablet, the iPad Air, has sold out in Hong Kong two hours after the device first became available for orders online.
Taiwan-based digital multimedia software solution developer CyberLink began selling its products through retail chains in the US market, including Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Target and Sam's Club, in the third quarter of 2013, and is expected to significantly increase its B2C sales revenues beginning 2014, company chairman Jau Huang said at an investors conference on 29 October.