Consumer Electronics

BlackBerry confirms deal with Amazon to gain access to Appstore

The Wall Street Journal Online

BlackBerry Ltd. confirmed a deal Wednesday with 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


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


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


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


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.

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.

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