Consumer Electronics

Canon India shifts focus to store sales

The Hindu Business Line

Canon India’s head Kazutada Kobayashi feels that online retailing in India is unavoidable, however, it cannot conquer the offline retail market. Canon had stopped selling on Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon a few months ago. It will focus on increasing sales at the physical stores.


Windows tablets gaining traction in Japan


Sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising as vendors have been aggressively releasing Windows 8.1-based 8-inch models since October 2013. In February 2014, 15.7 percent of Japan's tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models, up significantly from a year ago and also larger than the Windows tablet's share of 2 percent in the worldwide tablet market, according to figures from Japan-based BCN.


Taiwan's high-tech companies bet future on emerging wearable devices market


Amid the increasing proof of the promising future of wearable devices, Taiwan's high-tech industry has stepped up investments in the area and is likely to see a good start this year.


Amazon preparing to release smartphone

The Wall Street Journal Online Inc. is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of this year, according to people briefed on the company's plans, part of a broad push into hardware that would pit it against Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.

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Samsung banks on Galaxy S5 sales

Shanghai Daily

Samsung Electronics Co’s latest flagship model, the Galaxy S5, started selling yesterday in China as the company aims to raise market share before HTC and Apple start to sell their flagship models.


Smartwatches getting popular in Singapore

Smart watches are gaining popularity in Singapore with nearly 1,400 devices sold in the first two months of 2014, according to research firm GfK.

Gfk started retail sales tracking of smartwatches thus year and said sales reached USD345,000 in January and February.

Cell phone prices to rise by more than 30pc in Indonesia: Association

The Jakarta Post

The government's plan to impose a luxury goods sales tax (PPnBM) on cell phones will result in more than 30 percent price increases.


Political unrest, economic slowdown fail to dampen Thailand’s appetite for mobile phones

Spending on mobile phones was not dampened by the political turmoil and economic slowdown in Taiwan.

Research firm IDC's Asia-Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker showed that Thailand mobile phone market topped 6.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 4 percent growth from the same quarter last year.

The growth was said to be driven by a 63.6 percent increase in the number of smartphones shipped.

Tesco launches Hyasong appliances

Bangkok Post

Tesco, the UK-based hypermarket chain, has made big waves in Thailand’s 100 billion-baht (USD) electrical appliance business by offering its own brands at competitive prices to challenge products from Japan and South Korea.

Thailand is the first country in the world to sell Tesco's own Hyasong brand of appliances, according to Chakkit Chatupanyachotikul, head of brand and marketing communication at Ek-Chai Distribution System, the operator of Tesco Lotus.

Luxottica partners with Google in developing wearable devices

Luxury and sports eyewear designer and retailer Luxottica Group has partnered with Google in developing and distributing a new breed of eyewear for Google Glass.

The partnership is expected to bring together high-tech developers, fashion designers and eyewear professionals to co-create a line of Glass products that straddle high fashion, lifestyle and innovative technology.

Luxottica said the two major proprietary brands of the Group, Ray-Ban and Oakley, will be a part of the collaboration with Glass.

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