Chinese Smartphone Brands Make Strong Inroads In India

Chinese smartphone vendors are rapidly expanding their wings in the Indian smartphone market, making the way tough for the established brands such as Samsung, Micromax and Intex. Oppo, Vivo and Gionee, together gained significant market share in the April-June quarter at the cost of incumbents on back of an aggressive retail and marketing strategy, the Counterpoint Technology Market Research states. Apart from these three major brands, the Chinese smartphone brands, including Lenovo, expanded their share to 27 percent of the total smartphone market in the quarter ended June from 21 percent in...

Weekly Recap: Top 10 Stories On Channel Times

What Channel Gains From Oracle-NetSuite Deal? The channel is very optimistic about the much talked about Oracle-NetSuite deal and is hoping for the best outcome from the USD9.3 billion acquisition. However, partners demand more clarity on the impact of the deal on the channel business and opportunities, as well as challenges coming up with synergies of two cloud veterans coming together.Read More GST Hopes Brighten As Union Cabinet Amends Key Changes Bill The much awaited GST bill has come one step closer to convert into law as the government made...

Smartphone Vendors Ride On Make In India Wave

Since the Government of India announced the ambitious “Make in India” initiative to boost local manufacturing, India has emerged as the most attractive investment destination for industries. While MNCs are exploring business prospects, and competitive advantage in local manufacturing in the country, smartphone vendors are already riding on the “Make in India” wave. After leading smartphone brands such as Vivo, Oppo, Micromax and Karbonn have already set up their facilities in the country, another domestic handset maker, Lava International is now aiming to double its production capacity with the launch...

Patent Battle Between Samsung & Huawai Turns Ugly

  The patent battle among tech gaints seems becoming worse. In what could be tit for tat move, Samsung Electronics has filed a lawsuit in China against Huawei Technologies Co., accusing the country’s largest smartphone maker of infringing on its mobile technology patents. The lawsuit comes just months after Huawei sued the Korean company in the U.S. and China. The pair had failed to strike a licensing deal over the use of technology fundamental to how mobile networks operate. “We have faithfully negotiated with other patent holders for the fair...

Smartwatch Shipments Down 32% In Q2: IDC

The worldwide smartwatch market saw a year-over-year decline of 32 per cent, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), which was down substantially from the 5.1 million shipped a year ago. Apple held the top rank by shipping 1.6 million watches. However, it was the only vendor among the top 5 to experience an annual decline in shipments. In fairness to Apple, the year-over-year comparison is to the initial launch...

Declining Tablet Market Pushes PC Brands In Survival Mode

Downward trends in tablet shipments, with Apple and Samsung YoY shipments falling from 62 per cent to 54 per cent as the market shrinks, are forcing PC brands to strategize survival tactics for their product portfolios, finds ABI Research. While Amazon and Huawei will focus on tablets despite the dwindling figures, not all vendors share this mentality. Dell and HP, for instance, made the decision to shy away from the tablet market and will instead concentrate on providing 2-in-1 systems based on Windows. Read Also: Amazon India To Set Up 6...

Samsung To Focus On All Smartphone Segments & New Launches

In a bid to retain its current market lead and boost smartphone sales, Samsung India Electronics will focus on all smartphone categories with different price tags. The company will also focus on new launches with innovative features to maintain its position and gain more market share, a top company official told IANS. Samsung currently has 48.3 per cent market share in terms of value while in January 2015, it had a share of nearly 35 per cent, and with the new launches it is looking to gain even more ground....

Consumers Favor High-end Smartphones in 2016

In India, the high-end smartphone market is expected to grow by 19 per cent this year. The sudden growth is because of customers’ shift in interest in premium brands like Samsung and Apple, research firm CMR said today. The high-end smartphones, which are priced INR 20,000 and above in the country, have accounted to 7 per cent of the total smartphones sold last year and grew at 15 per cent in 2015. “Out of a total of 163 smartphone brands, only 19 brands shipped smartphones in the high-end price band...
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