Apple is increasing its focus on India after announcing plans to open its first developer center in the country.Apple said it will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.Building an ecosystem of top apps is one way that Apple can appeal to consumers who are in the market for a smartphone.The U.S. company has steadily put more attention on India in recent years, in part because India s smartphone market is showing signs of serious growth potential and also to offset some of the company s reliance on China for revenue.That s far behind China, where Apple currently enjoys around 22 percent of sales, according to data from Kantar.The company is seen by many as under pressure from the government — appeasing the state, which is cracking down on overseas tech firms, may be behind Apple s $1 billion investment in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing — while the Chinese smartphone market s slowdown is a key reason Apple disappointed in its recent earnings.
Get concessions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governmentApple has applied to the Indian government for permission to import refurbished iPhones so that it can offer lower-priced phones to the Indian user.The company's phones are considered too expensive by India's price-sensitive users, even though the iPhone is a well-regarded brand and a status symbol in the country.More than two-thirds of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter were assembled within the country, with over 25 vendors making phones locally, according to IDC.Help increase smartphone penetration in IndiaGrowth in China is slowing, with research firm Canalys reporting that smartphone shipments grew by only 2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.The Indian smartphone market will never grow to the size of China's because of the population's low average per-capita income, high taxes and the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the Indian rupee, Kiranjeet Kaur, research manager at IDC Asia-Pacific, said in an interview recently.Also, unlike in the U.S. and some other markets where the majority of phones are sold through carriers, in India carriers focus on services rather than offering phones, thus putting demands on Apple to quickly roll out its distribution channels to markets outside the main cities.
Get concessions from the governmentApple has applied to the Indian government for permission to import refurbished iPhones so that it can offer lower-priced phones to the Indian user.The company's phones are considered too expensive by India's price-sensitive users, even though the iPhone is a well-regarded brand and a status symbol in the country.More than two-thirds of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter were assembled within the country, with over 25 vendors making phones locally, according to IDC.Help increase smartphone penetration in IndiaGrowth in China is slowing, with research firm Canalys reporting that smartphone shipments grew by only 2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.The Indian smartphone market will never grow to the size of China's because of the population's low average per-capita income, high taxes and the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the Indian rupee, Kiranjeet Kaur, research manager at IDC Asia-Pacific, said in an interview recently.Also, unlike in the U.S. and some other markets where the majority of phones are sold through carriers, in India carriers focus on services rather than offering phones, thus putting demands on Apple to quickly roll out its distribution channels to markets outside the main cities.
Motorola reinvented the budget smartphone with the Moto G, offering up a startlingly strong device for less than £200 – and the second-gen model was even better.Things got a bit muddled with last year's handset, which bumped up the price and was a bit chunky, and it didn't help that the competition finally caught up and made the £150-£200 smartphone market incredibly competitive.The newly-revealed Lenovo Moto G4 looks like a significant enhancement over last year's model, promising a larger and sharper screen, enhanced performance, and added customisation – and the Plus model seems even better for little extra money.And if not, there's another big perk: newly-added TurboPower fast charging, which lets you add about six hours of mixed battery usage with just a 15-minute charge.If you use a cheaper smartphone, chances are you're more concerned about value over wielding the highest-quality components on the market for that price range.In that case, if your 2015 model still works well, it's probably hard to justify buying a new phone this summer.
Microsoft sells feature phone business to Foxconn subsidiary while Nokia licenses famous brand to HMD globalMicrosoft has sold its feature phone business to Foxconn subsidiary FIH and the newly-founded Finnish firm HMD global for $350 million £242m , in a move that will see the Nokia brand return to mobile devices for the next decade.As part of the transaction, FIH will acquire Microsoft s feature phone assets, including brands, software, services, customer support and contracts, as well as a manufacturing facility in Vietnam.Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Nokia brand in an industry where Nokia remains a truly iconic name, said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies.Working with HMD and FIH will let us participate in one of the largest consumer electronics markets in the world while staying true to our licensing business model.Microsoft has said it is still committed to Windows 10 mobile and is reportedly working on new smartphones running the platform.According to Kantar Worldpanel, Windows accounts for 6.2 percent of the UK smartphone market and 4.9 percent of sales in Europe s five biggest countries.
Nokia was the largest mobile manufacturer in the world during the late '90s and mid '00sNokia is making a comeback, releasing a new range of feature phones and tablets.The move was seen as a last-ditch attempt for the two technology giants to join forces and challenge the dominance of Apple and Google, but the pair have failed to create a meaningful phone challenger.Microsoft's Lumia range: soon to be a thing of the past?HMD has now purchased the rights to use the Nokia trademark on feature phones until 2024, and all remaining feature phone assets, including sales, manufacturing and distribution, will be sold to FIH Mobile Limited - a subsidiary of electronics manufacturer Foxxconn, best-known as one of Apple's largest suppliers for iPhone.Microsoft too has been struggling: rumours suggest plans to axe the poorly-selling Lumia line and reinvigorate its smartphones with a new Surface Phone.Lack of popular apps and an unpopular ecosystem means Microsoft holds less than 2 per cent of the global smartphone market, and sold just 2.3 million units during the first three months of the year.
Nokia's brand is on its way to smartphones and tablets again, which this time will run Android. Nokia will not manufacture the devices, but only lend its brand to HMD - a brand new company with Arto Nummela as CEO. This is made possible by Microsoft sold its dumtelefoner to HMD and FIH Mobile a subsidiary of Foxconn. HMD has also acquired the right to use the Nokia brand on smartphones and plates, by Microsoft. Nokia's role in the activity is thus somewhat passive, but they will take place in the HMD's board and perform quality control. The bottom line seems to be that the HMD sells and markets the Nokia-branded Android devices, while FIH Mobile manufacture them.
Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.The Cupertino, California, company did not disclose the size of its investment in the center though some reports have placed the figure at US$25 million.The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations, Cook said in a statement.India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, after China and the U.S., according to Gartner research director Anshul Gupta.Apple has also asked the government for a waiver on its rule that wholly-owned retail stores of foreign brands should sell products with 30 percent local content.
Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.The Cupertino, California, company did not disclose the size of its investment in the center though some reports have placed the figure at US$25 million.The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations, Cook said in a statement.India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, after China and the U.S., according to Gartner research director Anshul Gupta.Apple has also asked the government for a waiver on its rule that wholly-owned retail stores of foreign brands should sell products with 30 percent local content.
Foxconn and HMD Global's quest to restore Nokia smart phone market brand is a challenging task. Strategy Analytics research director Neil SA Mawstonin estimates that the Nokia brand is going to be difficult congested smartphone market. Of smartphones in the market is really fierce market competition, and Nokia will struggle to gain market share in this cycle in a mature phase. In this way, Nokia could be heard the noise on congested over the smartphone market, "SA Mawston notes currently profiled Network Company will, Nokia made mistakes and failed in particular to respond to Apple in 2007 to start älypuhelinbuumiin, and finally announced the sale of its mobile phone division to Microsoft in 2013. The last announced Nokia-branded smartphones were Microsoft, Nokia Lumia 735 and 830, which was published in September 2014. At the same time a Taiwanese Foxconn subsidiary, acquired the remaining Microsoft's basic business phone.
Xiaomi Corp. expects the smartphone industry s sales in China to peak at about 500 million units annually as growth matures in the world s largest market.The natural ceiling for the market is about 500 million phones, Chief Financial Officer Shou Zi Chew said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.Smartphone shipments in China reached a record 438 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics.Xiaomi shot to the top of China s market by pioneering an online flash sales model that sold inexpensive smartphones directly to consumers, bypassing retail outlets and wireless carriers.Others have since adopted that model, curtailing growth as the Beijing-based company missed its target of selling 100 million devices in 2015 and was overtaken by Huawei Technologies co.Xiaomi, which was valued at $45 billion after a 2014 funding round, has no plans for an initial public offering and doesn t need to raise money, Chew said.He cited market volatility caused by the U.S. election and China s transitioning economy as other reasons to avoid capital markets."Chew expects the rapid consolidation among Chinese vendors will continue.China has about 300 phone makers and that number may be halved in 12 months by competition, a sales plateau and the slowing economy, according to executives and analysts.
Foxconn and HMD Global's quest to restore Nokia smart phone market brand is a challenging task. Strategy Analytics research director Neil SA Mawstonin estimates that the Nokia brand is going to be difficult congested smartphone market. Of smartphones in the market is really fierce market competition, and Nokia will struggle to gain market share in this cycle in a mature phase. In this way, Nokia could be heard the noise on congested over the smartphone market, "SA Mawston notes currently profiled Network Company will, Nokia made mistakes and failed in particular to respond to Apple in 2007 to start älypuhelinbuumiin, and finally announced the sale of its mobile phone division to Microsoft in 2013. The last announced Nokia-branded smartphones were Microsoft, Nokia Lumia 735 and 830, which was published in September 2014. At the same time a Taiwanese Foxconn subsidiary, acquired the remaining Microsoft's basic business phone.
Photo: Tiina SOMERPURO / KL Analyyspalvelu Inderes analyst Mikael Rautanen mulled his review of Nokia mobile phones brändilisensointia. Nokia gives HMD Global for the use of Nokia's trade mark rights. Nokia does not have to bear the risk of the contract just about anything, and it can be accessed through a single partner scaled its brand, as well as the licensed technology. However, the Convention should not be likely to substantially swing current of approximately EUR 800 million of annual Technologies Unit licensing revenue stream, Rautanen write a review, on Thursday morning. Rautanen According to a particularly lucrative contract to Nokia this is not worth waiting for, even if the brand and technology licensing is Nokia, a good and profitable business. First of all, the smartphone market has already left the market saturation and the earning potential is very limited.
The smartphone market is growing slowly, but demand is particularly low cost handsets in emerging countries. Phone for browsing the man described in Calcutta in India in February 2015. Nokia's return to the smartphone and tablet market will not be easy. manufacturing operating devices is not a problem for Nokia, but users need a compelling reason to stay loyal to a particular brand, research firm Gartner Vice President Anshul Gupta says the release. Slowing growth in the phone market is not an easy environment to a new HMD-company, Gupta believes. The second will be for Apple, whose market share is 14.8 per cent.
BUSINESS Sales of smart phones are now run on the cheaper models, and it is the Chinese producers who grow the most. The trend also means that there are new brands that take for himself, while the established slopes. Overall leaderboard will be more and more Chinese. During the first quarter of 2015 there were two Chinese manufacturers among the first five, and they represented 11 percent of the market. During the first quarter of 2016, the three Chinese brands - Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi - and they have achieved 17 percent of the market, says Gartner chief analyst Anshul Gupta in the report. Here are the top 5 last year's market share in brackets Samsung 23.2 percent 24.1 percent Apple 14.8 percent 17.9 percent Huawei 8.3 percent 5.4 percent Oppo 4.6 percent 2 percent Xiaomi 4.3 percent 4.4 percent Yesterday, Nokia announced that it will make mobile comeback in earnest, and that then it is Android that regard.
People walk past stores promoting the Apple iPhone 6S in the southern city of Shenzhen on January 26, 2016. Google and Apple, two of the world s most powerful technology giants, respectively unveiled deals with major Chinese technology companies Xiaomi and Didi Chuxing in the past week, fuelling speculation about their China market strategy - or, in the case of Google, China market comeback strategy. The two respective giants controlling the Android and iOS mobile operating systems are in a hurry to find the next growth drivers China, as the world s largest smartphone market enters middle-age, with growth rates in handset sales set to cool. Apple has to wrestle with falling iPhone sales, while Google needs to first find its way back into China since pulling out in 2010. Google s search business could return via Sogou, the mainland s third largest search engine company owned by Sohu.com, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be named The two companies have discussed a partnership where Google would perform some of the searches and Sogou would conduct the results screening. Meanwhile Apple s US$1 billion investment in car-hailing app Didi Chuxing is seen as a win-win deal that would help Apple score new growth in China amid falling sales of iPhones.
Hardware specification for BlackBerry Hamburg leakedAn Android powered BlackBerry handset bearing model number STH100-x and codenamed Hamburg has been spotted at the GFXBench site with all its hardware details.Considering the specs, the device seems to fit in the mid-range segment of the smartphone market.Recently, BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed the company has plans for two more Android devices coming by the end of 2016, without providing further details about them.Thanks to GFXBench we now have some idea about the features the BlackBerry Hamburg is equipped with.The operating system for BlackBerry Hamburg noted in the GFXBench is the latest Android Marshmallow version 6.0.1.The octa-core processor would be coupled with the Adreno 405 graphics unit.
If this ultimately pans out, it would mark the first time Apple has utilized a glass casing on the iPhone since 2011 s iPhone 4s.DON T MISS: 5 Android N features you won t find on any iPhoneSpeaking to reporters on Thursday, Catcher CEO Allen Horng said: As far as I know, only one iPhone model will adopt glass casing next year.I don t think this move will have an impact on Catcher s revenue as glass casing still needs a durable metal frame which requires advanced processing technology and would not be cheaper than the current model.Just last month, Kuo issued a research note indicating that Apple is working on a more glass oriented iPhone 7s design in order to differentiate the device from a smartphone market where most flagships more or less look and feel the same.But that s not the whole story: Kuo believes that Apple is currently working on an iPhone model with curved glass panels on both the front and back of the device.Last we heard, iPhone production has already kicked off and may include three distinct models.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Microsoft has announced that is selling its entry-level phone business to FIH Mobile and HMD global Oy for $350 million as the tech giant continues to distance itself from mobile hardware.The move was not a surprise given how Microsoft has been reducing its feature phone business since CEO Satya Nadella took over.But what is noteworthy is that the press release indicated that Microsoft might never release another Lumia phone ever again, reports The Verge.Nowhere does the press release mention the development of any new Lumia devices or any future hardware.Furthermore, the announcement came just after the leak of an internal memo that reiterated Microsoft's commitment to mobile software, which also did not mention Lumia devices.The likely course of action for Microsoft is to build a Surface phone that targets the company's business customers, with a focus on device security and privacy.The pool of first-time buyers in these countries is shrinking rapidly, and sales are now primarily coming from phone upgrades.Meanwhile, emerging markets will continue to see robust shipment growth.India and Indonesia, in particular, will help fuel a large share of the shipments growth within the global smartphone market over the next few years.Will McKitterick, senior research analyst at BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on smartphones by country that forecasts the market through 2021 to reflect slower, stabilizing growth in the long term.Here are some key points from the report:The global smartphone market is still growing at a steady pace due to more widespread adoption in emerging markets.Still, the vendor saw a slight decline in YoY growth of its share of the market in the face of stiff competition from Samsung and Chinese vendors such as Huawei.In full, the report:Forecasts global smartphone shipments through 2021.Explores why India is the next high-growth smartphone market.Breaks down the global smartphone platform wars.Discusses smartphone vendor performance market share.To get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
The first Chromebooks were unveiled at Google s annual I/O developer conference way back in 2011.At that time, netbooks were starting to decline in popularity so naturally, many people saw Chromebooks as the next netbook – or in other words, a trendy, budget notebook that d probably only stick around for a couple of years.It s a milestone for Google as it s the first time its Chromebooks have out-shipped a competing PC platform.Google no doubt owes the achievement to the continued downturn of the traditional PC business as well as the cooling of the tablet industry and perhaps even the saturation of the smartphone market.As Huang notes, Chromebooks have carved out a healthy niche market in the education sector.They re cheap and versatile which makes them an excellent candidate for school use.
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