Indonesia’s smartphone market jumps 55% in Q1

Indonesia’s smartphone market expanded 55 per cent in Q1 compared to a year ago and now accounts for just over half of total handset shipments. The $50-$100 price range represents nearly half of the total smartphone sales, according to Counterpoint …

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HTC says it’s not open to merger with Asus

Taiwan’s HTC has said it won’t consider merging with local rival Asus (also known as Asustek Computer) and hasn’t been in touch with the company, Reuters reported. HTC was responding to comments by Asus chairman Johnny Shih last Friday about possible …

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Asus CEO keeps open mind on HTC acquisition

Taiwan’s Asus said today it has “not ruled out the possibility” of buying troubled smartphone maker HTC, which recently forecast a sharp loss for Q2, Reuters reported. Asus chairman Johnny Shih made the comment in response to a question raised …

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Australia smartphone market jumps 29% in Q1

Strong demand for phablets and the continued popularity of the iPhone 6 in Australia helped fuel a 29.2 per cent jump in smartphone shipments in Q1. Apple’s market share leapt to almost 50 per cent as shipments surged 66 per …

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Nokia brand licensing head departs, company’s handset future in further doubt

Further question marks have arisen over Nokia’s intention to return to the smartphone market via brand-licensing following news that its head of new products and brand licensing, Sebastian Nystrom, is leaving the company. Nystrom will leave Nokia’s Technologies unit to take a new role …

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Qualcomm moves to build ties with China’s handset vendors

US chipmaker Qualcomm has set up a unit in Shenzhen to give domestic handset vendors support in marketing their devices abroad. The moves comes just two months after the San Diego-based company, which made $7.57 billion last fiscal year in …

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ZTE, Huawei kick off war of words in fresh patent dispute

Two of China’s largest smartphone makers look to be heading for a courtroom battle after ZTE claimed its cross-town rival in Shenzhen infringed on two of its camera technology patents. A letter posted on Weibo (a Chinese microblogging site) claims …

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Huawei’s move upmarket starts to pay off

LIVE FROM HUAWEI GLOBAL ANALYST SUMMIT 2015: Huawei’s decision to drop white-label manufacturing and push its smartphone brands globally has been a wise move. Glory Zhang, Huawei’s chief marketing officer for its consumer business group, said yesterday that in a …

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HTC replaces CEO Chou, puts chairwoman at helm

HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has taken over the role of CEO from Peter Chou at the recovering smartphone maker. Chou, who founded the company in 1997 with Wang, will remain at the vendor as head of the HTC Future Development Lab, …

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