According to statistics by IDC, Seventy-million smartphones were shipped in China in the last quarter of 2012, covering 73.2 percent of the country’s mobile market share. The volume of smartphone shipments saw a 112.1 percent year-on-year increase. The total shipments of mobile phones in China last year reached 362 million, among which smartphones recorded 213 million. We believe the low-cost Android phones, subsidies from phone operators and the arrivals of mobile internet were the driving force behind the boom. Decent enough Android devices at a relatively low price are going to be what turns the tide for smartphones in China. Cheap smartphones are going to make a dent in the China feature phone market. Previously, users in rural China, where access to PCs isn’t widespread, favour the feature phone as a way to get online. But due to the demand of better multimedia and online social networking, cheap smartphones have the opportunity to snatch away yet more market share from feature phones in communist China. And now we can see why the Chinese government is worried about Google having undue influence over the nation’s smartphone landscape.
According to Taiwan Digitimes Research, sales of smartphones in China are expected to grow 137 percent on year to 189 million units in 2012, the rise is because the take-off in demand for EDGE and TD-SCDMA models in the second half of the year. Local brands in China have been benefiting from the increasing popularity of EDGE and TD-SCDMA models as international brands have paid less attention to smartphones supporting these two radio network. As a result, local brands have accounted for 61 percent of China’s smartphone market in 2012 …
VIDEOS shot by mobile phone may generate over 90 million yuan (US$14.5 million) income in China this year, a 50-percent annual surge, thanks to the popularity of smartphones featuring high-quality cameras. So far this year more than 60,000 mobile-shot videos have been uploaded and income from online advertisements, sponsorship and mobile subscriptions is expected. According to Youku Tudou, the largest video hosting service in China, these videos have been viewed by over 40 million people either online or through mobile devices …
Qualcomm has been preparing to gain market share in China, where the company had customized its chipsets and lowered its pricing to cater Chinese wireless operator’s networks and local smartphone makers. Today, the industry leader announced expansion of the S4 line with two new quad-core Snapdragons destined China — MSM8226 and MSM8626 CPUs, which will allow more high-end smartphones to emerge from local smartphone makers.
Management team from China Telecom’s has confirmed that the company will offer the upcoming Apple’s iPhone 5 ( or ‘the new iphone’ ? ). Meanwhile, Chinese media has indicated that China Unicom has made preparations to dissolve its partnership with Apple in the future. A source from China Unicom said the company sells the iPhone as part of the service contract, an arrangement that does not allow them to make much of a profit on the device. As part of their agreements with Apple, China Unicom and China Telecom subsidize the cost of the iPhone for consumers in order to gain a greater share of the 3G market. Every single iPhone sold in China with contract, Apple will receives roughly 58 percent of the profits, while Chinese telecom operators only get 1.8 percent …
Taiwanese phone maker HTC is beginning to focus on China, because the company struggled to compete against Apple and Samsung in the U.S. and Europe, and smartphone sales in China are projected to continue to rise in coming years.
The Nvidia’s Kai system-on-chip underlying Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and other forthcoming low-cost tablets may also be making its way to smartphones soon. The initial target of the Kai platform were tablets, but now the Taiwan chip maker turns the project to bring affordable quad-core processors to smartphones. According to a Chinese tech site report, the Kai platform which enables quad-core mobile computing at a lower price point, will be appearing in smartphones produced by several Chinese handset makers before the end of this year …
According to a report from Canalysys, the firm is expecting to see an increasing proportion of entry-level smartphones in the Chinese smartphone market, with 40 percent of smartphones sold in 2015. The batch of low-price smartphones are expected to produce by various local vendors like Xiaomi, Meizu and Alibaba. Therefore, we should see the number Android handsets to increase significantly in the next few years.
Eguan (a leading data research company in China) has published marketshare data for smartphone operating system in China in the first quarter of 2012. According to the data provided, Android is still on the rise – and it’s a fairly steady climb from 68.4% up to 76.7%. On the other hand, Symbian smartphone market share has decreased, and iOS came behind Symbian.
Huawei is aiming to bring touch-free smartphones to users, as the company boosts its research and development spending. A touch-free smartphones will allow the devices to read users’ hand gestures in order to initiate commands. Touchscreen smartphones and tablets currently allow for the use of several fingers to issue certain commands when pressed on the display. But users only have five fingers on a hand, limiting the number of commands that can be made. Using hand gestures would allow users more easily to control the smartphone’s graphical user interface. Huawei, however, expects this functionality will need a powerful graphics processor and also two front-facing cameras, the technology will likely to start on tablets device first. Last year, Apple has already seeked a similar patents for this, and SONY has also announced a new Android-based smartphone comes with ‘floating touch’ navigation. So whatever Huawei is up to, motion-sensing technology will properly be the ‘next big thing’.
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