In case you were ever wondering whether the ability to quickly tap buttons, like we learn while playing video games, may apply in “real” life, Xiaomi appears to have figured out a way to make it meaningful. Employing a strategy called “hunger marketing” where they only make limited numbers of devices available, buyers in India discovered they had about two seconds to get their order going to grab an Mi 3. According to Xiaomi, a sale of 15,000 units of their Mi 3 handset was conducted today via Flipkart and the entire lot sold out in only two seconds. To give an idea of how quickly the orders were made, some users indicated they clicked the buy button to add it to their cart only to see its status change to out of stock by the time the page refreshed. Perhaps the buyers who did manage to get an order in are really good at Flappy Bird.
Xiaomi indicates they will hold another sale on August 12th at 2:00 pm. In order to participate, buyers have to register starting today at 6:00 pm.
Xiaomi’s strategy of marketing, combined with a well-spec’ed device at a low price, seems to be paying off as they recently surpassed Samsung in terms of smartphones sold during the second quarter of 2014 in China.
source: Mi India (Facebook)
While LG seems to be relatively bullish on the rest of the year’s outlook, it may not be the case for the rest of the industry.
According to the DigiTimes, major Android smartphone vendors including Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC are expecting slow sales for the rest of of 2014, as China-based manufacturers expand their portfolios to include budget-based smartphones for the mid-range market. Other consumers are simply in wait-and-see mode on the upcoming iPhone 6, which is sure to make waves upon release.
LG’s G-series devices have been quite a success for the company, which expects its sales numbers to boom by the end of this year.
Two Korean brokerage firms, Kiwoom Securities and Korea Investment, forecast roughly 60 million smartphones in sales this year, while Daewoo Securities expects LG to sell over 62 million smartphones.
Between the years 2011 and 2012, the company only shipped between 20 and 26 million units, while last year, it shipped 47.6 million devices.
Since last year, LG has become more of a staple in the market, so 60 million units may not be too much of a stretch. This all bodes well for stockholders, and hopefully for the consumers as well.
Source: Korea Times
If you’ve been considering picking up a Moto G but have been holding off due to lack of 4G connectivity, you might want to take advantage of the deal Best Buy is running today. For just $179, you can buy the 4G version of the Moto G, which is what the standard unlocked 8 GB Moto G currently runs. Plus, the 4G also has a microSD card slot that the original did not have.
The only catch is that the deal is only available in store, so you won’t be able to place an order online. Aside from that, it’s a great phone at a very affordable price.
source: Best Buy
ZTE’s Grand X, which has a 5-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP rear camera, a 1MP front shooter and a 2,300mAh battery, will be coming to Cricket Wireless on August 8.
The phone will cost only $100 after a $50 mail in rebate, so this is clearly tailored to those looking for a decent low-end, cheap smartphone.
I know we are only one month into the summer, but fall is right around the corner, and you know that means we will be seeing new Kindle Fire tablets. So what hardware improvements are in store?
With the Moto X scheduled to become a relic later this year, Motorola has some devices to get rid of.
To clear out stock, the company is offering a discount on the device through its website. Just add a Moto X of any color/storage size/etc. to your shopping cart, and add the coupon code “MBXISMOT.”
There is one more place to purchase an Android Wear device from. Best Buy is now carrying smartwatches from both Samsung and LG. Prior to this, the only places to get such devices from were Google Play and Amazon. Through Best Buy, the G Watch is ready to ship; however, the Gear Live is currently listed as only a pre-order. Both colors of the G Watch are available (Titanium Black and White Gold) and Best Buy has the Gear Live in Black and Wine Red.
Hit any of the links below to order one today.
Source: Best Buy [LG G Watch - Titan Black] [LG G Watch - White Gold] [Samsung Gear Live - Black] [Samsung Gear Live - Wine Red]
Expansys has fired up a promotion on Google Play Edition devices as part of an apparent effort to clear out some stock. If you don’t mind a device that may be a generation behind the current flagships and have been looking for the experience of a GPE device, this is something you will certainly want to check out.
We’ve been all waiting to hear when we can finally get our hands on the LG G3 for Verizon, and now we finally know. We not only have availability information, but also pricing and launch date.