Google has again increased the international availability of its Play Store Merchant accounts by adding China to the mix. This announcement comes just two weeks after the search engine giant expanded support to seven additional Eastern European countries.
LG has today announced its plans to launch a dual-SIM variant of its flagship smartphone, the G3, in Russia. The handset will be available in both Metallic Black and Silky White colorways and is set to go on sale within the next couple of weeks for RUB 26,990 — approximately $630.
Xiaomi has been aggressively selling phones since the company was founded just three years ago, and according to the latest shipment metrics, they’ve finally got something to show for it. The company moved about 19 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014, which officially makes them the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. That puts it above other large companies like Lenovo and LG.
The Chinese market favors competitively priced, high-quality smartphones, and for that reason Samsung has been losing ground for a long time. The Korean tech giant is hoping that changes with the launch of the A series (Galaxy A3, A5 and A7), mid-range devices with premium build quality that are rumored to be priced around 500,00 Won ($475).
Not long after acquiring Motorola, Lenovo have announced big plans to establish a new brand of smartphones for the Chinese Market on April 1, 2015. The tech giant is looking to take on companies like Xiaomi and Meizu by focusing on direct-to-consumer sales and an internet-based business model. They also plan to put a strong focus on app development.
Ahead of IFA, the Gionee Elfie S5.1 has been announced, and it’s easily one of the most incredibly thin Android devices we’ve ever seen. The phone measures just 5.1 mm in thickness, excluding some bulge around some of the phone’s ports. Still, that’s an impressive feat.
Most importantly, the device still features a 2100 mAh battery, so it’s not going to die in two hours like some other razor thin devices. The S5.1 will be available in a handful of different colors, and China will be the initial launch market for the device.
This summer has not been a good one for Samsung with news about its weakening financial position and relatively lackluster sales of devices. On top of that, the company has been dealing with bad press generated by some of its Chinese suppliers. First there was a report about safety issues at several plants. That was followed by a report from China Labor Watch accusing the Shinyang Electronics factory, a Samsung supplier, of using child labor illegally. In response to that investigation into the Shinyang Electronics plant, Samsung suspended business with the factory pending an investigation. Samsung has now announced that while they will resume business with Shinyang Electronics, but they will reduce orders by approximately 30%.
It looks like LG will soon be introducing a competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4.
In a promotional video by LG for the G3 Beat (the “mini” G3 s for China), a “G3 Stylus” makes a clear appearance at the end. The Stylus supposedly features a 5.9-inch display (and will have a stylus).
The device is also expected for arrival around the same time as the Note 4. We have no clue whether the phone will only be available in China or the rest of the world as well, so we’ll keep you updated on more information regarding the device. Hit the break for the promotional video for the G3 Beat which features the G3 Stylus at the end.
Samsung’s been experiencing a financial slide here in the United States, and it seems that it’s experiencing some poor sales overseas as well.
According to Q2 statistics, Xiaomi now represents a bigger chunk of the pie than Samsung, which was not the case just a few months ago.
This trend certainly has to do with Xiaomi’s low price points on their devices, something the Chinese market values highly. We’ll soon see if the trend continues in other countries as well.
In September, major OEMs will gather at IFA in Berlin to announce a number of new products and devices to the market.
Huawei has gotten things started in the marketing department, sending out invites for its event, and teasing a new device at the same time.
It would make sense that this new phone is the Ascend Mate 3 — we should see plenty of leaks of the device in the coming weeks.
Huawei is also set to release another Honor-branded smartphone in China, the Honor 6, which will have a 5-inch display with 720p resolution, a MediaTek MT6582 chipset, a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB RAM. The rear camera is only 2MP, so this is pretty low-end.
Source: GSM Arena