Defying a dropoff in sales of smartphones in the Chinese market, Huawei reported their smartphone sales for the first half of 2015 increased 39 percent. The performance was driven in large part by demand for high-end devices, which when combined with Huawei’s middle tier handsets, resulted in a 70 percent increase in shipments for those categories. Read more
Xiaomi may have just unveiled the 32GB variant of its Mi4i in India, but that doesn’t appear to be the only new device up its sleeve. The Chinese company has been teasing images (below) about the existence of the Mi Band 1S via social media, and the likelihood of it being announced tomorrow, July 22nd.
Samsung has today started rolling out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all models of the Galaxy S6 located in China and Taiwan. As for as added functionality goes, this upgrade transports Android 5.0.2 to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.
Huawei is certainly in the news a lot recently; from receiving a green light to manufacture and sell handsets in India, to allegedly producing a Nexus handset for Google as well as receiving more than 9 million pre-orders for its Honor 7 smartphone in China. Today we have news from Reuters that Huawei’s streak of good news is continuing with the report that it is ahead of schedule in meeting its shipping targets for 2015.
A new report out claims that Oppo is currently gearing up to launch its latest mid-ranger, the A51, in China. The handset is expected to be available in the region within the next two weeks and will retail for 元1676 ($270).
ZTE is a Chinese handset manufacturer that you’ve probably been reading about more and more in the news, from its recent launch of its Android-powered Spro 2 mobile hotspot/mobile projector on Verizon to the Axon smartphone that it will produce for US customers. In case you were wondering just how big ZTE is, the Chinese company has just announced it has sold over 46 million smartphones, tablets and smart home products in the first half of 2015. Read more
Huawei has just released some interesting figures regarding the recent launch of its Honor 7 handset. Despite only being launched in China last week, Huawei has reported that the Honor 7 has managed to record more than 9 million pre-orders.
Samsung has been known to dabble in the Android flip phone market occasionally (I guess someone is buying these things?) and it looks like they’ll be testing a high end Snapdragon processor in one of their upcoming flip phones. Does that make any sense to you? No? Me either, don’t worry.
A new phone has appeared in a TENAA listing with the model number SM-G9198. It looks like it sports a clamshell flipping design and some seriously high-end hardware, including a Snapdragon 808 processor and a 16 megapixel camera. That’s roughly on par with LG’s flagship G4, for reference. Read more
Aliababa, the extremely large Chinese commerce company, is reportedly working on a video streaming service to rival Netflix in China. The service will be called TBO, or Tmall Box Office, and will operate on a mostly paid-content model. The company plans to keep around 90% of the content behind a paywall, either by subscription or a one-time fee for shows or episodes. The other 10% will be free.
The Chinese online video streaming market is very competitive, although a huge company like Alibaba stands a better chance at getting a foothold than some other contenders. Netflix still doesn’t officially have a presence in China, which likely has something to do with the poor track record of foreign companies attempting to succeed in China. Read more
Huawei’s Watch was first unveiled at MWC back in March, and it is still one of the better-looking Android Wear devices around. There is no set shipping date for the Huawei Watch just yet, although it is available to pre-order in most countries. Not in China though, availability of the Huawei Watch has been delayed until at least September, although October hasn’t been ruled out if things don’t go to plan.