China’s Huawei is on track to ship 100 million smartphones in 2015 according to leaked memo

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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.

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ZTE sold 26 million smartphones in the first half of 2015

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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

Samsung preparing a Snapdragon 808-powered flip phone for Chinese markets

samsung smg9198Samsung 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

Alibaba working on Netflix video streaming competitor in China

alibaba logoAliababa, 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 delays launch of its SmartWatch to September-October in China

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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.

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