Yesterday Sony revealed a little bit about their strategy for the Indian market and how they plan to target the entry-level tier along with plans to explore a manufacturing facility in the country. HTC is indicating that they too plan to explore options to manufacture smartphones in the country and will look to India to serve as the “launch site” for some of their forthcoming global smartphones. Read more
Sony is working a special strategy for the smartphone market in India says managing director Kenichiro Hibi. The need for a special strategy is driven by Sony’s larger move as a company to get out of the entry level smartphone market on a global basis. However, India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world, even faster growing than China, and entry level smartphones rule the roost. This means Sony has to continue to produce them for that market if they want to compete in India. Read more
As wireless services, especially high-speed data service, increasingly become a commodity with the corresponding race to the bottom in terms of price, Verizon has largely avoided being sucked into the price wars. Despite the goading of T-Mobile’s John Legere and Sprint’s pricing moves, Verizon has resisted making wholesale changes to the way it does business. According to the latest financial report for Verizon, shared by Verizon CFO Francis Shammo today, the company lost 138,000 postpaid customers in the last quarter and they seem to be okay with that. Read more
Rogers has broadened its horizons by upgrading and expanding its LTE-A connectivity services to an additional twelve new markets in Canada. The announcement was made in a press release on the carrier’s website, where it lists the benefits that new subscribers of the service are likely to receive, in addition to download speeds of up to fifteen times faster than the standard 3G network.
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.
According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.
The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.
This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.
To see the full report, hit the source link.
Source: Strategy Analytics
A few days ago we reported on some analyst predictions for market penetration by 8-core processor devices during 2014. More research shows that another component key to the next iteration of “flagship” devices may not see much adoption until 2015. According to reports, production of 2K displays will be constrained while producers continue to ramp up production, so widespread adoption may not occur until 2015. While many of the major vendors made noise about 2K displays during MWC 2014, it seems likely they will continue to promote full HD resolutions running at 1920×1080 for most of 2014. Read more
Even though smartphones equipped with 8-core processors like the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available in 2014, analysts and industry sources don’t think they will be big sellers this year. Two factors seem to be weighing on the prognosticators. Read more
In a move that would leave the United States mobile carrier market dominated by three carriers rather than four, Sprint could be soon buying out T-Mobile to set up a merger for the ages.
The company still hasn’t decided on the action it will take, but Sprint could post a bid in the first half of 2014, and the deal could be worth more than $20 billion.
It looks like HTC is finally starting to catch on— however, it may be too late.
Following the release of its newest high-end device, the One Max, the company’s head of marketing, Jeff Gordon, released a statement regarding their smartphone manufacturing strategies. “HTC will not suddenly shift strategy to become a budget smartphone maker. Competing against Huawei, ZTE, and eventually Amazon, for low end, razor-thin margins is a fool’s game.”
A fool’s game, you say?
He’s certainly right— but while HTC continues to bash other companies (which are blowing them out of the water with their sales numbers), the tech world continues to bash HTC for their verbal assault on competitors.
The company will try to focus its efforts on higher-end flagships, aiming to dethrone Samsung and Apple as the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers. It will be hard, and maybe even impossible for HTC, but it will certainly be fun to see them try.