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'Make in India' to boost domestic mobile phone manufacturingJanuary 19, 2016In September 2014, the Government of India (GOI) launched the ‘Make-in-India’ program to encourage multinational and domestic companies to manufacture their products in India, with the objective of attracting capital and technological investment in India. Within a year, by August 2015, GOI had received US$17 billion worth of proposals from foreign and homegrown companies for manufacturing electronics in India.Subscribers Only
Samsung foregoes global release for an early Note 5 launchAugust 13, 2015Samsung launched two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. While these releases were anticipated, Samsung is launching ahead of schedule to try to maximise its momentum before Apple launches new iPhones in late September. The cost for this early release appears to be a staggered regional launch. Samsung also finally launched its payment service which it initially announced in February 2015.Subscribers Only
Mobile Phones & Electronics Report - China - H2 2014January 20, 2015This IHS report provides an accurate model of China’s handset supply chain, ranging from semiconductor vendors to mobile carriers, and includes shipment forecasts by technology and by feature with a special focus on 4G and smartphone. A detailed analysis of leading domestic handset OEMs, original design manufacturers (ODMs), and the top handset independent design houses (IDHs) is also presented.Subscribers Only
Samsung on the defensive embarks on cost cutting initiativesNovember 19, 2014Samsung has announced two moves aimed at reducing its cost base as it struggles to maintain its level of profitability and its market share. Samsung is moving more manufacturing to Vietnam and reducing the number of different devices in its portfolio next year. Samsung has come under intense pressure from low cost smartphone brands such as Xiaomi and Micromax in emerging markets which has stalled its growth.Subscribers Only
Apple SIM is a Test for Mobile Operators' Main Business ModelOctober 17, 2014Apple SIM threatens to fundamentally change the relationship between mobile operators and users. Making it easy for users to switch carriers and tariffs makes market competition more efficient and places pressure on operator revenues and profitability. With this initial launch, Apple is testing the business model and technology. If successful, Apple has a number of ways it will look to extend the Apple SIM strategy...
Sony is in stuck in the "Smartphone Catch-22", which all OEMs must navigateSeptember 18, 2014Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Sony drastically lowered its financial outlook, increasing the loss it expects to make this financial year to 230 billion yen (approximately $2.15bn or €1.65bn). This is an increase of 180bn yen (approximately $1.67bn or €1.3bn) and Sony attributed the entire change to its mobile business unit. Sony now finds itself stuck in a "catch-22" situation where the prospects of it being successful at either the high-end of the smartphone market or the low-end are slim.Subscribers Only
Android One to give Google’s brand a boost in emerging marketsSeptember 15, 2014Google has launched its Android One initiative in India. The program aims to provide a high level of experience on low-end devices by supplying a standard reference design that will work with the latest version of Android. This aims to solve Android's fragmentation problems as well as stave off competition from Microsoft at the low end of the smartphone market.Subscribers Only
Apple risks new categories with iPhone 6 phablet and Apple WatchSeptember 09, 2014Apple launches its first wearable -- the Apple Watch -- as well as revitalizing its iPhone range and moving into mobile payments with Apple Pay. Apple's bold new products depend on the continued success of the iPhone to succeed, but with a 2015 availability data, Apple has many things still to do to finish its first generation smartwatch.
Samsung seeks curved differentiation with Note 4 and Galaxy Note EdgeSeptember 03, 2014Samsung launches two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 4, and the curved screen Galaxy Note Edge. But with increasing competition in the smartphone market, Samsung is being forced to use numerous tactics to maintain differentiation and head off the threat from Apple, including: content bundles, innovative software, cutting edge hardware, and brand spending.
Amazon must innovate with its launch strategy to succeed with an own-brand smartphoneJune 13, 2014Amazon is holding a launch event on June 18 for a new hardware product. Previously, Amazon launched the Kindle eReader (2007); Kindle Fire tablet running Android (2011); and the Fire TV streaming video box (2014). An own-brand smartphone would be a natural next step which Amazon will have at least considered. But Amazon must ask itself: Is launching a smartphone really the best strategy? We set out what Amazon must do to succeed with an own-brand smartphone in this very challenging market.
Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is the first step to an Android divorceJune 13, 2014Samsung launched the Samsung Z smartphone in Russia. While Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is small scale, the move demonstrates how Samsung is seeking to reduce its dependency on Android. There are numerous challenges for Samsung, not least creating an app ecosystem which makes Tizen a compelling smartphone.
Enhancing user experience in tablets for entertainment: Sony Xperia Z2 and Huawei’s MediaPad X1 and MediaPad M1April 02, 2014A new line of tablets for consumers has been released including Sony's Xperia 10.1 inch tablet and two tablets with smartphone capability by Huawei, the MediaPad X1 and the MediaPad M1.
Big Nokia launches for Microsoft's mobile futureOctober 21, 2013Both sets of new handsets are important products for Nokia and Microsoft. The new Asha handsets are a critical holding action against ever cheaper Android smartphones and a way to maintain customers that can later be sold Lumia Windows Phones. The 1520 an
New Network Technology data addedAugust 27, 2013IHS has extended its Mobile Technology Intelligence service with the addition of a new Network Technology section, featuring subscription technology historicals and five-year forecasts at country level for all...Subscribers Only
Nokia aims to revive fortunes with a 41 megapixel Windows Phone smartphoneJuly 10, 2013The new Lumia 41 megapixel camera-centric smartphone will act as a halo product to boost Nokia's brand appeal. IHS forecasts that this smartphone will not ship sufficient volume's to turn around the company's fortunes on its own. Nokia's share of the smarSubscribers Only
Apple's results demonstrate where it has sustainable differentiationApril 23, 2013Apple reported its results first the first calendar quarter of 2013. Operational metrics remains strong while financial performance slipped very slightly.IHS believes Apple has four assets that will deliver sustainable differentiation in the future, notab
Samsung makes smartphones smarter with sensors, but risks overshooting market needsMarch 15, 2013The Galaxy S4 will cement Samsung's existing position as the leading mobile handset maker globally. This flagship smartphone will act as a halo device that will boost Samsung's mobile brand and support sales of all of Samsung's handsets at all price point
Mozilla & 18 operators challenge Google's smartphones with Firefox OSFebruary 24, 2013Mozilla unveils the first commercial build of Firefox OS and its "open mobile ecosystem" alongside numerous device, content and operator partners. The 18 operator groups backing Firefox OS reach all parts of...
Eight Mobile Trends for 2013 and the Strategies to WinFebruary 19, 2013 Subscribers Only
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