Sunday, 1 September 2013

Micromax, Lava beat Apple,Samsung sales in India: IDC

The rising demand for affordable smartphones in the major emerging markets of India and China has helped local mobile manufacturers surpass shipments by established global brands like Samsung and Apple in April-June quarter this year, research firm IDC says. 

According to IDC data in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan region, homegrown vendors shipped 46 million units, while Samsung and apple combined shipped 35 million units in second quarter this year.
Other global brands like HTC, BlackBerry, Nokia, Sony, LG and Motorala shipped a combined 10 million units, whereas, the internal vendors from China like Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo shipped a total of 27 million units in April-June 2013.
IDC identified Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, Maxx and Intex as the rising players in the emerging smartphone market in India and brands like Coolpad, K-Touch, Xiaomi, Gionee and Oppo in China.
The research firm said local brands in the world's two most populous country, part of Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region (APEJ), have aggressively scaled up their operations and are competitive on both price and hardware specifications.
"Aside from the top-tier international brands or Chinese brands that also ship globally like Huawei and ZTE, there is also a rising segment of homegrown brands, which as a group have been steadily rising in shipments and prominence," IDC said in its latest report on mobile shipments.
These homegrown players comprised 38% of second quarter 2013 volumes, up from 20% in the same quarter of 2012 and 7% in 2011 second quarter, it added.
Asia/Pacific region saw mobile shipments of 119 million units in April-June 2013, up 10% quarter-on-quarter and a huge jump of 75% from Q2 2012, IDC said.
"In emerging markets like China and India, IDC has seen many local competitors spring up, but only in the last few quarters have we seen them aggressively scale up, competitive on both price and hardware specs like bigger screens.
"We are now hitting a place where there are smartphones for every price point, where the masses will benefit from the slew of players bringing in more options," the firm said.
This is the first quarter that IDC saw both the under $50 segment of smartphones gain some traction in China. While, the 4-inch plus screen size segment drove most shipments, the 5-6-inch segment saw its first gain in both China and India, it added.

Samsung gearing up for September smartphone launch

The latest wrist-worn computing device-based rumors center around Samsung's GEAR smartwatch and the company's plans to launch it alongside its third generation phablet, the Galaxy Note III this autumn. 
Unlike other reports relating to other companies' supposed entry into the wearable, and, in particular, the wrist-worn technology sector, Samsung rumors have a higher than average degree of accuracy, partly because unlike many of its contemporaries, the company has made no secret of its intentions to actually launch a smartwatch within the next 12 months.
Earlier trademark applications show that the device is likely to be called the Samsung GEAR and the latest news, courtesy of Patently Apple, claims that the smartwatch will be ready for its big reveal September 6 at the same press conference that will see the Korean technology firm launch the third iteration of its Galaxy Note phablet.
All of which suggests that the GEAR will be marketed as an accessory rather than as a standalone product. This line of thinking is supported by a set of leaked screenshots that were hosted on Korean message board service RULIWEB that show the device displaying email, calls and music notifications.
Phablets getting their own accessories
Unlike the typical smartphone, a huge five-to-seven-inch screen phablet is not easy to whip out of a pocket or a bag every time its owner receives a message or misses a call so a wrist-worn notification device, and one that could potentially double as a music player, could make sense and could indeed prove popular with existing phablet owners.
When Sony unveiled its latest phablet, the 6.4-inch display Xperia Z Ultra, on June 28 it did so alongside a wearable accessory called the Sony Smart Bluetooth Handset which contains a small screen for message notifications, a headphone jack and a built-in mic so that the phablet can be left in a bag and the handset used as a wireless remote control. A feature that a number of tech sites, including Computerworld, saw as validation for the creation of the smartwatch market.
In Samsung's case, there is also a strong possibility that the watch would offer some type of health or motion-tracking functionality. During the opening keynote debate of the ventureBeat Mobile Beat conference on July 10, Samsung's chief strategy officer Young Sohn, showcased a proof of concept video outlining Samsung's future vision for mobile devices. It included non-invasive wrist-applied sensors that wirelessly communicated medical information to doctors via smartphones.
In March, when Samsung officially announced that it was developing a smartwatch, the news came following intense speculation as to Apple's intentions in the same tech space. Since the spring, LG, Intel, Dell and Acer have all officially revealed that they too are considering smartwatches or are already in the process of developing devices. However, similar rumors relating to Apple, Google and Microsoft have yet to be officially confirmed or denied.

New site makes deleting web traces easy

A new site has been reportedly developed which allows users to delete their web trace from social media to retailer databases with much ease. 
The site called JustDelete.me has been created by UK-based web developer Robb Lewis and provides users with a directory of URLs highlighting links to pages that they want to remove themselves from.
The directory includes sites like Facebook, Foursquare, Dropbox and Feedly, Mashable reports.
The report said that some companies use ' dark pattern' techniques, making it difficult and tenuous to delete accounts but JustDelete.meranks each site's deletion process from 'easy' to 'impossible'.
Sites like Amazon.com and NewYorkTimes.com are rated 'hard' to delete while movie directory IMDB.com and PayPal are listed as 'easy' but Pinterest and Netflix are rated 'impossible', the report added.