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Smartphones have their own mobile operating system. The first smartphone to find a widespread market was the Blackberry, but that quickly lost ground after Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. That was followed by smartphones powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system.

China Mobile teaming up with ZTE to take on Tencent's WeChat

China Mobile hopes to challenge the dominance of Tencent's WeChat in the mobile messaging market. Photo: Reuters

China Mobile, the country's leading mobile phone and data serivces provider, may soon launch a new real-time messaging solution to challenge Tencent’s WeChat service.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015, 2:31pm

Hong Kong consumers gripped by smartphone upgrade fever as new plans make it easier to switch

A man uses his smartphone on the street in Hong Kong. Network operators in the city are making it easier for subscribers to switch phones. Photo: Nora Tam

Smartphone upgrades in Hong Kong could see a strong jump this year as local mobile network operators entice subscribers to switch devices faster than usual.

17 Mar 2015 - 6:59pm

Chinese smartphone brand ZTE, favourite of China's first lady, to unveil bezel-less device

An image posted online purporting to be of the as-yet-unannounced Nubia Z9, showing the device's bezel-less design. Photo: SCMP Pictures

ZTE is expected to unveil the much-anticipated Nubia Z9 at an event later this month.

13 Mar 2015 - 6:50pm

Xiaomi to open 100 stores in India as it steps up expansion despite Ericsson lawsuit

Xiaomi recently became the world's third-largest smartphone maker after Samsung and Apple. Photo: Bloomberg

China's largest domestic smartphone company sold upwards of 60,000 phones a week in India last year.

17 Mar 2015 - 4:37pm

Hong Kong smartwatch start-up gearing for friendly competition with Apple

Sam Yang, the founder and managing director of Kairos Watches. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong-based technology start-up Kairos Watches is betting that the success of the new Apple Watch could prove a boon for its own ambitions in the global market for smart wearable devices.

9 Mar 2015 - 6:29pm

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm 4 comments

Samsung unveils sleek Galaxy S6 smartphones to take on Apple

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (left) and Galaxy 6 are presented during the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photo: AP

Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones as it seeks to claw back market share following Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year.

2 Mar 2015 - 7:59pm 1 comment

Xiaomi to start in US with earphones and bands

Xiaomi will dip its toes in the US market by selling headphones and other accessories online through an internet-based, fan-friendly model that has helped make the company one of the leading smartphone suppliers in China. Photo: AP

Xiaomi, China’s largest smartphone company, will begin selling headphones, smart wristbands and other accessories online in the United States in coming months, taking its first tentative step onto Apple’s home turf without its signature Mi mobile devices.

17 Mar 2015 - 4:37pm

After China fine, Qualcomm says it will mend ways

Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile chips, agreed to pay the fine to end a 14-month long government probe. Photo: Bloomberg

China’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, said the huge fine it has slapped on Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices is not aimed at knocking down the company but to create a fair competitive platform for all firms.

10 Feb 2015 - 2:29pm

Qualcomm to pay 6b yuan fine to China

Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile chips, has agreed to pay the fine to end a 14-month long government probe for anti-competitive practices. Photo: Reuters

Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile chips, has agreed to pay 6.088 billion yuan fine to end a 14-month long government probe in China for anti-competitive practices.

10 Feb 2015 - 1:16pm

Alibaba invests US$590m in China smartphone maker Meizu

Alibaba doesn’t make smartphone hardware but it launched its YunOS 3.0 operating system in 2011, which it says supports more than 40 handset models. Photo: Xinhua

Alibaba Group announced an investment of US$590 million in mainland’s smartphone maker Meizu Technology Corporation for a minority stake in the company, paving the way for Meizu to use the e-commerce giant’s operating system.

23 Feb 2015 - 10:40pm 1 comment

Lenovo set to launch online brand as rumours swirl of Baidu alliance

Lenovo smartphone and tablets as talk swirled it may partner with Baidu. Photo: Reuters

Computer giant Lenovo Group’s ambitious plan to launch a third smartphone brand, which will form part of a new internet-based smart hardware and services business, may have attracted a strategic partner – online search kingpin Baidu.

6 Feb 2015 - 7:08pm

Chinese brands to help push global smartphone upgrades to more than 1 billion this year

The replacement cycle for smartphones is about 12 months, shorter than for tablets, laptops and televisions. Photo: Reuters

Global smartphone upgrades have been tipped to exceed 1 billion units for the first time this year, driven by sales in China and other large markets, as well as the wider release of products by aggressive mainland brands.

14 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm

Lenovo ships record global shipment of 16 million units in 4th quarter of 2014

A Chinese customer looks over smartphones at Lenovo's flagship store in Beijing as the company reported record global shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014. Photo: Bloomberg

Lenovo capped a strong year as the world’s largest supplier of personal computers with a record global shipment of 16 million units in the fourth quarter, boosted by solid demand in the United States and its Europe-Middle East-Africa geographic market.

14 Jan 2015 - 7:08am

China 4G services expansion intensifies Xiaomi-Lenovo rivalry

The Mi4 is one of the low-cost 4G models launched by Xiaomi.

Xiaomi could see Lenovo Group chip away at its strong lead on the mainland from next year as the computer giant drives 4G handset sales with its recently acquired Motorola brand.

26 Nov 2014 - 8:49am