Smartphones

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.

Power struggles, regulatory uncertainties challenge China's new internet dream

Earlier this year Kuaidi and Didi announced a US$6 billion merger, partly in an effort to work together in a fast-changing regulatory environment. Photo: Simon Song

Premier Li Keqiang has recently become a big fan of the internet. Wherever he goes and speaks, he promotes Beijing's "Internet Plus" strategy, which is aimed at transforming the mainland's labour intensive economy into a more innovative, internet-driven one.

Sunday, 3 May, 2015, 8:09pm 1 comment

Chinese transport officials raid Uber’s Guangzhou office in smartphone taxi-app crackdown

The use of the Uber smartphone app, which books taxis, has faced a number of legal challenges around the world. Photo: AFP

Authorities have raided the offices of Uber in the city of Guangzhou as the transport authority said it had started a crackdown on web-connected private-car taxi companies allegedly offering illicit services.

1 May 2015 - 6:49pm

Tencent unveils smartphone and 'internet of things' OS in challenge to Xiaomi, Alibaba

A man uses his phone at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, where Tencent unveiled its new smart device operating system. Photo: Reuters

Tencent, maker of China's most popular messaging app, WeChat, has unveiled its own Android-based operating system for smartphones and smart devices.

TOS+ was unveiled on Tuesday at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing by Tencent chief operating officer Mark Ren Yuxin. Ren said the software includes built-in voice recognition and payment systems.

29 Apr 2015 - 10:51am

Samsung overtakes Apple to become world's top smartphone maker by volume: report

Samsung shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide and captured 24 per cent market share in the first quarter of 2015. Photo: Reuters

Samsung Electronics overtook Apple to recapture the title of world's top smartphone maker by volume in the first quarter of 2015, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Wednesday.

It said Samsung shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide and captured 24 per cent market share in the quarter, down from 31 per cent a year earlier but better than Apple's 18 per cent.

29 Apr 2015 - 10:38am 1 comment

So many smartphone launches to cover in China: is a bubble in the making?

Smartphones on show at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing this month. Photo: Reuters.

For tech reporters in China these days, time management is really challenging, thanks to the almost non-stop rounds of launches of all kinds of new products. Sometimes they are forced to choose which company to cover, a dilemma when all are likely to be equally newsworthy.

29 Apr 2015 - 10:34am

China's Lenovo to make major smartphone push as CEO calls for company 'transformation'

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing outlines his goals for the year to staff. Photo: Adrian Wan

Chinese computer maker Lenovo plans an aggressive push into the growing smartphone market this year, targeting sales of over 100 million units from 76 million currently, and wants to increase its PC sales by about 16 percent, its chief executive said.

28 Apr 2015 - 11:38am

We need to talk about Xiaomi: ‘China’s Apple’ counts on word of mouth to promote its phones

Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun presents a new phone "Apple style", but the company eschews the big spending on marketing of its US rival. Photo: Reuters.

Don’t expect to see slick, glossy advertisements for Xiaomi’s mobile phones on public transport, billboards or even televisions near you.

28 Apr 2015 - 7:07pm

Is China's new 'internet plus' ambition all about new smartphones?

Smartphone users in Causeway Bay. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China’s 'internet plus' strategy, announced in early March, promised to integrate mobile Internet, cloud computing and big data for manufacturing and promote the development of e-commerce, industrial networks and internet banking.

24 Apr 2015 - 12:06pm 1 comment

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.

21 Apr 2015 - 11:12am

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.

16 Apr 2015 - 11:30am

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. 

16 Apr 2015 - 12:10pm 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.

16 Apr 2015 - 12:10pm 1 comment

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