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.

With Xiaomi in its sights, Meizu launches high-spec, low-price MX5 smartphone

The Meizu MX5 will go on sale later this month for 1,799 yuan (US$285). Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has launched its latest flagship handset and, in keeping with its strategy, aggressively priced the cutting-edge device at 1,799 yuan (US$285).

Wednesday, 1 July, 2015, 9:30am 1 comment

Top 5 high-end Chinese smartphones

China is the largest market in the world for smartphones and consumers are increasingly choosing higher-end models. Photo: Nora Tam

In recent years, China has become the world’s fastest growing market for smartphones. More than 500 million people use smartphones in mainland China and more than 390 million smartphones were manufactured in 2014, according to market analysis firm iResearch.

23 Jun 2015 - 8:49am 1 comment

Alibaba-backed smartphone maker Meizu launches US$129 M2 Note phablet

The Meizu M2 Note will retail from 799 yuan (US$129). Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has launched its latest mid-range phablets, with prices starting at an aggressive 799 yuan (US$129).

The Zhuhai-based company, backed by Alibaba, also teamed up with the e-commerce giant’s Tmall service to introduce a new version of a set-top box that allows users to control their television with their smartphones, among other functions.

3 Jun 2015 - 10:17am

Apple claims vindication after court rules Samsung copied iPhone features

An Android mascot is seen in front of Apple's logo in this photo illustration. Some observers viewed Apple's litigation against Samsung as an attempt to curtail the rapid rise of phones using Google Inc's rival Android operating software. Photo: Reuters

A US federal appeals court has upheld a jury’s finding that Samsung illegally copied some patented features in Apple’s iPhone, but it sided with Samsung on one point that could reduce the US$930 million (HK$7.3 billion) in damages the South Korean company had been ordered to pay.

19 May 2015 - 9:02am

Prospect for big profits stokes competition in China smartphone race

Smartphone users in Causeway Bay. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Competition in the Chinese smartphone market is escalating as non-traditional phone makers join the game, looking to cash in on surging demand. 

7 May 2015 - 8:42am

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.

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