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.

Not so hot: Chinese smartphone market expected to cool significantly this year

The China smartphone market grew 19.7 per cent last year and accounted for nearly a third of all new handsets. Photo: Bloomberg

The once-hot smartphone market in China is expected to cool this year, growing a meager 1.2 per cent, according to a new report. 

Wednesday, 26 August, 2015, 4:08pm

Candle power to charge smartphones

Candle power to charge smartphones

A California start-up has developed a device that can charge smartphones with candles.

29 Jul 2015 - 9:29am

Chinese smartphone makers have Apple in their sights

Chinese smartphone makers have Apple in their sights

The world’s largest smartphone market may be reaching saturation, but local Chinese players like Huawei and ZTE are elbowing in on Apple’s turf at home and abroad. (Photo: AFP) 

23 Jul 2015 - 8:18am

Xiaomi success inspires every man and his dog to make smartphones in China

Xiaomi vice-president Hugo Barra presents the company's products in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: EPA

The call of the world’s biggest smartphone market is proving irresistible for entrepreneurs in China, where even purveyors of concrete mixers, refrigerators and rock music are mimicking local trailblazer Xiaomi with their own handsets.

14 Jul 2015 - 4:21pm

Hong Kong falls behind on financial technology

Hong Kong falls behind on financial technology

Despite having one of the highest rates of mobile phone use and homing many of the worlds biggest banks, Hong Kong is lagging far behind other major money centers when it comes to financial tech. (Photo: Reuters)

14 Jul 2015 - 11:52am 1 comment

ZTE shipped 26m smartphones in H1, to launch 'secret product' developed by ex-Blackberry team

The Blackberry Passport. ZTE scooped up a team of designers and engineers from the beleaguered Canadian device maker in 2014. Photo: Reuters

Chinese technology giant ZTE is set to launch a "secret product" that it hopes will change the landscape of the global smartphone business following the hiring of a team of former Blackberry staffers last year.

13 Jul 2015 - 12:51pm

Apple plans record breaking production run for next iPhone model: report

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple reportedly plans a record breaking production run for the next model of its hugely successful smartphone. Photo: Reuters

Apple is preparing for the largest initial production run for its next iPhones by the end of the year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is asking suppliers to manufacture 85 million to 90 million units of two new models with 4.7-inch and 4.5-inch displays.

9 Jul 2015 - 11:45am

Samsung Q2 profit down after lacklustre Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales

A man stands next to a banner promoting Samsung Electronics' smartphone Galaxy 6 at a store in Seoul. Photo: Reuters

Samsung Electronics on Tuesday flagged a second-quarter drop in operating profit that missed analyst estimates after sales of its newest flagship smartphone failed to meet expectations.

The earnings forecast came as a South Korean court ruled in Samsung’s favour against a US hedge fund’s efforts to block the proposed merger of two major affiliates

7 Jul 2015 - 3:48pm

Shares in Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad fall sharply despite US$352m LeTV investment

Shares in Coolpad have fallen following a "correction" in the market, according to analysts. Photo: Imaginechina

Shares of Coolpad Group, one of mainland China’s leading smartphone suppliers, fell sharply in early trading on Monday, roughly a week after the company raised US$352 million from new investor LeTV.

10 Jul 2015 - 8:19am

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).

The MX5 sports a metal build and packs a 20.7-megapixel Sony camera module with a dual LED flash and laser autofocus, along with a 5-megapixel shooter in front.

1 Jul 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