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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.

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.

Wednesday, 14 January, 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

ZTE to stoke competition in US smartphone market with Apple and Samsung

Cheng Lixin is aiming for the No 3 spot in the US. Photo: SCMP Pictures

ZTE Corp plans to stir up fresh competition in the United States smartphone market, where Apple's iPhone and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy have long dominated, by building up its brand as a quality product at an affordable price.

15 Nov 2014 - 5:13am

FBI chief says new smartphone encryption could thwart crime probes

James Comey wants changes to US telecoms laws. Photo: AFP

US FBI Director James Comey has made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google and Apple, warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child-exploitation cases.

18 Oct 2014 - 3:46am

Are smartphones a blessing or a curse? Scientific jury's still out

Testing out those smartphones.

Are smartphones really so bad for us? Hard science on the matter is hard to come by. Some studies, however, are starting to provide a few answers.

28 Sep 2014 - 5:21am

Chinese iPhone accessory sellers ahead of the game

Companies selling iPhone cases had advance notice of the new products' dimensions. Photo: SCMP Pictures

This week, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 Plus, but at factories in the mainland hub of Guangdong production of cases and other accessories for the phones started three months ago.

12 Sep 2014 - 10:09am

Chinese online sellers tout 'special' iPhone 6 editions, but they don't exist

An Apple store in Hefei. Apple has not yet confirmed when the new iPhones will be released on the mainland. Photo: AFP

Exploiting mainland consumers' eagerness for the latest iPhones, unscrupulous online merchants are claiming that not only can they source the trendy devices, they even have access to a "special Macau edition".

12 Sep 2014 - 5:53pm 8 comments

Apple unveils larger iPhones and smartwatch

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone and Apple Watch. Photo: AFP

Apple unveiled two new super-size iPhones and a smartwatch during the company's most anticipated product unveiling for years.

10 Sep 2014 - 1:34pm 10 comments

Smartphone makers slash prices in growing Indian market

India is now the quickest-expanding smartphone market globally. Photo: Reuters

Smartphone makers are in a race to the bottom of India's economic pyramid as they battle for customers in the fast-growing low-end market segment where analysts say opportunities are vast.

9 Sep 2014 - 11:43am

Beneath China's headline ascent lies a headier online upsurge

China's tech leap forward

Some new words are too delicious to ignore. So it is with "Il Sorpasso", restored to mark the imminent statistical ascent of China to become the world's biggest economy.

8 May 2014 - 4:54am

Move to metal casings for smartphones to benefit BYD Electronic, Ju Teng

Apple's use of metal casings, such as on this 5s model released last year, is set to be copied by more of its smartphone rivals. Photo: Reuters

Since Apple introduced an aluminium unibody design on the iPhone in 2012, few smartphone brands have followed suit by introducing metal casings for their flagship devices.

21 Apr 2014 - 6:45pm

New VAT may drive China's mobile operators to cut costs

The mainland's telecommunications operators may reduce mobile subsidies and increase low-end product offerings. Photo: Reuters

The value-added tax that the mainland's telecommunications companies face later this year might force the three wireless operators to cut expenses, including subsidies promoting smartphone usage, analysts say.

Beijing would use the tax to replace the existing business tax in several service industries, including the telecommunications sector, Premier Li Keqiang reiterated this week.

8 Mar 2014 - 1:01am

Apple's delay in mainland launch for CarPlay could benefit rival platforms

Apple's high-profile CarPlay launch partners are Ferrari, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, with more expected to follow. Photo: EPA

Apple's new CarPlay technology could redefine how carmakers integrate smartphones and mobile applications into their vehicles, but its debut in the world's largest car market will have to wait.

6 Mar 2014 - 4:29am 1 comment

Greedy Shanghai taxi drivers show the 'evil' side of new technology

Shanghai's municipal government issued an order forbidding taxi drivers from accepting reservations through booking apps during rush hours.

Google once had an informal corporate motto - "Don't be evil" - a sentiment often shared by many other technology firms around the world. Technology itself can't be evil if we see it purely from a scientific perspective, but how we make use of it can be a very different story.

3 Mar 2014 - 12:07pm 9 comments