Sony's latest corporate strategy update is the biggest indication yet that the company is looking to find an exit for its loss-making smartphone arm, Sony Mobile Communications. Keith Liu looks at what has led the electronics giant to this point.
Research firm IDC expects Chinese and Taiwanese-branded devices to increase their share of the smartphone market in Malaysia to 65% by the end of this year, from about 46% last year, thanks in part to their lower prices and inventive marketing campaigns.
According to Taiwan-based research house TrendForce, market leader Samsung and No 2 vendor Apple maintained their positions, with combined global smartphone shipments of 518 million units, but came under pressure from Chinese brands.
Samsung Electronics Co remains the top-selling smartphone maker in the world for now, but keeping that crown has become increasingly challenging with its aggressive rivals baying for blood and doing everything in their power to topple the incumbent giant.
While the good times for Xiaomi Inc continue in China and large parts of South-East Asia, the same cannot be said for the upstart device maker in one of the most populous nations in the world, India.
Edwin Yapp mulls on an interview he had with Bin Lin, one of the cofounders of rising star Xiaomi Corporation, and comes away with an interesting peek into its strategy.
Consumer electronics startup enters Malaysian market; cofounder bullish Handsets at near cost, aims to profit from cross-selling services and merchandise