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We’re back at Mobile World Congress with news we didn’t get to last time like a MEMS watch that can tell what kind of exercise you’re doing, a blazing fast LTE phone from China’s Huawei and a scratch proof smartphone screen made from sapphire.
A key battlefield is emerging for suppliers of mobile chips—the low-end smartphone market in developing countries. Chip makers like Qualcomm Inc., Intel Corp. and Taiwan-based MediaTek Inc. are focusing on low-priced phones that typically cost less than $200, because the fast-growing market offers high volumes of sales. As a result, the companies are working with handset vendors in China and other emerging countries to increase their presence in the segment.
Qualcomm, the world’s dominant provider of wireless chips, has been working of late with Chinese electronics maker Lenovo Group Ltd., and the two last week introduced a couple smartphones that use dual-core Qualcomm chips typically reserved for pricier phones. While the devices from Qualcomm and Lenovo aren’t the first dual-core phones to hit the Chinese market, they are the first from Qualcomm to address the market’s low end.
SHANGHAI, China—Worldwide mobile payment transaction values will surpass $171.5 billion in 2012, a 61.9 percent increase from 2011 values of $105.9 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. The number of mobile payment users will reach 212.2 million in 2012, up from 160.5 million in 2011.
“We expect global mobile transaction volume and value to average 42 percent annual growth between 2011 and 2016, and we are forecasting a market worth $617 billion with 448 million users by 2016,” said Sandy Shen, research director at Gartner. “This will bring opportunities for service and solution providers who will need to cater to the local demand patterns to customize their offerings.”
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Smartphone shipments to emerging markets will drive growth in the worldwide smartphone market in the years ahead. According to the latest smartphone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, China will become the leading country-level market for smartphone shipments in 2012, moving ahead of the current leader, the United States. Looking ahead to 2016, two additional emerging markets, India and Brazil, will enter the top 5 country markets for smartphone shipments.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Global solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments are forecast to grow from an estimated 22.7 GW in 2011 to 43.8 GW in 2015 according to IDC Energy Insights’ Worldwide Quarterly Photovoltaic Module Tracker. At the same time that module prices are declining at a record-setting pace, large markets like China and India have doubled down on future solar plans and adopted extremely aggressive targets.
A first-of-its-kind tablet with Google’s Android 4.0 priced under US$100 is now available in China, and will reach other countries soon, according to companies that helped build the device.
Ainol’s Novo7 tablet has a 7-inch capacitive screen and runs on a 1GHz single-core MIPS processor, said MIPS Technologies and chip-maker Ingenic in a joint press release. The tablet’s battery lasts eight hours on watching video, seven hours when browsing the Web and six hours when playing games.
Where is the ad market going? Consider this: Total ad spending in emerging markets is expected to pass that in the U.S. in 2014. And hotspots, including BRIC and others, are moving up the ranks.
China, the biggest of BRIC, surged past Germany to become the third-largest ad market in 2010, according to Publicis Groupe’s ZenithOptimedia. China major-media ad spending is on track to overtake No. 2 Japan in 2015.
Newswise — (Cambridge MA, 5 May 2011) The McGovern Institute for Brain Research will soon have a sibling in China. On April 22nd an agreement was signed between Patrick McGovern, chairman of International Data Group Inc. (IDG) and co-founder of the McGovern Institute at MIT, and top officials of Tsinghua University, to establish a new institute for brain research in Beijing.
Under the agreement, Patrick and Lore Harp McGovern will donate US$10 million to establish the new institute and support its first ten years of operations, with matching contributions from Tsinghua. To ensure its longer-term future, the agreement also provides for the establishment of two foundations, the IDG China Foundation and the Harmony Foundation, that will raise additional funds, with help from IDG, for the institute’s eventual endowment. Read more
While Chinese President Hu Jintao knew he’d face some tough questions when he came to the United States this week, he probably figured most of them would come from Barack Obama and members of Congress. But you can add Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to that list.
Ballmer used Hu’s official visit as an opportunity to point out that 90% of Microsoft software users in China didn’t pay for it. The comments were part of a discussion about intellectual property protection.