23 October 2019

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said demand for its 5G-enabled Mi 9 Pro has exceeded the company's expectations. Photo: Reuters

    Will Xiaomi regain its old glory in the 5G era?

    - Oct 23, 2019 12:24pm
    Xiaomi Corp. has had a meteoric rise in the technology world.  After it released its first smartphone in 2011, the company rapidly gained market share and became China’s largest smartphone maker in 2014. But competition has...
  • China is currently Apple’s second-largest market after the United States in terms of revenue contribution. Photo: Reuters

    How far is Apple willing to go to accommodate Beijing?

    - Oct 16, 2019 11:39am
    Apple Inc. is known for making enormous efforts to protect its customers’ privacy, while its rivals Google and Facebook have been criticized for abusing users’ personal data for business purposes. The iPhone maker’s reputation, however, has...
  • Microsoft’s Surface Duo smartphone is displayed during a product event in New York on Oct 2. With the gadget, the firm will be re-entering a market it exited two years ago. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can Microsoft capture some smartphone space with Surface Duo?

    - Oct 9, 2019 1:56pm
    Smartphone users have been griping about lack of real innovation and absence of surprises in most new product launches in the industry in recent years. But last week there was a reminder that surprises could yet...
  • PayPal will find lots of opportunities in a market for mobile payments that is expected to grow to US$96.73 trillion in 2023. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can PayPal challenge dominance of local players in China?

    - Oct 3, 2019 12:17pm
    While many US companies have been doing business in China for decades, it was only early this year that the Chinese government opened its market for local payment services to foreign firms. PayPal, one of the...
  • Customers try out the new iPhone 11 Pro Max at the Apple Store in Beijing on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    Why many Chinese smartphone users still prefer the iPhone

    - Sep 25, 2019 12:08pm
    Huawei Technologies has surpassed Apple in global shipments to become the world’s second-largest smartphone maker in the past quarter. But many Chinese smartphone users still prefer the American brand. More than a million units of Apple’s new...
  • The iPhone 11 Pro has a triple-camera setup that can take normal, telephoto zoom and ultrawide shots, and work in extremely low light conditions. Photo: AFP

    Can triple camera system boost iPhone sales?

    - Sep 18, 2019 12:05pm
    Apple has unveiled its latest iPhones, which will be available from Friday. But many smartphone users are likely to adopt a wait-and-see attitude as they want to see first the Android smartphones that will be launched...
  • Tim Cook speaks at Apple’s annual fall event at the firm’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, on September 10. Photo: Reuters

    Apple’s fall event: It’s more than just about new iPhones

    - Sep 12, 2019 1:35pm
    Apple held its annual fall event on Tuesday, taking the lid off new products and services and aiming to generate excitement in the market ahead of the crucial holiday season.  As expected by many industry observers,...
  • China Telecom is said to be keen on developing blockchain-enabled 5G SIM cards to capture crypto business, among other things. Photo: Bloomberg

    China Telecom eyes blockchain-5G integration

    - Sep 5, 2019 1:16pm
    5G has been a hot topic in the global technology sector in recent years. While most laypeople view the next-generation mobile era from the perspective of faster on-the-go internet speeds, the fact is that the technology...
  • Responding to criticism about social media pressure on users, Facebook is looking at hiding the ‘likes’ count on posts, following a similar trial by unit Instagram. Photo: Reuters

    Will Facebook hide the ‘likes’ number on posts?

    - Sep 4, 2019 2:06pm
    After launching a test on Instagram in some markets to hide the ‘likes’ count on users’ posts, Facebook is now considering a similar experiment on its own mega online platform. The reason is simple: allow the...
  • The lack of Google support may have a huge impact on Huawei sales in overseas markets. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei to face first challenge without Google support

    - Sep 3, 2019 1:36pm
    Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, will face its first test of doing business overseas without Google support when it unveils its latest luxury smartphones in Europe this month. A Google spokesman told Reuters...
  • Huawei wants to use a third-party platform to ensure that its mobile devices will work in an Android environment. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei turning to Russian OS amid Android ban

    - Aug 29, 2019 12:40pm
    Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment supplier, is planning to use a Russian-based operating system for its tablet products after the US government effectively banned the Chinese company from using the Android operating system on...
  • The smartphone industry is set to witness the launch of 64-megapixel camera devices. Representational image: Bloomberg

    Do we need a 64-megapixel phone camera?

    - Aug 28, 2019 1:08pm
    As competition intensifies in the marketplace, smartphone firms are going the extra mile to make their products stand apart from offerings of their rivals. Amid the battle for one-upmanship, camera resolution has become an important element....
  • Xiaomi believes a dual-brand strategy can help the firm tap into the high-margin premium phone market. Photo: Reuters

    Is Xiaomi getting its smartphone roadmap right?

    - Aug 27, 2019 12:53pm
    Smartphone makers have been busy in recent months getting their new flagship products ready for this fall. Amid this activity, some players seem to resorting to, shall we say, sleight of hand as they tout new...
  • Unicom says a 'co-build, co-share' strategy can help Chinese mobile network operators as they roll out 5G. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why China Unicom has called for 5G network sharing

    - Aug 22, 2019 12:37pm
    As China seeks speedy rollout of 5G mobile networks, state-owned telecom operators are faced with the challenge of meeting the government targets while also ensuring that the additional expenditure does not throw the firms’ balance sheets...
  • Nike is striving to build closer connection with customers through digital and other initiatives. Photo: Bloomberg

    Nike steps up direct-to-consumer push

    - Aug 21, 2019 12:59pm
    Amid a paradigm shift in retail management, companies have been under growing pressure to pursue digital transformation and adopt Big Data-related business models. Among the consumer-driven firms that have embraced such path early on is global...
  • Oppo is expected to officially launch in Hong Kong in October at the earliest. Photo: CNSA

    Oppo eyes HK market after overtaking Apple in global shipment

    - Aug 20, 2019 12:25pm
    Oppo, one of the leading Chinese smartphone brands, is reportedly entering the already congested Hong Kong market, hoping its catchy designs and outstanding camera features will win new fans in the city. This comes as Oppo...
  • Samsung's new phablet will appeal to people who need to use pen to jot down or to draw something on the go on a big screen. Photo: Reuters

    Should you buy Samsung’s new Galaxy flagship?

    - Aug 15, 2019 1:42pm
    Samsung is preparing to kick off sales of its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 10, in the market after unveiling the product in New York last week. As part of the launch plans, the tech...
  • Next Digital aims to boost revenue with its new subscription business model. Photo: Reuters/Internet

    Next Digital looks to subscription as major revenue source

    - Aug 14, 2019 12:31pm
    After a two-month beta testing of its paid subscription business model, Next Digital has announced the official pricing for its Apple Daily online editions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The new subscription model, which will start on...
  • Huawei plans to deploy its Harmony operating system across multiple devices in the coming years, helping the firm establish itself in the IoT era. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei readies for connected device era with Harmony OS

    - Aug 13, 2019 1:34pm
    Ending months of speculation, Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies has unveiled a self-developed operating system for smartphones and other devices, claiming that it can now defend itself even in the worst-case sanctions scenario amid the...
  • Apple is implementing changes to its mobile operating system to restrict a feature that messaging apps use to make voice calls over the internet. Photo: AFP

    Why Apple is curbing Facebook messaging apps

    - Aug 8, 2019 12:50pm
    Last month, it was reported that Apple had allowed contractors to listen to the responses of its virtual assistant Siri to users’ questions and commands for the purpose of improving the service. As to be expected,...