Date
15 December 2019

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Many smartphone users appear to be putting off plans to make new purchases until after 5G smartphones have become mainstream next year.  Photo: Reuters

    Xiaomi, Oppo eye new strategies as Huawei focuses on home market

    - Dec 11, 2019 2:36pm
    The US ban on Huawei Technologies is having an indirect impact on other Chinese smartphone makers after the company started reallocating its resources to focus on the home market, which in turn has affected the business of...
  • Samsung says it is enthused by the response to its Galaxy Fold, prompting the firm to roll out the devices in more markets. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Samsung is stepping up its foldable phone push

    - Dec 4, 2019 12:37pm
    The smartphone industry is readying for the next growth phase as the world enters the 5G era, with players pinning hopes that the advanced technology and new handsets will prompt consumers to upgrade their mobile devices....
  • Intel has announced a partnership with Taiwan chipmaker MediaTek to develop 5G chips for cellular-connected computers. Photo: Reuters/AFP

    Will 5G laptop computers become mainstream?

    - Nov 27, 2019 12:58pm
    There’s no doubt that 5G is the emerging trend in the technology sector. According to Qualcomm, global smartphone makers expect to ship 450 million 5G handsets in 2021 and another 750 million in 2022. On Monday, Intel...
  • Apple Daily’s paid subscription service for digital content has surpassed expectations in terms of reader response, its parent company says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Next Digital’s loss widens but new strategy shows promise

    - Nov 20, 2019 1:48pm
    Next Digital, which publishes the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, is among the Hong Kong media entities that have confronted challenges as well as opportunities amid the months-long anti-government protests in the city. Standing at the forefront...
  • Smartphones were among the top-selling products on Alibaba’s online platform during the Double 11 festival this year. Photo: Reuters

    Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi reap big on Singles’ Day

    - Nov 13, 2019 2:20pm
    Alibaba Group has once again notched a big success on Singles’ Day, with total sales hitting a new high at 268.4 billion yuan (US$38.4 billion) during the 24-hour online shopping festival on Monday. Among the key...
  • The Mate 30 series doesn't come with Google Mobile Services, a core software for Android smartphones. Photo: AFP

    Lack of Google software imperils Huawei Mate 30 series

    - Nov 6, 2019 4:13pm
    Huawei Technologies has been the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the market over the past few years. And in the most recent quarters, it has surpassed Apple to become number two in terms of global shipments, just...
  • A technician monitors cryptocurrency mining rigs at a facility of blockchain company Bitfarms in Quebec, Canada.  Photo: Bloomberg

    Why China wants to accelerate blockchain development

    - Oct 30, 2019 1:16pm
    It is no secret that China, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, is aiming to become a technological superpower, and has made rapid advances in the field of technology, including artificial intelligence and 5G mobile...
  • 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...