Date
23 February 2019

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Apple's iPhone continues to dominate the premium smartphone segment amid the stiff competition and slowing sales. Photo: Reuters

    Can Apple retain its crown in the high-end smartphone market?

    - Jan 3, 2019 12:15pm
    Apple’s iPhone continues to dominate the high-end smartphone market globally, but slowing sales and stiff competition from Chinese rivals are threatening its leading position.  In particular, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo and Huawei are making aggressive inroads into emerging...
  • Octopus Card has found to difficult to expand its offline dominance into the online world. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Alibaba platforms no longer accept Octopus Card

    - Jan 2, 2019 1:14pm
    The Octopus Card remains one of the most popular means of payment, along with the credit card and cash, especially in the public transport sector, which is not surprising, considering that the card was founded by...
  • Apple Daily believes its readers will remain loyal to the newspaper despite an impending price hike. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Next Digital is raising the price of Apple Daily

    - Dec 28, 2018 4:07pm
    With the growing popularity of mobile devices, people are increasingly turning to digital platforms for their information needs rather than pick up a copy of a physical newspaper. This is posing a big challenge to the...
  • Huawei has announced that it has shipped more than 200 million smartphones this year, continuing a scorching growth pace despite many challenges.  Photo: Reuters

    Can Huawei challenge Samsung’s position in smartphone market?

    - Dec 27, 2018 5:12pm
    Huawei may be facing many troubles overseas, with the firm becoming a punching bag for the US and its allies and getting shut out from 5G equipment tenders, but that hasn’t prevented the Chinese company from...
  • HTC said it will release new mid-range products early next year while focusing on premium products at the same time. Photo: Bloomberg

    Does HTC have a clear smartphone strategy?

    - Dec 20, 2018 12:41pm
    Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has strongly denied reports that it would not launch a new flagship series in the first half of next year, saying that the company will continue to introduce new devices into the...
  • Smartphone maker OnePlus is expanding overseas, and wants to enter a new business – smart TV. Photo: AFP

    OnePlus eyes smart TV as next growth engine

    - Dec 19, 2018 12:25pm
    Only five years into the business, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is now expanding overseas.  The company also plans to enter the television manufacturing market with a new smart TV model scheduled for launch in India in 2020. ...
  • Mass upgrade to 5G may take a few years after the services are rolled out, as consumers will wait for service plans and handsets to become more affordable. Photo: Bloomberg

    How much will 5G cost us?

    - Dec 18, 2018 2:25pm
    Fifth-generation mobile services are witnessing gradual rollout in some markets in the world. A look at the current offerings will give us some clues as to how much we, as consumers, might end up paying extra...
  • Vivo has won over many young Chinese consumers by offering phones with trendy designs and new features. The brand has taken experimentation to a new level with its latest dual-display gadget. Photo: Bloomberg

    Vivo’s dual-screen smartphone sets new benchmark

    - Dec 13, 2018 12:58pm
    With growth cooling in the global smartphone market and competition intensifying, mobile phone makers are scrambling for innovative ideas to stay on in the game. A key element in this is pushing new features on the...
  • Apple said it will continue to sell all iPhone models in China while it asks the court to reconsider its decision. Photo: Xinhua

    Apple has bigger problem than China court injunction

    - Dec 12, 2018 1:02pm
    A Chinese court has ordered Apple to stop selling some iPhone models in the world’s biggest smartphone market after ruling on a patent infringement case in favor of chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. Apple, however, said it will continue...
  • Nokia was the fastest growing smartphone brand in the third quarter, posting a 71 percent year-on-year growth. Photo: Reuters

    Can Nokia recover lost glory in smartphone market?

    - Dec 11, 2018 1:56pm
    While Apple and Samsung Electronics are battling for the top position in the global smartphone market, Nokia, one of the oldest players in the business, is making a relatively low-key comeback with a series of Android...
  • Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 chip will add fuel to the 5G race in the global smartphone industry. Photo: Bloomberg

    What to expect in 2019 flagship smartphones

    - Dec 6, 2018 12:48pm
    Chipmaker Qualcomm has unveiled new mobile phone processor chips as it aims to cater to the needs of leading global smartphone makers which are preparing for the 5G era. The Snapdragon 855 chip, showcased at a...
  • Huawei Technologies is targeting a 25 percent shipment growth to 200 million units next year as the industry prepares for the coming of the 5G mobile technology. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei and Xiaomi upbeat on shipments as 5G era dawns

    - Dec 5, 2018 1:25pm
    Chinese smartphone makers have managed to maintain the industry’s growth momentum this year, although this means grabbing some of the market share of leading players such as Samsung Electronics and Apple in various markets. Chinese players...
  • The new KKBox Music Awards app is designed to encourage users to interact with its music library and increase their usage of the app. Photo: KKBOX

    How KKBox uses big data to change music streaming service

    - Dec 4, 2018 12:45pm
    Music streaming has emerged as a lucrative business with big names such as Apple, Amazon and Google offering their own digital music platforms in a bid to establish new revenue streams. In Taiwan, regional digital music platform...
  • IKEA wants to tap Xiaomi's massive user base in China to drive its growth. Photo: Reuters

    IKEA taps Xiaomi for China expansion, digital transformation

    - Nov 29, 2018 1:14pm
    Swedish furniture giant IKEA has teamed up with  Xiaomi Corp. to integrate its smart lighting products into the Chinese smartphone maker’s Internet of Things platform. This is not the first time IKEA is partnering with a...
  • Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has refocused on enterprise and cloud business, helping it gain market share in the fast-growing industry segment. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Microsoft looks set to capture title of most valuable firm

    - Nov 28, 2018 2:21pm
    In the tech world, no company can take its market position or leadership title for granted. For proof, just take a look at the changing fortunes of Apple and Microsoft in relation to their valuations. After...
  • Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang is restructuring the company's Tmall e-commerce business and upgrading its Alibaba Cloud business unit. Photo: Reuters

    Alibaba bets on retail and cloud for growth

    - Nov 27, 2018 11:57am
    Alibaba Group Holding is betting on its retail and cloud computing businesses to secure its future amid intensifying competition in the technology sector. In an internal circular issued on Monday, chief executive Daniel Zhang announced that Alibaba...
  • Chinese telecommunications equipment makers are competing with their European peers for the lucrative business of 5G mobile networks. Photo: Reuters

    Let’s prepare ourselves for the coming of 5G

    - Nov 22, 2018 1:47pm
    While investors worry about the slow growth of shipments of Apple and other smartphone makers this year, the sector is busy testing the next-generation mobile communications technology. Several countries, including South Korea, China, the United States and...
  • Smartphone firm Xiaomi and selfie apps maker Meitu have forged a strategic alliance that promises to be a "win-win" arrangement for both. Photo: Reuters/Bloomberg

    Why Xiaomi needs Meitu brand to boost market share

    - Nov 21, 2018 2:07pm
    Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi and selfie apps maker Meitu have entered into a strategic partnership that promises to be a “win-win” arrangement for both. The agreement effectively allows Xiaomi to take over Meitu’s smartphone business. Xiaomi will design...
  • It is said that HTC may not release its next flagship model by spring next year, as earlier expected, amid the sluggish demand and intense competition in the smartphone market. Photo: Bloomberg

    No more new flagship smartphone for HTC?

    - Nov 20, 2018 2:01pm
    A stubborn malaise is afflicting the global smartphone market as customers delay upgrading their handsets. With the sluggish market demand, Taiwan’s HTC appears to have decided to take a break from the intense competition and suspend the...
  • Tencent plans to channel more resources into the so-called industrial internet to help Chinese enterprises upgrade themselves for a digital future. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Tencent is trying to protect its future

    - Nov 15, 2018 1:14pm
    Tencent has reported better-than-expected financial and operational results for the third quarter, prompting investors in the Chinese social media and gaming giant to heave a huge sigh of relief. Looking at the numbers, one can assume...

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