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All posts tagged "Huawei"

  • Huawei P9, P9 Lite to double SA marketshare?

    Huawei has revealed some interesting numbers for its P9 and P9 Plus, announcing that the phones have sold 2.6-million units globally in its first six weeks. The Chinese manufacturer said this equated to a 130% increase over the P8 for the same period of time. The company added that its global marketshare was sitting at 8.5%, "supported by aggressive growth in the South African market". Charlene Munilal, the general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in South Africa, said that sales of both the flagship and P9 Lite were ahead of expectations. Read more: Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come? "P9...

  • Weekly Round Up #58: smartphone launches, mobile games, Facebook F8 and geeky cars

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Gearburn editor Andy Walker plays host and talks to Reporter Graham van der Made and the new guy Reporter Hadlee Simons. The team discusses all the phone launches, from Huawei to HTC, the arrival of the iPhone SE in South Africa, Facebook F8, mobile games, geeky car races, and Dark Souls 3. In a new feature, Weird News of the week, a man is whacked in his head by a drone that smashed through his window. The team also talks...

  • FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is now Huawei’s global brand ambassador

    Huawei has announced that it has appointed FC Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi as its Global Brand Ambassador. Huawei is a Chinese global leading company in ICT and telecommunication solutions and Lionel Messi is an Argentinian born dribbling and scoring wizzard who is currently based in Spain. The appointment comes as Huawei gears up for the launch of the Huawei P9 on 6 April 2016. Speaking about the partnership, Kevin Ho, President, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG, suggested that Messi's image is synonymous with "greatness": Lionel Messi will help our brand to encourage people to focus, persevere and breakthrough; to connect with...

  • IDC: people are still buying smartphones in their billions

    The rate at which smartphones ship is incredible. And with more and more people joining the list of smartphone owners, the shipment of phones is going to grow. Not only that but it appears it is influencing the invention of cheaper handsets with manufacturers casting their nets wider instead of making only premium models. In the latest preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 399.5-million units during the fourth quarter of 2015, recording a 5.7% year-on-year growth. In the year 2015, according to the IDC, a total of...

  • Android triumphs in the US for June quarter, assisted by Samsung S6

    The race between Apple and Android continues and has been going on for a long time and still not a clear winner. This quarter the one OS wins, the next quarter the other one does. According to new research, Android appears to be edging Apple slightly, at least in the US. The research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech looks at the last three months ending May 2015. The research shows that Android continues to reclaim market share in the US, increasing by 2.8 percentage points to 64.9%. The same research also point out that Android is not doing as well...

  • China sees its first smartphone shipment decrease in six years

    According to International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone shipments in the last quarter decreased for the first time in six years in China, one of the largest and most contested markets in the world. IDC’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows that China’s smartphone market decreased by four percent year-on-year. The market decreased by eight percent quarter on quarter. IDC says that in the first quarter of 2015, about 98.8-million units were shipped. The IDC report also echoes Apple’s financial result a few weeks ago which showed that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most shipped smartphone in China....

  • Samsung reclaims throne from Apple, ships 83.2m units in Q1 2015

    Samsung might have posted less than impressive financial results for its first quarter but it would appear that it's not all gloom for the company. According to the latest research by Strategy Analytics, Samsung has reclaimed the smartphone shipments crown in the first quarter of 2015. Going by the latest figures, smartphone shipments saw a growth of 21% in globally, reaching 345-million units in the first quarter of 2015. In this quarter, Samsung overtook Apple to reclaim the title of the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume. The South Korean company shipped 83.2-million smartphones in total worldwide and captured 24% market...

  • Smartphone sales grew by 20 percent in third quarter of 2014

    Smartphones have been around for a good few years now, but there's no sign that their growing popularity is on the wane. In fact, they now account for 66% of all mobile phones worldwide and are on track to see sales of 1.2 billion units for the year. Today Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company, published its Q3 for how mobile devices did globally. The report claims that 301 million smartphones were sold in the third quarter, up by 20% compared with figures from a year ago. Apple and Samsung's combined smartphone share totaled 37%, down...

  • Huawei’s sub-$70 smartphone shows MTN’s $50 Steppa gamble’s already paying off

    If MTN needed any vindication that its gamble to launch a sub US$50 MTN-branded smartphone will pay off, here it is: Chinese manufacturer Huawei has confirmed it will price its Ascend Y220 device at R449 (US$41) on MTN in South Africa. First, MTN’s move was not that unusual to begin with. Globally, operators often launch branded-handsets to fill obvious gaps in the market. Typically this is at the lower end. What operators end up doing -- practically -- is driving the cost of a particular entry-point or segment down by “using” some of the OEM margin that is left on...

  • Samsung grabs top spot in Chinese mobile race, beating out local players

    Those tireless number crunchers at Canalys have come out with a new report on the global smartphone market in August to September (Q3) this year. It shows that 100-million smartphones shipped in the Greater China region (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) in that period, with that area recording the highest growth (up 64% year-on-year) anywhere in the world. Samsung grew its market share for the third quarter to 21%, shipping nearly 19-million smartphones. Lenovo was stagnant. Apple remains in fifth, growing its market share one percentage point from Q2. It’s worth noting caution on these figures, as it’s unusual to...

  • Unseating Samsung: who has the stones to depose mobile’s current king?

    On its relatively speedy ascent to the position as the world’s biggest phone maker, Samsung has crushed practically every incumbent and all new comers. It's dethroned (and crushed) Nokia -- which managed to actually hold that position for about a decade. It's decimated LG, HTC, Motorola and -- to some extent -- BlackBerry too. And it hasn’t done so just because it's vertically integrated (it owns the semi-conductor fabrication plants and makes acres of LCD panels). Samsung has become king by out-Nokiaing Nokia. Its global distribution (on a broader electronics backbone that was built on its TV -- and washing...

  • Huawei is building a platform for Chinese companies to expand globally

    Huawei is mostly known for providing telecom equipment to telecommunication companies. But in recent years, it has also started to become active in the content business, working with content providers who produce applications such as mobile games and mobile social networks. Why content? Zou Kewei, vice president of business development and global alliance of Huawei, says that telcos now do not just want equipment from them. To succeed in today’s digital world, the telcos need content, both local and global content providers. That is where Huawei saw an opportunity. If it could bring Chinese companies to each of the various...

  • Tit for tat: China claims Cisco is aiding US spies

    Hey, remember when Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE were deemed security threats by the US? Well that tit has been met with tat as China accuses Cisco of helping out US spies. According to Engadget, state-backed media outlets, including China Economy & Informatization and People's Daily are saying that the US-based networking giant's presence in large portions of its networking infrastructure could open it up to espionage. The former even cites...

  • Chinese tech giants ZTE, Huawei deemed security threat by US

    Products from Chinese tech giants ZTE and Huawei have been deemed a security threat with US lawmakers urging government departments and private companies alike not to use them. According to the Wall Street Journal, a year-long investigation concluded that people shouldn't buy devices from the two companies because they could be used for spying on them. It also recommends that a block be put on any mergers and acquisitions involving the two...

  • What kind of disruption does Africa’s tech scene really need?

    What is it really to disrupt, or what is a disruptive innovation? And to put it in the African context, what does ‘disruption’ mean for the continent and what are the opportunities to disrupt? A dictionary definition of the term ‘disrupt‘ is: to throw into turmoil or disorder to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc.) to break or split (something) apart Disruptive innovation is NOT making a good product better Clayton Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor who coined the term and came up with the theory of disruptive innovation, describes it as that kind of innovation that transforms a product that was...