In the next few weeks Google and its partners will expand the search giant's Android One phone initiative beyond India to the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The world's first Android One phone was unveiled in September for around $105, and the wider program represents Google's most intensive effort yet to not only expand Android to entry-level phones in emerging markets also to control the user experience.
Xiaomi posted $56.1 million (347.5 million yuan) in net profit last year, according to a regulatory filing. The filing provides a glimpse inside the finances of privately owned Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi, which has rocketed up the rankings to become one of the world's top smartphone brands in the past few quarters.
Although Chinese-based smartphone makers Xiaomi and OnePlus have garnered attention and market share this year as sales of their low-cost models have thrived, the companies face obstacles to expanding globally, including patent litigation and a lack of brand awareness among Western consumers.
We are now entering a new phase of competition in the global smartphone market and the likes of Lenovo and Xiaomi are poised to make life a lot more difficult for market leaders Samsung Electronics and Apple. How Samsung and Apple respond will go a long way to determining whether they can maintain their status as market leaders, though I think Samsung has a lot more to worry about right now than Apple does.
Telenor has increased its stake in Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.
Google is reportedly planning to use India as a testing ground for a new over-the-top mobile messaging app that will likely launch in 2015.
Cyanogen, which makes software based on Google's Android operating system, is pursuing a Series C round of financing with late-stage investors and major tech firms after reportedly rejecting an overture from Google to acquire the startup.
Mozilla's announcement that it would bring to market a smartphone costing around $25 running the Firefox OS is coming to fruition. Intex Technologies released the Cloud FX smartphone as the first Firefox OS smartphone available in India, costing 1,999 rupees, or around $33.
Vodafone has taken a further step in the development of its machine-to-machine (M2M) activities by teaming up with UK-based Cyan Holdings to address the smart metering market in India.
Telenor plans to raise its ownership of Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent at present, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.