PC market inches up 2.7% in Q2

HP maintained tops with the likes of the HP ProOne 600 G4  business PC.
HP maintained tops with the likes of the HP ProOne 600 G4 business PC.

Global traditional PC shipment posted the strongest growth in more than six years during the past quarter, according to IDC. Total shipment was 62.3 million units, which translates to a 2.7 percent year-on-year growth.

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China tops IDC’s smart cities awards

China has emerged tops with five out of 19 winners in the 2018 IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA). Taiwan and Singapore were next with four and three awards respectively across 12 functional categories.

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Myanmar startup Goama launches mobile gaming app in India

Myanmar startup Goama has launched its “Netflix of Games” mobile gaming subscription app in India. Called Go|Games, the Android app has more than 700,000 subscribers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

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SEA is Facebook’s fastest growing region for advertisers

facebookFacebook now has more than four million active advertisers, with more than 70 percent coming from outside of the United States.

The fastest-growing region is South East Asia, led by Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

In terms of year-on-year growth of advertisers from 2015 to 2016, Vietnam ranks among the top five in the world.

Philippines is fastest growing smartphone market in SEA

IDCThe Philippines smartphone market jumped 20 percent in Q1, according to IDC. With a projected annual growth of 25 percent this year, this makes the country the fastest growing smartphone market in Southeast Asia (SEA).

“While many of the more mature smartphone markets of the world already displayed signs of saturation, the Philippines smartphone market continues to enjoy robust growth owing to a relatively low smartphone penetration rate (30 percent in 2015), active local brand presence, and healthy consumer spending,” said Jerome Dominguez, Market Analyst for Mobile Devices of IDC Philippines.

Local vendors continue to dominate the Philippines smartphone market as they flood it with the most affordable smartphone options.

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India leads growth in Asian smartphone market in Q3

IDCThe smartphone market continued to grow in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan in Q3, albeit at a modest six percent quarter on quarter, according to IDC.

During this period, India led with 23 million units shipped, and added around five million units to the market over Q2.

Emerging markets in the region also surged ahead with 23 million units shipped, accounting for 22 percent growth as tier-1 Chinese vendors extended their reach outside China.

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Emerging markets to give tech devices US$10b boost

gfk_logoIndia, China, Pakistan, and Vietnam are among the top five emerging markets that will drive tech devices sale in 2015, according to GfK.

The resarch firm has forecasted that the global technology device market will remain at US$1 trillion next year, just as it has been since 2011.

Top 10 tech device growth markets in 2015​ ​ ​ ​
2014 (U$b)​ ​2015 (U$b) ​Percentage YoY ​Growth (U$b)
​India 30.0​ 34.8​ 16%​ 4.8​
China​ 199.0​ 200.8​ 1%​ 1.8​
Nigeria​ 5.1​ 5.7​ 13%​ 0.7​
Pakistan​ 4.2​ 4.8​ 15%​ 0.6​
Vietnam​ 5.5​ 6.1​ 11%​ 0.6​
Bangladesh​ 3.3​ 3.8​ 13%​ 0.4​
Brazil​ 39.0​ 39.3​ 1%​ 0.4​
Egypt​ 4.6​ 5.0​ 8%​ 0.3​
Indonesia​ 12.4​ 12.7​ 3%​ 0.3​
​Philippines 3.8​ 4.1​ 6%​ 0.2​
TOTAL​ 306.9​ 317.1​ 3%​ 10.1

Source: GfK

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Cherry Mobile brings Tegra Note 7 to the Philippines

Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7NVIDIA has partnered with Cherry Mobile to bring the Tegra Note 7 to the Philippines. Priced at Php 9999, the Wifi version is available at launch from Cherry Mobile’s concept stores (http://www.cherrymobile.com.ph/content/stores). Cherry Mobile will introduce the LTE version at a later date.

Called the Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7, the tablet is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 4 4-PLUS-1 quad core mobile processor and features a highly responsive stylus, great camera functionalities, rich stereo sound, powerful graphics capabilities, and full controller support.

Designed for mobile gaming, the Cherry Mobile Tegra Note 7 gives users access to NVIDIA TegraZone for great gaming experience on Android and lets them enjoy NVIDIA Tegra HD gaming on big-screen TV via HDMI.

SEA smartphone sales up 61% in first three quarters

gfk_logoSoutheast Asia consumers bought 41.5 million smartphones, spending US$10.8 billion in the first three quarters of this year, according to GfK Asia.

Indonesia led the way with sale of 14.8 million smartphones worth more than USS3.33 billion. Thailand and Malaysia were next with 7.2 million and 6.4 million units sold respectively. However, in terms of smartphone sales revenue, the ranking of these two countries are switched with Malaysia garnering US$2.25 billion while Thailand raked in US$1.96 billion in January to September.

“The increasing affordability of smartphones, particularly in the developing markets is helping many consumers in these countries make the switch from their basic feature phones to own their very first smartphone,” said Gerard Tan, Account Director for Digital Technology of GfK Asia. “It is worth highlighting the significant milestone of September being the month whereby sales penetration reached the halfway mark; where one in every two mobile handsets purchased in the region is now a smartphone.”

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Philippines’ printer market bucks APAC trend

The market for printing devices in the Philippines grew by an astounding 34.5 percent in Q1, compared to the same period last year. This is a sharp contrast to overall Asia-Pacific region drop of 7.6 percent, the sixth consecutive quarter of year-on-year drop.

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals (HCP) Tracker, about 233,400 units of single and multifunction printers (MFP) and copiers were shipped in Q1 versus 174,000 units in Q1 of 2012.

Eight out of 10 were of inkjet technology while laser and serial dot matrix (SDM) accounted for the remaining 12.9 percent and 7.0 percent, respectively. Total market revenue hit an all-time high of US$48.2 million.

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ACCA launches vendor-neutral cloud assessment tool

ACCAThe Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) has launched the online version of its Cloud Assessment Tool (CAT), which is designed to help businesses choose the most suitable cloud provider.

CAT provides a standard framework for IT users to measure their requirements against vendor offerings. The vendor-neutral framework will help enterprises make informed decisions as they consider migrating their data and applications to the cloud.

ACCA is currently benchmarking services and platforms provided by its members, including PLDT/Smart, Microsoft, Verizon Terremark, Telenor, Equinix, and Hiring Solutions.

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