As widely anticipated, Xiaomi launched a new flagship smartphone – Xiaomi Note. One of the key focus areas in spec migration is casing upgrade, showing how ultra-slim is favored among others. Other upgrades include – Processor power (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801), Improved cameras (rear: 13MP with OIS, front: 4MP with 2um), Better display resolution (5.7”, full HD), DRAM content (3GB) – which is more evolution than revolution.
For the first time, Xiaomi has priced its flagship model above Rmb2,299 vs. Rmb1,999 since Mi1. Compared with Mi4, with the late arrival of the FDD-LTE version, Xiaomi Note supports CM’s and CU’s 4G network. A CT version will be launched later.
Xiaomi shipped ~61m units in 2014, up Read the Full Article
People around the world have migrated to mobile apps as a primary way in which they consume media, communicate with friends and family, play games, and shop – among other things. There are approximately 1.8bn users worldwide of mobile apps, and the market is still growing at a meaningful rate. Social media and messaging apps represent two of the most actively used categories of apps. Twitter is today one of the largest social platform with global users & so also is Facebook.
Facebook vs. Twitter on Various Parameters
In addition to still having its founder as CEO and chief visionary, other members of sr. mgmt like Sheryl Sandberg (COO for 6 years) have been in leadership roles for Read the Full Article
The success of the Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) 2014 is another indicator of rising acceptance of the e-commerce channel amongst Indian consumers.
Google noted that the GOSF 2014 sale has been a huge success and has exceeded the wildest of their expectations. This online shopping festival had 450 partners (ecommerce sites), nearly twice the number from last year. Offers were available across plethora of categories ranging from low ticket items (books, home appliances, etc) to high value tickets like homes, cars and mobile phones. Leading e-commerce websites like Amazon, Snapdeal,
Firstcry, Jabong participated in this sale festival. GOSF site saw nearly 14mn visitors (across 220 cities) with consumer engagement up ~7x vs last year.
More brands across categories are partnering Read the Full Article
The Delhi High Court issued an interim injunction against Xiaomi for allegedly infringing on Ericsson’s Standard essential patents (SEPs). The order prohibits Xiaomi and its ecommerce partner Flipkart.com from importing, selling, promoting and manufacturing devices that potentially infringe on Ercisson’s patents for AMR, EDGE and 3G. Xiaomi sells Mi3, Redmi 1S and Redmi Note/Note 4G in India, and the devices under the injunction order haven’t been officially confirmed. Meanwhile, Xiaomi has mentioned that it hasn’t received the order from the Court and Read the Full Article
Xiaomi’s e-commerce model has disrupted the competitive landscape of China smartphones. Following Xiaomi’s business success, brands such as Huawei/ Coolpad/ Lenovo have started to embrace e-commerce models by launching ecommerce only models or establishing a separate e-commerce sub-brand.
Xiamoi Internet Services Company – User Acquisition & Monetization
In an internet eco-system, a company usually builds its user base upon a specific demand for services, e.g. messaging (Tencent) and internet Read the Full Article
The Mobile advertising is poised to exceed 30% of total Internet advertising in 2014 and exceed the size of desktop search in 2016. Mobile advertising is forecasted to grow 67% this year and 36% next, driven by strength across display and video. Both desktop search and desktop display advertising are forecasted to grow less than 10% this year (5%). Google’s share of total Internet advertising in the U.S. will decline 200bps y/y to 46% in 2014 as search and desktop share of the total declines, while Facebook’s share increases to 8.5% from 6% as mobile and display share of the total increases.
Internet video advertising is forecasted to grow 32% Read the Full Article