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Will “Surge S1” Make Xiaomi Surge Again?

Given recent activity by smartphone suppliers, it appears that independence from chip suppliers might be the preferred strategy for building international market share. The up-and-coming Xiaomi recently lost its top domestic market share. The company is changing its design and manufacturing plans in hopes of gaining back that share, as well as making headway into […]

Chinese Mobile Makers’ App Store Strategy

How have Chinese smartphone makers, such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and ZTE, been able to compete in the domestic Chinese market at lower price points than those of international brands like Apple and Samsung? Local suppliers and service providers are vying for millions of consumer purchases—specifically, high-quality, feature-rich devices at relatively low prices. They must […]

Android Poised to Dominate in Emerging Markets

With the smartphone market looking to emerging markets for growth now that most developed markets have reached saturation, the Android OS is positioned to further dominate in these markets much the same way Microsoft dominates the computer business. The flexibility to develop devices at multiple price points and feature sets, as well as to customize […]

Japanese Electronic Giants Then and Now

Once upon a time, Japanese companies like Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp were the giants of the consumer electronics business. Years of ascendance of Samsung, LG and now Chinese manufacturers has resulted in a significantly shrinking consumer-electronics market for the premium Japanese brands. An analysis of DTC’s historical worldwide market-share estimates for digital TVs is […]

Tuner-Free ‘TVs’: Why Now?

Earlier this year, Vizio, a market share leader in U.S. TV sales, announced it is removing the ATSC tuners that facilitate free-to-air viewing from several of its TV product lines. This move, along with the slow-down of TV sales in Mexico where analog TV transmissions have been primarily shut off, results in a forecasted 10% […]

Video Streaming Over Mobile: A Win-Win-Win

Everyone wants to get in on video distribution explosion, and wireless service providers are no exception. But when consumers are watching video on their mobile devices, the high data charges push them to watch over Wi-Fi, avoiding using their cellular service. However, new services from wireless providers, such as T-Mobile’s Binge On launched late last […]

HEVC Products Forecast Overview

With efficiency improvements over the ubiquitous AVC/H.264 standard and higher-quality play back, HEVC/H.265 use has expanded into nearly every consumer product and video content category. Although higher-end applications, such as the viewing of UHD TV, are the most advertised uses for the HEVC standard, its use in non-UHD applications is prolific. DTC’s latest study narrates […]

Why Smartphones are the Initial Products on HEVC Rollout Timeline

Nearly three years since the first HEVC smartphone was launched, the mobile phone industry is driving the high volumes of devices that operate with HEVC/H.265. You might not know it given all the focus on HEVC’s enabling of UHD products and services. The mobile industry moves a lot more smartphones than the consumer electronics industry […]

4K/UHD Content: Not Ready for Prime Time

While 4K/UHD TV households begin to grow past the most eager “early adopter” households due to price decreases, there are still only a small handful of commercial deployments for 4K/UHD program delivery. There other factors besides the amount of available content that currently define the number of 4K/UHD-capable households. Other factors include bandwidth constraints for […]

India: The Smartphone Vendor’s New Land

As the smartphone tsunami makes its way around the world, India is rapidly replacing China as smartphone suppliers’ favorite shore. Although China remains the leader in terms of smartphone shipments, the highest growth rate is coming from India with no near-term slowdown anticipated. Just like in China, suppliers are a mix-up of international and local […]