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Chinese smartphone brand Tecno Mobile topples Samsung in Africa
Chinese smartphone brand Tecno Mobile topples Samsung in AfricaArticle

In terms of handset sales, Tecno Mobile has outdone tech giant Samsung across Africa...

21 Apr 2021

#BizTrends2021: Looking ahead at the smartphone market
#BizTrends2021: Looking ahead at the smartphone marketArticle

If 2020 has shown us anything, it's that change and disruption are a constant. The effects of the global coronavirus pandemic led to unprecedented shifts in the way we live, work, learn and transact - with a widespread move online and digital platforms...

Michelle Wynne 19 Oct 2020

Smartphone revenues grow 3% in Q1 2019 - GfK point-of-sales data
Smartphone revenues grow 3% in Q1 2019 - GfK point-of-sales dataArticle

Smartphone unit sales in South Africa declined by about 7% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, while the value of the smartphone market climbed nearly 3% to around R8.6bn...

Issued by GfK South Africa 28 May 2019

South African smartphone sales rise 7.2% in 2018 despite Q4 downturn
South African smartphone sales rise 7.2% in 2018 despite Q4 downturnArticle

The South African smartphone market enjoyed solid growth in 2018, with unit sales rising 7.2% year-on-year to around 13.5 million and value growing 13.2% to just under R35bn...

Issued by GfK South Africa 22 Feb 2019

Global smartphone sales stalled in Q4 2018
Global smartphone sales stalled in Q4 2018Article

Global sales of smartphones to end users stalled in the fourth quarter of 2018, totalling 408.4 million units...

21 Feb 2019

Smartphone sales growth stalls while panel TVs soar during Black Friday week 2018 - GfK data
Smartphone sales growth stalls while panel TVs soar during Black Friday week 2018 - GfK dataArticle

Panel television sales soared in South Africa during Black Friday week, climbing by 66% to just over 93,000 units when compared to the same week in 2017...

Issued by GfK South Africa 13 Dec 2018

South African smartphone unit sales rise 16% in Q3 2018 as consumer tech market shows resilience
South African smartphone unit sales rise 16% in Q3 2018 as consumer tech market shows resilienceArticle

South Africa's technical consumer goods market enjoyed a boost from strong sales of telecom devices in the third quarter of 2018...

Issued by GfK South Africa 22 Nov 2018

Global OOH Media ramps up investment in Nigeria with upgrade to its Abuja roadside network
Global OOH Media ramps up investment in Nigeria with upgrade to its Abuja roadside networkArticle

Global Out of Home Media (Global), one of the largest African out-of-home media owners, recently undertook a major refurbishment exercise of its holding in Abuja...

Issued by Provantage Media Group 20 Nov 2018

From cobalt to tungsten: how electric cars and smartphones are sparking a new kind of gold rush
From cobalt to tungsten: how electric cars and smartphones are sparking a new kind of gold rushArticle

What's in your stuff? Most of us give no thought to the materials that make modern life possible...

Hywel Jones 6 Aug 2018

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Gartner report: smartphones yield sales growthArticle

According to a report by Gartner, global sales for smartphones returned to growth in the first quarter of 2018. The report shows a 1,3% increase over the same period in 2017...

30 May 2018

Jumia identifies five trends in Ghanaian mobile industry
Jumia identifies five trends in Ghanaian mobile industryArticle

Jumia's recent Ghana Mobile Report highlights some key elements in the country's mobile industry as well as a few challenges and ways to solve them...

16 Apr 2018

Smartphones shine in a difficult year for South Africa's consumer technology sector
Smartphones shine in a difficult year for South Africa's consumer technology sectorArticle

Smartphone unit sales in South Africa climbed by around 21% in 2017, even as South Africans reduced their spending in most categories of the consumer technology market...

Issued by GfK South Africa 23 Mar 2018

Consumer electronics sales soar in South Africa during Black Friday week
Consumer electronics sales soar in South Africa during Black Friday weekArticle

South African retailers saw strong sales during the week of Black Friday this year. Panel television unit sales experienced 47% growth and smartphone sales leaped 63% compared to the same week in 2016...

Issued by GfK South Africa 8 Dec 2017

Smartphone sales in SA rise 28% as average selling price falls
Smartphone sales in SA rise 28% as average selling price fallsArticle

South African smartphone sales climbed 28% year-on-year to three million units in the third quarter of 2017, while basic mobile phone sales were up 6% to 1.6 million units for the same period...

Issued by GfK South Africa 22 Nov 2017

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The calm before the next African smartphone stormArticle

For many years, African countries served as the growth engine for the global smartphone market. In 2016, however, global smartphone sales grew at a modest 2% and the landscape in Africa also saw a dip...

18 Sep 2017

Apple lays claim to smartphone future with new flagship iPhone X
Apple lays claim to smartphone future with new flagship iPhone XArticle

Apple laid claim to the future of the smartphone on Tuesday, 12 September 2017, with a 10th anniversary iPhone X, touting the device as the next generation of mobile computing...

13 Sep 2017

Apple to reveal new iPhone on 12 September?
Apple to reveal new iPhone on 12 September?Article

Apple will be hosting a media event on 12 September 2017 at which the US tech giant is expected to unveil new iPhone models to coincide with the iPhone's 10th anniversary...

1 Sep 2017

Smartphone sales slip as top vendors consolidate market share
Smartphone sales slip as top vendors consolidate market shareArticle

Global smartphone sales saw a modest decline in the second quarter of 2017, as market leaders Samsung and Apple consolidated their positions, a survey showed earlier this week...

4 Aug 2017

Using apps to drive holiday sales
Using apps to drive holiday salesArticle

Facebook recently launched dynamic ads for mobile app installs. App marketers will now have the ability to use dynamic ads to drive mobile app installs by targeting people who recently browsed their products...

13 Dec 2016

Apple sued over obscure film by China's media regulator: court
Apple sued over obscure film by China's media regulator: courtArticle

BEIJING, CHINA: Apple is being sued by China's media regulator over rights to an obscure patriotic film, a Beijing court said on Thursday, in the latest legal battle for the US tech giant in one of its crucial overseas markets...

1 Jul 2016

From disrupter to disrupted: Apple could be next
From disrupter to disrupted: Apple could be nextArticle

Tech giant Apple's share price, that peaked above $132 a year ago, is now around $94. This is despite the news that Warren Buffett's investment conglomerate...

Nigel Martin and John Rice 28 Jun 2016

China iPhone sales maintained pending patent appeal: Apple
China iPhone sales maintained pending patent appeal: AppleArticle

WASHINGTON, USA: Apple said it continues to sell its iPhones in China pending an appeal of a ruling which said the smartphones violated a patent of a Chinese manufacturer...

20 Jun 2016

Smartphone growth slows to a trickle in 2016: survey
Smartphone growth slows to a trickle in 2016: surveyArticle

The global smartphone market is sputtering in 2016, with Apple likely to see its first "down" year for the iPhone, a research report said on Wednesday...

2 Jun 2016

Tech world eyes digital life beyond the smartphone
Tech world eyes digital life beyond the smartphoneArticle

The smartphone revolutionised how people live and work, but the technology world is now struggling to see what comes next. As smartphone sales have peaked in most major markets...

9 May 2016

Samsung dominates SA smartphone, tablet sales
Samsung dominates SA smartphone, tablet salesArticle

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has the top-selling smartphone and tablet brand in South Africa, according to international researchers. Samsung dominated South African smartphone sales...

Duncan Alfreds 30 Mar 2016

Virtual reality is next as smartphone sales slow
Virtual reality is next as smartphone sales slowArticle

Phone makers, trying to renew consumer appetite, are turning to virtual reality headsets that can be paired with their devices to view videos and play games...

26 Feb 2016

We won't dump USSD banking - FNB
We won't dump USSD banking - FNBArticle

First National Bank (FNB) says its launch of a new technology system will not see customers on cellphone banking being dumped. The bank this month has announced that its new banking API...

Duncan Alfreds 23 Feb 2016

Apple's iPhone joyride ends
Apple's iPhone joyride endsArticle

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple on Tuesday forecast a sales decline for the first time in more than a decade, adding to evidence that the market for smartphones is becoming saturated and threatening the company's unprecedented run of success...

27 Jan 2016

Apple files with India government to open first stores
Apple files with India government to open first storesArticle

NEW DELHI - Apple said Wednesday it has asked the Indian government for permission to open its first stores in the country, paving the way for its feted brands to join the fast-growing smartphone market...

21 Jan 2016

Huawei wants to be world leader in smartphones in 'three or four years'
Huawei wants to be world leader in smartphones in 'three or four years'Article

FRANCFORT: Chinese electronics giant Huawei hopes to overtake US rival Apple and Korea's Samsung to become the world's leading maker of smartphones in "three or four years"...

7 Jan 2016

As emerging markets grow, Android extends smartphone lead
As emerging markets grow, Android extends smartphone leadArticle

WASHINGTON, USA: Android-powered smartphones extended their lead in the global marketplace in the third quarter, helped by growth in emerging markets, a survey showed on Wednesday...

19 Nov 2015

Business opportunities in the growth of mobile app usage in South Africa
Business opportunities in the growth of mobile app usage in South AfricaArticle

If you have not yet joined the mobile app bandwagon now is the time for you to contemplate on this ideology so that you don't get left behind...

Sufyan Mkwanda 22 Oct 2015

Struggling BlackBerry announces new round of layoffs
Struggling BlackBerry announces new round of layoffsArticle

MONTREAL, CANADA: BlackBerry is laying off an unspecified number of workers around the world as the struggling smartphone manufacturer tries to make its device business profitable...

26 May 2015

Samsung begins construction of US$14.3bn chip plant
Samsung begins construction of US$14.3bn chip plantArticle

SEOUL: Samsung kicked off Thursday construction of a new chip plant to help fuel growth as smartphone sales slow, saying it would invest 15.6 trillion won ($14.3 billion) until production begins in 2017...

8 May 2015

Nigeria leads a mobile lifestyle - here's why that matters to brands
Nigeria leads a mobile lifestyle - here's why that matters to brandsArticle

Nigeria, with 125 million mobile subscribers, is not just Africa's largest mobile market. It is also home to one of the most connected and engaged mobile populations on the continent...

9 Mar 2015

Deloitte's prediction of 1.35 billion smartphone sales in 2015
Deloitte's prediction of 1.35 billion smartphone sales in 2015Article

Deloitte's forecast that 2015 will see 1.35 billion new smartphones sold across the world...

30 Jan 2015

Samsung's profits plunge to three-year low
Samsung's profits plunge to three-year lowArticle

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Samsung reported its smallest quarterly profit in nearly three years as its key smartphone business faltered under competition from Apple's iPhone 6 and Chinese handset manufacturers in an increasingly saturated market.

31 Oct 2014

South Africans have embraced online shopping
South Africans have embraced online shoppingArticle

The latest Wonga.com South Africa device usage data indicates that 44.64% of its customers use traditional computers or laptops when applying for a short-term loan, followed by Android-powered smartphones (17.69%) and BlackBerry devices (17.06%).

30 Sep 2014

Smartphones change Brazilian election campaign
Smartphones change Brazilian election campaignArticle

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Have you ever wanted to pelt a politician with a tomato or wished for a perfect candidate to come and sweep you off your feet?

29 Sep 2014

Smartphone makers seek growth in India
Smartphone makers seek growth in IndiaArticle

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Smartphone manufacturers are in a race to capture the bottom of India's economic pyramid as they battle for customers in the fast-growing low-end market where analysts say opportunities are vast.

8 Sep 2014

Tablet sales slow as PC sales rise
Tablet sales slow as PC sales riseArticle

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Tablets won't eclipse personal computers as fast as once thought, according to studies by market tracker International Data Corporation (IDC).

2 Sep 2014

Intex smartphone costs just $33
Intex smartphone costs just $33Article

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Intex, the manufacturer of a new $33 smartphone billed as India's cheapest said it aims to sell 500,000 devices in the next three months in what it called a "new era" for the market.

28 Aug 2014

Cheap smartphones boost Android platform
Cheap smartphones boost Android platformArticle

WASHINGTON, USA: A rise in low-cost smartphone sales, notably in emerging markets, helped Google's Android platform extend its dominance in the mobile market in the second quarter according to a survey released this week.

15 Aug 2014

Apple, Samsung call of war in rest of the world
Apple, Samsung call of war in rest of the worldArticle

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Arch-rivals Samsung and Apple have decided to drop a series of bitter patent disputes pending in multiple courts outside the United States, the South Korean electronics company says.

7 Aug 2014

Low-cost smartphones could boost e-commerce in SA
Low-cost smartphones could boost e-commerce in SAArticle

Despite the slowing down globally of the growth in smartphone, in South Africa sales are climbing steadily. This continued introduction of low-cost smartphones will not only play a significant role...

5 Aug 2014

Now Microsoft sues Samsung in US
Now Microsoft sues Samsung in USArticle

NEW YORK, USA: Microsoft is suing its long-time partner Samsung, accusing the South Korean company of breaching a contract over licensing of technology used in the smartphone market.

4 Aug 2014

Samsung Electronics flags 25% plunge in Q2 profit
Samsung Electronics flags 25% plunge in Q2 profitArticle

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Samsung estimated on Tuesday that its operating profit would plunge nearly 25% on year in the second quarter of 2014, as cheap Chinese devices and a strong won hammered down its share of the global smartphone market.

9 Jul 2014

Samsung launches flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone
Samsung launches flagship Galaxy S5 smartphoneArticle

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Samsung unveiled its new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone, armed with a fingerprint scanner and a built-in heart rate sensor, to defend its place as the world's industry leader.

26 Feb 2014

LG to launch new smartwatch this year
LG to launch new smartwatch this yearArticle

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: LG will launch its first smartwatch in 2014 allowing it to tap into the nascent market for wearable devices seen as the mobile industry's new source of growth.

25 Feb 2014

Samsung seeks to wow mobile world with new smartphone
Samsung seeks to wow mobile world with new smartphoneArticle

MADRID, SPAIN: Samsung aims to take the mobile world by storm by almost certainly unveiling a new Galaxy S5 smartphone with rumoured Apple-fighting features such as a fingerprint scanner and larger screen.

21 Feb 2014

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