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Lenovo Looks to Double Down on India

Lenovo Looks To Double Down On India

According to new reports, Lenovo is ranked 4th in the Indian smartphone market with plans reach No.2 by next year. On Monday, International Data Corporation revealed its latest Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker for the Asia Pacific region. In this report, IDC reported that 28.3 million smartphones were shipped to India in the third quarter, up over 21 percent from last year. Samsung, Micromax, and Intex hold the top three spots in the market, respectively, while Lenovo1 as a group with Lenovo-owned Motorola jumped 58.6 percent quarter-on-quarter to seize the fourth spot. Lenovo-Motorola captured 9.5 percent of the smartphone market, mainly driven by the Lenovo K3 Note, A6000 plus, and third generation Moto G. While this jump is impressive, Lenovo plans to increase its local production in the region to climb even higher on the charts. We will increase the local production to 10 million units next year. Right now, we have a peak capacity of 6 million, said Chen Xudong, President of Mobile Business Group of Lenovo and Chairman of Motorola Mobility’s Operating Board, in a statement to Economic Times. We are changing strategy and putting India2 in the first wave of product launches, which was not the case before.

Lenovo also plans to start exporting from its existing facility in Chennai and bring its customizable smartphone program Moto Maker to India.

It’s logistically easier for us to ship multiple phones, each with its own customization, locally than shipping a single customized phone from China, said Xudong on the launch of Moto Maker, which will initially be limited to customizing the back panels of smartphones.

Photo: Creative Commons Flickr: Zaenani Trianto.

Tata Group India’s most creative brand: TRA Research Study

Tata Group India's Most Creative Brand: TRA Research Study PTI1 New Delhi Last Updated: November 27, 2015 | 16:24 IST Tata Group India's Most Creative Brand: TRA Research Study

Industrialist Ratan Tata. South Korean multinational company Samsung Mobiles ranked second on creativity followed by LG and Sony, at the third and fourth place, respectively. Salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group2 has been ranked as India’s most creative brand, according to a TRA Research study.

Brands insights company TRA Research, formerly Trust Research Advisory, conducted the study in 16 cities.

“Creativity is not just viewed from a point of novelty, entertainment and utility alone, but from a position of future risk amelioration and protection. Tata3 is a pioneer, one willing to take risks and go through unchartered territories to deliver better or new solutions. When brands display creativity, they demonstrate an ‘intellectual’ ability to deal with the future better,” TRA Chief Executive Officer N Chandramouli said in a statement. South Korean multinational company Samsung Mobiles ranked second on creativity followed by LG and Sony, at the third and fourth place, respectively.

Japanese firm Honda was ranked at the fifth spot, succeeded by technology giants Hewlett Packard (HP) at sixth and Dell at seventh.

Nokia, Maruti Suzuki and Bajaj bagged the eighth, ninth and tenth spots, respectively.


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Lenovo eyeing to double India smartphone fabrication to 10 million units by 2016

Lenovo, which possesses the Motorola brand, proposes to almost double local fabrication to 10 million mobile units per annum next year, as it eyes to turn into the No.

2 smartphone brand in the best ever rising market internationally.

Lenovo Eyeing To Double India Smartphone Fabrication To 10 Million Units By 2016


Chinese smartphone manufacturer also eyes to export from its subsisting plant in Chennai and will append additional models from both brands to be made in the local market. Lenovo proposes to bring the well-known phone customization program Moto Maker to India , after rolling out it in the US and Brazilian zones. Chen Xudong, president of a mobile business group of Lenovo and chairman of Motorola Mobility s operating board stated, We will increase the local production to 10 million units next year. Right now, we have a peak capacity of 6 million. Chen added that the Moto Maker programme will be capable of taking wings faster in the Indian market on account of large scale local fabrication.

It s logistically easier for us to ship multiple phones, each with its own customization, locally than shipping a single customised phone from China, added Chen.

At first, Moto Maker will permit people to customize the back pages of their handsets. The company proposes to roll out international products during the first wave at the side of foremost global markets, a never before move and plans to make use of the Indian group s creative might for worldwide launches. The company s plans underline the significance of Indian zone that stands among the top five internationally for the firm, by capacity as well as proceeds.

Lenovo-Motorola united is No.

4 smartphone manufacturer by capacity at 9.5 percent in the Indian market, and No.

3 by worth at 11 per cent, according to IDC s September quarter discoveries.

We are changing strategy and putting India in the first wave of product launches, which was not the case before, added up Xudong.

Facebook stops syncing contacts on Android phones, BlackBerry 10 still best …

Facebook Stops Syncing Contacts On Android Phones, BlackBerry 10 Still Best ...I’ve always said that BlackBerry OS 101 is the best mobile platform for communications and it turns out that some recent experiences confirm that is still the case today even with the latest and greatest smartphones.

My cousin texted me a couple of days ago asking if I could help fix a new issue with his Samsung Galaxy S6. All of his Facebook contacts were now missing from the contacts application. After testing various Android phones I found it wasn’t working for me either. It turns out that Facebook disabled contact syncing sometime over the past two months.

Android issues

I always setup my Exchange, Gmail, and Facebook accounts for syncing contact data on my various devices. I rely on my Exchange and Google accounts for my contact list, but like when Facebook profile images and other missing data is filled in by Facebook. Facebook sync also lets me find friends who I don’t have in my regular contact list. If you now go into the Facebook settings on Android you will find that the Sync Now option is grayed out and no longer an option.

I searched in my contact list for contacts I know are only in Facebook and they no longer appear. Facebook support officially confirmed this change2 and a number of websites and forums have also confirmed the removal. Facebook stated, “Unfortunately, this feature is no longer available. If you would like to provide feedback to the product team about this, please visit our Help Center.”

There have been many suggestions about workarounds, such as installing older versions of the Facebook app, but in the end it looks like all methods eventually fail and Facebook contact sync can no longer be used. You can go into the Facebook app, search for a particular person, and then find their contact information on the About page, but that it a tedious exercise.

Hopefully, Facebook flips the switch back to provide this support, but if it has been two months without an update so I wouldn’t be too hopeful.

iOS issues

I have never had great experiences with iOS Contacts, primarily because of a lack of consistency in performance. There is still a Contacts sync toggle in the Facebook settings and you can filter your contacts by group, including Facebook, in the Contacts application. However, iOS seems to have a random selection process for which contacts appear from Facebook. I am missing a ton in the iOS Contacts app while there are about 30 present when I filter to just Facebook. There is also an option at the bottom of the Facebook settings to sync Facebook photos to your contact list, but again I only see that work for some contacts. I discovered the Sync.Me app a couple years ago and that does a much better job of syncing Facebook photos as contact photos.

So it appears that Facebook sync is still working for iOS, but it’s as unreliable and inconsistent as it has always been.

Windows Phone issues and successes

Windows Phone has always had Facebook integration at the core of the OS. I am running Windows Phone 10 on my Lumia 830 and am experiencing issues now with Facebook in my contacts list. I also tested out Windows Phone 8 on an HTC M8 to check Facebook contact functionality. On my Lumia 830 with Windows 10 I can see these Facebook only contacts in the People application, but when I tap on their name a blue screen (Facebook splash screen) appears and then I get kicked back out to the all applications screen. It appears Facebook contact syncing may be broken here as well, but I don’t have the official version of Windows 10 Mobile on a Lumia 950 so this failure could be the result of a buggy OS at the moment. I would be interested in hearing from those with a Lumia 950.

On the HTC One M8, Facebook contacts sync works perfectly and all of my Facebook only contacts appear and are fully accessible. It seems Windows Phone 8 is a solid platform for Facebook contact sync, even with the same Facebook app as Windows Mobile 10. I have Facebook version 8.3.7 installed on both phones.

BlackBerry OS 10 successes

I recently picked up my third BlackBerry Passport3 and Facebook contact syncing works flawlessly. All the contact details, latest profile photo, recent Facebook updates, and recent activity are all viewable right from within the Contacts application on the BlackBerry Passport. You can even start typing the name of the person at any time and quickly have their contact information appear in the universal search utility.

BlackBerry 10 OS remains the clear winner when it comes to efficient communications and this Facebook sync issue is just one example.


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China is cutting mobile phone services in its Muslim-heavy far west

China s government shut down mobile phone service in the far west territory of Xinjiang for residents using common tools to evade internet censorship after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, The New York Times reported today (Nov. 24).1

Beijing has publicly pledged to wipe out homegrown terrorists2 in Xinjiang, who are often conflated with separatists from the Muslim Uyghur ethnic groups in the region, since the Paris attacks. State media reported3 last week that 28 terrorists under the command of a foreign extremist group were killed in a 56-day police raid in Xinjiang. The army is reportedly using flamethrowers4 to rout out suspects from caves. The next step appears to be targeting people who use tools the government fears could be used to plan attacks or contact accomplices overseas. Xinjiang police began cutting mobile phone service of people who had downloaded foreign messaging apps and other software last week. One local resident told the Times people affected include:

  • People who haven t linked their identification to their mobile number. (Starting Sept. 1, a real-name registration policy5 requires all Chinese residents to link their mobile numbers with their identification.)
  • People who use VPNs, or virtual private networks, to cloak their locations to get access to banned websites.
  • People who have downloaded foreign messaging apps including WhatsApp or Telegram.

The shutdowns in the Xinjiang region, home to an estimated 10 million Muslim Uyghurs, are targeting activity that is widespread across China. WhatsApp is much less popular in China than homegrown WeChat but still has an estimated 23 million6 users there, while Telegram was popular with groups including human rights lawyers7 and their supporters until it was blocked earlier this year. As many as 90 million Chinese may use VPNs to jump the Great Firewall, tech analysts estimate8.

China s Great Firewall the elaborate machinery that the government uses to censor the internet includes a long list9 of banned foreign websites or services, including Facebook and Twitter, which are deemed politically sensitive. In 2009, the internet was completely shut down for almost six months in Xinjiang, after riots between local Uyghurs and the Han Chinese. People whose phones are affected are notified by text message, and asked to consult the cyber police at their local police station. One resident told the Times his phone service will be halted for three days for jumping the Great Firewall. Another one said it was unclear when his might return. Some of China s internet users complained about the suspensions on Twitter-like Sina Weibo, while others supported the crackdown. Several Weibo users from Xinjiang said their phone service was still suspended more than a week after the Paris attacks.

The mobile service suspension in Xinjiang could just be a blueprint for a full shutdown in China, whenever the government considers it is necessary, some worried. This trick can be used in Xinjiang, then it can be used in the whole country in the future, one blogger wrote10 (link in Chinese, registration required). To those who support controls, in case the government reaches out to control you one day, please copy your comment here, post it on your bedside, and smile to it a hundred times a day.

The discussion about Xinjiang s mobile phone service suspension is being partly censored online.


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