It seems the Chinese Government never forgets. As payback for wanting to leave the country in 2010, it is denying Google the right to sell the Nexus 7 in China.
China has the biggest mobile market today, with about 1 billion users. Since smartphones currently constitute a small minority of this industry, there is much room for growth. But with Google mostly absent from China, who will fill in the supposed void? Local e-commerce company Alibaba wants to eventually dominate the market with its own Aliyun OS.
We’ve seen Samsung releasing many dual-SIM phones before, but the next one, if accurate, should take the cake as the most high-profile device to ship with one. It appears Samsung is readying a special version of the recently announced Galaxy Note 2 for the Chinese market.
We have three new HTC phones popping up out of thin air over in China, and, although they don’t look very special, they could be part of the company’s new rebound strategy and therefore on show come September 19.
Both the Xperia TX and SL are up for grabs on Sony’s Chinese official online store, and they are both kind of pricey. The TX, also known in the past as the LT29i or the “Hayabusa”, is very similar to the “T” flagship unveiled in Berlin and expected to come to the US soon via AT&T.
According to Chinese Labor Watch the working conditions at eight Samsung factories, six owned and operated by Samsung, and two suppliers, are inhumane and even illegal in some instances.
You thought that the patent war between Apple and Android was ridiculous before? Wait ‘till you hear about the most recent impending trial! No, this time around it’s not Tim Cook’s company looking to draw blood from a competitor, but… Goophone looking to challenge Apple in a Chinese court.
Samsung says it “audited all HEG employees including face-to-face ID checks, reviewed HR records, and conducted 1:1 interviews with student workers.” The company reports having finished its audit of HEG, and found no underage workers. However, some health-related issues were found, and Samsung demanded that HEG immediately improve its worker conditions.
As far as the American and European markets are concerned, Lenovo might not be a considered a well-known smartphone manufacturer. But according to a recent study, the Chinese company was the second most successful smartphone manufacturer in its home country during the second quarter of 2012, with a market share of 11% of all Chinese smartphone sales in the second quarter. For Lenovo, this is most-welcome progress, as it only ranked seventh in Q1 2012 rankings.
Although the next-generation iPhone hasn’t been officially released, unveiled or detailed by Apple, a Chinese company has already outed a so-called clone based on rumors of how the iPhone 5 might look.