7-11: Xiaomi announced Redmi has reached 110 million units shipment within 3 years; LG is expected to lower its smartphone shipment target for 2Q16 to 15 million; etc.

Xiaomi announced Redmi has reached 110 million units shipment within 3 years; LG is expected to lower its smartphone shipment target for 2Q16 to 15 million; Apple new devices in 2017 might be all-glass devices; 3D glasses are provided by Hon Hai (Foxconn), Biel Crystal and Lens Technology; IC Insights to lower its semiconductor market growth forecast for 2016 to negative 1%; etc.

Chipset
The weak global economy and poor DRAM market conditions have prompted IC Insights to lower its semiconductor market growth forecast for 2016 to negative 1%. IC Insights forecasts 2016 global GDP growth of only 2.3%, which is below the 2.5% level that is considered to be the global recession threshold. (Digitimes, IC Insights, press, Tuicool)

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Touch Display
Taiwan-based LCD panel maker Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) is expanding its operations in southeastern China. CPT has disclosed that its Fujian-based joint-venture Kornerstone Materials Technology (KMTC), which makes alumino-silicate cover glass, is installing a 5.5G furnace which will come into operation by the end of 2016. (Digitimes, press, CENA, Hexun)
Battery
Oxford University has shown how the natural movement of bacteria could be harnessed to assemble and power microscopic “windfarms” – or other man-made micromachines such as smartphone components. The chaotic swarming effect of dense active matter such as bacteria can be organised to turn cylindrical rotors and provide a steady power source. (CN Beta, Science Daily, Science News, PhysOrg)

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The first graphene based lithium ion battery is introduced by Dongxu Optoelectronics’ subsidy company Shanghai TanYuan. The battery has an excellent performance, which can function at -30°C–80°C, battery recharge lifecycle can be up to 3500 times, and the charging efficiency is 24 times of the ordinary rechargeable battery. (Sina, Hexun, CN Beta, Jiangsu)
Material
Apple new devices in 2017 might be all-glass devices, as is evident in 2 separate patents. The material used to make the phone should be selected based on strength, density and strength-to-weight ratio, among other factors. It also notes that this chemically strengthened glass can be coated with an “oleophobic coating” to minimize fingerprints and smudges as well as an anti-reflective coating for less glare. (CN Beta, Tech.Mic, Business Insider, Tech Republic, Patent 1, Patent 2)
Apple 2017 iPhone reportedly has confirmed to all use 3D glasses, which are provided by Hon Hai (Foxconn), Biel Crystal and Lens Technology. (TechNews, 51Touch)

Connectivity

Global mobile subscribers are demanding richer, global and open IP-based messaging experiences from mobile network operators, according to GSMA. Operator-led services were preferred to existing popular internet-based messaging services, with 79% of people surveyed saying such a service would be relevant to them and 89% regarding them as unique. (Yahoo, Digital Journal, GSMA report, 199IT)

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Smartphones

Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported 38,536 layoffs in U.S. in June 2016, which is a 14.1% decline on year. In the first half of 2016, U.S. companies have had in total 313,754 layoffs, which is 9% increase on year. (TechNews, Toronto SunTalk Business, CNBC, Challenger)

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The Deloitte’s 2016 study includes more than 500 survey responses from senior manufacturing executives around the world. In 2016 the combined global manufacturing GDP of United States, China, Japan, German, Korea and India is 60%, illustrating the superiority of these countries’ manufacturing in the world. (199IT, Deloitte report)
Microsoft, Intel, Cisco Systems and IBM all pay dividends whose yields are higher than the expected revenue growth rates for their current fiscal years. Sales at Microsoft and IBM are expected to fall in the current year, while Cisco revenue is seen flat and Intel sales are expected to creep up 3%.(CN Beta, USA Today)
Xiaomi announced Wu Xiubo, Liu Shishi, and Turbo Liu to be its Redmi series spokespersons. (CN Beta, IT Home, 163)
Xiaomi officially announced that till end June 2016, Redmi has reached 110 million units shipment within 3 years. (CN Beta, iFeng, My Drivers)

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LG is expected to lower its smartphone shipment target for 2Q16 to 15 million from 16.5 million projected previously due to lower-than-expected sales of its G5 (2.5 million units, lower than expected 3-3.5 million units). (Digitimes, press)
Foxconn Electronics announced that its subsidiaries, Chief Expertise, has purchased a 100% stake of Microsoft Mobile (Vietnam), a handset unit of Microsoft Mobile in Vietnam, for VND492 million (USD22 million). (Digitimes, Nikkei, Circuit Assembly, IT Home, PC Pop)
Harvard Robert Putnam’s new book “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” indicates young people from upper-class backgrounds (and their parents) are more likely to use the Internet for jobs, education, political and social engagement, health and news gathering, and less for entertainment and recreation. However, the poorest ones tended to use the devices “in completely different, mindless ways”. (TechNews, Market Watch, Ledger Transcript)
Zopo to launch 3 new smartphones, powered by MediaTek MT6737 processor, with 8MP + 2MP cameras, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, Android 6.0: Color F2 – 5.5” HD 2.5D curved glass display, fingerprint sensor, 2300mAh battery. Color F5 – 5” HD 2.5D curved glass display, fingerprint sensor, 2100mAh battery. Color C3 – 5” HD 2.5D curved glass display, 2100mAh battery. (Zopo, Gizmo China)

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Internet of Things

According to China Robot Industry Alliance, in 2015 FANUC, Yaskawa from Japan, Kuka from Germany and ABB from Sweden occupies China robotic industry market share 18%, 12%, 14%, and 13.5%, respectively, combined 34.5%. The remainder 8% are being shared by a huge a number of corporations. (CN Beta, Tech.China, Tencent)

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Developments in robotics and technology mean more and more white collar jobs are being automated and performed by machines. Estimates of the impact of robotic automation vary, but market research by Forrester forecasts that automation will replace 12 million jobs in the U.S. by 2025. (SCMP, CN Beta, CNBC, Silicon Angle)
The Huawei Q1, A1, A1 Lite and the Huawei TV Box Pro which is an enhanced version of the Huawei TV Box were announced by the company. (Gizmo China, Xinhuanet, Sina, My Drivers)

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