7-22: Samsung sues Huawei for patent infringement in China; LG has reportedly started developing foldable displays; Cando has announced bankruptcy; etc.

Samsung sues Huawei for patent infringement in China; Samsung acquired stake in BYD for CNY3bln; LG has reportedly started developing foldable displays; Cando has announced bankruptcy; Vodafone and Huawei have successfully squeezed 23.453Gbps over the airwaves in a test of what could form part of the standard for 5G mobile tech; etc.

Chipset

Samsung Electronics is to pay CNY3 billion (USD450 million) for a stake in BYD. The Samsung investment has been made through Chinese subsidiary Shanghai Samsung Semiconductor and gives it a 1.92% stake in BYD. Samsung indicates this investment is to boost its automotive chip business. (CN Beta, Fortune)
AMD has announced revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 of USD1,027 million, operating loss of USD8 million, and net income of USD69 million. (Venture Beat, NASDAQ, The Register, CN Beta, AMD)

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Gartner expects semiconductor industry capital spending to decline to USD64.3 billion in 2016, down nearly 1% compared with 2015. Economic instability, inventory excess, weak demand for PC’s, tablets, and mobile products in the past three years has caused slow growth for the semiconductor industry. (Gartner, press, data, EE Times)

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Touch Display

LG has reportedly started developing foldable displays. As LG is also developing its own foldable displays followed by Samsung, commercialization of foldable Smart devices is going to approach very soon. (Phone Arena, ET News, iFeng, TechNews)
Touch panel vendor TPK-KY’s investment subsidy Cando has announced bankruptcy. As TPK-KY has already dealt with the financial issue with Cando, this does not impact the former’s financial status much. (OfWeek, TechNews)

Sensors

Softbank and Honda will work on developing technology that allows a vehicle to analyze speech through the use cameras and in-car sensor, as well as gauge the driver’s emotions, engage in conversation, or offer assistance. (The Verge, Reuters, Tom, PC Pop)

Connectivity

A large number of software applications created for managing and interconnecting mobile networks around the world may be vulnerable to a remote code execution (RCE) flaw that can allow attackers to take over crucial equipment, US-CERT has warned. GSM and LTE mobile networks around the world are affected by this serious security flaw. (CN Beta, Softpedia, US-CERT)
Vodafone and Huawei have successfully squeezed 23.453Gbps over the airwaves in a test of what could form part of the standard for 5G mobile tech. The trial, which took place at Vodafone’s HQ in Newbury, saw the companies using the 70GHz radio frequency (RF) band to deliver ultrafast speeds of over 20Gbps, as well as deliver 10Gbps speeds to multiple users at the same time. (Economic Times, PC Mag, CN Beta)

Smartphones

Samsung sues Huawei in China for CNY80.5 million claiming that the latter’s products including Mate 8, Honor has infringed 6 patents belong to Samsung. (CN Beta, 163, Sohu)

Tablets

HTC is reportedly planning to release HTC Vive-branded PCs bundled with its HTC Vive to provide consumers VR solutions at a friendlier price. HTC will acquire PCs from HP and rebrand them under HTC Vive. (Digitimes, press, IT Home)

Wearables

For the first time, the worldwide smartwatch market saw a YoY decline of 32%, according to IDC. Smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in 2Q16, which was down substantially from the 5.1 million shipped a year ago. Apple held the top rank by shipping 1.6 million watches. (IDC, press, Apple Insider, 163, ChinaZ)

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Google hires former Samsung VR exec Matt Apfel to work on Daydream. (Variety, TechCrunch, Zhulu)

Internet of Things

The alleged Apple Car coded “Project Titan: was planned to release in 2019-2020, yet rumor says it has been delayed until 2021. Computing power issues and a recent change in leadership are to blame for the delay. (Digital Trends, CN Beta, The Information)
Xiaomi has announced a brand new 360° Rotating Mi Home White Smart Camera for CNY399. It  can take 360° panorama photos, along with 85° wide vertical viewing angle. It comes with a large f/1.8 aperture lens. The camera can capture videos at a maximum resolution of 1920 ×1080. (CN Beta, Gizmo China)

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