5-4: Samsung launches 3rd-gen 14nm LPC process; Rumored Samsung to launch foldable device “smartlet” next year; Apple is not allowed to sell refurbished iPhone in India; etc.

Samsung launches 3rd-gen 14nm LPC process; Rumored Samsung to launch foldable device “smartlet” next year; Apple is not allowed to sell refurbished iPhone in India; Apple to increase iPhone SE orders, plan to manufacture more than 5mln in 2Q16; Fitbit CEO says Apple Watch is “wrong” with what it is doing with Apple Watch; Xiaomi Band 2 is delayed because trouble of mass production; etc.


According Digitimes Research, China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei, Xiaomi and TCL have stepped up their pace of placing chip orders in 2Q16. (Digitimes, press)
Samsung Electronics announces that it will soon be completing development of 3rd-generation LPC (Low-Power Compact) 14nm FinFET process. 3rd-generation LPC has lesser electricity consumption and production cost than 2nd-generation LPP (Low Power Plus). (TechNews, ET News)


Samsung is expected to release a new product next year internally known as “smartlet”, which could be a foldable device. (US Finance Post, Android Community, ET News, CN Beta)
Apple’s patent “Intelligent Stylus” employs sensors, microprocessors and advanced algorithms to capture hand gestures for display on a digital touchscreen. It has replaceable tips carrying unique identification codes readable by specialized sensors embedded within the stylus body. (CN Beta, Apple Insider)



Microsoft has issued a paper that explores the field of wearable tech and takes it to the next level with connected body technology. Tattio, a meeting of personal design and technology, which Microsoft describes as a fabrication process that uses aesthetic appeal and on-skin technology to create temporary metallic smart tattoos of sorts. (CN Beta, Microsoft Research, WinBuzzer)



A rumored leaked shot of Apple iPhone 7’s innards shows the device does in fact feature the connection to the 3.5mm headset jack. (GSM Arena, Apple Insider, Pocket-Lint, IT 168, Yesky)



LeEco new content ecosystem in India, Ecosystem Membership Program, lets customers access local and international movies, TV shows, and music on their LeEco devices. (GSM Arena, PC Mag)
Jolla has announced that it has raised USD12 million to continue working on Sailfish OS and to pursue licensing deals with hardware partners. (CN Beta, ZDNet, Liliputing)


The Indian government has reportedly denied Apple’s application to import and sell refurbished iPhones. (CN Beta, Apple Insider, Bloomberg)
A new supply chain rumor claims that Apple has increased orders for its new iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units in 2Q16, as Apple continues to struggle to keep up with demand for iPhone SE. (Apple Insider, Digitimes, press, CNFOL, 163)
Sterne Agee CRT’s Rob Cihra indicates that Apple following a disappointing fiscal Q2 report a week ago in which sales in that region fell by 26%, the company’s revenue from China will continue to fall 15% in fiscal year of 2016 (ended September 2016), as the entire smartphone market faces struggles. (CN Beta, Barron’s, press, Apple Insider)


Apple is expected to ship 41-43 million iPhone devices in 2Q16 (or Apple’s fiscal third quarter) before ramping up shipments to 45-48 million in 3Q16, according to the latest estimate of Digitimes Research. For all of 2016, total shipments of iPhone devices are expected to reach 210-220 million units, decreasing 4.9-9.2% from a year earlier. (Digitimes, press)
HTC announces Desire 830 and 825 in Taiwan: Desire 830 – 5.5” FHD Super LCD display, MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 13MP OIS + 4MP UltraPixel cameras, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, LTE, 2800mAh battery, NTD9990. Desire 825 – 5.5” HD Super LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 13MP + 5MP cameras, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, LTE, dual-SIM optional, 2700mAh battery, NTD7990. (HTC, Android Central, GSM Arena)


LeEco Le 1s Eco is first LeEco “Made for India” device for India – 5.5” FHD display, MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 13MP + 5MP cameras, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Android 6.0, LTE, USB Type-C, 3000mAh batter, INR9999 bundled with INR4900 a year’s subscription LeEco membership. (Android Central, First Post)



FitBit CEO James Park indicates that FitBit products are often simple, single-mode devices, while Apple Watch is a computing platform, which he deems a wrong way to approach this category from the very beginning. (Apple Insider, New York Times, 163, iFeng)


A Business Insider report on the smartwatch market is forecasting that the Apple Watch will by 2020 account for around 40% of sales in the luxury watch market, which it defines as watches costing at least USD350. (Business Insider, 9to5Mac, CN Beta)
Huami CEO, Huang Wang, revealed that the mass production of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 was facing problems, which is causing delay. (Phone Arena, Gizmo China, IT168, Huanqiu)

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Internet of Things
Microsoft has bought Solair, a company focused on Internet of Things services for businesses. (Engadget, Microsoft, Solair, 163)
According to Gartner, global IoT security spending to hit USD348 million in 2016. (Read/Write, Gartner, report, 199IT)


Google will be adding roughly 100 new 2017 Fiat Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to its lineup of self-driving cars by the end of 2016. (Pocket-Lint, Android Authority, China Times, Sina)
Future Mobility, formed by Tencent, Hon Hai and China Harmony new Energy Auto, has poached autonomous driving personnel from Google and Daimler AG. (CN Beta, Reuters, Yahoo)
Apple recently expanded its health technology team in a big way with the hire of Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert who co-founded Google X labs and most recently served as head of technology at Nest. Matsuoka is working on health initiatives under Apple COO Jeff Williams, who leads a variety of groups handling HealthKit, ResearchKit and the new CareKit app building framework, among other projects. (CN Beta, Apple Insider, Fortune)


Google parent company Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt envisions 6 future technology trends – replacing livestock, learning with technology, 3D printed building, autonomous cars, health on a smartphone, virtual reality and augmented reality. (CN Beta, DNA India, Fortune, article)


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