Technology Bulletin

    • Motorola Launches Smart TV in India
    • Sep 17, 2019
    • "Motorola has launched its smart TV range for the Indian market, bringing a total of six new models. This comes just ahead of the launch of OnePlus TV in I... View More
      "Motorola has launched its smart TV range for the Indian market, bringing a total of six new models. This comes just ahead of the launch of OnePlus TV in India. There is an increase in smartphone OEMs entering the smart TV space. In the price-sensitive and specifications-driven Indian smartphone market, the margins remain wafer-thin. Fierce competition leaves little scope for OEMs to increase the price.  Diversifying into a higher margin product like smart TVs can help increase cash flow.  The low internet prices have also reduced the overall cost of ownership of smart TVs. There is also increasing popularity of OTT applications and online content, which is affecting this market positively. Overall, the popularity of smart TVs in India is growing and represents a lucrative sector for investments. However, it will be challenging to take on the incumbents Xiaomi, Samsung, LG and Sony." - Varun Mishra (Source: India Today)
    • Algar Telecom, the Smallest Brazilian Operator Tes...
    • Sep 17, 2019
    • "Algar Telecom, the smallest Brazilian operator, with presence in only few regions, joined the list of Brazilian operators to test 5G technology. It tested... View More
      "Algar Telecom, the smallest Brazilian operator, with presence in only few regions, joined the list of Brazilian operators to test 5G technology. It tested it in laboratory conditions and only at 3.5 GHz frequency. It did the test with Huawei’s network technology and the Huawei Mate 20X 5G devices. The company’s CEO Jean Carlos Borges noted that currently there are only a handful of 5G devices available in the market, but this should change soon. One of the frequencies that ANATEL (Brazilian telecom regulator) will offer in the first round of 5G spectrum auctions will be 3.5 GHz. Huawei’s technology and the local university, La Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, has been very active in offering 5G testing facilities to the Brazilian operators." - Tina Lu (Source: Tele Sintense)
    • Lenovo Introduces Competition for the Mi Band 4 Be...
    • Sep 17, 2019
    • "Lenovo has launched the Carme smartwatch in India on September 14, with attractive features on health and fitness. The Lenovo Carme smartwatch has a smoot... View More
      "Lenovo has launched the Carme smartwatch in India on September 14, with attractive features on health and fitness. The Lenovo Carme smartwatch has a smooth design and is mainly targetting the fitness freaks. It has a 1.3-inch IPS display which is accompanied with a one-touch sensor to control and manage utilities. Also, it has IP68 waterproof support and dustproof technology. This is going to be a direct competition to the Mi Band 4. With a price tag of INR 3,499 (approx. US$48), this watch has a lot to offer. People who were considering buying the Mi Band 4 for INR 2,682 (approx. US$38) will now reconsider their decision and may go for a smartwatch instead of just a band for a little extra investment." - Abhilash Kumar (Source: India Today)
    • Facebook Rolls out New Video Tools, Plus Instagram...
    • Sep 17, 2019
    • "As short-form content gets popular, Facebook is targeting publishers on its platform by rolling out new features covering live broadcasts, watch party, an... View More
      "As short-form content gets popular, Facebook is targeting publishers on its platform by rolling out new features covering live broadcasts, watch party, and scheduling Instagram/IGTV content for up to six months in advance. Features like support for replays in watch parties and rehearsal in case of live videos are likely to drive user experience as demand in each of these categories grows on Facebook’s platform. However, as the share of live videos by broadcasters increase, Facebook will position itself as an additional platform for broadcasters, if not the only platform, as competition to YouTube remains strong." - Tarun Pathak (Source: Tech Crunch)
    • Apple Arcade: Everything to Know About the Gaming ...
    • Sep 17, 2019
    • "During the iPhone 11 launch event, Apple confirmed that Apple Arcade - Apple's mobile and Mac gaming subscription service - will release on September ... View More
      "During the iPhone 11 launch event, Apple confirmed that Apple Arcade - Apple's mobile and Mac gaming subscription service - will release on September 19, priced at just US$4.99 per month for unlimited access to over 100 exclusive games. The service fee looks quite cheap as Apple Arcade's automatic Family Sharing plan allows for up to six family members to share the same subscription for just one monthly fee. Apple's push into gaming can be explained as part of its effort to expand the media/content business amid slowing growth in the global smartphone market. It will be a compelling reason to keep its loyal customers tied up in Apple's ecosystem by giving exclusive access to video gaming experiences through Apple's devices. As Apple device users tend to spend more on mobile app purchases/subscriptions than Android phone users, Apple can drive the subscription service model as a new growth engine contributing to its earnings significantly in the future." - Liz Lee (Source: CNET)
    • Qualcomm Acquires TDK to Boost Content in 5G Smart...
    • Sep 17, 2019
    • "Qualcomm has acquired TDK's remaining stake in the joint venture, RF360 Holdings, which developed RF front-end (RFFE) components such as filters, ampl... View More
      "Qualcomm has acquired TDK's remaining stake in the joint venture, RF360 Holdings, which developed RF front-end (RFFE) components such as filters, amplifiers and tuner modules for 5G smartphones. Qualcomm entered into a partnership with TDK to focus on developing RFFE parts that connect cellular modems to antennas, which have historically been separate components inside smartphones and other cellular devices. This RFFE technology is highly crucial for delivering faster speeds and greater reliability on 5G mobile devices as it operates on higher frequency airwave bands. The acquisition will enable Qualcomm to deliver highly integrated and optimized end-to-end solution as a package to device OEMs. The solution will play a key role to enhance a device's battery life, reception, call quality and data speeds." - Hanish Bhatia (Source: Venture Beat)  
    • Bosch to Use CATL’s Cells in Its 48V Batteries
    • Sep 10, 2019
    • "Despite calls from European Union politicians for in-house cell manufacturing, this is the right move by Bosch to outsource cell manufacturing to CATL. Cu... View More
      "Despite calls from European Union politicians for in-house cell manufacturing, this is the right move by Bosch to outsource cell manufacturing to CATL. Currently, it has become difficult even for the world’s largest automotive supplier (Bosch) to enter cell manufacturing, given the initial investments, and economies of scale of big battery companies like CATL. Bosch is rightly focusing on its strengths, and aiming to maintain its leadership position in other segments rather than enter new verticals amid a market downturn. CATL, on the other hand, is set to become one of the leading global battery company, aiming for 50 GWh capacity by 2020. Its recent wins include top automakers like Toyota, VW, BMW, SAIC, and others." - Aman Madhok (Source: Gasgoo)
    • Tesla Battery Researcher Claims Development of Cel...
    • Sep 10, 2019
    • "Tesla’s battery research partner has released a paper on developing battery cells that could last over one million miles, particularly useful for ro... View More
      "Tesla’s battery research partner has released a paper on developing battery cells that could last over one million miles, particularly useful for robo-taxis. Jeff Dahn and his lab, battery researchers for Tesla, have released test results for this new Li-Ion battery. Having extensively tested these cells under different conditions and cycles, Dahn’s team conclude they can last two to three times longer than Tesla’s current battery cells. Tesla, having a million-mile battery and manufacturing its own cells by next year, will be a major disrupter with a competitive advantage in the EV space.  Availability of such long-range batteries, with their lower cost per mile operation and longevity, can bring robo-taxis and autonomous EV fleets closer to reality." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: Electrek)
    • Ford Cancels Plan to Unify China Sales System
    • Sep 10, 2019
    • "Ford has scrapped its plan to combine sales from its joint ventures (JVs) - with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. and Jiangling Motors Group – and c... View More
      "Ford has scrapped its plan to combine sales from its joint ventures (JVs) - with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. and Jiangling Motors Group – and create a unified national sales company. China remains a challenging automotive market with many JVs satisfying the interests of both the partners had to be a daunting task. The rationale behind the above plan was that a unified company will improve operational efficiencies amid declining sales. However, cross-distribution of sales, among the above JV partners, for Ford's SUV – Territory, failed due to a breakdown in the relationship of the JV partners." - Aman Madhok (Source: the Japan News)
    • Didi to Launch Robo-Taxis in China
    • Sep 10, 2019
    • "The company plans to launch robo-taxis in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen by 2020 and outside of China by 2021. Cabs travel long distances and can become ... View More
      "The company plans to launch robo-taxis in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen by 2020 and outside of China by 2021. Cabs travel long distances and can become useful sources of data for autonomous vehicles (AV). Ride-hailing companies like Didi can also considerably reduce trip costs with AVs in the long run. Didi accounts for 90% share in Chinese ride-hailing market and has the potential to account for a considerable share in vehicle sales and the global AV market. The company is recently becoming aggressive in the AV market. In 2018, Didi formed a partnership with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to procure electric autonomous vehicles. In 2019, Toyota invested US$ 600 million in Didi and formed a JV to develop connected vehicles and EVs in China. The company is also in talks with SoftBank to raise funding for its autonomous driving unit, which became an independent company this year." - Aman Madhok (Source: Reuters)

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