Technology Bulletin

    • Lyft Looks Set to Beat Uber to IPO
    • Feb 26, 2019
    • "Valued at US$15.1 billion in closed private markets, Lyft’s IPO valuation is being estimated at US$20 billion to US$25 billion. As Lyft’s fili... View More

      "Valued at US$15.1 billion in closed private markets, Lyft’s IPO valuation is being estimated at US$20 billion to US$25 billion. As Lyft’s filing is expected to publicly disclose full-year numbers and other business indicators for the first time, it should provide an interesting factual insight into the shared mobility industry dynamics." - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: ET Auto)

    • Tesla Commences Model 3 Deliveries in China Ahead ...
    • Feb 26, 2019
    • "In a significant breakthrough, Tesla has begun delivering Model 3 cars in China ahead of schedule, looking to recover sales impacted by a prolonged trade ... View More

      "In a significant breakthrough, Tesla has begun delivering Model 3 cars in China ahead of schedule, looking to recover sales impacted by a prolonged trade face-off between China and the United States. Tesla's sales have been severely impacted by high tariffs levied at 40%, versus 15% earlier, on American built vehicles since last July. With China temporarily lifting an additional 25% tariff, Tesla is aggressively pushing its sales with a more, affordable Model 3 during this opportune and perhaps short window.
      While Tesla currently imports all its cars, it is rapidly building a factory in Shanghai that will eventually manufacture Model 3 locally in China, in an effort to protect its foothold in the world’s largest EV automotive market.
      " - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: Yahoo News)

    • Daimler and BMW Invest €1B to Consolidate Their Po...
    • Feb 26, 2019
    • "The partnership was formed to create a win-win situation for both the companies through synergies and pooled resources: Integrator apps – Moov... View More
      "The partnership was formed to create a win-win situation for both the companies through synergies and pooled resources:
      • Integrator apps – Moovel (Daimler), ReachNow (BMW) – will benefit from a merged customer base
      • Charging – ChargeNow (Daimler), Digital Charging Solutions (BMW) – will lead to cost savings with pooled technology and infrastructure
      • Car Sharing – Car2go (Daimler), DriveNow (BMW) – will help expansion in other geographies (North America and Germany) and restrict new entrants, especially smaller players entering the market
      • Ride-hailing - mytaxi (Daimler) and ReachNow (BMW) – can compete better with Uber (which has strengthened its position in the US), Didi and Lyft, which have deep pockets (especially with expected IPOs). 
      The central pillar of the partnership is electric and autonomous vehicles for shared mobility services. The new investment is a move to guard their (Daimler and BMW) positions against the technology companies in their respective markets." - Aman Madhok
       
    • Didi Expanding Business in LATAM
    • Feb 26, 2019
    • "Didi is planning to continue expanding its geographic coverage, entering Chile, Peru and Colombia. It will first enter Chile. Didi is already recruit... View More

      "Didi is planning to continue expanding its geographic coverage, entering Chile, Peru and Colombia. It will first enter Chile. Didi is already recruiting in Chile, but it doesn’t have a country manager and neither does it have a launch date. Chile would be the third country in the LATAM region to have Didi’s presence. In January 2018, it spent, US$1 billion purchasing “significant majority of stakes” of 99, the biggest taxi-hailing app in Brazil. In December 2018, Didi launched operations in Mexico. 
      LATAM’s ride-hailing business is growing, but it is also facing increasing opposition from the local taxi operators and lawmakers. In the case of Chile, Didi is entering the market quite late. Uber entered Chile five years ago, and there are already two other players in a market that has a population of only 19 million. Didi is looking for international growth, but we are not sure whether it would be worth fighting already established players in Chile." - Tina Lu

      (Source: Venture Beat)

    • QCOM Announces Next-Generation 5G Chips for Connec...
    • Feb 26, 2019
    • "At MWC this week Qualcomm Inc, announced a diverse range of new generation 5G networking chips for applications beyond smartphones and including connected... View More

      "At MWC this week Qualcomm Inc, announced a diverse range of new generation 5G networking chips for applications beyond smartphones and including connected cars. While Qualcomm’s existing embedded chips are already connecting vehicles to the internet, these 5G chips will connect cars to other vehicles, as well as traffic signs and signals, supporting the upgrade to new levels of autonomous applications. As it looks to recover from the impact of losing Apple as a major customer, Qualcomm isn’t losing any time!" - Vinay Piparsania

      (Source: Reuters)

    • Google Assistant Action Grew 2.5 Times to 4253 in ...
    • Feb 19, 2019
    • "Google Assistant trying hard to match Alexa in terms of the number of available skills. So far, Google Assistant Action has reached 7.2% of the total Alex... View More

      "Google Assistant trying hard to match Alexa in terms of the number of available skills. So far, Google Assistant Action has reached 7.2% of the total Alexa skills available in the United States. Google already has a rich experience of ecosystem expansion with its Android platform. It will try to replicate that using partnerships and building developer ecosystems. However, voice-tech user experience design will be different from traditional screen-based UX design. It is a new user interface and needs a totally new ground-up approach for the developer. Therefore, it needs a multimodal program to educate developers and encourage consumer-centric brands to invest in voice tech. The platform with maximum touchpoints along with better user experience is likely to win in the long run." - Pavel Naiya

      (Source: Tech Crunch)

    • Almost 130 Thousand Chileans Have Already Register...
    • Feb 19, 2019
    • "ODECU (Chilean Consumer Rights Organization) is suing Apple for slowing down the older version of iPhones. The filing includes the iPhone 7 and older mode... View More

      "ODECU (Chilean Consumer Rights Organization) is suing Apple for slowing down the older version of iPhones. The filing includes the iPhone 7 and older models, including the iPhone 5C. The federal court accepted the filing on January 25, 2019. By February 5, 2019, the ODECU had already 130,000 iPhone owners who filled the form adhering to public demand. The lawsuit requires Apple to compensate for CLP 126,000/US$190 per user. 
      Chile has Apple’s third largest user base in the LATAM region. There are more than 2.5 million iPhone 7 and older iPhones currently in use in Chile. If the lawsuit succeeds, it could cost Apple millions of dollars and set a precedent for other LATAM markets to pursue the same kind of litigation. If the lawsuit fails, it will affect Apple’s brand and force Apple to spend resources to fix this issue." - Tina Lu

      (Source: Latercera)

    • Qualcomm Chipset for Affordable Phones
    • Feb 19, 2019
    • "Qualcomm is reportedly working on a new chipset which will be used for entry level phones. This chipset is codenamed as QM215 and will not be the part of ... View More

      "Qualcomm is reportedly working on a new chipset which will be used for entry level phones. This chipset is codenamed as QM215 and will not be the part of Snapdragon series. It will be marketed as Qualcomm Mobile 215 Platform
      This chipset has a similar architecture as the Snapdragon 410 and 425 and is going to be a quad-core CPU (with Cortex-A53 cores) with frequency of 1.3GHz and a GPU with frequency 650MHz.
      There is no official announcement from Qualcomm regarding the chipset, but this can be a move to diversify its portfolio. With this move, Qualcomm will have a fair presence in entry level as well as premium segment.
      " - Abhilash Kumar

      (Source: GSM Arena)

    • Sound Emitting Displays
    • Feb 19, 2019
    • "LG has always been an OEM which introduced new technology in their phones. It will launch the LG G8 with a sound emitting display. Last year at CES, LG la... View More

      "LG has always been an OEM which introduced new technology in their phones. It will launch the LG G8 with a sound emitting display. Last year at CES, LG launched a wallpaper TV which used this technology. It has taken almost a year to get this to a smartphone. Vivo showcased the same technology in their new NEX smartphone, although it was just a technology showcase as the device was a beta product. I think it's the same LG technology, not sure though. 
      The implications of this tech:
      1. This will increase the IP rating of the phones as it will be sealed tighter and there will be fewer holes. 
      2. This will enable full-screen displays as there would be no need for an earpiece.
      3. If there is no notch, you can use the phone upside down! 
      Apart from this, introduction of TOF sensor for the front camera will enable AR features. But this also means there will be a notch!
      " - Parv Sharma

      (Source: The Verge)

    • Growing Interest in Foldable Devices
    • Feb 19, 2019
    • "After Samsung's announcement of a possible launch of smartphones with foldable display this year, there has been increasing interest from different OE... View More

      "After Samsung's announcement of a possible launch of smartphones with foldable display this year, there has been increasing interest from different OEMs to explore foldable smartphones. We think that it is still unclear how convenient foldable phones will be for consumers while still promising a better smartphone user experience. However, Google has announced its support for flexible designs which means developers will pitch-in soon. TCL, in this case, can leverage this opportunity to bring back Blackberry and Palm in the premium market." - Tarun Pathak

      (Source: CNET)

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