While Chinese manufacturers like Honor, OPPO and Vivo are excelling in all segments in the Indian market certain Chinese manufactures are leaving it. Comio, a Chinese brand backed by TopWise Communication entered India last year in May and aimed to sell about a million units of Comio branded smartphone by March 2018.
However it failed to reach the original target due to its issues with its Chinese promoters. Comio India CEO and director Sanjay Kalirona has intimated the government authorities and its local partners about its hardship it is facing due to the lack of support from its Chinese promoters.
Karolina further says in a email to Gadgets360:
In this journey, it is our bad luck that our parent Chinese company could not give us right products at right time as per market requirements .Worst part has been quality issues faced by us in most of our models and Chinese company did not learn from there mistakes and kept repeating same and [the] conclusion is most of [the] partners, retailers, consumers started losing confidence on the brand. In the current situation, it is very difficult to sustain if as a company we cannot make competitive product so we lost here completely. Chinese promoters also not supported us with enough capital investment to sustain in this competitive market condition
Due to its lack of support from the Chinese promoters and some personal reason, Kalirona announced in the email that he had stepped down from his position from Board of the Company though he continued to work as CEO. He further decided with the Chinese management to close the company’s operations and plans to settle all ending issues, including the payments of creditor’s liabilities by the end of October and clear all statutory liabilities in the next three to four months, eventually closing Comio’s operations in “amicable and peaceful manner”. However, the after sales service will continue for another one year.
He mentioned that the Chinese team members left abruptly in the first week of this month and asked the Indian team to shut down its operations immediately. Kalirona goes on to say that the Chinese team stopped giving satisfactory answers about settling pending issues and as a result that his team is forced to file a police complaint and inform the government regulatory authorities about the present situation of the company.
The executive who previously led the mobile business of Zen Mobile and Intex Technologies prior to joining Comio says:
I am trying my level best in my best possible capacity to support all channel partners and team to get their dues cleared. I have given one-time price support to all partners to liquidate their stocks. We also cleared all schemes and pay out of distributors till October 2018. We also billed stock to all partners against their credit balance in appearing in our books. Even in this situation, we are running 400 TCSA to help partners to liquidate their stocks. We are smoothly running after sales services and clearing all DOA of partners
Kalirona also says that while few partners are presently chasing the Casio Indian employees to take back the stocks or provide additional support, all the employees are under “tremendous pressure” due to the Chinese authorities asking them to leave their job and giving no clarity on the settlement of dues. Few of the employees including the Head of Corporate Communication of Comio India recently quit.
In this tough time, Comio India expects some support and patience from its partners. However I can assure you that Comio India team is still behind all of you for supporting to resolve your day to day issues and I am managing all backend operations to support you all. In terms of price support and scheme support, I have already done my best possible efforts to support the partners
He further ensured that he will continue until the Chinese promoters of the company come to India and take the charge of Comio India or the government bodies to intervene in the ongoing issues.
Sony Mobile to Pull out from India, Australia, Canada, South America, Mexico, Africa, and the Middle East!
When it comes to innovations, Sony Mobile has been in the forefront of the news for quiet a long time. In fact, we must thank the Japanese technology giant for helping to shape several devices into what it is today. However, despite the success in technology, Sony Mobile has been falling back in one crucial region, Sales.
Despite having success in the mobile business a few years ago, Sony has fell back terribly in terms of sales recently. Now Sony corporation has decided to stop their mobile business in countries like India, Australia, Canada, South America, Mexico, Africa, and the Middle East.
The new move comes as a step to prevent further loss to the company in their mobile business. Sony will be concentrating their mobile business on Japan, Europe, Taiwan, and Hong Kong markets where they still have a name of their own. Recently, the Xperia mobile division of Sony corporation, which was a separate entity, has been collapsed into new division called Electronics Products and Solutions, alongside TV, audio, and camera product lines.
While they were the first to introduce several features when the android boom took place, the slow adoption of industry trends and the lack of innovations after the successful beginning made them to lose the majority of their market share. Precisely speaking, their market share was reduced to less than 1% by 2018, according to Counterpoint Research.
Sony has said that their aim is to cut operational costs by 50% through this strategic move and thereby concentrate on smaller markets. Through this move Sony is planning to drive it’s mobile division to profits by the first financial year of 2020. But it is unclear why Sony has decided to pull out of these countries, where Sony has made a reputation for their quality, instead of releasing new smartphones at better prices.
Huawei’s Android Ban will not Affect Existing Users, Android Confirms!
Huawei is in a huge turmoil and latest developments indicates that the chinese tech giant will be facing a harsh season ahead. Huawei is one of the most valued smartphone company in the world, with second place in worldwide smartphone sales.
Apart from this Huawei is also a forerunner in manufacturing telecom servers and is one of the leading forces behind the 5G adoption. But developments that happened a few months ago revealed Huawei’s smartphones and telecom equipment are potentially being used for espionage for the chinese government.
As a result of it, Trump administration in US has passed an executive order to bar companies in US from providing materials to Huawei, along with the restriction on using Huawei products. While the tech giant made clear that they have enough stock to continue production, Google has stepped forward and declared that they will suspend huawei’s android support.
Google‘s move has put the company under tremendous pressure since they wont be able to use Google Playstore and Play services in Huawei smartphones from now on. It also means that existing Huawei users will not be getting any android or security updates from now on. While Huawei will still have access to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Google will not lend any support to the company in hardware or software developments.
Huawei has finally broken the silence on the issue by making the following statement:
Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry. Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.
As the turmoil continues, sources reveals that Huawei has been working on it’s own OS foreseeing this situation for a few years, and will be rolling out the upcoming devices with this OS. At the same time, reports suggests that Intel and Qualcomm will be following Google’s steps and will stop providing chips to Huawei. However, this will not be a major blow to the chinese tech giant, since they have their own HiSilicon chipset which are already deployed in several devices.
Another reports reveals that Taiwan has followed the steps of US government and has restricted the use of Huawei telecom servers amidst fear of espionage activities. The new events will surely make a huge negative impact in the overall business of Huawei worldwide.
And this is the official statement from Android regarding the situation explaining that the ban wouldn’t affect the existing Huawei/Honor devices:
For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.
— Android (@Android) May 20, 2019
Xiaomi Shows Off 100W Super Charge Turbo, To be seen first on upcoming Redmi flagship!
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is finally back in the innovation game after a while now. This time, they have come up with something in the charging department. A few weeks back, the brand unveiled the fastest wireless charging technology which could output up to 20W.
This time, they have taken the wired charging to the next level by introducing Super Charge Turbo which can offer up to 100W (expected to be 20V/5A). This could charge a 4,000 mAh battery from 0 to 100% in just 17 minutes. To put this in perspective, the current leading wired charging is Oppo’s SuperVOOC Flash Charge 50W (10V/5A) and Huawei’s 55W fast charging. This will be twice as fast as the current charging techniques.
Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi has officially teased Super Charge Turbo on Weibo by publishing a video where this new charging technique is compared on a smartphone with 4000 mAh battery against the Oppo R17 Pro which has a 3,700 mAh battery and 50W SuperVOOC flash charge. The Oppo R17 Pro will take around 35 minutes for a complete charge using its SuperVOOC flash charge. Take a look at the video below:
Moreover, Lu Weibing, president of Redmi division has announced that the sub-brand Redmi will be the first from Xiaomi to mass produce and implement the Xiaomi Super Charge Turbo which is quite surprising as the brand has decided to focus on the Redmi lineup more than the original Mi lineup. There were rumors in the past regarding an upcoming flagship Redmi smartphone. This technology will be seen in this next flagship which will be featuring Snapdragon 855 chipset.
There is no exact timeline regarding the arrival of this technology or the smartphone harnessing this feature. We’ll have to wait as of now for the brand to reveal further details. Till then, stay tuned for updates.
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