In China, the biggest search engine on the block isn't Google; it's Baidu. Baidu has announced the launch of a mobile browser to compete with UCWeb, Google, and Apple within the country. Mobile browsers are important within China because a huge number of people access the Internet on mobile devices.
Another set of photos appears to have been leaked of the iPhone 5, the next generation Apple smartphone set to be revealed - or so we've heard - some time next month. What these photos reveal is some high definition angles on the front panel of the phone showing how it will compare to the iPhone that's currently on the market as Apple's hero device. This next-generation iPhone continues to appear to have a 4-inch display with essentially the same wideness of body that the previous generation has right this minute.
A report from China today suggests that suppliers behind the production of the new iPhone - or iPhone 5, if you prefer, are finding manufacturing numbers to be a bit lower than planned due to shortage of materials. This report comes from DigiTimes, a publication that has a mixed record for accuracy, but has produced early Asia-based supply news well in advance of official Apple sources in the past. Numbers of iPhone 5 shipments are said to be hitting below 15 million this season where Apple had requested that they be in excess of 20 million for the holiday months.
Xiaomi may not be the first company that springs to mind when considering a new smartphone, with the company based in China and predominantly serving local customers, but its latest smartphone will certainly turn more than just a few heads. Engadget reports that the Xiaomi Phone 2 was announced at an event in Beijing today, featuring some impressive specs, such as a 4.3-inch 720p IPS display and quad-core Qualcomm processor.
Apple might be getting some stiff competition here in the United States, but in China, the company may as well be the only one playing the game. Digitimes reports that 2.34 million tablets were sold in China during quarter 2 (which ended in July), and of those, around 1.7 million sales were iPads. That leaves Apple with a mind-numbing 72.66% of the market share, so just let that sink in for a moment.
Samsung personnel with be heading off to Huizhou, China tomorrow to investigate claims that one of its suppliers is employing underage workers. This investigation comes after the China Labor Watch said it found that seven workers under 16 years of age were working at HEG Electronics. Now Samsung is going to conduct an investigation of its own to make sure nothing shady is going on behind the scenes.
The iPhone has been evolving ever so slightly in the relatively short time it's been available on the market, and with the release of the iPhone 5, we're seeing details such as a brand new 7.6mm thickness being worthy of a full report. When you've got a smartphone out on the market that is, without a doubt, the most omnipotent of them all, even the tiniest of details can rattle the press cages as a mighty wind. The news today was snapped by Apple.Pro from Chinese newspaper Apple Daily which appears to have an in-person report of the new iPhone, whatever that means, and the amount of thickness that has been shaved off of its body.
There are a number of consumer watchdog organizations all around the world. Often these organizations are places where consumers can go to complain about a product if they aren't getting the help wanted from the company who produced the product. China has a consumer watchdog organization called China Consumer Association (CCA), and the organization has recently placed Apple on its blacklist.
The device code-named iPhone 5 has been tipped as having been ordered for production by Apple by the manufacturing group Pegatron in Shanhai, China. This is not the first time we've heard of this group, with the CDMA version of the iPhone contract going to the group in 2010 and the start of 2011 bringing on the 10 million units report for the iPhone 4S (still being called the iPhone 5 back before it was revealed. With their name constantly coming up right alongside Foxconn for Apple device production contracts galore, it's almost inevitable that both companies would be rumored to be producing the next iPhone.
This weekend there's been another set of details dropped on top of a very tiny image that shows what the top back of the device is set to look like. This next generation iPhone will have two glass panels on the back on top and bottom of a larger aluminum panel, with the glass panel at the top having a single LED flash and large lens for it's back-facing camera.