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Blackberry licenses tech to China

BlackberryTroubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has done a deal with China’s TCL Communication to make and sell BlackBerry-branded mobile devices globally.

It is the outfit’s first licensing deal since it decided to become a software company.

TCL, which also makes Alcatel-branded mobile devices, will be coupled with BlackBerry’s security software and service suite, Blackberry said.

BlackBerry is betting its future on the more profitable business of making software and managing mobile devices after largely giving up on smartphones.

BlackBerry said in September that would outsource the development of its smartphones, and a month later launched its last mobile device – the Android-based DTEK60, which was made under an agreement with TCL.

The new agreement gives TCL, the fourth-largest handset maker in North America, the right to make and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones in all countries except India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia, some of BlackBerry’s biggest handset markets.

BlackBerry in September signed a deal giving Indonesia’s BB Merah Putih the rights to make and sell new devices in that country, its largest handset market.


LCD TV shipments down in third quarter

Samsung LCDEconomic stagnation meant that sales of LCD TVs fell by 1.8 percent in the third calendar quarter, compared to the same quarter last year.

Market research firm Trendforce Witsview said that Chinese TV sales fell for the first time, and the analysts think worldwide demand for LCD TVs is generally weak.

While the fourth quarter is usually a bouyant period because it’s the holiday period, Trendforce is predicting that 62.2 million units will ship but this is a 7.5 percent drop compared to the same quarter last year.

Koean companies Samsung and LG Electronics dominate the market place, with Samsung shipments increasing by 3.8 percent in the third quarter. But LG Electronics suffered from currency exchange rates in emerging markets and fell seven percent quarterly.

TCL, a Chinese firm, took number three slot in the quarter, showing impressive growth. But while Sony showed a quarterly growth of 3.8 percent, it showed a year on year fall of 26.2 percent.

2015 Q3 LCD TV sales

Demand for LCD TVs flagging

old-school-tvA slowdown in the Chinese economy, the Greek debt problem and fluctuations of foreign currency have all conspired to erode sales of LCD TVs while stocks of them are beginning to pile up in warehouses around the world.

While this might be good news if you’re thinking of buying an LCD TV, market research company Trendforce said that shipments in the second calendar quarter of 2015 fell by 6.4 percent, amounting to 48.25 million sets.

But there’s good news in the third quarter, Trendforce said, with shipments growing by 19 percent but there are still risks for vendors and the firm has downgraded its estimate for sets in 2015 from 223 million down to 220 million.

Samsung was the leader in the second quarter, followed by LG Electroics but Chinese vendors TCL and Hisense occupied the third and fourth best selling slots.

Trendforce believes that some Japanese TV companies will give up exporting their products worldwide because of the tough competition, with Sony re-thinking its overall strategy.

Here’s a Trendforce Witsview chart showing the overall picture.

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Phablets phall

ChinaThe word phablet is an ugly word but means, in the industry, a cross between a phone and a tablet – that is to say a phone with a big screen.

But the bad news for vendors of these devices is that sales of “white box” units made by Chinese vendors fell in the second quarter of this year.

According to Digitimes Research, the reason for the decline is that the main markets for these Chinese products are in Russia, Eastern Europe and South America.

And currency fluctuations has made them more expensive in these regions while demand for 5.5-inch and six inch smartphones has risen

The “white box” vendors, according to the market research unit, also faces stiff competitions from established vendors including Huawei and TCL.

So the white box vendors are being squeezed and sales fell in the second quarter by as much as 15 percent.

CEA calls for universal 3D glasses standard

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has called for a universal standard in 3D to be adopted, saying that the technology will not become widespread unless a universal set of 3D glasses is developed.

3D has become the next big thing, ever since Avatar revitalised the idea in 2009, and now we are seeing 3D everywhere, from the cinema and home TV to video games and even the odd porn flick. One of the biggest put-offs, however, is the glasses. Let’s face it, no one likes them and no one wants to have a drawer full of them because each brand has its own take on it.

The CEA hopes to address this problem by introducing a standard set of glasses. It is currently working towards this aim with the giants in the industry, such as Sony and Samsung, focused on creating a set of universal infrared active shutter glasses, which can be used for all 3D TVs.

“The feeling is that to make a real market then you need replacement glasses, you need third-party glasses,” said Brian Markwalter, vice-president of Research and Standards at CEA, in an interview with PCR

“What you want is a situation where you can take your active glasses from your house to somebody else’s and have them work. The feeling is that 3D is going to be event-driven, with sports games and stuff, so if you have six people over to watch something in 3D you don’t want to have to buy six pairs of $150 glasses.”

Markwalter is not wrong about the 3D’s future as event-driven. The BBC has pondered broadcasting parts of the 2012 Olympics in 3D and other major events are sure to follow. That is, of course, providing a large enough population actually has access to 3D. Or wants it.

The CEA’s first draft of the universal 3D standard should be available in November, aimed at allowing manufacturers to adopt it in time for 2011. Some companies may not be on board with the idea as it means that third-party companies can make cheaper 3D glasses than the big brand names, resulting in lost profits.

Perhaps an easier way to solve the problem is to simply build 3D TVs that don’t require glasses, like the ones Intel, Mitsubishi and TCL are working on.