Asia/Pacific CEOs expect productivity in their organizations to increase by 24 percent by the end of 2018, with revenue (cited by 26 percent of respondents) and profitability (15 percent) as the top two metrics of success, according to Gartner, Inc.'s 2017 CEO survey. However, the survey uncovers a gap between what they want to achieve and where technology investments are being made.
South Korean conglomerate Samsung Electronics has expressed its delight at how their new Galaxy S8 flagship series smartphone has been initially received by consumers. There had been fears amongst Samsung executives and stakeholders that the Galaxy Note 7 debacle last year would impact negatively on the new S8. However, it seems that consumers are unfazed by the Galaxy Note 7 fires and pre-orders for the S8 have exceeded those of its predecessor.
Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, announced that new milestones have been reached in the manufacturing of Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system that will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to several other South Pacific islands.
Japanese telecoms and internet corporation SoftBank, a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., announced that it is developing an Embedded Subscriber Identity Module (“eSIM”) Platform as part of its efforts to promote Internet of Things (“IoT”) solutions. The platform, which is scheduled to start operating in 2017, enables remote eSIM provisioning by connecting to carrier communication networks with the required profiles.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced its intentions to launch its products in the North American market with a launch of one of its devices in the continent. The company which has been valued at a whopping $45 billion by investors will attempt to penetrate the market by offering its Redmi Note 4 to consumers in Mexico.
South Korean car manufacturers Hyundai Motor Co have outlined plans to start developing its first dedicated architecture for electric vehicles in a clear attempt to challenge businesses like Tesla in what is a growing market sector for automakers. With that trend likely to continue Hyundai is expected to introduce a number of new products to the electric vehicle industry.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled its newest flagship smartphone – and the organization is confident the device can have a positive impact in the saturated smartphone industry. Xiaomi CEO conceded that the company had suffered a significant sales slump last year, and that it was going through somewhat of a ‘transitional period’.
Samsung unveiled its hotly anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones at an event in New York on Wednesday, March 29. The phones have displays larger than the previous flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and feature ‘Infinity Display’ screens that curve and flow onto the sides. In addition, Samsung has removed the home button entirely.
Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, Inc., in a continuing quest to create innovative new business, has developed a spherical drone display - an unmanned aerial vehicle that displays LED images on an omni-directional spherical screen while in flight - which DoCoMo believes to be a world first (as of April 16, 2017).
At a launch event in New Delhi, Qualcomm Technologies introduced its Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform, designed to bring 4G LTE connectivity and 4G services to entry-level feature phones.