Lenovo Eyes Smartphone Push in the U.S.
May 27, 2013 9:39 AM
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Lenovo remains mum on its exact plans
The fact that many people are turning to smartphones and tablets rather than notebooks has left many computer manufacturers scrambling to find anything to help increase sales and profit. One of the largest computer manufacturers in the world, Lenovo, has announced that it plans to begin pushing smartphones in the U.S. as PC sales continue to decline.
Lenovo's CEO believes that smartphones present the company a "new opportunity" to grow. PC shipments are reportedly expected to grow only 3 to 4% this year in China, despite the fact that China is one of the biggest growth sectors in the world. In Western Europe, computer shipments are expected to decline for the 11th quarter in a row.
Lenovo is facing a challenge to enter the smartphone market because it doesn't have the name recognition for smartphones that other manufacturers in the U.S. enjoy. There are no specifics available on Lenovo smartphone plans at this point, but odds are the plans will involve Android.
Lenovo teased the U.S. audience by announcing the sleek,
Intel Atom-powered K900 smartphone at CES 2013
, but repeated its familiar mantra that it wasn’t for U.S. consumption.
Analyst Nicole Peng said, "The competition landscape in the U.S. smartphone market is far more challenging for newcomers, with Apple and Samsung dominating over 70 per cent share."
“However to start selling smartphones in the U.S., more importantly to gain carrier support is strategically important for Lenovo’s overall PC+ strategy globally.”
Despite sluggish computer sales in 2012, Lenovo did report
strong Q4 earnings
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RE: "odds are the plans will involve Android"
5/31/2013 11:59:50 AM
What I want is a winning powerball ticket, but that isn't going to happen either. It would be nice, but in reality most enterprise apps aren't likely to go that route. With an x86 system you can get it done. Not optimal, but better than zero. Enough to get the job done while you are out of the office, eliminating the need to go in if something came up... Vailr has a point above and it would be highly useful and probably inevitable.
I know it was a haha, but there is some truth to it. You would get a lot further with it if your phone had a bigger screen with higher res. I do this today by logging in to a remote desktop when an issue arises after hours, the lack of res (I am still at 1280-720) is FAR more limiting than the size.
RE: "odds are the plans will involve Android"
6/9/2013 4:31:50 PM
Size is the limiting factor. A 10" is too small, forget about a 5". It is much better to have an app optimized for that size display that can interface with and administer your desktop rather and using the GUI itself.
Logic and better solutions, not gimmicks
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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