Global Information Security Spending to Cross $124 Billion in 2019: Gartner


Global spending on information security products and services is forecast to grow 8.7 percent to reach $124 billion in 2019, a new report has said.

According to market research firm Gartner, the market will exceed $114 billion (roughly Rs. 8 lakh crores) in 2018, which is an increase of 12.4 percent from 2017.

“Security leaders are striving to help their organisations securely use technology platforms to become more competitive and drive growth for the business. Persisting skills shortages and regulatory changes like the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are driving continued growth in the security services market,” Siddharth Deshpande, Research Director at Gartner, said in a statement.

A survey done by the market research firm in 2017 revealed that the top three drivers for security spending are security risks, business needs and industry changes.

Privacy concerns will drive at least 10 percent of market demand for security services through 2019 and will impact a variety of segments, such as identity and access management (IAM), identity governance and administration (IGA) and data loss prevention (DLP), Gartner predicted.

“Highly publicised data breaches, like the recent attack on SingHealth that compromised the personal health records of 1.5 million patients in Singapore, reinforce the need to view sensitive data and IT systems as critical infrastructure.

“Security and risk management has to be a critical part of any digital business initiative,” Deshpande added.



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On Independence Day, US Congratulates India For Becoming A Leading Global Power


US congratulated India on Independence Day.

New Delhi: 

Wishing India on its 72nd Independence Day, the United States of America praised India for setting an example globally “by supporting democracy, diversity, and the rule of law”.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo said, “On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people and government of India on their Independence Day. Since gaining its independence 71 years ago today, India has set an example for South Asia and the world by supporting democracy, diversity, and the rule of law-values shared by the United States.”

Talking about the Indian-American diaspora, he said there is an “inspiring collaboration” in different sections of the society.

“As members of the oldest and largest democracies, the people of the United States and India have always enjoyed strong bonds of friendship. We are grateful for the vibrant Indian-American diaspora and the growing number of young people strengthening ties between our countries as exchange students,” Mr Pompeo said.

The values shared by our people contribute to inspiring collaboration in health, energy, environment, science, and high technology that will fuel the jobs and prosperity of the future, he added.

He further said, “On this Indian Independence Day, we congratulate India- a unique civilization, fellow democracy, and a friend on taking its rightful place as a leading global power and continuing our shared efforts to sustain the rules-based order.”





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India Considered To Be Engine Of Global Growth For Next 3 Decades: PM Modi


PM Modi said that Indian government’s motto is reform, perform and transform.

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India will be the engine of growth for the world economy for the next three decades as the “sleeping elephant” has started to run on the back of structural reforms like GST.

Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, he listed out the pace of reforms in the last four years of his government that pulled out the country from being considered a “fragile and risky” economy to being the fastest in the world.

Prior to 2014, India was likened to policy paralysis and delayed reforms. “India was considered among ‘fragile five’ but today the world is seeing it as a destination of multi-billion dollar investment. The narrative has changed,” he said.

The government’s motto, he said, is reform, perform and transform.

Red tape has been replaced with ‘red carpet’, propelling India on the ease of doing business ranking, he said.

Bottlenecks were a topic of discussions among international institutions and experts prior to 2014 but “today they are saying the sleeping elephant has woken up and has started running”.

The comment was an apparent reference to International Monetary Fund’s commentary on India last week in which it said the country is on track to hold its position as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies as reforms start to pay off.

Stating that India is now the sixth largest economy in the world, PM Modi said international institutions are saying that “India will give strength to the world economy for the next three decades. India will be the engine of growth”.

“We have the potential to take tough decisions. We are not partisan,” he said. “Prior to 2014, global institutions used to say the Indian economy is risky. Today the same institutions and people are saying that reform momentum is giving strength to fundamentals,” the PM said.

He went on to list structural reforms like Goods and Services Tax (GST), bankruptcy and insolvency law and benami property law that helped transform the economy.

Electrifying all villages, providing 5 crore cleaner cooking gas to poor women, doubling the pace of highway construction, record foodgrain production, record mobile phone manufacturing, and building four-time more new houses in villages were some of the achievements of his government, he said.

If the work continued at the pace that was prevalent in 2013, it would have taken one or two more decades to electrify all villages, 100 years to provide LPG gas connections to all and generations to take optic fibre to villages.

PM Modi said the government fulfilled the promise to provide 50 percent more than the cost of production for kharif crops to farmers and is on the way to achieve the target of doubling farm income by 2022.





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Indian Teenager Garvita Gulhati Amongst 60 Young Global Changemakers


“Why Waste?” is a youth led organisation founded by Garvita Gulhati at the age of 15.

Bengaluru: 

Garvita Gulhati, Founder of “Why Waste?” has been invited to Zurich Switzerland as the only Indian amongst 60 changemakers aged between 18 and 23 and representing 42 countries from across the world, who received the prestigious title of ‘Global Changemaker’ for their efforts and solutions to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

These young leaders were selected through a rigorous 3 rounds of selection from applications received from over 185 countries. They will join the Global Changemakers network comprised of over 1000 young leaders from across the world who, to date, have impacted over four million people.

About her selection, Ms Garvita shared, “I am excited to be part of the Global Changemakers network and it’s a great opportunity for me to learn from other young changemakers from across the world and bring back those learnings to inspire youth of our country to be changemakers. My vision is to inspire a culture of every young person of my country contributing to create change.”

“Why Waste?” is a youth led organisation headquartered in Bengaluru founded by Garvita Gulhati at the age of 15. Previously, for her work, Garvita has been recognised as an Ashoka Youth Venturer by Ashoka Innovators for the Public, world’s largest network of social innovators and entrepreneurs. Her campaigns and efforts to save water have also been supported extensively by Change.org, through her petition change.org/glasshalffull.

Yashveer Singh, Director of Youth Venture, Ashoka Innovators for the Public said, “Garvita’ s efforts to change behavior of society to create positive change is an inspiration to our country’s youth. She will be a great ambassador to represent aspirations and possibilities which can be created by our country which has world’s largest youth population.”

The changemakers will be flown to Switzerland by the Mercator Foundation to attend the week long Global Youth Summit taking place in Aarau, Switzerland from 12 to 18 August. At the summit they will participate in, and lead, training sessions, networking and workshops to enhance their skills such as campaigning, fundraising, project management, leadership, public relations and pitching, and to learn from each other’s experiences. The changemakers will also have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an enabling panel and will be eligible to apply for grant funding to scale existing initiatives or create new projects.

The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development emphasizes young people as “critical agents of change” and the 2018 Global Changemakers are testament to that statement. This year’s Global Changemakers cohort works on issues as varied as rehabilitating victims of ISIS in Iraq, creating suicide prevention programs in high schools in Mexico, providing free health screenings for cervical and breast cancer in Cote d’Ivoire, establishing child care programs in hurricane devastated regions of Dominica, building a children’s library in a cave in a war-torn region of Afghanistan, and facilitating the entry of over 200 street children into schools in Nigeria.





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Xiaomi Suspends MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.8.9 Citing Bugs in Dual Apps


After releasing it for eligible smartphones earlier this week, Xiaomi on Saturday announced that it is suspending rollout of the MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.8.9 due to major bugs in the Dual Apps feature. The suspension appears to be temporary and the Chinese phone maker might soon be ready with a fix, however an exact timeline has not been mentioned. The latest global beta ROM version 8.8.9 was released with numerous bug fixes and updates for UI elements including System, Lock screen, Bluetooth, Security, and notifications.

In an update to the original forum post, a MIUI Forums administrator announced the suspension of the beta ROM. “Our developers are fixing the issue. Thanks for your understanding and support,” the updated forum post stated. Version 8.8.9 of the MIUI 10 global beta ROM comes with a fix for music player UI on the lock screen on Xiaomi phones running Android Oreo.

Apart from that, it restores missing apps on Redmi 3S, fixes the issue of System UI crash when Bluetooth is disconnected in Spanish language, and resolves the instance where the Security app stops working when charging in Russian language. A fix for the issue of blank toggles appearing in notification shade on all eligible phones has also been mentioned in the changelog.

Three other bug fixes were issued in this update – these include resolution for no notification sound in dual WhatsApp on locked and unlocked screen, fix for WhatsApp and Telegram showing double notifications in single message, and error in notification font. The ROM can be installed by going into the Updater app, only if you are already running MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM. For users running MIUI 7, 8, or 9 stable ROM, MIUI 10 beta can be installed using the fastboot method.



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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Teased; Global Unveil In October 2018


Triumph Motorcycles will be unveiling the Scrambler 1200 on 24 October, 2018.




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The Triumph Scrambler 1200 will have a comprehensive electronics package

It had to happen! After Ducati introduced the Scrambler 1100 last year, it was a matter of time before Triumph brought out a bigger scrambler too. In fact, Triumph has been testing the Scrambler 1200 for quite some time now. And now, Triumph Motorcycles has released a teaser of the Scrambler 1200, which will be globally unveiled on 24 October, 2018 ahead of the EICMA in Milan. In all possibility, Triumph will have two variants of the Scrambler 1200 which could be named ‘Retro’ and ‘R.’ The new Scrambler 1200 ‘R’ will have Showa upside down forks and Ohlins twin-shocks fitted to a new swingarm which will be longer as well. Also new is a large 21-inch front wheel (the current Street Scrambler has a 19-inch front wheel).


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Also Read: New Triumph Scrambler 1200 Spotted Testing

triumph scrambler 1200 spy shot(Triumph Scrambler 1200 Test Mule: Source-Motorcyclenews.com)

The lower spec ‘Retro’ model might have Nissin brakes and KYB suspension in a bid to keep costs down. Triumph already has the Street Scrambler in its line-up, which shares the 900 cc parallel-twin engine with the Street Twin and the Bonneville T100. The Street Scrambler has ride-by-wire throttle, ABS and traction control, but the bigger 1200 cc Scrambler could possibly get additional riding modes as well, including in all probability an “off-road” mode as well.

Also Read: Triumph Scrambler 1200 Could Have Two Variants

Some of the features on the Triumph Scrambler 1200 include an LED headlamp, engine and hand guards, a 21-inch wheel up front and a 19-inch wheel at the rear. The engine of course will be a 1,200 cc parallel-twin motor and we believe it will be in a different tune as compared to the other 1,200 cc engines in Triumph line-up such as the Bonneville Bobber, Bonneville Speedmaster and the Bonneville T120. There are also rumours floating of Ducati coming up with a Desert Sled 1100 which could make its debut at the 2018 EICMA in November 2018 and if that happens, it will be one of the biggest rivals to the Triumph Scrambler 1200.

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We would like to believe that Triumph will launch the Scrambler 1200 in India sometime in the first half of 2019 with the global launch in early 2019.

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Tata Nexon Has Been Awarded 4-Star Rating In Global NCAP Crash Test





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Global NCAP conducted Tata Nexon’s crash test at the ADAC test facility in Munich, Germany

Tata Nexon, the popular subcompact SUV from the home-grown automaker has scored an overall 4-start rating in a recent crash test conducted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme, or the Global NCAP. The India-made sub-4 metre SUV bagged 4 starts in adult occupant safety and 3 stars in child occupant safety and the test results were quite encouraging and the shall has officially been termed ‘stable’ by the NCAP. Global NCAP conducted the test at the ADAC test facility in Munich, Germany and was a standard offset front impact test at 64 kmph.

Tata Nexon

6.92 Lakh * On Road Price (New Delhi)

Tata Nexon

Watch: The Tata Nexon Crash Test

Also Read: 2018 NDTV Carandbike Awards: Tata Nexon Wins The Subcompact SUV Of The Year Award

The fact that the Tata Nexon scored a 4-star rating shows a positive trend in the Indian auto industry and quite commendable on Tata’s part. Commenting on the positive 4 Star NCAP rating for the Tata Nexon crash test, Mayank Pareek, President of Tata Motors’ Passenger Vehicles Business Unit said, “With these test results, the Nexon is India’s safest sub compact SUV, after being one of the most awarded models from the Tata Motors’ PV stable. It is a proud moment for all our Nexon customers today. Our journey to offer best quality products continues.”

Also Read: Tata Nexon Subcompact SUV Review

The test result showcased that the main brunt of the damage was borne by the engine bay area and the crumple zones of the Tata Nexon behaved the way they were designed thereby reducing any lethal intrusions into the passenger area. The A-Pillar too retained its structural integrity thereby allowing the front doors to be operable post the crash. The Tata Nexon SUV comes with few standard safety features that include – dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belts with pretensioners, and ISOFIX child seat mounts, across the variant range. 

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(Tata Nexon gets dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard)

The Global NCAP result also goes on to state that the Nexon offers good protection for the head and neck of both driver and passenger, and adequate protection for their chests. The car’s stable structure has been applauded as well, in the 64 kmph offset deformable barrier crash test. The Nexon is one of the few cars to offer ISOFIX Child Restraint Systems. The test shows rearward facing CRS installed offering good protection to the 18 month old child, while the ISOFIX forward facing seat had good protection for head and limited protection to the chest of the older child in the rear seat.

Also Read: Tata Nexon AMT Review

tata nexon cabin

(The Tata Nexon also gets seat belt with pretensioners as standard across the variant range)

Also Read: Tata Nexon Bags The Four-Wheeler Design Of The Year Award

“It shows that ‘Made in India’ and high levels of safety go together well. With excellent efforts like this from Tata and the new crash test standards now applied by the Indian Government we are going to see a steady improvement in the safety of new cars across the country and this will help to make our roads safer” says Dr Rohit Baluja, President of the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE). The Tata Zest had also received a 4 star rating in Nov 2016. The other two made-in-India models to achieve the same in the past are the Toyota Etios and Volkswagen Polo.

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(Tata Nexon is available in both petrol & diesel options, equipped with either a manual or AMT unit)

Also Read: 2018 Tata Nexon AMT Hyprdrive Review

Global NCAP has been pursuing the ‘Safer Cars For India’ agenda of bringing stricter safety norms to the Indian passenger car industry for over 4 years. The first round of such tests were carried out in late 2013, and since then 25 tests of Indian made cars have been conducted. Subsequent to this, we have seen a number of policy changes as well as better built products come to market. It is an effort that we at NDTV carandbike have supported wholeheartedly – with this reporter in particular having proudly participated directly in the programme. There has also been an outpouring or public support for better built vehicles. David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “The 4 stars awarded to the Tata Nexon is comfortably above the new crash test standards applied in India to new models since October 2017. It is very encouraging to see Tata aiming high for safety and a great example for others to follow. The race is clearly on for India’s first 5 star car!”

tata nexon amt hyprdrive

(The 4 stars awarded to the Tata Nexon is above the new crash test standards applied in India)

Also Read: Tata Nexon Gets The Option Of A Sunroof As An Accessory

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Global NCAP will also bring more focus to the issue when it carries out further tests of made-in-India cars later in the year. It will also host its annual World Congress in New Delhi for the first time, in September 2018. The Congress brings NCAPs from all markets worldwide together. It will also mark the Indian launch of Global NCAP’s ‘Stop The Crash’ initiative.

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Nokia 6.1 Plus India Launch Expected on August 21 as HMD Global Sends Invites


Nokia 6.1 Plus, the global variant of Nokia X6 that was launched in China in May, is expected to launch in India on August 21. Nokia licensee HMD Global has sent out media invites for an event in the country, where it is expected to unveil new smartphones. While there is no official confirmation on what to expect at the launch event, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is likely to be at least one of the handsets. The company had recently teased the India launch of a smartphone that was expected to be the Nokia 6.1 Plus. To recall, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One smartphone that was launched in Hong Kong with a price tag of HKD 2,288 (roughly Rs. 20,000). There are no details available on the handset’s price in India as of now.

Alongside the Nokia 6.1 Plus, HMD Global may also launch the Nokia 5.1 Plus aka Nokia X5 and Nokia 2.1 in India on August 21. The company has a record of launching several handsets simultaneously. However, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is most likely to be the new model coming to India through the launch event. Notably, a support page confirming the development of the global Nokia X6 variant had surfaced online in India in June, roughly a month before the official launch of the Nokia 6.1 Plus in Hong Kong. The company had recently called Nokia fans to participate in a contest to join the next exclusive launch event in the country.

As mentioned, the Nokia 6.1 Plus was priced at HKD 2,288 (roughly Rs. 20,100) in Hong Kong. In comparison, the Nokia X6 was priced at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 13,800) for the 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant and CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 16,000) for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, while the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant was priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 18,100).

Nokia 6.1 Plus specifications

Specifications of the Nokia 6.1 Plus are identical to the Nokia X6 that was launched in China in May. The dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo and features a 5.8-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 and an 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor – sporting an f/2.0 aperture. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel sensor along with an f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone has a bunch of AI features such as optimised colour contrast, depth of field, and portrait lighting effects, as well as HDR support and a Bothie mode. There is also Face Unlock support.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus has 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). In terms of connectivity, there is 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone packs a 3060mAh battery and measures 147.2×70.98×7.99mm.



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Exclusive: Tata Nexon Gets Four Stars In Global NCAP Crash Test





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The Tata Nexon becomes the fourth Made In India car to receive a 4 star rating

The Tata Nexon has received a superb 4 star rating in the latest round of Global NCAP crash tests of Indian made cars. The Nexon has been awarded four stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupants. The car’s body shell has been rated as ‘stable’. The car was crashed in a frontal offset test which was conducted at 64 kmph as per the Global NCAP protocol, at the ADAC test lab in Munich, Germany. Mayank Pareek, President of Tata Motors’ Passenger Vehicles Business Unit said, “With these test results, the Nexon is India’s safest compact SUV, after being one of the most awarded models from the Tata Motors’ PV stable. It is a proud moment for all our Nexon customers today. Our journey to offer best quality products continues.” The Tata Nexon comes with dual airbags, seatbelts with pretensioners, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, and ABS (antilock braking) as standard. The equipment has helped to meet the criteria required to pass this test. But it is also the Nexon’s structural integrity that has impressed. The test shows that the vehicle sustains maximum damage to its front end and engine compartment. There is no lethal intrusion into the cabin area and the A-Pillar also retains its structure; and this is particularly creditable.

Tata Nexon

6.92 Lakh * On Road Price (New Delhi)

Tata Nexon

Watch: The Tata Nexon Crash Test

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(Tata Nexon Dashboard)

Also Read: 2018 NDTV Carandbike Awards: Tata Nexon Wins The Subcompact SUV Of The Year Award

The Global NCAP result also goes on to state that the Nexon offers good protection for the head and neck of both driver and passenger, and adequate protection for their chests. The car’s stable structure has been applauded as well, in the 64 kmph offset deformable barrier crash test. The Nexon is one of the few cars to offer ISOFIX Child Restraint Systems. The test shows rearward facing CRS installed offering good protection to the 18 month old child, while the ISOFIX forward facing seat had good protection for head and limited protection to the chest of the older child in the rear seat.

tata nexon cabin

(Tata Nexon gets a 5-seater cabin layout)

Also Read: 2018 NDTV CarandBike Awards: Tata Nexon Bags The Four-Wheeler Design Of The Year Award

“It shows that ‘Made in India’ and high levels of safety go together well. With excellent efforts like this from Tata and the new crash test standards now applied by the Indian Government we are going to see a steady improvement in the safety of new cars across the country and this will help to make our roads safer” says Dr Rohit Baluja, President of the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE). The Tata Zest had also received a 4 star rating in Nov 2016. The other two made-in-India models to achieve the same in the past are the Toyota Etios and Volkswagen Polo.

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(Tata Nexon AMT)

Also Read: 2018 Tata Nexon AMT Hyprdrive Review

Global NCAP has been pursuing the ‘Safer Cars For India’ agenda of bringing stricter safety norms to the Indian passenger car industry for over 4 years. The first round of such tests were carried out in late 2013, and since then 25 tests of Indian made cars have been conducted. Subsequent to this, we have seen a number of policy changes as well as better built products come to market. It is an effort that we at NDTV carandbike have supported wholeheartedly – with this reporter in particular having proudly participated directly in the programme. There has also been an outpouring or public support for better built vehicles. David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “The 4 stars awarded to the Tata Nexon is comfortably above the new crash test standards applied in India to new models since October 2017. It is very encouraging to see Tata aiming high for safety and a great example for others to follow. The race is clearly on for India’s first 5 star car!”

tata nexon amt hyprdrive

(Tata Nexon AMT)

Also Read: Tata Nexon Gets The Option Of A Sunroof As An Accessory

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Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) will also bring more focus to the issue when it carries out further tests of made-in-India cars later in the year. It will also host its annual World Congress in New Delhi for the first time, in September 2018. The Congress brings NCAPs from all markets worldwide together. It will also mark the Indian launch of Global NCAP’s ‘Stop The Crash’ initiative.

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Huawei Stalks Apple, Samsung in Global Smartphone Market


Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Chinese telecoms behemoth Huawei, likens the company to a ruthless “wolf” tirelessly running down its prey, an ethos that could soon make it the apex predator of the smartphone world.

Despite being essentially barred from the critical US market, Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world’s number two smartphone maker in the second quarter of this year and has market leader Samsung in its sights.

Huawei has achieved this in part by refocusing away from the futile fight for US access and toward gobbling up market share in developing nations with its moderately priced but increasingly sophisticated phones, analysts say.

“Huawei’s image and brand recognition across markets and regions is getting better and better,” said Tarun Pathak of global market analysis firm Counterpoint.

“They’ve differentiated and positioned their products across price segments, which makes an interesting conversation in terms of competing with Apple and Samsung.”

Founded by Ren, now 73, with a few thousand dollars in 1987, Huawei focused initially on the backbone hardware for telecommunications networks, growing to become the world leader.

Fifteen years after introducing its first phone, Huawei surpassed Apple in the April-June quarter to take second place globally, International Data Corporation (IDC) said last week, the first time since 2010 that Apple was not in the top two.

Raising the ante
Huawei’s consumer products chief Richard Yu raised the ante Friday, saying the company could overtake South Korean giant Samsung by late 2019.

“The importance of Huawei overtaking Apple this quarter cannot be overstated,” senior analyst Ben Stanton of Canalys wrote in a report on the latest sales data.

“Huawei’s exclusion from the US has forced it to work harder in Asia and Europe to achieve its goals.”

Based in the southern China tech hub of Shenzhen, Huawei had already been pushing into developing markets even before political pressure – peaking this year with President Donald Trump’s China trade war – effectively slammed the US door shut.

Huawei’s exclusion stems in part from US distrust over Ren’s earlier career as a Chinese military technologist and fears that Beijing could strong-arm its tech champions into aiding with espionage abroad. Huawei denies any government links.

In the meantime, Huawei has built up its business in more price-conscious markets, from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia, South Africa and even Europe.

Analysts note that as those markets mature and customers graduate to higher end phones, they will already be in Huawei’s ecosystem.

“If Apple and Samsung want to maintain their market position, they must make their portfolios more competitive,” said Canalys’s Stanton.

Samsung shipped 71.5 million handsets for a 20.9 percent global market share in the second quarter, compared with Huawei’s 54.2 million phones and 15.8 percent share. Apple sold 41.3 million iPhones for a 12.1 percent slice.

Huawei shipped 95 million units in the first half and is targeting 2018 sales of 200 million, a threshold crossed previously only by Samsung and Apple.

Further growth will keep Huawei firmly on the US security radar.

The Trump administration nearly killed Huawei’s Chinese rival ZTE this year, imposing tough penalties for violating US sanctions by selling goods to Iran and North Korea.

The 5G challenge
The penalties, since lifted, would have deprived ZTE of US electronics components it desperately needs. Huawei, however, produces its own key components, giving the US less leverage.

But an industry sales slowdown and market saturation could limit its growth.

IDC said 342 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter, down 1.8 percent year-on-year and the third consecutive quarterly decline.

In the long term, the lack of a US foothold will be an Achilles heel for Huawei, analysts said, and some market studies project Apple reclaiming the number two spot when new iPhone models are released later this year.

And as Huawei customers graduate to higher end gadgets above $600 (roughly Rs. 41,300), the Chinese company will have to compete head-to-head with Apple on quality and features.

“As you move upward, there are fewer competitors but the features, the challenges, the innovation, and the expectations grow,” said Counterpoint’s Pathak.

“That is something that Huawei, Apple and Samsung all need to capitalise on.”

A critical test looms in the next two years, when 5G systems are expected to roll out and manufacturers will be judged on how their smartphones handle the enhanced capabilities.

Huawei is already gearing up for the challenge. Its R&D spending grew 17 percent last year to $13.8 billion (roughly Rs. 95,000 crores), putting the company in the same league as Samsung, Amazon and Google’s parent Alphabet, while recent product launches in Europe have been increasingly glitzy.

“Things like camera capabilities and how Huawei rises overall to that (5G) challenge will decide if it is among the Apples and Samsungs, but I think they belong,” Pathak said.



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