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Wintek posts record sales

Touch-panel maker Wintek Corp (勝華), which counts Amazon and Nokia among its clients, on Thursday reported that consolidated sales hit a record NT$9.83 billion (US$325.9 million) last month.

The figure represented a rise of 74.22 percent from October and an increase of 10.97 percent from a year earlier.

In the first 11 months of this year, Wintek posted NT$83.21 billion in consolidated sales, up 46.11 percent from a year ago.

“I think the sales growth largely came from the popularity of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet computers, while Nokia’s efforts to launch new smartphone models also boosted demand,” Grand Cathay Securities (大華證券) analyst Mars Hsu (徐振家) said.

Apple Inc and Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp (宏達電) are also major customers of Wintek.

HTC remains on top in US

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp (宏達電) remained on top of the Google Android phone market in the US in the third quarter of this year, with a 15 percent share, according to a report on technology news Web site CNET.

Samsung and Motorola followed, with a market share of about 10 percent each, the report said, adding that HTC was also the top Windows Phone maker with a 4.7 percent share of the segment.

A newly released Nielsen research note said Android — Google’s mobile operating system — continued its reign as the leading smartphone platform of choice among US users.

Nonetheless, Apple Inc remained the dominant handset brand, the report said.

Android had a 42.8 percent share of US smartphone subscribers in the third quarter, leaving Apple’s iOS in second place with a 28.3 percent share, it said.

MediaTek to use Opera

Opera Software ASA, the Norwegian maker of Internet browsers, said Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc (聯發科) would include its Opera Mini browser in a software set for feature phones known as MediaTek Runtime Environment.

Shinkong Fibers plans buyback

Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp (新光合纖), a member of the Shin Kong Group (新光集團), plans to buy back 40 million common shares, or 2.19 percent of its total outstanding stock, at between NT$6.50 and NT$13 each from today to Feb. 1, the company said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange yesterday.

Telcos to offer faster services

Two government-owned Chinese telecom companies yesterday said they would raise the speed of their broadband services while lowering their costs over the next five years, state-run media reported.

The announcement by China Telecom Corp (中國電信) and China Unicom Ltd (中國聯通) — which together serve 90 percent of China’s broadband market — follows an anti-monopoly probe launched last month by the government.

The National Development and Reform Commission last month alleged the two firms had hindered other companies from entering the broadband market by working together to increase access costs and slow down Internet speeds.

NT dollar retreats

The New Taiwan dollar yesterday fell against the US currency, declining NT$0.014 to close at NT$30.16 on a technical rebound from the heavy losses a day earlier, dealers said.

Despite the gains, the greenback fluctuated in a narrow range amid cautious sentiment ahead of the release of US non-farm payroll data later in the day, they said.

Turnover totaled US$650 million.

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