BENGALURU: Amazon is looking to hire more than 1,000 people, mostly software professionals, in India. The hires will cater largely to research and development for the company's different divisions including Amazon.com, Amazon.in, the devices business, and the cloud computing division Amazon Web Services (AWS).The company told TOI that its hiring was limited only by the availability of talent in the required technologies and it was looking to hire as many as possible.
Amazon's website listed 1,245 open positions in India on its careers page as of Wednesday evening. It has around 50,000 people on its rolls in the country. India is currently the second largest workforce centre for Amazon after the US. Globally, it has 3,41,000 employees.
World’s 10 biggest smartphone companies
World’s 10 biggest smartphone companies
Global smartphone market seems to be in the 'awe' of Chinese brands. According to Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, Chinese brands now hold a record 48% smartphone marketshare worldwide. Brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Huawei are making huge inroads outside mainland China. However, at the same time Samsung and Apple too continue to hold their sway over smartphone buyers worldwide and are firmly perched at their positions among the top 5. So, wonder which are the 10 biggest smartphone companies worldwide? Read on to find out ...
Samsung tops the smartphone market by volume with a market share of 22% in Q2 2017. The company's smartphone shipments recorded a marginal growth of 4% annually during the quarter. However, the company's shipments remained almost flat quarter on quarter. Average selling price of Samsung smartphones increased due to strong shipments of Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices. However, shipments of mid-tier A series and low-end J series declined sequentially.
At No. 2 is Cupertino giant Apple. As per Counterpoint Research, the company holds 11.2% marketshare globally. The company's share has fallen marginally vis-a-vis the Q2 of the year 2016 when it held 11.3% share. Earlier this week, the company reported its second quarter results where it has seen healthy growth in both iPhone and iPad sales.
At No. 3 is Chinese smartphone brand Huawei. The company shipped record second quarter shipments of 38.4 million units, up 20% annually. Emerging markets have played a key role in the company's growth globally. In China, Huawei retained its top spot during the second quarter, ahead of rivals Oppo and Vivo. The company's Nova and Enjoy series, along with flagship P10 witnessed strong demand during the quarter in the country. Huawei’s share in the premium segment also expanded due to the strong performance of its Mate and P series.
The fourth-largest brand globally is Oppo. The company held 8.4% marketshare globally during the quarter. The brand reported impressive growth in India, its strongest market outside China.
Vivo is the fifth-largest brand globally, holding 6.6% marketshare. Just like Oppo, the company too has seen strong growth in the Indian market.
Xiaomi emerged as the fastest growing brand year-on-year (+60%) surpassing its home-country rivals Vivo (+45%) and Oppo (+33%). The duo were the fastest-growing brands in the previous quarter. Xiaomi shipped 23.2 million smartphones, capturing 6.6% market share of the global smartphone market in Q2 2017. The company's latest flagship Mi 6 and low-tier models such as Redmi Note 4X have played a strong role in its comeback. The company has also focused on diversifying its distribution channel mix in both China and India, two of its biggest markets.
At No. 7 is South Korean smartphone brand LG. The company registered 13.3 million smartphone shipments in Q2 2017 with strong performances in Asia and Europe. The company’s shipments declined 4% annually during the quarter. Its shipments in North America also declined sequentially because of lower-than-expected sales of its flagship smartphone G6.
ZTE was the eight-largest brand capturing 3.3% market share during the quarter.
Lenovo (includes Motorola)
Lenovo (including Motorola) continue to face tough competition in markets like India and LATAM. The company, however, managed to hold on to its global marketshare of 3.2% during the quarter, same as in Q2-2016.
At No. 10 is Alcatel. The company saw a decline in its marketshare vis-a-vis the second quarter of previous year. The company held 1.3% marketshare globally in Q2 2017 as compared to 2.1% it held during the same quarter last year.
"The numbers are mind boggling. We are looking at a fully functional tech organisation in India and are hiring varied skills across several job families.India is a big focus area for talent globally," Dale Vaz, director of software development at Amazon India, told TOI. It is looking for talent in technology spheres like research scientists, data analytics, natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence machine learning (AIML) and Android developers.
AWS, Amazon's most profitable business unit, is looking to hire 195 people in India. Among the open positions, 557 are in Bengaluru, 403 in Hyderabad and 149 in Chennai. "We process a lot of data and are always looking for data processing and profiling engineers," Vaz said.
The Bengaluru centre is the largest for Amazon in India. The Chennai centre focuses on devices like Kindle and Fire. The recruitment number for Bengaluru alone is higher than for any other centre outside of the US.
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