TAIPEI -- Taiwan's once-glorious tech brands have become a shadow of their former selves, struggling to compete against Apple, Samsung and mainland Chinese rivals even on their home turf.
The lack of consumer appeal afflicting Taiwanese smartphones is a case in point. Local manufacturers Asustek Computer and HTC hold a global share of less than 1%. At home, this rises to nearly 15%, but they have lost ground to Chinese competitors Oppo, Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi, which control a combined share topping 18%. Heavyweights Apple and Samsung Electronics, of course, enjoy healthy demand in Taiwan.