Smartphones makers including Apple and Samsung suspend manufacturing in India temporarily

India is going strong with its efforts to curb further spread of
the coronavirus by ordering a 21-day lockdown period before matters
get out of hand. As a result, smartphone manufacturers will be
shuttering their factories in the country for the foreseeable
future.

Amid the looming COVID-19 concerns, the government has asked all
citizens and workspaces to self-quarantine for at least three weeks
to try and control community transmission. As a result, only
essential services will be allowed to function at minimal
capacities, with everything else being closed. Smartphones, and
tech companies in general, not being a part of that space will thus
not be allowed to function.

Foxconn and Wistron, which handle Apple’s assemblies in India,
are suspending production till April 14, according to
Bloomberg
. Specific details around which products will be
affected were not mentioned.

Similarly, Samsung’s Noida plant, which is the world’s
largest smartphone factory, will also be closing down for the
stipulated period. Non-factory floor employees handling beats such
as marketing, communications, and R&D will be working from
home. Vivo, Oppo, LG, and Xiaomi are also following the best
resources to stay updated with India’s COVID-19 situation the
orders in a similar fashion while encouraging employees to work
remotely. 

Redmi and Realme have also postponed their upcoming smartphone
launches in India. That was an expected move as none of their
logistical partners would’ve been able to function and carry on
deliveries in an efficient way. 

On the topic of logistics, Flipkart is also suspending all
operations for the coming weeks. Amazon, however, will continue to
function, prioritizing essentials and household staples. It will
also temporarily stop taking orders and disable shipments for
“lower-priority products.”

OnePlus and Huawei will be extending warranties for their
products which were ending in March by a couple of months, while
also making the returns less stringent.

India is one of the biggest and fastest-growing smartphone
markets in the world. This pandemic will create a slight slowdown
in the industry, but it remains to be seen how lasting the effects
will be.

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
Smartphones makers including Apple and Samsung suspend manufacturing in India temporarily