Telecommunications Research Institute of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently released a report on the domestic phone shipments in China and it does not look too good for the smartphone market. In the period from January-September 2018, the domestic mobile phone market shipped 305 million units, down 17% year on year. September 2018 saw 91 new model launches, down 26.0% year-on-year and 65.5% quarter-on-quarter. 18 models of 2G phones, 1 model of 3G phones and 72 models of 4G mobile phones saw their release in that month.
Reports also stated that in the period of January to September 2018, 2G mobile phone shipments were 16.762 million units, down 19.7% [...]
For super secretive Apple, buying a startup is not something new. According to recent reports by a news website, Apple bought image processing software company Spektral for $30 Million. Apparently, they did not disclose the purchase which was made last year. The company is developing a software that can digitally separate a subject from it’s background.
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Apple had introduced ‘Portrait Lighting’ last year which separates a subject and makes the background dark. There seems to be a correlation between the two but we are not entirely sure what they have planned for the [...]
Xiaomi has started manufacturing its Mi LED TVs in India. The smartphone giant inaugurated its first TV manufacturing plant in Andhra Pradesh today. It will do so in partnership with Dixon Technologies. The campus is located in Tirupati and spread over an area of 32 acres.
Apple has completed the process of acquiring Shazam, the popular music identification app. The deal closed at $400 million. With the deal, Apple also made the promise to users to make the app ad-free.
Shazam rose to popularity for its ability to identify songs playing in the background. This includes songs that may be playing on your radio, in a bar, or anywhere around you. The app only needs to listen to a fragment of the song. It can then provide you the name of the song, the artist and even the lyrics.
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Over the years, Shazam added a host of other features such as the ability to identify [...]
YouTube recently updated its gaming hub to look more like the how YouTube normally looks on a laptop or desktop. Following this, it is going to shut down its dedicated gaming app in March 2019. Most of the features the app used has now made its way to the Youtube page, leaving the app redundant.
The YouTube gaming app was launched in 2015 by Google to compete against Amazon’s Twitch. Twitch is a popular video game live-streaming site. The reason why Google felt this need can be seen in the numbers. 1.9 billion users visit YouTube every month, out of which about 200 million use the platform to watch other people playing video games. This is exactly what Twitch is built [...]
Samsung is reportedly planning to discontinue its Galaxy J series of smartphones. Instead, it will merge its lesser priced lineup with the mid-range A series. The move is reportedly Samsung’s way to combat the rising competition from Chinese brands in the same price segment.
The Galaxy J series is the budget lineup that the manufacturer provides. It will merge it with the A series, which will then cover the entire segment. Apart from this, Samsung is also planning to replace its Galaxy On series with a new Galaxy M lineup. The Galaxy M series will target the budget smartphone segment which is currently ruled by Chinese manufacturers.
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Amazon has opened its first cashier-less Amazon Go store outside its hometown Seattle. The highlight of the stores which are under Amazon’s Go department, is the fact that customers don’t need to wait in line to check out their purchase. That’s right, just pick up what you want and walk out, as simple as that!
Obviously the products are not free of of cost and Amazon does have a solid process in place. The Amazon Go concept was introduced back in 2016. Since then, Amazon has opened a few stores. It basically had its employees come in and shop in these stores, testing it completely. When a customer walks in to the store, they swipe their phone against a [...]
Samsung has opened its biggest ever store in Bengaluru, India. The Experience centre, was opened on Tuesday and covers a massive area of 30,000 square feet.
Samsung is the global leader when it comes to smartphone sales. However, its position is threatened by a number of fast growing Chinese brands such as Huawei and Xiaomi. India, being the fastest growing and second largest smartphone market in the world, is bound to be the battle ground for companies to establish their lead over one another. Xiaomi holds 30% market share in India while Samsung comes second with 23%. At a time like this, it makes perfect sense for the South Korean giant to kick up its focus in India and [...]
When it comes to Smartphones, misleading benchmarks has become a commonplace. Last year, OnePlus and Meizu were under scrutiny for manipulating the test results of some of their devices on AnTuTu and Geekbench. Now, Huawei and Honor have been caught cheating on benchmarks. And as a result, some of their handsets have been delisted from some prominent benchmarking platforms like UL Benchmarks, Futuremark and 3DMark. For now, devices removed are Huawei P20 Pro, Nova 3, and Honor Play. The news generated some flak on twitter.
It is an INCREDIBLY big deal that @HuaweiMobile has had some of its devices delisted from a respected and trusted [...]
Amazon has come a long way from being just an online bookstore to one of the biggest companies worldwide. It reached the $ 1 trillion valuation mark on September 4th. However, this was just for a brief moment of time. It is only the second company to touch this mark after Apple did so last month.
In the morning of 4th September, Amazon’s stock traded at $ 2,049, reaching the $ 1 trillion mark. By the time the day had ended, the stock closed at $ 2,039. This brought the capitalisation down to $ 995 billion. Just a few years back in the year 2012, Amazon was worth around $ 100 billion while Apple was worth $ 450 billion. Six years later, Amazon is fast on Apple’s [...]
Apple has confirmed the acquisition of a startup that ‘focuses’ on making lenses for Augmented Reality glasses. Reports of the deal had been around for a while, however a Senior Apple Executive confirmed it on Wednesday. The move strengthens recent rumours about an upcoming ‘Apple Glass’ similar to the Google Glass.
Apple acquired Longmont and Colorado-based Akonia Holographics. “The technology allows for thin, transparent smart glasses that display vibrant, full- colour, wide field-of-view images.”, according to Akonia. The news entirely hints at the fact that the tech giant is planning to enter the domain of wearable AR devices which [...]
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has surpassed Apple to grab the second position in the smartphone market. A report by Gartner revealed the sales made by each company in the second quarter of 2018. According to the report, Huawei sold 49,846 units in Q2 2018 compared to 35,964 units in Q2 2017. At the same time, Apple sold only 44,715 Units in Q2 2018.
Another report, published by IDC a month ago had also put Huawei at the no 2 spot, ahead of Apple. However, as this report ranked the manufacturers according to shipments made rather than sales, it didn’t paint quite a clear picture. The rise of sales for [...]