Category: Mobiles



A new report about global smartphone shipments in Q2 2017 claims Samsung’s growth rate was relatively flat, however Apple saw a 2 percent increase in shipments year-on-year. This growth in the quarter that saw the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 bucked the trend ahead of the hotly anticipated launch of the iPhone 8.

According to the report by market research firm Canalys, Samsung managed to sell 79 million smartphones in the second quarter, whereas last year it sold 80 million, seeing a slight dip. This flat growth rate is attributed to the high prices of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the Android segment. Samsung had a lot of hopes from the Galaxy S8 to outperform this year, especially after the big Galaxy Note 7 fiasco that attracted huge losses for the company. But the shipments only barely met with last year’s second quarter results, the report indicates, pointing the smartphone’s high price and how that may have tested the bounds of the Android smartphone market.

Even with the flat growth rate, Samsung still retains the top spot, with Apple coming in second selling 41 million smartphones in the second quarter. The report claims that there is a 2 percent increase in shipments from last year’s second quarter results. In Q2 2016, Apple managed to sell 40 million units. This increase in shipments is significant, as no new smartphone was launched by Apple in the second quarter, whereas its competitor Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 series. Also, the arrival of the tenth anniversary edition iPhone 8 this fall, and the anticipation building around it, did not stop customers from buying iPhones currently.

“Shipments of the [Galaxy] S8 have been strong in some regions, but there are signs that demand has been overestimated. Canalys’ channels research has revealed inventory buildup in Europe, which when combined with discounting in the US, indicates Samsung may be testing the limits of Android smartphone pricing. As Apple looks to refresh the iPhone, even with its unique user experience, it too must justify any significant price increases with tangible improvements to both feature set and design,” Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Coulling said in a statement.

Overall smartphone shipments in the world saw an increase of almost 4 percent year on year, despite a decline in big markets like India and China. Over 340 million smartphones were sold in total during the second quarter, and the third spot, after Apple, was taken surprisingly by Huawei. It managed a growth rate of 20 percent with 38 million units shipped in Q2. Last year in Q2, Huawei managed to sell 31 million smartphones. Oppo secured the fourth spot with 44 percent growth in shipments, while Xiaomi had the highest growth rate at 52 percent.

 

 

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OnePlus recently started rolling out its OxygenOS 4.5.7 update and finally added the ability to record videos in 4K resolution with electronic image stabilisation (EIS) on OnePlus 5. However, it appears the update has been plagued by a gaming stutter issue.

In a Reddit thread, a OnePlus community specialist has confirmed that the company has indeed withdrawn the rollout of OxygenOS 4.5.7 update as many users were reporting a bug where they were experiencing stutter issues while gaming post the update. However, the company has been said to roll out OxygenOS 4.5.8 update “ASAP” with a fix for this issue.

While some users have mentioned the stuttering issues post the OxygenOS 4.5.7 update, several others have also claimed that it has brought about improved battery life to the OnePlus 5 smartphone. To recall, several users recently reported that the bug fix update for the emergency call issue, where OnePlus 5 users faced unexpected reboots while calling helpline numbers including 911, brought along battery life issues to the smartphone. Some users even said that the smartphone was losing 20-25 percent battery even when in idle state during night time (with Doze mode switched on).

Though we have always commended OnePlus on rolling out frequent software updates, these issues should ideally have been ironed out before the update was made available for the public. We will have to wait and see how long the company takes to issue the bug fix update.

 

 

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The Nokia 5 smartphone has been launched in multiple countries, including India, and now users are reporting of a strange equaliser issue on their units. Apparently, users are unable to open the Dolby Equalizer settings when in certain music apps like Google Play Music or Spotify. HMD Global was quick to respond on the issue, and has confirmed that it is working on it.

Users have taken to XDA Forums to report this issue where they claim that if they tried to open the Dolby Equalizer through apps like Google Play Music or Spotify, they met with only a white dialogue box, and nothing else. The Dolby Equalizer, on its own accord, opens without any glitches, but specific apps are unable to get it to work.

One of the users shared a screenshot of the email sent by Nokia care talking about the steps taken to resolve the issue on the thread as well. The email confirms that HMD Global is aware about the issue and has informed its developers. The developers are working on it, and will roll out an update rectifying the mistake soon. As a temporary workaround, Nokia Mobile Care is said to suggest downloading third party apps from Google Play in the meantime.

This means that a Nokia fix for this issue is coming soon. This issue isn’t a major one any ways, and shouldn’t really disrupt your everyday tasks on the Nokia 5. Also, this prompt reply is commendable from HMD Global, and reiterates the company’s solid software support for its Nokia lineup. In an interview with Gadgets 360, HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas had promised monthly patches and regular software updates bringing new features to Nokia users first.

Keeping this promise, we also saw the Nokia 6 getting the July security patch ahead of Google Pixel as well. Let’s just hope that HMD Global continues on this positive streak in the future as well.

 

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We’re fast approaching a new age where bezel-less displays are the new norm. Xiaomi kicked it off with the Mi MIX, while LG and Samsung followed with the G6 and Galaxy S8, respectively, and Apple is expected to do the same with its upcoming tenth anniversary iPhone. Huawei is also looking to shift to ‘full-screen’ displays when it launches the Mate 10 flagship, CEO c confirms.

Bezel-less displays have been trend for smartphones in 2017, and Huawei’s CEO has confirmed rumours that began earlier this month that the successor to the Mate 9 will feature a near bezel-less display as it looks to grow mobile shipments tis year and take on the giant Apple. In an interview with Bloomberg, Richard Yu said that the Mate 10 will be unveiled right around the time Apple reveals its next iPhone, which means we’re looking at a possible September unveiling. In fact, Huawei’s CEO unabashedly revealed that the Mate 10 will have features that will trump Apple.

“We will have an even more powerful product,” Yu says. “The Mate 10, which has much longer battery life with a full-screen display, quicker charging speed, better photographing capability and many other features that will help us compete with Apple.”

The CEO’s remarks comes soon after Huawei reported a slowdown in smartphone shipments the year with an estimated 140 million-150 million smartphones expected to ship by year-end. This is only marginally better than last year’s 139 million figure. Huawei claims the reason behind this is that the company is focusing on chasing profits rather than volumes, and it plans on doing this by shifting focus towards high-end phones.

The Chinese manufacturer also plans on unveiling an “AI processor” this year that looks to make smartphones “intelligent”. Yu, however, did not clarify whether Huawei’s dedicated AI processor will be included with the upcoming Mate 10.

As for everything else that is expected to come with the Mate 10, earlier this month it was reported that the upcoming smartphone will come with facial recognition, support for AR, and could have 3D sensing as well. Additionally, the smartphone is tipped to come with iris scanning and is expected to be powered by Huawei’s HiSilcon Kirin 970 SoC based on the 10nm process.

The Huawei Mate 10 is tipped to come with a 6-inch (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, identical to the LG G6 and similar to the Galaxy S8. Cameras on the smartphone are expected to be Lieca-branded, as was the case with the Mate 9. Going by CEO Richard Yu’s statement, the Huawei Mate 10 could be unveiled some time in September.

 

 

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Infinix, a Hong-Kong based mobile manufacturer, is planning to debut in India with a series of smartphones. E-commerce website Flipkart has been teasing a smartphone from the company, which could be the Infinix Note 4 going by the partial image. Meanwhile, Transsion Holdings-owned Infinix has updated its Indian website teasing a couple of other smartphones to come as well, namely the Zero 4 and Zero 4 Plus.

The Infinix Zero and Zero 4 Plus are expected to make it to India based on a teaser video on the company’s Indian website, however no launch date is mentioned as of now. The Infinix Zero 4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It packs a 3000mAh battery and runs on the company’s XOS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Infinix Zero 4 Plus is the bigger of the two in terms of screen size. It sports a 5.98-inch full HD IPS display with 2.5D glass on top. It is powered by a 2.1GHz MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with two storage options of 32GB and 64GB, but it’s still unknown whether both the variants will be available in India. As for the camera, the Zero 4 Plus packs a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Laser Autofocus, and Pro Mode. The front sees a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture, and flash. It houses a 4000mAh battery along with XCharge 3A charging. The dual-SIM smartphone runs XOS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Talking about the the Flipkart teaser. The Infinix Note 4 seems like the most possible smartphones to launch, and is likely to be Flipkart exclusive. The smartphone has been teased with the hashtag #GoBeyond, highlighting a large battery with fast charging support. The Infinix Note 4 features a 5.7-inch display with a 2.5D glass on top and a metal unibody frame. It is powered by an octa-core chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. The home button houses a fingerprint sensor that can unlock the phone in 0.15 seconds. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt memory that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Infinix Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It packs a 4300mAh battery supported by XPower that stretches the standby time for up to 2 days on normal usage. It is also supported by fast charging technology that can charge the phone to 45 percent in half an hour. It runs on the company’s own XOS 2.2 based on Android Nougat.

Notably, another mobile manufacture from Transsion Holdings, called Tecno, entered the Indian market earlier this year with the launch of Tecno i3 (Rs. 7,990), i3 Pro (Rs. 9,990), i5 (Rs. 11,490), i5 Pro (Rs. 12,990), and i7 (Rs. 14,990).

 

 

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