According to the new data from IDC Huawei's smartphone sale increased 50% in the first quarter as compared to the same time line last year. Apple's shipment dropped 30% while Samsung's fell to 8%. Apple and Samsung seems to face a setback in China whereas the Chinese tech giant is showing its statistics with proud. The new figures show Huawei is actually holding the 19% share of the global smartphone industry right now, which is its highest percentage ever. IDC said that the Chinese firm is ready to take the lead as the world's second-largest smartphone seller.
Huawei has already surpassed Apple in 2018, but the first quarter of 2019 is even more optimistic for the company. Apple's sales have been hit by weak demand in China and longer replacement cycles. Apple's CEO Tim Cook expected better results in Chinese market, but the company still reported a 22% drop in revenues in the region for its first quarter 2019. Huawei's consumer business has shown impressive growth over a few years, especially in its premium flagship smartphone area, despite being under fire globally from a US-led campaign against the company.
Huawei dominated the Chinese smartphone market in the first three months, taking a record 34% share as other rivals Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Apple all seem to struggle to get the grounds. The company alone, sold around 30 million phones in the first quarter whereas Apple managed to sale only 6.5 million phones. Apple reported 17% drop in the sale globally as compared to the last year's sale, facing the largest single-quarter decline in the history of the iPhone. In China, Huawei is only getting stronger. The company has opened more brick-and-mortar locations, pushed into rural areas and managed to attract new consumers with its smart devices and accessories.
Unlike Apple, Huawei and other Chinese smartphone makers also have a wide range of low to high-end models, so they can appeal to more cost-conscious buyers. Globally, Huawei seems to be in the position to overtake Samsung as the world's largest smartphone manufactuer in near future.
We use them to keep connected with friends and family, to navigate the world, find a date, take photos, watch videos, and play games at one of the high-end pay by phone bill casino sites, all at the swipe of a finger. Reports now show that more people use their mobile devices to have a bet or wager online, and because these online sites are operated under strict rules and regulations, and have to be licenced to run, increasing numbers are turning to online sites in preference to going out, for instance, to a bricks and mortar casino.
There is no doubt that the Smartphone has changed our lives yet we are still only starting to understand the full impact that this new technology is having on our lives, our relationships and the lives of our children.
Infact, there has been a great deal of research carried out on Smartphone usage, but we are still only scraping at the surface of how this use interfaces with our relationships. Questions like: Is the smartphone helping us be better connected, or is it taking us away from our relationships, and does using the smartphone help us to take a few minutes out from our busy lives, or is it distracting us from real problems, need to be addressed.
What should always be remembered is that the Smartphone is not the real problem as it is actually a pretty impressive tool, what is the issues is how we use that tool, how we use the computer we can carry about in our pocket or bag that is the real issue.
If you ask most adolescents if they could live without their phone, the answer would be a resounding no, but that answer is not just limited to adolescents as many adults would give the same reply.
Take Australia as an example, almost 85% own a smartphone, that is around 16 million people just in one country, and Australia is only the fourth biggest nation of smartphone users in the world, our love affair with the smartphone is well and truly established, so much so that it is the 'must have' fashion accessory to have, and there is even phubbing to contend with.
'Phubbing' (for those who do not know) is the act of snubbing your partner in favour of being on your smartphone and we have all witnessed it (as well as doing it.) How many times can we go into a restaurant and see a couple hardly speaking to each other over the table whilst they are texting away or taking pics of the superb meal, they are out enjoying on Instagram?
Knowing when and when not to use a smartphone, or where is appropriate to take pictures is one thing, but being able to put down that mobile device is a completely different matter.
Samsung bagged the highest market share in the smartphone space by acquiring 21.4% worldwide last quarter, up by 1.4% from last year, as per recent data released by market research company IDC.
The South Korean giant sold 85.6 million smartphones in the last quarter of 2015, which is 10 million more than the number released last year in the same quarter. But Apple has managed to stick to the second spot by selling 74.8 million iPhones last quarter and acquiring 18.7% market share. Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi entered the league of top five makers with 8.1%, 5.1%, and 4.6% share, respectively.
In 2015, there was no overall change in the market share with Samsung retaining the top spot by shipping 325 million smartphones and Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi following to suite by shipping 231.5, 106.6, 74.0, and 70.8 million devices, respectively.
Among the top five manufacturers the Chinese firm Huawei achieved the highest year-on-year growth. "Usually the conversation in the smartphone market revolves around Samsung and Apple, but Huawei's strong showing for both the quarter and the year speak to how much it has grown as an international brand," stated Melissa Chau, who is a Senior Research Manager of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "While there is a lot of uncertainty around the economic slowdown in China, Huawei is one of the few brands from China that has successfully diversified worldwide, with almost half of its shipments going outside of China. Huawei is poised to be in a good position to hold onto a strong number 3 over the next year." In comparison to the total smartphones shipped worldwide, in 2015 10.1% increment was reported leading to shipment of 1.4 billion devices.
WKYT News has reported another incident regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire and this time it happened in Lexington, Kentucky. The owner of the phone stated that he woke up in the morning to a smoke filled bedroom and a hissing noise that was emanating from his Note 7. The point to be noted is that Mr. Michael Klering confirmed that the phone was not being charged during the incident. Things turned for the worse when Mr. Klering was diagnosed with acute bronchitis as a direct result of smoke inhalation later in the day. He went to the hospital emergency room after coughing up and vomiting black mucous.
The concerned Note 7 was a replacement unit marked as safe and just a week old, as claimed by the owner. Mr. Klering further states that Samsung has already asked for the hazardous smartphone but he refused to give it to them and instead went public with the incident. He has agreed to have the damaged device go through an X-ray on the manufacturer's request though. What is even more disturbing is the message that you will read in the next line, allegedly from Samsung.
"Just now got this. I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it"
As you can imagine, this is the message that triggered him to go to the press and get legal help. It should also be noted that this incident occurred before the Southwest Airlines incident which originally caused the CPSC to probe into the matter, along with other departments of the government.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The S5 was released back in 2014 and three years later, it still continues to be on top of America's favourite list of Samsung smartphones. One would think that after so much time and Samsung releasing significantly better smartphones since then, people would have moved on to something more recent, but you would be thinking wrong. According to Kantar World Panel, 15.6% of all Samsung smartphone users in the US are currently using the Galaxy S5. The second and third places are currently being held by the Galaxy S7 (11.5%) and the Galaxy S6 (11.4%) respectively. The Galaxy S7 Edge (5.8%) is surprisingly in the fourth place, in spite of the curved variant being reported as being more popular earlier.
If you are as surprised by this little revelation as we are, then consider the fact that these are the figures AFTER 28% of Samsung users in the country just shifted to a newer Samsung smartphone in the last 12 months! I always thought the Galaxy S5 wasn't much of an upgrade from my S4 back in the day; guess people don't exactly agree, at least not in the US anyway.
Via: Android Authority
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Q1 results are out and it shows that Samsung is still the number one smartphone manufacturer in India in terms of sales figures. It held the number one position in the immensely profitable Indian market with a share of 26%, which is double that of Xiaomi; the runner-up Chinese brand which is also enormously popular for its extremely high value handsets in the budget segment. The third and the fourth positions were held by Vivo and Oppo with 12% and 10% of the market share. Lenovo just managed to squeeze in at the fifth position with 8%, largely thanks to the Moto brand.
The mid-range section of the Indian smartphone market experienced a boom as the market saw an incredible 158% YOY growth, which is stunning, especially when compared with the current condition of the smartphone business in Europe and the US. Even the premium segment grew by 35% YOY and this is where Samsung (48%) had a close shave with its international arch rival; Apple (43%). It should be noted though that in all segments which includes feature phones, budget phones, mid-rangers, high-end handsets and premium flagships, Samsung came out on top and given how competitive the smartphone market has become in India, that's quite an achievement.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Last Friday, I had an awful experience as I became possibly the first person in the world to officially report about a Galaxy S8 emitting smoke. If you don't know about it yet, check my post out by clicking here. I got my phone back today from the service center and just as I was beginning to get excited about getting back my Galaxy S8, I noticed something that made me very unhappy. My handset was getting very hot even while I was just using it to navigate the menu options at 50% brightness! This had never happened before, prior to the incident.
At first, I felt that it must be all the routine new phone settings and updates because that does heat up phones quite a bit. Unfortunately, it kept getting hotter the longer I used it and even after I made sure that there were no apps running in the background and everything was updated, nothing changed. Keep in mind that this is a formatted device with no external apps on it yet! I sensed that it was the hottest around the Edges and decided to call Samsung Care. They could not resolve it and told me some generic (and stupid) stuff like I should clear my notification bars! I am now going to do a full battery drain and recharge to see if it changes things, as instructed by the call center executive. However, this experience has led me to reconsider if it's worth spending $905 (Yes, It's THAT expensive in India!) on a smartphone from Samsung. I should have received a replacement, but instead, I got the same phone, repaired and still getting crazy hot. I am disappointed in you Samsung...
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Just as last year, Apple's iPhones have managed to hold the number one spot as the bestselling tech product of the year in 2017 as well. In fact, the iPhone has performed significantly better than last year, as is made evident by their astounding sales numbers. Apparently, Apple has sold more iPhones in 2017 than four of the other tech products on the list from 2nd till the 5th combined. Although we still have a day left in the year, it is being estimated that by the end of 2017, Apple will have sold 223 million iPhones and that's a staggering number.
It remains to be seen whether or not the recent reports about Apple slowing down its older iPhones to preserve battery affects the company's sales in any way, but given the loyalty of Apple users, that isn't very likely. The Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 managed to reach a sales figure of 33 million and take the second place on the list, followed by the Amazon Echo Dot speakers at 24 million, Apple Watch at 20 million, and the Nintendo Switch at 15 million.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The advent of mobile gambling has propelled the industry forward, and it is still regarded as one of its most important milestones. Playing casino games on a smartphone is easier than ever, as the latest devices are powerful enough to run even the most demanding slots. Modern casinos, such as the one reviewed at https://holymolycasinos.com/casino/gala-casino-review feature, almost exclusively mobile-friendly games. The only significant decision to be made is whether to play in a browser or download a dedicated app. As the mobile gaming revolution goes to the next step, Instant and Progressive Web Apps come into play.
The Mobile Gambling Story so Far
Convenience is one of the main strengths of online casinos and the quality they are keen to build on. This explains why instant play casinos using Flash and HTML 5 technology are so popular among recreational punters. They are granted access to a wide selection of games that includes all popular genres, such as slots, table games, video pokers, and instant win games. Live dealer games are also supplied, and there are no compatibility issues since instant play games can be enjoyed on all operating systems.
The advantage of choosing an instant play casino is that one doesn't have to download third-party software on their device of choice. There are few shortcomings, but the fact that it takes longer to find the game and the need to log in each time can be a bit frustrating. When playing casino games on their smartphones and tablets, they can run slightly slower in instant play mode.
A mobile casino app grants players one-tap access to an entire portfolio of games that run smoothly, even on older smartphones. There's no need to login, and navigation is a breeze, while players can also tap into the generous offers that casinos have prepared for mobile gamblers. On the flip side, not all the games available in instant play format can be enjoyed through the app, so players might have to sacrifice variety. Then there's also the issue of downloading an app that takes space and requires more processing power.
Gear Up for the Arrival of Instant Apps
Android Instant Apps are supposed to represent the next important milestone in the mobile gambling revolution. These modern apps have all the advantages of their classic counterparts, without requiring players to complete the installation process. The name is self-explanatory, and these instant apps grant immediate access to the games while delivering the same great graphics and immersive experience.
Smartphone owners whose devices are running on Android 6.0 or above can take advantage of the instant apps. By accessing the phone's settings and enabling the feature, when supported, players can launch instant apps and take mobile gaming to the next level. At the time of writing, only a fraction of the apps available are instant, but those who are available in this format will have the word "Instant" written next to them. They load up quickly and can be used in the same way as any classic Android application.
Embrace the Change of Progressive Web Apps
Software developers know that even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you sit there. Progressive web apps are the natural evolutionary link, building on the current web capabilities of mobile apps to deliver a better experience. They empower users to take advantage of native and web app features, share them via a link, and they are fully integrated with the operating systems. The result is a seamless user experience while being reliable and immune to volatile network conditions. Last, but definitely not least, Progressive Web Apps allow users to install a native application that also works offline.
After it delayed the Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4, Samsung is Now continues pushing out the Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for both devices. Galaxy S4 (I950x) users already got it's fair share of new updates.
Now, The Korean giant has started a new major Lollipop Roll-out for the Galaxy S5 (G900x). This New update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 has all the bug fixes that was reported before by the users (Battery drain, freezes, system services force closes... etc) along with some huge performance enhancements and the same Material Design elements added to the TouchWiz UI and its stock apps.
The firmware is currently rolling out Over-the-air (OTA) to the Galaxy S5 users in Canada and many other regions, packing Android version 5.0 with Build Date (Tue, 10 Mar 2015) which indicates that this firmware is very New ans just built 5 days ago.
Galaxy S5 (SM-G900W8) Firmware Details:
- Model: SM-G900W8
- Model name: GALAXY S5
- Country: Canada (Koodo Mobile)
- Version Android: 5.0
- Changelist: 4100894
- Build date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:53:48 +0000
- Product code: KDO
- PDA: G900W8VLU1BOC1
- CSC: G900W8OYA1BOC1
It always feels good to see an old device getting support from the OEM and although Samsung wasn't previously famous for doing that, 2016 - 17 has seen that scenario change. Reports have now confirmed that the Galaxy S5 is indeed receiving an update in Europe. The 127 MB file contains the February security patch but that's not all. It contains some of Samsung's own little tweaks for improving the performance of its flagship device from 2014. Post the update, the firmware version on the S5 will change to G900FXXS1CQB5.We do not have info about carrier locked versions yet.
If you are still using the 3 year old device, you should be prompted to download the update anytime now, provided you are in the initial release zone. Even if you are not in Europe, don't worry because it is very likely that all versions of the S5 will be getting the February security patch. Nevertheless, depending on your location, you might have to wait a bit more than others. In the meanwhile, head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge was released back in April, 2015 and although the handsets were flagships at one point of time, they should by all means, become outdated models in 2019. However, that's not quite the situation at all in the real world because quite a large number of users in the US and around the world still use the two devices quite regularly. Perhaps in realization of that fact, Samsung is continuing to support the two devices by providing it with periodic security updates even four years later!
The Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge are receiving firmware versions G920FXXU6ESA1 and G925FXXU6ESA1 respectively in UAE and it contains the February patch from Google and Samsung. Personally, I love how far Samsung has come from its earlier days as far as providing support is concerned. In fact, SamMobile suggests that this could be an indication of Samsung's decision in favor of not removing its older smartphones completely from the update programs, but instead, continuing to update them on a quarterly basis.