HMD Global, the parent company of Nokia phones, has unveiled the Nokia 8, a high performance smartphone designed with content creators in mind. It’s the first “premium” smartphone to be launched by HMD Global. The device introduces a “world first” in enabling Dual-Sight video to be live-streamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. Dual-Sight simultaneously harnesses both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos to give…

Samsung leads Latin America’s smartphone marketshare

Written on Monday, 21 August 2017 13:18
Motorola was the fastest growing smartphone brand in South America in Q2 2017, according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, while Samsung rose to a healthy and highest ever 41 percent marketshare. Smartphone shipments in the region grew 9 percent annually during Q2 (April-June) driven by improved macroeconomic climate, LTE rollout and open channel growth in some markets. "Latin America's positive smartphone growth this quarter can be attributed to the uptick in demand in Brazil and Colombia…

Huawei overtakes Apple in Central and Eastern Europe

Written on Monday, 21 August 2017 08:52
Huawei retook the number two spot from Apple in Central and Eastern Europe in Q2 2017, according to Canalys research. It shipped 1.8 million smartphones to take a 12 percent market share, beating Apple by fewer than 50,000 units. Its strength was in low-to-mid-range products, with the P10 Lite becoming its best-seller in the region. “Huawei slipped behind Apple briefly in Q1 2017,” said Canalys Analyst Ben Stanton. “Apple did an excellent job of up-selling its installed base to the…
Samsung regained the top sales spot in the USA in the three month period ending in May 2017, with market share rising to 36.2 percent, according to the latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. But this represents a fall of 1.1 percent over the past year, with Apple holding 34 percent share, up 4.7 percent from the previous year. Kantar also revealed that iOS performance was strong in the USA, Australia and Japan, with Android making gains in…

Global smartphone shipments increased 6% in Q2

Written on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:43
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 6 percent annually to reach 360 million units in Q2 2017. Samsung maintained first position with 22 percent global smartphone marketshare, while Apple dipped to 11 percent share. Xiaomi surged 58 percent annually and rejoined the top five rankings for the first time in a year. Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments grew a solid 6 percent annually from 341.5 million units in Q2…
Better known for providing camera technology for blockbuster films like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, US company RED made waves in July when it announced plans to launch its first smartphone called Hydrogen One. Not many details about the phone have yet been released, but RED claims to have produced a device with holographic display. The device is targeted to ship in Q1 2018. The 5.7” device operates on Android OS. Its “retina-riveting” display advancement features “nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between…
Earlier this year, HMD Global, the Finnish parent company of Nokia phones, refreshed the iconic Nokia 3310 with a new modern design and fresh features catering to fan nostalgia. Now, the company has launched revamped version of both the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130. Featuring refreshed, ergonomic designs, both phones come packed with features combining value and durability. Both models feature 1.8-inch color screens, handy LED torch lights, and sleek, contoured designs, with each phone being available in a range…
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, and ZEISS jointly announced the signing of an exclusive partnership that aims to set new imaging standards within the smartphone industry. This long-term agreement builds on the shared history and expertise between ZEISS and Nokia smartphones. With a joint ambition to advance the quality of the total imaging experience on smartphones spanning the entire ecosystem from software, services, through to screen quality, and optic design, the partnership will see ZEISS and HMD Global…
Xiaomi founder and CEO, Lei Jun, revealed that the company shipped a record 23.16 million smartphones in Q2 2-17, reflecting an increase of 70 percent from the previous quarter, marking a record high for Xiaomi’s quarterly smartphone shipments. The achievement has been attributed to the company's relentless pursuit of technological innovation, striving for operational excellence with users at its core. Over the last few years, Xiaomi has consistently increased its investment in R&D. Today, these investments are bearing fruit. In…

Huawei launches Honor 9, its flagship product of 2017

Written on Thursday, 29 June 2017 11:44
Huawei honor officially launched the Honor 9, its flagship product of 2017, in Berlin, Germany on June 28. The Honor 9 boasts a 3D glass back and a metal bezel that creates a subtle metal aurora. Featuring an upgraded 20MP +12 MP dual-lens camera, outstanding audio quality, and strong processing cores for powerful performance, including 6GB RAM, the smartphone will “empower the millennials to explore and enjoy the world.” “2017 has brought a renaissance in smart phone design, and the…

Worldwide mobile subscribers hits 5 billion, says GSMA

Written on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:30
The world’s mobile industry has signed up its 5 billionth unique mobile subscriber, according to real-time data from GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA. The 5 billion milestone means that more than two-thirds of the global population is now connected to a mobile service. It has taken four years to add the latest 1 billion subscribers. “Reaching the 5 billion subscriber milestone is a tremendous achievement for an industry that is only a few decades old, and reflects…
Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, recently unveiled the first smartphone by his new company, Essential, after months of speculation. The handset certainly lives up to the hype, featuring premium specs and a sleek industrial design. The Essential Phone seems to have taken inspiration from the Samsung Galaxy S8 featuring a 5.7-inch, edge-to-edge display that rises to the top of the phone and breaking only for the front-facing camera in the middle. The device’s titanium and ceramic build make for…
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