Xiaomi has now been India’s top smartphone seller for eight straight quarters. The company has become a constant headache for Samsung in the world’s second largest smartphone market as sales have slowed pretty much everywhere else in the world.
The Chinese electronics giant shipped 10.4 million handsets in the quarter that ended in June, commanding 28.3% of the market, research firm IDC reported Tuesday. Its closest rival, Samsung — which once held the top spot in India — shipped 9.3 million handsets in the nation during the same period, settling for a 25.3% market share.
Overall, 36.9 million handsets were shipped in India during the second quarter of this year, up 9.9% from the same period last year, IDC reported. This was the highest volume of handsets ever shipped in India for Q2, the research firm said.
As smartphone shipments slow or decline in most of the world, India has emerged as an outlier that continues to show strong momentum as tens of millions of people purchase their first handset in the country each quarter.
Research firm Counterpoint told TechCrunch that there are about 450 million smartphone users in India, up from about 350 million late last year and 300 million in late 2017. This growth has made India, home to more than 1.3 billion people, the fastest growing market worldwide.
Globally, meanwhile, smartphone shipments declined by 2.3% year-over-year in Q2 2019, according to IDC.
Chinese phone makers Vivo and Oppo, both of which spent lavishly in marketing during the recent local favorite cricket season in India, also expanded their base in the country. Vivo had 15.1% of the local market share, up from 12.6% in Q2 2018, while Oppo’s share grew from 7.6% to 9.7% during the same period. The market share of Realme, which has gained following after it started to replicate some of Xiaomi’s early models, also shot up, moving from 1.2% in Q2 2018 to 7.7% in Q2 2019.
The key to gaining market share in India has remained unchanged over the years: better specs at lower prices. The average selling price of a handset during Q2 was $159 in the quarter that ended in June this year. Seventy-eight percent of the 36.9 million phones that shipped in India during this period sported a sticker price below $200, IDC said.
That’s not to say that phones priced above $200 don’t have a market in India. Per IDC, the fastest growing smartphone segment in the nation was priced between $200 to $300, witnessing a 105.2% growth over the same period last year.
Smartphones priced between $400 and $600 were the second-fastest growing segment in the country, with a 16.1% growth since the same period last year. Chinese phone maker OnePlus assumed 63.6% of this premium segment, followed by Apple (which has less than 2% of the overall local market share) and Samsung.
Feature phones that have maintained a crucial position in India’s handsets market continue to maintain their significant footprint, though their popularity is beginning to wane — 32.4 million feature phones shipped in India during Q2 this year, down 26.3% since the same period last year.
Xiaomi versus Samsung
India has become Xiaomi’s biggest market. It entered the country five years ago, and for the first two, relied mostly on selling handsets online to cut overhead. But the company has since established and expanded its presence in the brick and mortar market, which continues to account for much of the sales in the country.
Earlier this month, the Chinese phone maker said it had set up its 2,000th Mi Home store in India. It is on track to have a presence in 10,000 physical stores in the country by the end of the year, and expects to see half of its sales come from the offline market by that time frame.
Samsung has stepped up its game in India in the last two years, as well. The company, which opened the world’s largest phone factory in the country last year, has ramped up productions of its Galaxy A series of smartphones that are aimed at budget-conscious customers and conceptualized a similar series that includes Galaxy M10, M20 and M30 smartphone models for the Indian market. The Galaxy A series handsets drove much of the growth for the company, IDC said.
Even as it lags behind Xiaomi, Samsung shipped more handsets in Q2 2019 compared to Q2 2018 (9.3 million versus 8 million) and its market share grew from 23.9% to 25.3% during the same period.
“The vendor was also offering attractive channel schemes to clear the stocks of Galaxy J series. Galaxy M series (exclusive online till the end of 2Q19) saw price reductions, which helped retain the 13.5% market share in the online channel in 2Q19 for Samsung,” IDC said.
But the South Korean giant continues to have a tough time passing Xiaomi, which continues to maintain low profit margins (Xiaomi says it only makes 5% profit on any hardware it sells). Xiaomi has also expanded its local production efforts in India and created more than 10,000 jobs in the country, more than 90% of which have been filled by women.
Most people don’t think twice about picking up a phone charging cable and plugging it in. But one hacker’s project wants to change that and raise awareness of the dangers of potentially malicious charging cables.
A hacker who goes by the online handle MG took an innocent-looking Apple USB Lightning cable and rigged it with a small Wi-Fi-enabled implant, which, when plugged into a computer, lets a nearby hacker run commands as if they were sitting in front of the screen.
Dubbed the O.MG cable, it looks and works almost indistinguishably from an iPhone charging cable. But all an attacker has to do is swap out the legitimate cable for the malicious cable and wait until a target plugs it into their computer. From a nearby device and within Wi-Fi range (or attached to a nearby Wi-Fi network), an attacker can wirelessly transmit malicious payloads on the computer, either from pre-set commands or an attacker’s own code.
Once plugged in, an attacker can remotely control the affected computer to send realistic-looking phishing pages to a victim’s screen, or remotely lock a computer screen to collect the user’s password when they log back in.
MG focused his first attempt on an Apple Lightning cable, but the implant can be used in almost any cable and against most target computers.
“This specific Lightning cable allows for cross-platform attack payloads, and the implant I have created is easily adapted to other USB cable types,” MG said. “Apple just happens to be the most difficult to implant, so it was a good proof of capabilities.”
In his day job as a red teamer at Verizon Media (which owns TechCrunch), he develops innovative hacking methods and techniques to identify and fix security vulnerabilities before malicious attackers find them. Although a personal project, MG said his malicious cable can help red teamers think about defending against different kinds of threats.
“Suddenly we now have victim-deployed hardware that may not be noticed for much longer periods of time,” he explained. “This changes how you think about defense tactics. We have seen that the NSA has had similar capabilities for over a decade, but it isn’t really in most people’s threat models because it isn’t seen as common enough.”
“Most people know not to plug in random flash drives these days, but they aren’t expecting a cable to be a threat,” he said. “So this helps drive home education that goes deeper.”
MG spent thousands of dollars of his own money and countless hours working on his project. Each cable took him about four hours to assemble. He also worked with several other hackers to write some of the code and develop exploits, and gave away his supply of hand-built cables to Def Con attendees with a plan to sell them online in the near future, he said.
But the O.MG cable isn’t done yet. MG said he’s working with others to improve the cable’s functionality and expand its feature set.
“It really just comes down to time and resources at this point. I have a huge list in my head that needs to become reality,” he said.
Less than a week after we saw our first images taken with Samsung’s 64-megapixel mobile sensor, the company has announced a new sensor with more than 50 percent more pixels. The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX, which was designed in collaboration with Xiaomi, is a 108-megapixel smartphone camera sensor that Samsung says is the first to surpass the 100 million pixel milestone for phones. As well as producing high resolution photographs, the sensor can also shoot in 6K video (6016 x 3384) at 30 fps.
In reality you’re unlikely to ever need a photo with this high a resolution, so the sensor is also able to produce high quality 27-megapixel images by combining groups of four pixels into one. That results in an image that’s a lower resolution overall, but it should mean it’s far brighter, helping low-light performance. Meanwhile, the sensor is also equipped with what Samsung is calling its “Smart-ISO” technology, which will automatically adjust the sensor’s ISO levels to compensate for brightly-lit or low light environments.
Neither Samsung nor Xiaomi have announced which phone will be the first to use this sensor. However, its large 1/1.33-inch size, which Engadget notes is around three quarters of the size of the 1-inch sensor found in the Sony RX100 VII compact camera, means it might not be an ideal fit for every smartphone out there.
Samsung is yet to announce which will be the first phone to use the new sensor, but one tipster has suggested that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could be the first. With the sensor expected to enter mass production later this month, we could see the first handset that uses it before the end of the year.
tem name: TK117 Dark Pro Foldable
Remote control: 2.4GHz 4CH
Mode: Mode 1 & Mode 2 (right & left hand throttle)
Built-in Gyro: 6 Axis Gyro
FPV transmission: Wifi
Camera: 2 camera (down and forward) 720P
Motor: Brushed Motor
Functions: Sideward flight, turn left / right, up / down, forward / backward, 3D roll, FPV WIFI, altitude hold, headless mode, camera, one key return, gesture selfie control, etc .
Remote control distance: About 80m
Wifi control distance: About 30m
Drone battery: 3.7V 850mAh lipo battery
Charging time: About 120mins
Remote controller battery: 4 * AA (not included)
- TK 117 Drone Quad copter Dark Pro Gesture Selfie Drone
- With higher specifications than Syma
- Equipped with a WiFi camera that can be easily connected to your device / gadget / device
- Flying very stable
- Has two cameras (one for the front camera and the other for the down camera / ground to look down)
- Has the ability to selfie gesture control
- Hands clenched for selfies (when the drone flies) and open arms to record live videos
- Fly resistance capability for up to 20 minutes (1300mAh battery specifically but not yet produced), for 850mAh batteries fly up to 10 minute
It can happen all too easily, especially if you’ve got an Android phone with less than 128GB of storage: one day, you try to install a cool new game or an intriguing new app, and you can’t. You’ve run out of space.
Don’t panic. If you’re not ready to buy a new phone, and your phone doesn’t have a handy microSD slot for some extra storage, you can probably still pick up a decent amount of free space with some simple house cleaning. Here are some suggestions on how to get back some of that storage.
USE ANDROID’S “FREE UP SPACE” TOOL
Android has a built-in tool to help you increase the amount of useable storage on your phone. It’s easy to find:
- Go to your phone’s settings, and select “Storage.” Among other things, you’ll see information on how much space is in use, a link to a tool called “Smart Storage” (more on that later), and a list of app categories.
- Tap on the blue “Free up space” button
- You’ll be given the choice of using Google’s Files app (if it’s installed) or the built-in “Remove items” feature. The latter gives you the opportunity to clean out your photos and videos (if they’re backed up), your downloaded files, and your infrequently used apps.
There are other handy tools in the “Storage” section. For example, you can find out how much space each of your apps takes up:
- In “Storage,” tap on a category (such as “Music & audio” or “Games”). You’ll get a list of all your apps that fit that category, along with how much space each is taking.
- Tap on the app name. You can now find out the app size, how much of the available storage is being used by user data, and how much space is being used by the cache. Two buttons let you either “Clear storage” or “Clear cache.”
(Note for newbies: it is usually safe to clear the cache. However, before you hit “Clear storage,” check to see what your user data is. You don’t want to accidentally delete any important media or documents.)
Finally, there is a toggle for a feature called “Smart Storage,” which gives your phone permission to automatically remove backed-up photos after 30, 60, or 90 days. It will also automatically remove backed-up photos and videos if your storage is almost full.
CHECK YOUR APPS
A good way to save space is to make sure you’re not clogging up the works with apps that you haven’t used in months. It’s all too easy to download an app, try it out, and then let it sit while you go on to other things.
If you’re curious about how long it’s been since you’ve used certain apps, here’s how to find out:
- Tap on your Play Store app
- Select the menu icon (three parallel lines) on the upper left corner, and select “My apps & games”
- Tap on “Installed” on the top menu line
- Look for the top line that starts “On this device….” On the right of that is an icon that lets you sort your list of apps; tap on that, and choose “Last Used.”
- The apps that you’ve used most recently will be on top. Swipe down to find out which apps you haven’t used in a while.
Photos and videos can be some of the most space-hogging items on your phone. Luckily, if you’ve got an Android phone, you’re probably already uploading your photos to Google Photos — and can therefore take them off your phone.
First, check to make sure you are backing up your photos to your Google account. When you go to your main page on the Photos app, you should see a “Backup complete” notice on top. If you don’t, you should do the following to start backing up:
- Open the Photos app. Tap on the menu icon (three parallel lines) in the upper left corner and select “Settings.”
- Select “Back up & sync”
- Make sure that the “Back up & sync” toggle on top of the page is set to “On.” You should also check which account is listed under “Backup Account.” If you have more than one account, you can switch to whichever you want to use.
There are other options as well. For example, you can choose the quality of the photos you want to upload and whether you want the phone to upload photos when you’re using cellular data.
Now that you’re sure your photos are being backed up, you can delete them from your phone. It’s very likely that there is already a notice on top of the Photo app’s front page offering to free up memory from your device; if not, it’s easy to do.
- Tap on the menu icon
- Tap on the “Free up space” menu selection. You’ll get a pop-up window saying how much memory and how many items will be removed. Select “Free up XX GB.”
USE A FILE MANAGER
If you’ve had your phone for more than a few months, it’s likely you’ve accumulated a load of outdated, duplicate, or simply unwanted files that are taking up a lot of space. File managers such as Google Files let you check your various file folders and see what’s there. Many also have features that will help you search out and delete storage-wasting files — such as junk files, duplicate files, or over-large files — without having to search them out manually.
In most of these apps, you will be given the chance to look through the files that the app plans to delete to make sure that it isn’t getting rid of anything you really want to keep.
Still running out of space? Then unfortunately — or luckily, if you’re looking for a good excuse — it may be time to start thinking about a new phone, one with more storage space and perhaps that also offers you the chance to offload your data onto a micro-SD card.
Huawei’s long-rumored Android alternative, Hongmeng, is finally official. At today’s Huawei Developer Conference, the company’s Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu surprised the audience by unveiling “HarmonyOS,” which he says is faster and safer than Android. That said, the software is primarily aimed at IoT products (such as smart displays, wearables, smart speakers and in-car devices) instead of smartphones. Yu says that when Huawei can no longer access Google’s Android ecosystem, the company can deploy HarmonyOS “at any time.” Until then, Huawei will continue to support Android.
Yu’s presentation was rather technical but in a nutshell, HarmonyOS is positioned as a future-proof, “microkernel-based, distributed OS for all scenarios.” The platform is open source, and it’s actually more of a competitor to Google’s upcoming Fchsia, given that both are microkernel-based and can be used on multiple types of devices at once. In his on-stage presentation he said that Android isn’t as efficient due to its redundant codes, outdated scheduling mechanism and general fragmentation issues. Shots fired.
With a microkernel design, HarmonyOS should be safer from the get-go as there is no root access available; the microkernel is protected by isolation from external kernel services. The system also applies formal verification — a set of mathematical approaches used in security-critical fields — to reliably spot vulnerabilities, whereas traditional methods are likely to miss some.
In addition to being a lightweight system, Huawei says HarmonyOS will offer some performance boosts. For one, it’ll feature a “Deterministic Latency Engine” that can better allocate system resources using real-time analysis and forecasting. Android, on the other hand, is stuck with the Linux kernel’s less-intelligent fair scheduling mechanism. HarmonyOS also allows for very fast “Inter Process Communication” — the link between its microkernel and external kernel services like file systems, networks, drivers, apps and more. Huawei claims that HarmonyOS’ IPC performance is five times that of Google’s Fuchsia, and three times that of QNX.
According to Yu, HarmonyOS has been in the works since 2017, and the version Huawei unveiled today will initially target smart display products, such as the Huawei Vision due later this year. While this release still packs a Linux kernel and Huawei’s earlier LiteOS kernel alongside its own microkernel, version 2.0, which is expected sometime in 2020, will feature just a HarmonyOS microkernel, thus making it a true HarmonyOS. It’ll also support high-performance graphics then, to the point where the company hopes it will be powering “innovative PCs” along with wearables, in-car head units, speakers and VR glasses.
It’s clear that Huawei has intentionally avoided mentioning “smartphones” in its slides and press materials today, likely to avoid upsetting its partners over at Google, but Yu wasn’t afraid to admit that there may come a time when his company can no longer support the Android ecosystem. Regardless, developers will be able to port their Android apps over to HarmonyOS using Huawei’s ARK compiler.
While the exec claimed that HarmonyOS is ready to go “at any time,” it’s hard to tell whether all its supposed advantages will win over developers and users — especially those in the US. We’ve seen Samsung’s attempt to overthrow Android back in the days using Tizen, but nowadays it’s nothing more than the software powering its Galaxy wearables. Windows 10 Mobileis obviously another prime example, despite its emphasis on productivity and security.
And then, of course, Huawei still has a trust issue in the west. Despite strong financial performance recently, the company is cautious of its future due to continued pressure from the US government and its allies. In a way, Huawei is facing a tougher challenge than previous failed mobile OS attempts, and it may have to do more than building its own ecosystem.
Chipset : Exynos 9825 SoC (evolved next-level intelligent processor ) 7nm chip will Equivalent to Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 865 chip which has boast a maximum clock speed of 2.7GHz .
CPU : – Octa Core (2X2.73 GHz & 2X3.1 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4X1.95 GHz Cortex A55) and Octa Core ( 1X2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3X2,42 GHz Kryo 885 & 4X1.8 GHz Kryo 485 )
Audio Jack : USB-C to 3.5mm Audio jack which is expecting in upcoming Samsung model of Galaxy Note 10 and Plus
Storage : 256 GB or 512 GB
Ram : 12 GB
Display : Dynamic OLED Display in 6.1 Inch (115.4 cm2, with resolution of 3,041 X 1,140 / 498 PPI pixel density .with Corning Gorilla Glass
Battery : 4300 mAH ( Non-removable Li-Ion )
Camera Back : Triple Lens System Camera in Back , 12 MP Dual Pixal / 16 MP Ultra Wide / 12 MP Telephoto and ToF 3d Sensors , has f Features LED Flash , auto HDR , Panorama .
Camera Front : 10 MP Dual Pixal
Charging : 45W Wired Charging and 20W Wireless Charging Supported ( Box shipped with 25W Wire Charging Support Charger)
Color : Aura Glow , Aura Black , Aura White
OS : Android 9 Pie
Network : Galaxy Note 10 Plus will be available in 5G Network Technology
Expected price – 1150 EUR
Currently, TCL is manufacturing some of the best budget TVs on the market. We haven’t tested those TVs in our labs, but we did test the smaller TCL that TV nabbed our hard-to-get Editors’ Choice award and made it to our Best Tech Bargains of 2018 list.
We liked it not only because of its low price, but this TV also packs unexpectedly premium features like Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos sound, and a better-than-average version of Roku TV. In a nutshell, it’s a budget TV that performs above and beyond its price.
Other popular TCL solid 4K resolution, basic HDR support, and adequate color accuracy an Editors’ Choice winner for its affordable price and better-than-expected audio and video performance)
As the cost of smartphonesOpens a New Window. continue to rise the latest trend in the mobile phoneOpens a New Window. market is consumers going vintage with the growing popularity of “dumb” phones.
“They’re going to be able to make calls, they’re going to be able to text and they’re going to be able to do some simple communication stuff and they’re going to be cheaper,” Fox News Headlines 24/7 anchor Brett Larson said on the FOX Business Network’s “FBN:AM.”
In the smartphone market, the Samsung Fold is at the high end, costing nearly $2,000, while “all the new iPhones are in the $1,000 range,” according to Larson.
On the other hand, the “dumb” phones, often referred to as “smart feature phones,” can cost as little as $25.
According to the Wall Street JournalOpens a New Window., while sales of smartphones have declined, the shipments of these “smart feature phones” are on the rise with approximately 84 million expected to ship this year.
The phones, which can make calls, text and have limited internet access, are growing in popularity among “millions of first-time internet consumers from the Ivory Coast to India and Indonesia,” according to the Journal.
The “dumb” phones are an attractive options for parents as well who want to give their children a phone so they can remain in contact with them, but want to limit their children’s access to the internet or social media.
LG is teasing a smartphone that could have as many as three screens in a short trailer for its press conference at IFA 2019. The 20-second trailer shows a video game mockup being played on a smartphone that features a small video game controller icon and a camera, before a second screen folds out to show a map with a route to the company’s IFA press conference. Finally the device closes, revealing what appears to be a third, smaller screen on its front, which displays the time and date of LG’s presentation.
It’s a very similar concept to the LG V50 ThinQ’s second screen case accessory that LG showed off earlier this year during the phone’s reveal at MWC. However, this detachable accessory — which was never released in the US — didn’t have the additional screen on its exterior, which appears to be new for this version.
Beyond what’s teased in the video, we don’t know too much more about what LG is preparing to announce at the show. Android Police and ZDNet both speculate that the device could end up being an accessory for a potential V60 ThinQ, however we’re also curious about whether there’s a possibility that this could simply be a new accessory for LG’s existing V50 ThinQ.
What the device almost certainly won’t be is a foldable, which is a product category that LG has steered away from despite preparing to launch its rollable OLED TV this year. Instead of a folding screen, both the V50 ThinQ’s accessory and this new unannounced device appear to feature two separate screens which are attached by a hinge, and which do not bend like the displays on the Samsung Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X.
LG’s IFA 2019 press conference is currently scheduled for September 6th at 10AM in Berlin (4AM ET).