Apple collected record 51% of global smartphone revenue in Q4; iPhone had strong Q4 in China

Securities house Morgan Stanley said today that Apple had a strong showing in China during the fourth calendar quarter of 2017. On a sequential basis, Apple’s handset shipments rose 12% during the final three months of last year, compared to the third quarter results. During the same time period, deliveries of Android phones declined 17% in China. But Morgan Stanley adds that overall iPhone growth in the country is slowing as Android users upgrading to a new phone are choosing models produced domestically from Huawei and Oppo.

Analysts at the brokerage firm say that Chinese phone manufacturers …


Apple collected record 51% of global smartphone revenue on Q4; iPhone had strong Q4 in China

Securities house Morgan Stanley said today that Apple had a strong showing in China during the fourth calendar quarter of 2017. On a sequential basis, Apple’s handset shipments rose 12% during the final three months of last year, compared to the third quarter results. During the same time period, deliveries of Android phones declined 17% in China. But Morgan Stanley adds that overall iPhone growth in the country is slowing as Android users upgrading to a new phone are choosing models produced domestically from Huawei and Oppo.

Analysts at the brokerage firm say that Chinese phone manufacturers …

From sci-fi to your pocket: What AI means in your smartphone

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Just a few short years ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was the stuff of sci-fi movies, or nerdy robot foosball competitions shown in the “future tech” section of the evening news. Nowadays, however, it’s an everyday buzzword, and you even have mobile AI in your phone. That’s right, hidden among the marketing speak of neural engine co-processors is the simple fact that an increasing number …

Best camera phones of 2018: the leading smartphone cameras on the market

Finding the best smartphone camera is no easy task these days. Most all flagships now come packing some serious camera tech and software, and while certain brands and models may excel in certain areas, it’s pretty much a neck-and-neck race.

Some phones perform better in low light, others have HDR modes that are way ahead of the competition, and then there are those that are not as good for stills, but are great for video. It’s not easy picking the best of the best, especially if you don’t get the chance to try out many, many phones for yourself.

Thankfully, that’s our job here at …

Bluboo's upcoming S2 smartphone to feature new type of bezel-less design

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The “all-screen” trend has taken the world of smartphones by storm. Bezels have become public enemy number one, and in the past months, we’ve seen manufacturers take different paths in the quest to squeeze out the best screen-to-body ratio for their hottest handsets. Samsung and LG chose to go with super slim top and bottom …

Asus ZenFone 5 smartphone with 18:9 display shows up in leaked images

Asus confirmed its ZenFone 5 series will be officially introduced on February 27, but it didn’t reveal anything related to the upcoming smartphones. If you don’t mind spoilers, we now have information about one of the ZenFone 5 handsets expected to be unveiled later this month.

Several pictures taken from a manual show the unannounced Asus ZenFone 5 from all angles. The information contained in the document also confirms the smartphone will feature a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

Asus hasn’t dropped the 3.5mm audio jack, which is positioned on top of the smartphone. The microUSB …

Instagram's 'Type' mode is coming to your smartphone!

 

Popular social media Instagram is releasing a new feature for its stories, called ‘Type’, and it brings to the table the ability to type (what a surprise!) in various styles. The new feature was already available in some regions, but with Instragram’s latest update it will be released worldwide.

What is different about the new feature is it requires absolutely no images whatsoever, all the magic is done using words instead. You can use different new fonts and styles to express what you felt right after you ate that delicious mac-and-cheese, …

Chinese smartphone shipments declined in 2017 for the first time ever

No, 2017 was not a good year for smartphone shipments into China. According to research firm Canalys, for all of last year such deliveries declined 4% from 2016’s figure to hit 459 million units. That is the first time ever that the country experienced a year-over-year decline in shipments of intelligent handsets. Had the last three months of last year turned out differently, the growth streak might have continued. From October through December of 2017, just shy of 113 million phones made their way into China. That was a 14% decline from Q4 2016.

Huawei remained on top of the Chinese market …

How has the Maya Principle influenced the smartphone market?

I have often wondered how some companies have succeeded where others have not. But when I discovered the Maya Principle, everything started to make sense. For some background, the Maya Principle (MAYA) stands for the Most Advanced, Yet Acceptable, and the term was coined by Raymond Loewy, who you might know as the creator of the Coca-Cola logo. This philosophy states that when iterating on a product, one should be careful with implementing change. The idea is to offer enough change to make an exciting new product, but not so much as to confuse the consumer. In general, people do not like change, …

Samsung to start selling Exynos chipsets to other smartphone companies

Apparently, Samsung wants a piece of the chipset market share, as the South Korean company plans to expand production of its Exynos CPUs and find buyers for them among smartphone vendors.

At the moment, Samsung is only fourth place in terms of smartphone chipset market share, as Qualcomm is in leading position followed by Apple and MediaTek. According to industry sources, Samsung plans to sell mostly chipsets for mid-range smartphones in an attempt to take on MediaTek. If Samsung’s plans turn out to be successful, MediaTek may have a tough 2018.

Moreover, analysts say Samsung is …