Google tests new YouTube UI for Android with a search bar on top, larger thumbnails and more

Google is testing a new UI for its extremely popular YouTube app for Android. The new look would include a search bar on top, and larger thumbnail images of other videos. Currently, if you want to search for something that you hope is in the video streamer’s vast and ever growing library, you need to click on the search icon in the upper right-hand corner. The UI being tested would feature a search bar that stretches across the left-center of the top of the page. And yes, it would save you a click when you need to search for a video.
The tested UI has larger thumbnails …


Apple iPhone X was still on top of the smartphone world in March

Counterpoint Research released its list of the top selling smartphones during March, the latest data available. Remaining on top during the month was the Apple iPhone X, with 3.5% of the market. In second place, with 2.3% of global smartphone sales for the 31 days was the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. And for the first time in history, Xiaomi was the proud producer of the top selling Android handset, which for March was the Redmi 5A and its 1.8% share of sales. The latter narrowly beat out the Oppo A83 mid-range model.
Also in a virtual tie were Samsung’s 2018 flagship phones. …

Latest Mi 7 leak pegs Samsung as the only notch holdout in the top 5 Android makers

Look, Ma, another notch! If you thought it’s above and beyond the current 4th-largest Android phone maker to go the way of the notch, you may be sorely mistaken, as the latest Xiaomi Mi 7 leak shows a big fat top bezel cutout at the front. If Xiaomi’s newest flagship materializes like that, it will leave only Samsung as the Last of the Notchikans. LG has it on the G7, Huawei on the P20-series, and Oppo on plenty.

Apart from the notch-y front, the Mi 7 seems very much like the Mi Mix 2s at the back, as you can see below, but much smaller, which would be welcome news in this day …

Samsung remains on top as global smartphone shipments drop 2.9% in Q1

For the first time since the third quarter of 2013, quarterly smartphone shipments in China totaled less than 100 million units leading global smartphone shipments to decline 2.9% in the first quarter. Overall, 334.3 million handsets were delivered from January through March, down from the 344.4 million shipped during the same period last year. Samsung remained on top with a total of 78.2 million units in transit during the period, down 2.4% from the 80.1 million shipped last year. Because the overall number of phones delivered was lower, Sammy actually saw an increase in market share from 23.3% …

Top Apple analyst leaves his firm; Ming-Chi Kuo will no longer follow Apple at his new job

Ask any PhoneArena reader which Apple analyst has provided us with the most accurate forecasts over the years, and the answer would surely be Ming-Chi Kuo. The latter, who toiled for Korea’s KGI Securities, abruptly quit the firm on Friday according to a report out of China that was published today. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman followed that up with a tweet which said that Kuo would now be covering “innovative non-Apple companies” for another firm.

Last year, Kuo worked his magic back in February, seven months before Apple unveiled its 2017 lineup. Back then, the Apple iPhone X was thought to …

Microsoft's Cortana is finally on top! For businesses at least

A company called Spiceworks has surveyed over 500 companies in Europe and North America regarding digital assistant usage in the workplace. AI-powered assistants have become commonplace across many of our devices. They exist on our smartphones, smartwatches, computers, individual apps and even live inside their own speakers. They can control everything from our phone, to our lights or air conditioning and even our PC’s. It is no wonder that businesses may be interested in utilizing these digital helpers to streamline the workflow of their employees. 

So who came out …

Top Chinese phone manufacturers are keeping their chip suppliers busy

Asian based chip makers, like MediaTek, are benefiting from a surge in demand for mobile chipsets by Chinese smartphone manufacturers. MediaTek’s revenues for March rose 58.2% from February to NT$20.11 billion ($688.1 million USD). Industry sources say that handset producers like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi have increased the size of their chip orders as they stock up prior to the production and release of new models.

The market share of the four aforementioned Chinese phone manufacturers combine to top 70% in their home country. Toss in the overseas presence that all four are trying to …

ZTE concept phone has two notches, one on top and the other on bottom of the display

It appears that ZTE is thinking that if consumers love having a notch on their smartphone, they will absolutely adore having two notches. Renders of a concept model with the name ZTE Iceberg have surfaced, and they show that the dual-notched device carries a notch at the top and the bottom of the display (when held in portrait orientation). The top notch contains the front-facing selfie snapper along with the earpiece and sensors for distance and light. The bottom notch carries only a second speaker, which allows the Iceberg to offer stereo sound. The casing on the four corners of the phone is …

OpenSignal's regional survey shows T-Mobile and Verizon going neck and neck at the top

Five years ago this month, T-Mobile stopped the subsidies and two-year contracts, and the UN-carrier was born. Since that moment, T-Mobile has become the most innovative of the four major U.S. carriers, and the fastest growing as well. And it seems that all of the work that T-Mobile has been doing to its LTE network, adding the low-frequency 600MHz spectrum it won in the FCC auction last year, is paying off in spades.

Back in January, T-Mobile was the winner of OpenSignal’s national survey and missed a clean sweep by a fraction of a second. Verizon was the runner-up. Now, OpenSignal has …

Et tu, Huawei? Affordable P20 Lite leaks, and guess what it has at the top

The cheapest member of the upcoming P20 family by Huawei has leaked out completely in regulatory filings, and… surprise, surprise… it does show a cutout at the top bezel. Yes, just like the rumors and leaked cases suggested, the P20 Lite, which will cost about $370, does sport a notch, and its flagship brethren the P20 and P20 Plus might as well. Thus, if the LG G7 indeed houses the front camera and earpiece in a thicker top bezel area, as speculated, most major Android manufacturers, save for Samsung and Sony, would be copying Apple’s way of achieving an “all-screen” phone this year, it seems.

The …