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Android smartphone market share goes up, iOS phones down

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Based on a report made by market data provider Strategy Analytics, Android’s market share is steadily going up for its smartphones, while Apple’s iOS handsets are slumping. The other operating systems are nowhere to be found.

According to the statistics, Android smartphones now hold 87.5 percent of the total global audience in the third quarter of 2016, which is up from 84.1 percent during the same quarter last year.

Meanwhile, iPhones have gone from 13.6 percent of the total market in Q3 2015, to just 12.1 percent in this year’s third quarter. Every other OS dropped to a negligible 0.3 percent market share from 2.3 percent last year.

Android’s success is credited to the 10.3 percent increase in smartphone shipments in Q3 2016, as compared to Q3 last year. Apple’s iPhone shipments have decreased by 5.2 percent during the same period.

What does this all mean? Even though Apple continues to dominate the high-end smartphone segment and is raking in major profits out of the sales, Android smartphones are dominating the much more abundant lower-end categories — albeit making less money because of smaller profit margins.

Smartphone market shares Q3 2016

Global smartphone shipments and market shares in Q3 2016

The sad part is the lack of competition outside of those two operating systems. BlackBerry and Windows-powered phones, which comprise the “others,” are practically nonexistent now, after experiencing a 84.1 percent year-over-year decrease in smartphone shipments.

Otherwise, smartphones are doing pretty well in general. With a six percent growth in shipments since this time last year, consumers are more reliant than ever on all-in-one pocket computers.

In related news, Windows-powered tablets are doing better than ever. The same Strategy Analytics report claims that although tablet shipments are lessening with a 10 percent year-over-year slump, Windows slates now have a 16 percent market share, which is 25 percent better than last year’s number.

This doesn’t sound great compared to the current 64 percent share of Android tablets and 20 percent mark of iPads, but it proves consumers are now choosing productivity over entertainment when it comes to larger-sized mobile devices.

In summary: Android smartphones, great; iPhones, still okay; and Windows tablets, fantastic. Everyone else, good luck.

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Qualcomm is testing a new chip series for Android Go phones

Coming soon to budget phones near you!

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Since the birth of the smartphone industry, processors have always fought in an unending arms race. It’s all about power. In this industry, the fastest processor wins.

Recently, the industry properly established market segmentation. Now, processors have leaders in flagship, midrange, and budget segments. However, the industry was still in the arms race, regardless of segmentation.

Despite this trend, Qualcomm has announced a surprising decision. Instead of pursuing the fastest, the chip maker will instead focus on the bottom of the barrel.

Currently, the Snapdragon 200 series populates the company’s entry-level market. However, fiercer competition has edged out the series in this segment. Right now, MediaTek has captured more entry-level phones than Qualcomm.

With this, Qualcomm is testing a new series outside of the iconic Snapdragon lineup. The Qualcomm QM215 will focus on smartphones within the Android Go program. As such, the new chip will offer incredibly budget-friendly options for consumers.

According to a German source, the planned product is a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset, coupled with a 650MHz GPU. Prototype devices are touting LCD screens (1440 x 720 resolution), up to 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, and up to 16GB of internal storage. According to the same source, a “well-known smartphone maker” is already developing a device with the new chip. Likewise, component makers have already created fingerprint readers tailored for the chip. With its currently rumored specs, the chipset matches performance from the Snapdragon 400 series.

Right now, the product is likely in its early stages. The Qualcomm QM215 might even ultimately add to the Snapdragon 200 series after all. If anything, expect a lot more movement from Qualcomm in the entry-level market in the future.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is first-ever 7nm chip in a PC

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Huawei P30 series will officially be revealed on March 26

In Paris once again

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On March 26, Huawei plans to “rewrite the rules.”

That’s because that’ll be the date for the flagship P30’s launch, which is happening exactly one year after the Huawei P20’s unveiling. Paris, France will once again be the venue.

Here’s the short teaser being spread on social media:

Little is known about the P30 and what it’s going to offer. Early leaks say that the Pro model might have four cameras on the rear as an upgrade to the predecessor’s three.

Other reports suggest that the P30 lineup will sport a notch with a curved display, similar to what the Mate 20 Pro has. All we can say for sure is that the primary P30 variants will utilize the high-end Kirin 980 chipset.

With Mobile World Congress happening soon, it’ll be up to Huawei to sustain the smartphone market’s hype come March.

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy M30 phone will have triple rear cameras

The third phone in the series

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After launching the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 budget phones in India last month, Samsung will announce another model in the Galaxy M series — the Galaxy M30.

When Samsung posted the Galaxy M30 teaser online, they didn’t share any hardware details aside from its 6.4-inch Infinity U Display. Since the Galaxy M30 will be upgraded to a Super AMOLED panel, it’ll definitely cost more than the other Galaxy M phones.

Based on the image posted by Samsung, the Galaxy M30 will have a waterdrop notch on the display and triple rear cameras. It’ll also have a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Overall, it has a similar design to the rest of the Galaxy M phones.

Rumor has it that it’ll sport an Exynos 7904 processor with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. A 5000mAh battery is also expected to power the device for a whole day.

As for the cameras, it could have a 16-megapixel selfie snapper. At the back, the triple shooters might be composed of a main 13-megapixel sensor accompanied by two 5-megapixel sensors.

All are rumors for now, except for the display. Everything will be confirmed on February 27, the official launch date of the Galaxy M30. The phone will be sold exclusively through Amazon India at launch.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

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