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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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Source: Strategy Analytics, (2)

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Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Flex will cost so much

Hint: it has something to do with the screen

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Based on the current rumors, next year’s foldable phones will take the mantle as history’s most expensive smartphones. Currently, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Flex is already slated to come with price tags above the US$ 2,000 mark. Even without rumors, the revolutionary form factor will easily break banks because of the new screen alone.

Of course, as with all major purchases, we want to know why we’re paying so much. Finally, we have an insider’s look into what’s ticking inside these foldable screens. Via LetsGoDigitalKorean firm CGS-CIMB Research has broken down the list of materials needed to make the Galaxy Flex. For reference, the report also compares the Galaxy Flex’s breakdown with the iPhone XS Max’s and the Galaxy S9+’s.

According to the report, the Galaxy Flex almost completely uses more expensive components than today’s smartphones.

Naturally, the phone’s foldable display takes the cake. The foldable display costs US$ 218.80 per screen. The amount is almost double the price of the iPhone XS Max’s display. It’s also almost thrice the price of the Galaxy S9+’s display.

Image source: CGS-CIMB Research

As for the rest, the Galaxy Flex’s components are a few more dollars more expensive than its comparisons. The comparison only falters in power management. The iPhone XS Max spent almost two dollars more on power management than the Galaxy Flex.

All in all, the Galaxy Flex costs US$ 636.70. This is a huge leap from contemporary flagships. (The iPhone XS Max costs US$ 390.00; the Galaxy S9+ costs US$ 375.80.)

Because of this massive price increase, Samsung can charge more than today’s flat phones. The report estimates a US$ 1,800 SRP. Arguably, a huge chunk of this price will come from the extensive research done to manufacture the product. Regardless, the bank-breaking price tag is still worlds apart from today’s most expensive smartphones.

According to the report, this awful trend will likely continue. In 2022, the industry is expected to ship 24 million foldable phones, compared to next year’s paltry 3.5 million units. Despite the rush in supply, the price will still stay the same, averaging around US$ 1,300 per unit.

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet

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Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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Philippine telcos are now required to unlock phones after lock-in period

Finally, a pro-consumer measure

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The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the mandatory unlocking of phones and devices after the subscriber’s lock-in period.

The policy is based on the Memorandum Order 004, Series of 2018 issued by DICT on December 14.

According to the memo, subscribers who have completed their contract and have no outstanding obligations can demand telcos to unlock their phones or devices. The process must also be done conveniently and should be shouldered by the service providers.

The NTC is now tasked to draft the Memorandum Circular for the memo’s appropriate rules and regulations and conduct consultations and hearings with affected parties.

There’s no exact date of implementation, but with order already announced to the public, Filipinos will soon have freedom for their network-locked phones given that they have already fulfilled their contract.

Source: DICT

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