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Apple is the bestselling smartphone brand of Q4 2020

Beats Samsung for second

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Last month, market analysts confirmed Apple’s return to dominance atop its rivals as the company that shipped the most smartphones. In the meantime, the former leader Huawei plummeted to the sixth spot after suffering a dismal year. Now, though confirming what we already know, a new quarter report brings an additional surprise: Apple also became the bestselling smartphone brand for Q4 2020.

According to market researcher Gartner, Apple sold close to 80 million units in the last quarter of 2020. With the final numbers in, the company eked out a sizable lead against Samsung for the top spot in the period. In comparison, Samsung sold only 62 million units. The third spot belongs to Xiaomi with 43 million units. Finally, OPPO and Huawei are neck-and-neck for fourth and fifth with 34 million units sold apiece.

Notably, though the iPhone 12 series launched during the same period, Apple started selling them midway through the quarter. The company’s sizable lead points to one of two conclusions: Apple’s past iPhone series are still selling beyond expectations, or the iPhone 12 series came out extremely hot straight from the oven. Then again, it could be both.

Prior to the iPhone 12 series, Apple launched the new iPhone SE back in April during the height of the pandemic. Especially with the model’s budget-friendly promise, the iPhone SE (2020) helped the company survive through the turbulent pandemic when almost every other company suffered through devastating losses.

SEE ALSO: Huawei plummets to no. 6 from no. 1 in smartphone shipments

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I Took A Ride On a Self-Driving Tractor!

Just like your smartphone, AI powers tractors through the fields

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Unusual in the GadgetMatch YouTube channel is a visit to a big warehouse full of farming vehicles, windmills, and corn fields. But Michael Josh’s visit at John Deere’s booth last CES 2020 and hosting session in CES 2021 made him gain interest in smart farming equipment.

But do you know what do tractors and smartphones have in common? John Deere’s farming machines are in a way like farming robots. Just like smartphones, they also leverage the power of data and AI — or also known as Artificial Intelligence.

But what makes John Deere’s farming vehicles stand out from the rest? Find out more in our latest video!

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Samsung launches 1000-inch TV display

Three zeroes

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Television sets have gotten a lot crazier over the years. From rollable sets to ones that hide on the wall, the world has a lot more options on how they want to consume their media. One of the more renowned series spearheading this revolution is Samsung’s The Wall, offering sets that meld perfectly with the wall it’s set on. Today, Samsung is going big — really big — with a new 1000-inch display.

That’s not a typo. The Wall’s latest entry indeed has three zeroes. The new display uses microLED, making it lither and more adaptable. Despite being a gigantic screen, it can put out images in stunning 8K resolution and buttery 120Hz framerates. It can also be configured to maximize output to 16K resolution in a 15,360 x 2,160 arrangement.

Speaking of arrangement, interested buyers can choose different configurations for the screen besides a plain horizontal one. It can be installed in any wall type, including concave and convex ones.

However, if you’re wondering how you’re going to fit it in your home, Samsung is positioning the screen more towards business and commercial spaces, rather than consumer-friendly ones. The company has also not revealed how much it will go for.

Of course, if you happen to have the money and the space for it, why not?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Neo QLED TVs: Price and availability in the Philippines

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Xiaomi becomes second-largest smartphone maker

As of Q2 2021

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The smartphone industry has been in a shakeup for quite some time now. Since the rapid fall of Huawei, several smartphone makers have been fighting to fill in the Huawei-sized hole. The rankings have since seesawed between the two usual suspects, Apple and Samsung. Now, Xiaomi is once again climbing the ranks. According to a report, Xiaomi is now the second-largest smartphone maker in the world, as of Q2 2021.

As reported by Canalys, Xiaomi now holds 17 percent of the smartphone market, a huge 83 percent increase from the last rankings. The Chinese company edges out Apple, the third-largest smartphone maker, who just bagged 14 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Samsung is still sitting on top with 19 percent of the market. OPPO and vivo each hold 10 percent of the market.

According to the same report, the entire smartphone industry is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It grew as a whole by 12 percent.

Besides the pandemic, Xiaomi is also recovering from American bans. Because of its association with China, the company was formerly included as part of the blacklist limiting them from engaging in American business.

Months ago, Xiaomi finally freed itself from the blacklist, making way for its astronomical 83 percent growth this quarter. Huawei, on the other hand, is still in the red, plummeting deeper and deeper down the rankings.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi overtakes Apple as third-best smartphone seller

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