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Chinese brands dominated China’s smartphone market in 2017

Apple is only non-Chinese brand in top 10

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We’ve written about multiple market share reports for 2017, but none are as important as this.

Based on independent research by Counterpoint Market Pulse, the OPPO R9s had the largest market share of all smartphones in China for 2017. Yes, that’s a Chinese brand leading the pack in the world’s largest consumer market. The writing has been on the wall since the R9s took an early lead last year, and the momentum continued until the very end.

See how the brands and their products stack up in this graph:

The race for the top was close, with the R9s just narrowly beating the iPhone 7 Plus with a 0.2 percent lead. Right behind the Apple product is Vivo’s China-exclusive X9 and OPPO’s budget-friendly A57. The iPhone 7 rounds up the top five and we see a row of Chinese phones thereafter.

While it isn’t surprising to witness homegrown brands dominate China’s market, it’s unexpected for only one foreign brand to crack the top 10. It’s also impressive how these iPhones were able to appeal to consumers despite being significantly more expensive than every other device on the list.

Another interesting point to note is Huawei (with its Honor sub-brand) making such a light dent on the rankings despite being the top overall smartphone brand in China and battling with Apple for second place worldwide. Most of the blame can be placed on Huawei having so many models across different pricing segments and no standout product like what OPPO and Vivo have.

And although Xiaomi had a handful of excellent premium phones to offer in 2017, only the bang-for-buck Redmi Note 4X joined the list.

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TikTok is experimenting with longer, three-minute videos

Currently in testing phase

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Sometimes, a minute is not enough. For TikTok users, a minute is all they have. Often, the limit fosters a lot more creativity than on with no limits at all. Most TikTok users, especially viral ones, can create engaging content in just a minute. However, if a minute isn’t enough, TikTok is experimenting with longer, three-minute videos.

Recently, social media commentator Matt Navarra spotted the upcoming feature and posted a screenshot on Twitter. As shown in the update, the video-sharing platform is testing a longer three-minute limit for videos. The feature is currently in its early stages.

With a new limit, TikTok is following in Twitter’s footsteps. After enjoying years of popularity, Twitter extended its long-standing 140-character limit to 280 characters. At first, most users criticized the extensions. But now, the new 280-character limit is just part of the status quo. TikTok will likely follow the same trend.

However, public reception is still unknown. Though Twitter eventually accepted a longer limit, TikTok has always thrived under the extremely short format. Will most people want to watch a three-minute video?

At the very least, the feature is still in its testing phases. It will take a while before TikTok rolls the update out to most users. However, if you’re looking for a longer TikTok format, today is your lucky day.

SEE ALSO: TikTok is still most downloaded entertainment app amid controversies

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Mate 40 Pro topped AnTuTu’s ranks in November

Nabbed both top and second spots

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Is Huawei’s demise greatly exaggerated? Despite the company’s mounting problems, Huawei’s new smartphones are still up to par. Case in point, their new flagship series recently made it to the top of an AI benchmarking list. Now, here’s another notch under Huawei’s belt: The Mate 40 Pro topped AnTuTu’s ranks in November.

Quite impressively, both the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and the Mate 40 Pro+ nabbed both the top and second spots on the popular benchmarking site for the month. They scored 698654 and 684069, respectively. Both are sporting the new (and possibly final) Kirin 9000 series.

Sitting nicely in third, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra got a score of 671045. Below Xiaomi’s entry, the two iQOO 5 handsets are at the fourth and fifth spots.

Huawei’s dominance is no surprise, though. Before the lineup’s launch, Huawei confirmed the death of Kirin after the U.S. government’s persistent banning. The company likely pulled out all the stops. Now, their Kirin 9000 stockpile is confidently in the lead, or at least in the higher tier of chipsets, for a sizable amount of time.

However, the Mate 40’s dominance might be short-lived. Yesterday, Qualcomm launched next year’s flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 888. Any future smartphone launching with the new chipset can likely blow away the Kirin 9000.

Regardless, Huawei can rest easy for now on top of AnTuTu’s ranks.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 40 Pro price and availability in the Philippines

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Samsung is developing a charger that harvests your body heat

Meant to be worn like a ring

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As far as 2020’s smartphone controversies go, nothing comes close to Apple’s disappearing charging adapters. Since the recently launched iPhone 12 series, Apple took out the free chargers normally found inside new iPhone packages. Apparently, Apple isn’t alone. Samsung is likely joining Apple in the decision soon. Much like Apple, the company is developing more revolutionary charging solutions. According to a new patent, Samsung is developing a charger that harvests your body heat.

Spotted by Dutch outlet GalaxyClub, the South Korean tech maker patented a wireless charger meant to be worn like a ring. Samsung filed the patent back in January and published the patent only today.

Image source: GalaxyClub

The ring itself contains a tiny engine that converts kinetic energy into usable power for a device. Ideally, the charger can use both motion and body heat. Then, after converting your body’s energy, the ring transfers power to your phone as you’re holding it.

Though a convenient concept, the patent explicitly envisions a more pragmatic use for the charger, such as in survival situations with no access to power. Additionally, Samsung believes that the device can come in other form factors like bracelets, anklets, and even hair ties.

According to the source, however, the patent hasn’t made it past the drawing board yet. It might take a while before such a device makes it out in the world. As of now, wireless charging is still in its toddler years, especially when talking about charging power. Still, it’s nice to see what the future of charging can look like.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones

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