Huawei swore to one day beat Apple in smartphone sales and become the world’s second-best-selling phone brand. That time has finally come.
Based on independent research by Counterpoint’s Market Pulse, the Chinese company hit record sales for the months of June and July 2017, effectively taking Apple’s spot at number two behind Samsung.
See how the numbers turned out in this graph:
Huawei’s lead might be short-lived, however. The anniversary edition of the iPhone is set to launch next week, and that’s guaranteed to spike Apple’s sales until the end of the year.
But that isn’t to say Huawei will take this lying down. The new second-placer also has its highly anticipated Mate 10 launching in mid-October — just as the hype of the iPhone 8 will begin to settle down.
This comes after news broke out about Huawei possibly giving up on its affordable smartphone lines. It may have been a good move after all, especially since they’re raking in the awards for their high-end flagships and taking over Europe with their strong marketing push.
Meanwhile, Samsung still holds a solid spot at the top thanks to strong sales of its flagship Galaxy S8 and the popularity of its cheaper Galaxy J series. There was cause for concern last December when Apple briefly overtook the Korean brand, but that was because of the sudden withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7 from the market.
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Sony is resurrecting the Xperia Compact
Shown in new leak
Don’t you just miss the era of small-sized smartphones? Today’s smartphones keep pushing the boundaries of smartphone sizes faster than our jean pockets can keep up with. Apple, amid the bulging iPhone lineup, has already returned to the small smartphone market with last year’s iPhone SE (2020). On the Android side of things, though, Sony is looking to push back with some leaked plans to resurrect the Xperia Compact lineup.
According to a leak from OnLeaks, Sony will release a 5.5-inch smartphone which will revive the company’s small-sized smartphones. Two years ago, the Xperia XZ4 Compact ended the lineup for the global market. Though the Xperia Ace extended the form factor’s life cycle a bit, it was only available in Japan.
This time, at least according to the leak, the upcoming Xperia Compact will have a 5.5-inch form factor. The phone will have a double rear camera setup (with a 13-megapixel main lens) and a waterdrop notch (with an 8-megapixel camera) in the front. It also has a fairly complete selection of input and output ports including an audio jack and a memory card slot.
Unfortunately, most of those details are based on the smartphone’s appearance on the leaked images. There are scant details about the upcoming smartphone for now.
Apple is shrinking the notch this year
Is this the iPhone 13?
Another year, another iPhone. Even if the year is just starting, we’re already in for a flurry of rumors for the next iPhone. Sometimes, however, those rumors can give as an acute case of déjà vu. Today, one of the earliest details about 2021’s iPhone 13 series once again hints that Apple is shrinking the notch this year, mimicking years-worth of speculation.
According to a report from DigiTimes, the next generation of iPhones will come with smaller notches. The company will finally be able to pack in its front-facing sensors into a smaller surface area, resulting in a new form factor.
Consumers have notably decried the controversial notch since its inception in the iPhone X. Though other brands have adopted the notch themselves, most have already moved past the trend with teardrop notches, punch hole cameras, or even under-display sensors. In comparison, Apple has furiously stood by its large notch. The iPhone 13 series might finally change Apple’s long-standing status quo.
If you’re in doubt, you have every reason to be. We’re still months and months away from any incredibly substantial leaks for the iPhone 13. However, if anything, DigiTimes has reported on the upcoming iPhone before, as well. A few weeks ago, the outlet revealed that the entire series will come with improved LiDAR sensors. There might be some truth to this year’s “smaller notch” rumors. But again, waiting (and taking everything with a grain of salt) is key.
Signal and Telegram are trending instead
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has announced that it will delay enforcing its new privacy terms from February 8 to May 15. In the blog post, the company says that none of its privacy-focused features are changing.
“We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” the statement said.
Even though WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, Facebook will still fetch some crucial information like your transactions, location, and other behavioral data from linked Instagram profile. And, we all know Facebook has a nasty reputation as far as personal data management is concerned. What makes it even more outrageous is that the policy is leave or take, and there’s no third option.
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