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Huawei and Honor combine to break market share records in China

Smaller vendors can’t keep up

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China experienced a major drop in smartphone sales during the first quarter of 2018, but things are suddenly looking up thanks to strong efforts from the top four brands, spearheaded by Huawei.

Canalys reports that smartphone shipments in China were at 104 million in this year’s second quarter after a significant slump in Q1 2018, which saw only 91 million units shipped. This is mostly thanks to a strong showing by the record-breaking 28.5 million units shipped by Huawei and its sub-brand Honor, accounting for a 27 percent of the total number in Q2 2018.

The tandem efforts between Huawei and Honor resulted in a 22 percent growth compared to the same quarter last year, but a lot of credit has to be given to the latter. Honor contributed to 55 percent of the Q2 2018 shipments — up from only 33 percent in Q2 2017.

Canalys Analyst Mo Jia says that Honor has successfully expanded into the US$ 500 and above segment, while maintaining its dominance in the lower price segments, as well.

OPPO and Vivo took the second and third spots with market shares of 21 and 20 percent in Q2 2018, respectively. OPPO had a year-over-year (YoY) growth of only three percent (enough to maintain the second-place position), but Vivo experienced a staggering 30 percent YoY growth, which is more than any other brand at this point.

Xiaomi is comfortable in the fourth spot with a 14 percent market share in the same quarter and no growth compared to last year. What really went down were all other smartphone brands; a YoY decline of 51 percent led to only 18 percent in market share for 2018’s second quarter — barely enough to compete against the top four.

Canalys claims that the shipments decline will continue on to the following quarters. Even though the plunge improved from 22 percent to eight percent in overall units shipped, only Huawei may be able to face adversity against tensions versus the US and weakening Chinese Yuan value.

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Level Up Joy: Jollibee Katipunan provides a glimpse of the future

Modern tech innovations + cool vibe

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Want to catch a glimpse of how Jollibee stores will look like in the future? Jollibee Katipunan reopened its doors this November 5 featuring a fresh and modern concept that will entice both the young and the old. Plus, it features never before seen tech innovations that really screams future.

Kiosks, charging stations, and more

Jollibee Katipunan is the first “Level Up Joy” store that combines modern technology and innovation with the alagang Joy experience. “We’re happy to know with the Level Up Joy, we’re ushering a new era of total and modern customer joy experience with our patrons,” said Jollibee Philippines assistant VP and head of brand communications Arline Adeva.

Jollibee is surely ushering a new era with their first Level Up Joy store. Customers don’t have to wait in line anymore with self-order kiosks which was first introduced to Jollibee stores last 2018. With the kiosks, customers can order at their own pace and customize their orders according to their preferences.

For on-the-go customers, Jollibee Katipunan has wireless charging stations so they can just put down their phone and charge while eating their favorite langhap-sarap meals. With these stations, comfort and convenience is surely guaranteed as customers stay connected while enjoying their meals.

Also, Jollibee Katipunan now has a contemporary and fresh cool vibe that is surely Instagram-worthy. It features brightly colored digital menu boards, sleek lighting and fixtures, vibrant murals. All the while keeping the yellow and red hues that define a Jollibee store. Stepping inside makes one feel the modern vibe while basking in the nostalgic feeling.

Delivery also levels up in Jollibee Katipunan with new electric bikes rolling out. Jollibee hopes to replace all of its delivery fleet with an e-bike in the future, and it’s roll out in Katipunan is a sure start. The company is committed to bringing joy not only to people but also to the environment.

“Trust that Jollibee will really be among the forefront of tech innovations. Because we owe it to our customers to delight them and offer more convenience when they go to our restaurant,” said Adeva.

Looking ahead

The future is exciting for Jollibee. With the unveiling of its first Level Up Joy store, the company is embracing the future with technology and innovations. But it doesn’t want to stop at Katipunan. Other Jollibee branches will also be upgraded to Level Up Joy stores.

With Jollibee opening its 1000th store, it is gearing towards a vision of dominating locally and growing globally. Recently, it acquired The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf as part of its expansion. However, even if the company is now a bigger brand than it was 40 years ago, it keeps its joy experience which the company came to be known for.

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Huawei Mate 30 series pricing and availability in Singapore

Comes in a bundle gift for a day!

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The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are coming to Singapore.

First announced in September 2019, the Mate 30 series faced a unique challenge as it launched right after the whole US ban. While it still runs on Android, it will instead run on Huawei Mobile Services out of the box.

That said, the Mate 30 Pro is still the hardware powerhouse it has always been. It’s equipped with the best cameras on an Android smartphone: A 40MP SuperSensing Camera, 16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera and an 8MP Telephoto Camera. It’s also powered by Huawei’s latest chip the Kirin 990.

The Huawei Mate 30 sports a 4200mAh battery while the Mate 30 Pro has an even bigger battery capacity with 4500mAh.

Pricing and availability

The Mate 30 Pro (8GB/256GB) and Mate 30 (8GB/128GB) will be sold in Singapore from November 16 at SG$ 1,298 and SG$ 948 respectively with a one-day launch event at [email protected], Level 1 Atrium from 10AM to 10PM. The phones will come in both Black and Space Silver.

Customers who purchase a Huawei Mate 30 Pro or Mate 30 at the [email protected] roadshow will receive a gift bundle while stocks last. Only a limited quantity of 500 HUAWEI Mate 30 Series will be available for sale. Due to limited quantities available, each customer will only be entitled to purchase one handset at the roadshow.

The Mate 30 Pro bundle include: DJI Mobile Osmo 3 Combo, Huawei Super Charge Wireless Car Charger, Huawei Mate 30 Pro PU Case, Huawei Super Charge 12,000 40W Power Bank. That’s a total value of SG$ 463.

Meanwhile the Mate 30 bundle include: Huawei Super Charge Wireless Car Charger, Huawei Mate Pro PU Case, Huawei Super Charge 12,000 40W Power Bank. That’s a total value of SG$ 274.

For those who are unable to purchase at the roadshow, the Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 will also be available at selected M1 and StarHub shops, consumer electronic stores, official online store with Lazada and at all Huawei Concept Stores.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 30 Pro review: The best Android smartphone in an ideal world

 

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Huawei P30 and Mate 20 will soon get EMUI 10

It’s finally coming!

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Back in late September, Huawei posted a list of devices, which would receive the EMUI 10 beta software in the coming months and today, the company has updated the list for the stable rollout schedule.

EMUI 10 will be based on Android 10 and it has been a long-pending rollout. Not surprisingly, the Chinese manufacturer will deploy the update on the P30, P30 Pro and the range of Mate 20 in the course of November 2019.

The update will also land on the latest smartphones of the subsidiary Honor, the Honor 20 and 20 Pro. From mid-November, the Android update will then be proposed on all models in the Mate 20 range, including Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and Mate 20 X.  The final update will be available for the P20 from March 2020.

However, keep in mind that the update schedule is aimed at the Chinese market, so it will probably take some extra time for EMUI 10 stable to reach the global variants.

Due to the ongoing American sanctions against the company, Huawei had to skip Google apps on the recently launched Mate 30. However, all other devices continue to receive Android updates along with an official license for the pre-installed services.

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