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Huawei takes Apple’s crown as second largest smartphone brand

Posts 41 percent growth from last year

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For years, Samsung and Apple have seized the tech industry with an unbreakable vise. Unabated sales have crowned both companies as the rulers of the smartphone world. However, fringe brands have started making a case for their own turns on top of the food chain.

Particularly, Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiaomi have recently made gigantic pushes with their recent launches. On one side, Huawei launched the massive P20 series to widespread acclaim. On the other, Xiaomi pushed a flurry of different lineups like the Mi 8 and Redmi 6.

Now, both Huawei and Xiaomi’s efforts have paid off. Analysts from Counterpoint Research have punched in the numbers for global phone shipments from last quarter.

Surprisingly, Apple has fallen to third place from their long-standing grip on second, despite enjoying a one percent increase in shipments. Taking a comfortable lead for second, Huawei has posted an astonishing 41 percent growth from last year. From 38.5 million units, the company has shipped 54.2 million units this year.

Despite a declining Chinese market, Huawei grew by 21 percent. Meanwhile, the brand exploded internationally, posting a 71 percent growth overseas.

According to Counterpoint Research, Huawei’s massive growth comes from their renewed efforts in the premium segment. Additionally, the company’s sister brand Honor made huge waves in the midrange market.

Lagging shortly behind Apple, Xiaomi has also declared huge growth numbers — up 43 percent from last year’s numbers. From just 23.1 million units, Xiaomi has sold 33 million units this year.

In other news, HMD’s Nokia grew by an unbelievable margin — almost 800 percent due to the rerelease of Nokia’s beloved phone lines.

As the numbers can tell you, Chinese smartphones are slowly gaining on the unbridled supremacy of Samsung and Apple. Without market-defining innovations in the Galaxy S9 and iPhone 8, both Samsung and Apple may very well step back from the limelight if their next releases don’t step up.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus leads India’s premium smartphone market, edges out Apple and Samsung

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Nokia created a new Nokia 3310 but it’s just cake

Always has been

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After years of languishing in the darkness, Nokia has ascended back into the spotlight as a staple of the smartphone industry. That happened five years ago. HMD Global, the current owner of Nokia’s products, has a lot to be thankful for. And what’s a better way to celebrate a milestone anniversary than with a cake? To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Nokia’s new era, the company has partnered with renowned cake sculptor Michelle Wibowo.

The cake is designed after none other than the iconic Nokia 3310. Though it’s the newer version of the classic phone, the cake looks hyper-realistic. It looks as great as the actual phone. However, it was made with chocolate sponge and vanilla buttercream. The casing, on the other hand, is made with a hand-painted sugar shell casing.

Of course, Nokia has since launched a flurry of other phones since then. But the brand is especially indebted to the Nokia 3310 as one of the early devices that catapulted it to the top of the tech world in the early 2000s. The classic Nokia 3310 was launched in September 2000.

Michelle Wibowo is a famous cake sculptor known around the world. She has created works of art like the Hogwarts Castle and lifelike depictions of popular figures like Queen Elizabeth II. The hyper-realistic Nokia 3310 cake certainly echoes the past trend of creating everyday items with cake.

SEE ALSO: Nokia E3101: The wireless earbuds for everyone

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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021

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A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.

In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.

Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.

According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Snapdragon chipset scores 1000000 on AnTuTu

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

SEE ALSO: Twitter rolls out soft block feature for everyone

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