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iPhone XR takes the spot for best-selling smartphone of 2019

A lot of people are really into iPhones

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Canalys’ latest sales figure for 2019 is surely a piece of good news for Apple. Last year, iPhone XR took the no. 1 spot for the best-selling smartphone globally, beating all other smartphones by a wide margin.

Apple’s recent pricing strategy has worked in favor of the company. Their 2018 “budget” smartphone — iPhone XR — lead the pack among the company’s best-seller. With the company lowering the price even further than 2019’s iPhone 11, many people were attracted by the prospect of owning an iPhone.

The iPhone 11 also did well, securing the top two in the global top 10 smartphones for 2019. Furthermore, the device crushed its competitors by a wide margin in the global top 10 smartphones for Q4 2019.

The lowered price of Apple’s smartphone helped the company sell their products even if they were released a long time ago. For example, 2017’s iPhone 8 grabbed the 7th spot for the whole of 2019, and the 5th spot for Q4 2019. Interestingly, iPhone 7 placed 9th for  2019 even if Apple phased it out a long time ago.

Apple’s flagship device — iPhone 11 Pro — didn’t make it to the list for the whole 2019. Still, it placed 3rd for the list of Q4 2019.

Samsung’s budget devices lead the pack for Android devices

Meanwhile, the best-selling Android smartphone globally for 2019 was Samsung Galaxy A10. This is unsurprising, given the marketing and specs poured on this entry-level device. Overall, the device landed the third spot for the best-selling smartphone globally. Its improved variant, the Galaxy A10s, landed the 7th spot for the best-selling smartphone last Q4 2019.

Other Galaxy devices made the cut for the best-selling smartphone too. Galaxy A50 and A20 took the 4th and 5th spots, respectively. These mid-range devices pack great specs for a decent price, making them a favorite among people with a limited budget.

Then, there’s the flagship Galaxy S10+, which finished last in the global best-selling smartphones for 2019.

Meanwhile, both the Galaxy A20s and A30s sold well during the last Q4 2019, taking the 8th and 9th spots, respectively. Clearly, Samsung’s decision to revamp its A-series worked well for the company facing serious competition against Chinese manufacturers.

Xiaomi makes a dent

The only Chinese manufacturer to make a dent in the global best-selling smartphones for 2019 was Xiaomi. Only one of its devices sold well for the whole of 2019. Redmi Note 7 made it to the 6th spot, which is a testament to the device’s popularity.

Xiaomi’s follow-up to the Redmi Note 7 — Redmi Note 8 — didn’t make it to the global best-selling smartphone for 2019. However, the device had a much better standing for Q4 2019, grabbing the 6th spot.  Its bigger brother — Redmi Note 8 Pro — snatched the 10th spot last Q4 2019.

Dominated by trio

Overall, the list of global best-selling smartphone was dominated by three companies. Only Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi managed to grab a spot for the top 10 best-selling smartphones. One company noticeably absent from the list is Huawei. This is not surprising given the effect of the continuing US trade ban impacting the sales of Huawei smartphones.

Other companies like OPPO, Vivo, and OnePlus were absent from the list. Only time will tell if one of their devices could make the cut in future list for the top 10 best-selling smartphone worldwide.

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Xiaomi’s 100W fast charging will reported debut next month

According to Weibo report

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Yesterday, OPPO and vivo (specifically, iQOO) announced a new battle in the charging wars. Each brand resurrected their prototypes for fast charging technologies. On the one hand, OPPO teased an official event for 125W fast charging on Wednesday. On the other, vivo’s iQOO promised an August launch date for a 100W fast charging gaming smartphone.

Of course, when these two brands make their respective moves on a new technology, Xiaomi isn’t lagging far behind. Today, Xiaomi’s name was thrown into the ring, albeit without an official announcement.

According to a reputable source on Weibo, Xiaomi has already submitted its 100W fast charging technology to Foxconn’s mass production last June. With devices already in the works, Xiaomi’s fast charging smartphones should reportedly launch in August as well.

Xiaomi’s tech had already debuted before. Last year, the brand threw some shade at OPPO’s fast charging at the time. Whereas OPPO’s device charged at just 50W, Xiaomi’s 100W device charged an empty 4000mAh device in just 17 minutes. Unfortunately, the technology never made it past the trash talking in that year.

With the charging war (possibly literally) heating up, it won’t be long before Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo all make good on their promises for superior charging technology. We can only hope that they come with appropriate cooling technology to handle all that heat.

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 875 will support 100W fast charging, report says

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Globe hosts its first-ever CONNECT, an online business-matching event

Happening this July 15

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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every sector of society as it continues to spread worldwide. In the Philippines, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are particularly affected by the pandemic, with more appealing to the government for help. As a way of helping these MSMEs, Globe Telecom is conducting an online business-matching event, CONNECT.

CONNECT is Globe’s initiative to help MSMEs recover and prepare for the world after the pandemic. The event aims to digitize, pivot, and future-proof business in these trying times.  It will connect businesses with renowned investors, suppliers, and potential customers. Participating businesses can gain a lot on the insights that will be shared during the event.

The first CONNECT event will happen this Wednesday, July 15. Interested participants shall watch out for the event on Globe’s myBusiness Facebook page at exactly 3:30pm. Globe has prepared an interesting line-up of activities for its first CONNECT event:

Time Activity
3:30 – 3:45pm Opening Suite:

  • Welcome Remarks (DTI)
3:45 – 4:00pm Keynote Speaker 1:

  • Post-COVID-19 Business Strategies: What Consumer Trends To Expect in Order to Adapt (Patrick Cua, Nielsen Philippines)

4:00 – 4:05pm Q&A
4:05 – 4:20pm

Keynote Speaker 2:

  • Digitization Strategies: What Does “Pivoting to Digital” Really Mean and How Can I Do It? (Geia Lopez, Google Philippines)
4:20 – 4:25pm Q&A
4:25 – 5:30pm Business Matching, Culmination, Raffle

Breakout sessions

For the business matching segment, there will be three breakout sessions where businesses can participate according to their preferences. These sessions will discuss the tools and must-haves that will be useful in helping businesses adapt and transform their supply chain, logistics, and management to a new normal.

Time Sessions
4:35 – 4:50pm Innovations in Retail and e-Commerce with Lazada Philippines Cashless Transactions with GCash Innovations in Digital Marketing with AdSpark
4:50 – 5:05pm Cashless Transactions with GCash Innovations in Logistics with Mober Cashless Transactions with GCash
5:05 – 5:25pm Q&A
5:25 – 5:30pm

Closing

  • Raffle

  • Pitch Event Invitation

  • Press Kit Distribution

Globe will hold these breakout sessions via private Zoom meetings.

Interested participants may register at this link. For more updates on future CONNECT events, follow Globe’s myBusiness Facebook page.

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Google to invest US$10 billion in India over 5-7 years

Tech companies are bullish about India

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alAt its annual Google for India event, Google announced it will be investing INR 75,000 crore (US$ 10 billion) within the next five to seven years. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the investment will be via multiple channels. This includes direct investments, partnerships, and infrastructure.

“Investments will focus on four areas important to India’s digitization,” he said emphasizing on infrastructure.

He added that the recent pandemic has shown the need for technology and the adoption of new digital tools. Google will focus on improving internet access and offer more information in regional languages like Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi, and more.

Secondly, it will focus on building new products and services that will empower India’s businesses. Leveraging AI in the fields of health, education, and agriculture is a priority.

Google added that its Internet Saathi has already helped more than 30 million women across India. It’s an initiative that strives to spread internet awareness.

The tech giant has also increased its focus on India in the last few years since the market is hugely untapped. One of its most successful launches has been Google Pay. It leverages the country’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) to transfer money instantaneously to friends, businesses, and even online services.

Pichai lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India stating that India has made huge progress.

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