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Michael Josh named YouTube Community Ambassador

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Community Ambassadors Michael Josh, Say Tioco, Janina Vela and Jako De Leon with Su-Zen Low YouTube Community Manager for APAC

We’re thrilled to announce that Michael Josh was named a Community Ambassador by YouTube!

The YouTube Ambassadorship program is available in almost 20 countries across the globe. Ambassadors are responsible for leading initiatives like YouTube Creator Day to help grow creator communities in their respective countries.


Also appointed as YouTube Community Ambassadors for the Philippines were Jako De Leon, Janina Vela, Rai Contawi, Nate Punzalan, and Say Tioco

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Look back: GadgetMatch at MWC 2019

A glimpse at the future of smartphones

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GadgetMatch went to Barcelona as a media partner for Mobile World Congress 2019. Even though Vivo, Xiaomi, and Samsung took the spotlight beforehand, MWC 2019 still proved to be the bigger stage.

5G everywhere!

Brands including Xiaomi, Samsung, Huawei, and LG unveiled their 5G phones at MWC 2019. GadgetMatch’s Chief Content Officer Michael Josh was on ground tweeting live updates.


We’ll be seeing more 5G-enabled smartphones this year, thanks to Qualcomm.

It’s raining foldables

After the Galaxy Fold’s grand debut, it was time for Huawei to step in and enjoy the spotlight.

Just when everyone thought Xiaomi would unveil their own foldable phone, we got a hilarious surprise from their keynote.

Nonetheless, foldable phones are a trend now. Companies like TCL and ZTE are launching their own foldables, while LG refuses to join the bandwagon by creating their own style.

Who has the best camera?

MWC 2019 was also where smartphones with impressive cameras were showcased. For instance, the Xiaomi Mi 9 has reportedly beaten both the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on DxOMark. Xiaomi may have launched the Mi 9 in China but it still shined in MWC amid all the launches, and it definitely got our Associate Creative Director hooked with its sample photographs.

OPPO wasn’t giving up the fight, though. It launched its own lossless 10x zoom, and it’s incredible!

On the other hand, Nokia 9 PureView made some noise with its five cameras, and proved that this phone is meant for photographers.

Lots of… innovations?

Sony reimagined their next flagship smartphone by adding a 4K OLED Display to redefine a user’s viewing experience. It also introduced its midrange lineup, and Xperia fans were delighted.

LG wasn’t waving goodbye, as they just showcased a touchless feature with the LG G8 ThinQ. Is this the innovation we’re looking for?

MWC was just the beginning. More smartphone innovations will arise throughout the year, and it only gets more exciting from here on.

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Serenity is GadgetMatch’s first wallpaper for 2019

Made by the same artist from the Philippines

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GadgetMatch’s newest and first wallpaper for 2019 is here! Early in February, we tapped our Hang Loose wallpaper’s creator, Oliver James Simbulan, to lend us these beautiful architectural renders in time for the Samsung Galaxy S10 launch.

Entitled “Serenity,” these architectural renders reflect the artist’s love for beaches, palm trees, sunsets, and waves. The artist told GadgetMatch that it never fails to make him feel calm and at peace. His love for the tropics and summertime inspired him to render tropical-themed resort and villas.


These renders accompany the new premium-looking design of Samsung’s anniversary phone. When you’ve got a gorgeous phone, you got to pair it with a stunning wallpaper.

But of course, there are options to choose from!

From left to right: Serenity in Midnight (S10), Serenity in Daytime (S10+), Serenity in Sunset (S10e)

Download Serenity here.

About the artist

Oliver James Simbulan is a CAD designer and a young architecture student from the Philippines. For collaborations and project inquiries, reach him at Behance and LinkedIn.


GadgetMatch’s wallpapers are open to fellow Matchketeers hoping to share their creativity and artistic skills through illustrations, architectural renders, aerial shots, stunning photographs, and other forms of artwork. If you want to contribute, reach out to our associate creative director on Twitter.

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GadgetMatch unfolded the future with Samsung during Unpacked 2019

Unpacked across the whole galaxy

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GadgetMatch’s coverage of Samsung’s Unpacked event held last February 20 in San Francisco, California was a huge success.

Right after completing back-to-back launches with Vivo in India and Xiaomi in Beijing, the team managed to deliver comprehensive Galaxy S10 content during the lineup’s 10th anniversary special.


Touchdown, San Francisco!

GadgetMatch’s Chief Content Officer Michael Josh and GadgetMatch’s Managing Editor Marvin Velasco touched down in San Francisco a day earlier than the launch to preview the venue.

Marvin got to go around the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

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During the launch, the two gave us first-hand insights on what was happening during the Unpacked event, and how surprised they were when Samsung revealed their Galaxy Fold straight away.

The GadgetMatch team reacts

Here were some of the GadgetMatch team’s reactions during Unpacked:

Ready for the Crazy Rich Asians

GadgetMatch’s Creative Director Chay Lazaro went to the Galaxy S10’s Singapore launch. Home to Crazy Rich Asians and the fictional Young family, Samsung’s premium flagship phone arrived in Southeast Asia with a whopping price befitting the crazy rich living there.

Her GadgetMatch is on fire

Of course, Her GadgetMatch was alive and kicking during the Unpacked event. Her GadgetMatch’s Lifestyle Editor, Isa Rodriguez, got excited with the LED cases and what the S10 can do.

Party with iKON

Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 in the Philippines on February 26, a short week after the global launch. They even invited K-Pop boy group iKON to perform in Cove Manila. Being the socialite that she is, Isa Rodriguez went to the party and managed to take a video with Jinhwan.

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See you at the next round of events!

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