OPPO R9s is best-selling Android worldwide for Q1 2017



It looks like Samsung’s recent Galaxy Note 7 gaffe caused a bigger stir in the smartphone space than originally thought. The best-selling Android smartphone in the entire world for the first quarter of this year is from OPPO.

And this isn’t even one of the company’s entry-level or midrange handsets. In fact, it’s the R9s, which is exclusive to a handful of countries. Launched in China last October along with the larger R9s Plus, the 5.5-inch R9s is best known for its 16-megapixel cameras on the front and back, as well as its six-string antenna lines design.

Looking at the numbers from Strategy Analytics, the R9s shipped 8.9 million units from January to March 2017. This places it right under Apple’s iPhone 7 pair of phones (yes, iPhone still rule globally) and right above Samsung’s budget-friendly Galaxy J3 (2016) and J5 (2016).

Here are the stats:

Although far from Apple’s 11 percent market share, leading all Androids with 2.5 percent is impressive for a phone most consumers don’t have official access to. The OPPO R9s is also more expensive than the Samsung pair, having a launch price of CNY 2,799 ($415) in its native land.

If this success is enough to convince OPPO to continue with more global shipments, we hope the stunningly red R9s comes along for the ride.

SEE ALSO: OPPO’s red R9s is smoking hot


Google Lens is now available on iOS

Scan all of the things!



A master at recognizing images, Google is the go-to guy when you want to find out more about a photo. Last year’s launch of Google Lens packed the tech into a convenient app. Now, the former Android exclusive finds a home in iOS.

Launched late last year, the image recognition software followed in the footsteps of the Google Goggles from years ago. Back then, Google Goggles was just a playful way to see if Google knew what something is when you took a photo of it. Its novelty quickly ran out.

Of course, now we know that Google can really tell what objects in a photo are. Sorting images by subject is already a feature on Google Photos.

Google Lens promises similar features to its predecessor, powered by AI technology. It differs from the former by integrating Google Assistant when it recognizes an object. Did you just a take a photo of a Crowne Plaza? Well, Google Lens can reserve you a night’s stay with a few clicks.

When it launched, Google Lens was still an Android exclusive. Now, following an announcement on Twitter, Google will launch the tech on iOS over the course of the next few weeks. Some devices already have the app fully integrated into the iOS version of Google Photos.

Google only warns that users who want the feature should have the latest version of Google Photos (v3.15).

AI-powered image recognition is still an imperfect tool. It has its fair share of mistakes. However, at least, the move to iOS makes the tech available for a wider public.

SEE ALSO: Google announces three new photography apps

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Spotify might be testing its own voice assistant

‘Hello, Spotify’



For all our obsession with voice assistant like Siri and Alexa, you might think that we already have choices of which we want. However, popular apps have other plans up their sleeves.

Following recent news of a planned smart speaker, Spotify is reportedly testing a voice assistant feature for its app. Spotted by Twitter user Hunter Owens, the feature allows searches for songs, artists, albums, playlists, and genres. The feature opened through a microphone icon on the bottom right portion of the screen. Sneak peeks of the new feature are limited to only iOS apps.

Image source: Twitter

As reported before, job listings reveal that the music streaming company might be looking into its own smart speaker.

Currently, Spotify still plays second fiddle to other smart speakers and voice assistants. They play at the mercy of third-party software from Apple and Google.

Plus, these brands are coming up with their own music streaming services. Even if Apple Music and Amazon Music share only a tiny share of the music streaming pie, their more rotund ecosystem takes away from the convenience formerly ruled by Spotify.

With a smart speaker and voice assistant, Spotify can go head to head directly with these giants. If not, these new products will separate them from others at the very least.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

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Flagship Mi Store opens in the Philippines with Redmi 5 Plus in tow

Bigger and better than the first one



Last month, Xiaomi officially came back to the Philippines with the opening of its first authorized store in TriNoma, Quezon City. That store was not the most spacious site, so there’s a need for a bigger store to accommodate all the Xiaomi fans.

A bigger and better Authorized Mi Store opened today in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Xiaomi labels the newly opened store as its Philippine flagship. The opening was even attended by Xiaomi representatives, marking how truly official this new flagship is.

Spotted in the new Mi Store is the Redmi 5 Plus (or the Redmi Note 5 in India) priced at just PhP 9,990. The locally available variant has 4GB of memory and 64GB storage, the same one we recently reviewed.

Here are some pictures from inside the store:

From small gadgets to huge smart TVs, there are a lot of Xiaomi items available at the flagship Mi Store. It’s located at the fourth floor of SM Megamall, near Cyberzone.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi 5 Note) Review

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