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OPPO still tops market share in China, rivals quickly catching up

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There’s a fierce competition going on right now in China for smartphone market share dominance. OPPO is currently leading the pack, but Chinese rivals are breathing down their necks.

Counterpoint’s latest monitoring report reveals an 18.9 percent shipment market share for OPPO in the third quarter of 2017. That’s a significant increase from the 16.5 percent during the same period last year, but other brands are doing just as well.

Huawei and Vivo are in a virtual tie for second, and any slight shift could mean either of them could overtaking OPPO for the top spot. The two Chinese tech giants have covered lots of ground since their showing last year; Huawei, in particular, gained a 3.7 percent year-on-year growth.

Xiaomi also had a strong third year thus far, posting a 13.8 percent shipment share, which is way above last year’s 10.3 percent and enough to keep Apple away from the top four.

Counterpoint claims that the R11 was the best-selling phone of the quarter, helping OPPO propel itself past the competition. Although Huawei doesn’t have a clear money maker, their balanced offering across all price points has been beneficial for them.

Xiaomi’s strong performance, on the other hand, was boosted by high demand for both their lower-end Redmi 4 series and higher-end Mi 6 flagship. Their renewed presence in offline channels also created a solid impact.

The graph for shipment growth above proves how important the US$ 300 to US$ 399 segment is becoming. This is where OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei flourish the most, and is also the reason why Apple is having a difficult time raising its market share in China.

This could all change once the more premium handsets, such as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Apple iPhone X, begin rolling out across Asia. Consumer spending would also rise in the final quarter of 2017 once the holidays trickle in.

SEE ALSO: Samsung, Xiaomi remain on top of smartphone race in India

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Google is working on a snoring, coughing detector

Might show up for the Pixel first

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Snoring can be a curse for you and the people you sleep with. Unfortunately, outside of anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to pinpoint how bad snoring can get. Some devices have developed features to detect and measure snoring. Google, joining other companies with the feature, is reportedly developing snore and cough detection for the Pixel.

First reported by 9to5Google, Google Health Studies added a new study exclusive for Google employees. The study specifically revolves around collecting audio during sleep. Google also explains that the study will eventually help Android build features that can help users fix their sleep quality.

According to the source, the upcoming detector will be a “bedside feature” that will measure nocturnal snoring and coughing. However, despite recording audio, it still promises to have the user’s privacy in mind. It’s expected that the feature will drop for the Pixel first before moving on to other Android devices.

Snoring detection isn’t new, of course. In fact, Google is already familiar with the feature, since Fitbit, a company that Google owns, offers the feature for some of its smartwatches. In Fitbit’s case, the feature contributes to the wearable’s entire suite of wellness tracking.

However, it’s a double-edged sword. While the feature can be helpful, it’s also a massive battery drain, since it requires the device’s power the entire night. Hopefully, battery efficiency is a focus in Google’s eventual take on the feature.

SEE ALSO: Google’s AI created these photos, and they look so real

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PSVR2 is launching with over 20 major games

Horizon VR game still headlines

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Samsung had a lot to say during its latest investors meeting. Besides unveiling its general plans for the future, the company also teased the devices that are coming in the near future. For a while now, that future lineup includes the PSVR2. If you were thinking of buying the virtual reality wearable for yourself, Sony has good news for you. The PSVR2 will have over 20 major titles on launch.

Naturally, if you buy a pricey piece of hardware, you usually want it to come with a good set of ways to use it. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with new gaming devices. For example, the PlayStation 5, despite being out for almost two years, still doesn’t have the most expansive lineup of games that every gamer must play.

Thankfully, the PSVR2 won’t follow in the same, sparse footsteps of the gaming console. According to the meeting (via Video Games Chronicle), the wearable will launch with over 20 first- and third-party games. The headliner is still Call of the Mountain set in the Horizon universe, of course. Unfortunately, the presentation didn’t reveal any other games in the lineup.

If anything, virtual reality gaming has been growing for a while now. In recent history, the market has seen notable titles like Half-Life: Alyx and Beat Saber.

After facing a potential delay, the PSVR2 is expected to launch sometime next year.

SEE ALSO: PSVR2 might be delayed to next year, report says

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Foldable Pixel reportedly delayed to next year

Google isn’t happy

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For years, Samsung has been the most dominant force in the foldables market. Though other brands, especially Chinese ones, have brought their own devices to the table, Samsung’s lineup of foldables are undeniably strong, flaws and all. That said, other giants are working on their own entrants. However, it will take a lot longer before the crowd really fills up. According to reports, Google has postponed its own foldable Pixel for next year.

Reported by TheElec, Google has reportedly decided to delay the first foldable Pixel. The company was supposedly unhappy with the current iteration of its prototypes. The next target launch window is next spring. Notably, the device, which has been in development since last year, is sourcing its screen from Samsung Display.

Currently, not much is known about the foldable device yet. Previous reports have speculated on a 7.57-inch main screen (and a 5.78-inch screen when folded), though. A more recent one has also dropped “Pixel Notepad” as a potential name for the device.

Regardless of the status of its foldable Pixel, Google is enjoying a lot of success with its new lineup of smartphones. Last year, the Pixel 6 series refreshed the company’s slate of devices, bringing new hype for the company. This year, Google is continuing that trend with the Pixel 6a and the upcoming Pixel 7 series.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Google foldable might be called Pixel Notepad

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