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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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Samsung’s next phones could have an under-screen camera

No bezels, too!

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As 2018 rolls to a close, the hunt for a truly bezel-less phone continues. Across the industry, companies have invented waterdrop notches, pop-up sensors, and holed screens. However, for all their glitter and glamour, all these inventions have barely grazed the concept of a truly bezel-less screen.

Now, Samsung is inching closer and closer to the next step of screen technology. Based on a presentation from China, the company has detailed its plans for next year’s smartphones. Particularly, they are launching an all-out war against notches and buttons.

From renowned Samsung source Ice Universe, Samsung will integrate everything into the screen. Previously, the company hinted this integration through rumors of an under-screen fingerprint sensor. However, this goes beyond that.

Aside from a fingerprint sensor, Samsung’s new screen will (shockingly) integrate sensors inside the panel. In other words, Samsung’s next front-facing camera will settle in under the screen! Beaming with confidence, Samsung has made the boldest claim: Next year’s phones won’t have a visible selfie camera at all.

Additionally, Samsung makes another bold move: Sound on Display. As is standard for every phone today, the front-facing sensors usually pair with the phone’s speakers. According to Samsung, that pairing will become a thing of the past. Strangely, Samsung’s new phones will emit sound straight from the screen.

Unfortunately, Samsung has not detailed how exactly this works. However, the company’s presentation confirms the claims, at least. We can expect these developments in the near future.

Currently, Samsung’s lineup consists of the Galaxy S10 series early next year. So far, swirling rumors haven’t pointed towards this interesting new form factor. If anything, Samsung will also out the Galaxy Note 9’s successor and a foldable smartphone. The planned developments can come with any of these. Regardless of the uncertainty, Samsung’s blueprints are the closest we’ve gotten to a truly bezel-less phones.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) has insane quadruple rear cameras

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OnePlus 6T launch set a day earlier because of Apple

Now on October 29

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“What do we do now?”

That was the question OnePlus CEO and founder Pete Lau asked himself and his team after finding out that Apple set their next major event on the same date as the OnePlus 6T launch.

What OnePlus originally thought would be the best, most timely date to unveil their upcoming flagship after all the launches we’ve seen this month, turned out being the worst.

“Our goal is to make sure it gets the time and attention it deserves,” Lau said in a blog post on the company’s official forum. “[Feedback] showed us that if we chose to stick to our original timeline, launching the OnePlus 6T on October 30, we would be overshadowed by Apple.”

With that, the OnePlus 6T’s launch date has been moved to October 29 — still in New York at 11am EDT.

OnePlus says that this decision was made after lots of deliberation between themselves and input from fans. Lau added: “We have only just begun our journey and cannot afford to let one of the most important products in our history be affected by another great product launch.”

For those who bought a ticket but can’t attend the event anymore, they’ll get a full refund. Anyone who has to make changes to their travel and accommodation arrangements will be assisted by OnePlus; added costs will be covered individually.

For everyone else who’ll be watching the live stream from home, it simply means we’ll get to see OnePlus’ next flagship smartphone a day sooner.

The OnePlus 6T is expected to be similar in a lot of ways to the OnePlus 6 launched six months ago, except it’ll come with a smaller notch and in-display fingerprint scanner — at the expense of the audio port, however.

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Sony confirms Android Pie rollout schedule

Updates coming in October to March

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Months after launch, the coveted Android Pie is still the rarest operating system out in the wild. With Android’s notoriety, the new operating system’s incredibly low distribution rates don’t come as a surprise. Currently, only the top smartphones have tasted a piece of Pie. Even then, new adopters are only slowly trickling in.

Surprisingly, Sony has accelerated their upgrade schedules, leaving other brands trailing in the dust. Already, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are receiving Android Pie updates. Meanwhile, the new XZ3 comes with the operating system fresh out of the box.

Today, the company has announced further updates to the old schedule. Within the next few weeks, Sony’s older models will receive the new update. Starting October 26, Android Pie will roll out to the XZ Premium, the XZ1, and the XZ1 Compact. Meanwhile, the XZ2 Premium can enjoy the new operating system starting November 7.

Additionally, the XA2, the XA2 Ultra, and the XA2 Plus will get Android Pie on March 4.

Notably, the announced phones are older than Android Pie’s current lineup. This is the most concrete schedule that Android has enjoyed. While other brands have promised future updates, not many have fulfilled their end of the bargain.

That said, expect the same dismal adoption rates in the future. Even now, the preceding Android Oreo still hasn’t taken over a sizable share of the smartphone market. While Sony’s announcement is a step up, can we expect other brands to step up as well?

SEE ALSO: Sony unveils Xperia XZ3 with best-possible specs and features

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