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OPPO intends to get ahead in the 5G race with VoNR

Adopting the latest voice and video calling protocols

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We are currently in the 4G era and in the last few years, telecom carriers across the globe have widely started deploying support for VoLTE (Voice over LTE). This means that instead of relying on traditional sources, the call is routed via internet protocol. For the end-user, this results in radically better voice quality, lower latency, and lesser chances of call drops.

The 5G era is just around the corner and OPPO has partnered with Ericsson and MediaTek to support VoNR calls. VoNR means Voice over New Radio, the next generation of voice and video calling that’ll further reduce latency and improve quality. VoNR shall also ensure call encryption and fewer intermediaries during the call.

The announcement is important because brands and component makers are working on the technology even before the mass rollout of 5G. In the case of VoLTE, deployment was delayed even though 4G networks have been up and running for years.

OPPO says all its 5G phones shall support the communication standard. Further, it argues that the brand is first in achieving both, voice and video call, as well as partnering with other companies. For now, its capability will be limited to MediaTek’s Dimensity chipsets and Ericsson’s telecom equipment.

However, the caveat is that even telecom providers will have to deploy VoNR for the phones to actually utilize the support. So far, 5G has been rolled out in only selected regions.

With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, governments, as well as consumers, won’t be very keen on spending any more money on next-generation technology because healthcare and universal employments are bigger concerns. Many experts estimate the global rollout of 5G could be delayed by an indefinite period until the virus is brought under control.

SEE ALSO: The new online generation: Explaining 5G internet

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I Took A Ride On a Self-Driving Tractor!

Just like your smartphone, AI powers tractors through the fields

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Unusual in the GadgetMatch YouTube channel is a visit to a big warehouse full of farming vehicles, windmills, and corn fields. But Michael Josh’s visit at John Deere’s booth last CES 2020 and hosting session in CES 2021 made him gain interest in smart farming equipment.

But do you know what do tractors and smartphones have in common? John Deere’s farming machines are in a way like farming robots. Just like smartphones, they also leverage the power of data and AI — or also known as Artificial Intelligence.

But what makes John Deere’s farming vehicles stand out from the rest? Find out more in our latest video!

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Samsung launches 1000-inch TV display

Three zeroes

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Television sets have gotten a lot crazier over the years. From rollable sets to ones that hide on the wall, the world has a lot more options on how they want to consume their media. One of the more renowned series spearheading this revolution is Samsung’s The Wall, offering sets that meld perfectly with the wall it’s set on. Today, Samsung is going big — really big — with a new 1000-inch display.

That’s not a typo. The Wall’s latest entry indeed has three zeroes. The new display uses microLED, making it lither and more adaptable. Despite being a gigantic screen, it can put out images in stunning 8K resolution and buttery 120Hz framerates. It can also be configured to maximize output to 16K resolution in a 15,360 x 2,160 arrangement.

Speaking of arrangement, interested buyers can choose different configurations for the screen besides a plain horizontal one. It can be installed in any wall type, including concave and convex ones.

However, if you’re wondering how you’re going to fit it in your home, Samsung is positioning the screen more towards business and commercial spaces, rather than consumer-friendly ones. The company has also not revealed how much it will go for.

Of course, if you happen to have the money and the space for it, why not?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Neo QLED TVs: Price and availability in the Philippines

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Xiaomi becomes second-largest smartphone maker

As of Q2 2021

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The smartphone industry has been in a shakeup for quite some time now. Since the rapid fall of Huawei, several smartphone makers have been fighting to fill in the Huawei-sized hole. The rankings have since seesawed between the two usual suspects, Apple and Samsung. Now, Xiaomi is once again climbing the ranks. According to a report, Xiaomi is now the second-largest smartphone maker in the world, as of Q2 2021.

As reported by Canalys, Xiaomi now holds 17 percent of the smartphone market, a huge 83 percent increase from the last rankings. The Chinese company edges out Apple, the third-largest smartphone maker, who just bagged 14 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Samsung is still sitting on top with 19 percent of the market. OPPO and vivo each hold 10 percent of the market.

According to the same report, the entire smartphone industry is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It grew as a whole by 12 percent.

Besides the pandemic, Xiaomi is also recovering from American bans. Because of its association with China, the company was formerly included as part of the blacklist limiting them from engaging in American business.

Months ago, Xiaomi finally freed itself from the blacklist, making way for its astronomical 83 percent growth this quarter. Huawei, on the other hand, is still in the red, plummeting deeper and deeper down the rankings.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi overtakes Apple as third-best smartphone seller

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