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Report claims Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has more users than LG V20 and OnePlus 3T combined

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The Galaxy Note 7 has crashed and burned like no other, and Samsung has been calling for its return for months, even coming out with incentive schemes to get people to turn in their phone immediately.

Samsung, most recently, has gone as far as to push out mandatory software updates that will disable the handset for good or render it useless by gimping its hardware. Well and good, right? Well, it turns out, quite a number of people don’t care for any of those measures, as the Galaxy Note 7 remains one of the most used flagship handsets even today, with more active users than the LG V20, the OnePlus 3T, and the U.S.-exclusive HTC Bolt combined.

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That’s according to California-based mobile research firm Apteligent, which offers analytics-based market insights to service providers and app developers. Its clientèle includes Netflix, Pokemon Go, Snapchat, and many others.

But back to the topic at hand. In its latest findings, Apteligent claims the Note 7 has higher global usage statistics than that of LG’s latest and most capable handset yet, though Google’s Pixel phones, the Sony Xperia XZ, and the Moto Z all enjoy higher usage numbers among premium phones released in the same timeframe.

Usage stats from Apteligent

To be fair to the OnePlus 3T and HTC Bolt, these phones have only been on shelves since November. But still, for a recalled and ultimately scrapped device, that is admittedly impressive — or frustrating, depending on who you’re talking to.

We can imagine that both Samsung and LG are frustrated by these statistics, for different reasons. For Samsung, it means more effort is needed to claim and reclaim the remaining Note 7s. As for LG, well, the writing is on the wall. The Korean OEM has a steep hill to climb next year.

No graph is provided for illustrating the usage stats of flagships launched earlier in the year, and the iPhone 7 is a no-show as well. That said, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 would rank higher than any of the devices mentioned here.

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Source: Apteligent via Droid Life

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Steam announces when next sales are

Autumn, Winter, Spring

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Christmas is right around the corner. If you want to get a head start on buying something for yourself, it’s important to know when the biggest sales are. Now, gamers have a date on when they can bust out their wallets. Valve has officially announced when the autumn, winter, and spring Steam sales are happening.

The next sale — the traditional Autumn Sale — will happen between November 22 through 29. It’s quite a big gap for a head start, but it should give gamers a healthy library to play when the Christmas vacation starts.

On the other hand, if rush shopping is more you, the Winter Sale will happen between December 22 through January 5. It’s a Christmas treat.

If you’re familiar with Steam’s usual calendar of sales, you might not have heard of a Spring Sale before. Traditionally, the platform holds the Lunar New Year Sale in lieu of a seasonal theme. This time, Steam is keeping things consistent. The newly dubbed Spring Sale will happen between March 16 through 23. It’s also a later date than the previous Lunar New Year Sale.

Steam sales are usually a treat for gamers who play on a PC. Though the platform frowns on gigantic 95 percent off discounts now, platform-wide sales events can still house delectable bargains. Now, whether or not you’ll have time to play all of them is another story altogether.

SEE ALSO: Steam: No more 95% off sales

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WIKO 10 smartphone introduced to the Philippines

French brand joins entry-level segment

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WIKO 10

French brand WIKO is entering the Philippine market and challenging competitors, introducing the WIKO 10 smartphone in the country.

Operating on Android 12, the entry-level WIKO 10 will have identical specs and features like most counterpart devices in its segment.

First off, it is powered by a Helio G37 chipset and a 5,000mAH battery that support for 22.5W WIKO SuperCharge and wireless reverse charging which powers smaller devices like a smart band or wireless headsets.

With 4GB of memory and 128GB storage, the phone may also be used for gaming, given that it has a multi-stage overheating current control mechanism incorporated.

The display is a 6.74-inch (1600 x 720) large full-screen LCD with an aspect ratio of 20:9. 

When it comes to the camera setup, the smartphone has a triple camera setup at the back bannered by a 50MP main shooter (F1.8) that has a Smart HDR feature. In front is an 8MP selfie camera.

Other features include:

  • Dual SIM
  • microSD slot
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Fingerprint scanner

WIKO Buds 10 also released

Alongside the phone’s launch, WIKO has also announced the WIKO Buds 10, a pair of wireless earbuds with Bluetooth 5.2 technology that offers up to 30 hours of usage with its charging case.

The earbuds have a 12mm dynamic driver to deliver high-quality audio with deep bass. It also has environmental noise cancellation. What sets this pair apart from the others is its built-in dual mics for voice capturing.

Pricing, availability

The WIKO 10 will be available in three colors: Klein Blue, Silver, and Black. It will retail for PhP 8,990 on Shopee, Lazada, and authorized WIKO stores and kiosks.

The WIKO Buds 10, meanwhile, will be sold for PhP 1,499.

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Password-less logins: OPPO joins FIDO Alliance

Advancing authentication standards

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OPPO announced that is has joined the FIDO Alliance, an open industry association that develops authentication standards to reduce reliance on passwords worldwide.

As a part of the alliance, OPPO will support the development and implementation of the latest FIDO standards for password-less logins by utilizing cryptography and the protocols defined by the association itself.

The smartphone brand will actively use FIDO standards on its smart devices. They will work with FIDO’s other affiliates to provide users a faster but more secure sign-in experience across their devices. 

Launched publicly in 2013, the Alliance was founded by renowned global companies such as PayPal, Lenovo, NokNok Labs, Validity Sensors, Infineon, and Agnitio.

The first deployment of FIDO authentication happened in 2014, involving the Samsung Galaxy S5. Users were allowed to login and shop online with just a swipe of a finger wherever PayPal is accepted.

The Alliance’s latest authentication specification, FIDO2, provides a secure and convenient technical framework supported by companies including Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

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