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Samsung still on top of smartphone market, while Huawei overtakes Apple

According to Counterpoint’s latest report

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The global smartphone shipments report for Q1 2019 from Counterpoint is out. As always, it has a lot of interesting insights.

Firstly, 345 million phones were shipped throughout the first quarter of the year. The staggering number is still five percent less than a year ago. Certainly, there’s a decline in shipments. Smartphones have matured enough. Selective new features aren’t exciting for consumers anymore.


The proud victor for the first quarter was Samsung with a 21 percent share. The report attributes the success to better Galaxy S10 sales and a restructured line-up. However, despite maintaining its top position, Samsung still lost eight percent year-on-year (YoY).

Huawei, on the other hand, finally overtook Apple. The controversial Chinese tech giant is now the second biggest smartphone brand in terms of shipments with a 17 percent share. Huawei also posted the most impressive YoY growth at positive 50 percent.

Apple, now in third place, captured only 12 percent of the market. Surprisingly, the iPhone XR (the cheapest among the new iPhones) was the best-selling iPhone during the quarter. The Cupertino company had a negative 20 percent YoY growth.

Not far behind, Xiaomi and OPPO captured eight percent market share each. Meanwhile, Vivo was slightly behind with seven percent. Both Lenovo (including Motorola) and LG had two percent of the smartphone market.

In a nutshell, Apple and Samsung continue to decline. Meanwhile, Huawei keeps on growing and reaching more markets. Likewise, other Chinese brands — including OPPO and Vivo — also enjoyed a positive annual growth. Xiaomi is now facing stiff competition in China, but still doing well in India and new markets.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s 2018 global shipment sales exceed 200 million units sold

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Samsung’s Android 10 roadmap leaked

Compatible devices include 2018 smartphones onward

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Even from its early days, Samsung has always championed Android. Naturally, you should expect consistent Android updates well into your Samsung phone’s lifecycle. Unfortunately, Samsung’s Android support cycle is getting smaller. The company has recently leaked its upgrade roadmap for the Android 10, thanks to AndroidPure.

As expected, Samsung is upgrading a lot of devices. From the main flagship lines, smartphones released in 2018 and onwards will receive the update. The Galaxy S series includes the Galaxy S9, S9+, 10, 10+, and 10e. Meanwhile the Galaxy Note series will include the Note 9, Note 10, and Note 10+.


Meanwhile, the midrange segments will enjoy a lot more inclusion. The Galaxy M series includes the M10, M20, M30, M30s, and M40. The Galaxy J line includes the J3 2018, J4, J4+, J5 2018, J6, J6+, J7 2018, J7 Duo, and J8. The massive Galaxy A line will include the A6, A6+, A7, A8, A8 Star Lite, A9, A9 Star Lite, A9 Pro 2019, A10, A10s, A10e, A20, A20e, A30, A30s, A40, A50, A60, A70, A80, and A90 5G.

Finally, Samsung’s tablets will also receive the update. The Galaxy Tab A 2018, Tab A 2019, Tab S4, and Tab S5e will all get Android 10.

Notably, the company’s flagship lines are curiously missing a few pieces. Samsung’s 2017 launches are not included — the S8 and the Note 8 series. Strangely, 2017’s Galaxy A7, a lower-tier phone, will still receive the update.

Likewise, Huawei is on the same boat. Their current roadmap includes only smartphones released during 2018 and onwards.

The smaller inclusion pales in comparison to the latest competition, the iOS 13. Apple’s latest OS includes more older models compared to Android.

Unfortunately, Samsung’s roadmap does not include a timeframe. We don’t know when the Android 10 update will drop, only that it will at some point in the future.

SEE ALSO: Samsung might fuse the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note into one series

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Singapore’s first iPhone 11 buyer is a 17-year-old

He bought an iPhone 11 Max Pro

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It’s a familiar sight. People lining up right outside the Apple Store waiting to get their hands on the latest iPhone. Today, the iPhone 11 is now available in Singapore and first in line is a 17-year-old from Malaysia.

His name is Aidid. He went to Singapore along with his sister to get their hands on the latest iPhones. Little did he know, he would be the first one in line. Aidid recorded the experience on Instagram. Here’s a quick look at when the doors opened.


 

Aided went all in. He bought a Space Grey iPhone 11 Pro Max for himself but he didn’t stop there. He also purchased a black iPhone 11 and an Apple Watch Series 5.

Best cameras on an iPhone to date

One of the biggest improvements on the iPhone 11 family are the cameras. The pro versions sport a triple camera setup: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto. With the three new perspectives come improved overall image quality. It promises to produce better portraits and better low-light shots with Night Mode. The next-generation Smart HDR will help a lot in improving lighting. Apple says it will intelligently relight a scene to produce a more natural-looking image with greater detail.

The iPhone 11 family is also equipped with the A13 bionic chip. It’s not only smarter and faster, it’s also more power efficient.

Pricing and availability

The new iPhones are now available in Singapore. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models in midnight green, space grey, silver and gold starting at SG$ 1,649 and SG $1,799, respectively.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in purple, green, yellow, black, white and PRODUCT(RED) starting at S$1,149. The Apple Watch Series 5 is also up for grabs and starts at SG$ 599.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be out early 2020

Epic fights and interesting side quests to come!

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If Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ wasn’t hyped up enough for you, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot might be what your missing.

This isn’t just about epic fights that Dragon Ball FighterZ blew up and is now know for. If you haven’t known, this time, you get to try exploring what used to just be a backdrop. The game allows you to play through most of Goku’s life. It’s an action role-playing game that lets you immerse yourself in Goku’s story as you progress further into the plot.


If you don’t find the appeal in playing out Goku’s life, you might want to reconsider. The game looks pretty cool and the views can be stunning when you’re flying in third-person perspective. When fights break out, it’s a whole different story.

The perspective shifts to an over-the-shoulder fighting game. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot looks to be an interesting addition, drifting away from just letting us play hyped up fighting scenes. The game also lets you roam, mine, fish, and complete side quests.  

The game is going to be based off the anime. If you’re a huge fan of the anime, this is your shot to play it out in whole new immersive perspective.

When the heck is this game getting released? Luckily, it isn’t too far from being released. Bandai Namco just announced that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is coming out on the 17th of January 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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