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Samsung shipped more phones than Apple, profit surges

The semiconductor shortage still hounds them though

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South Korean giant Samsung has posted its first-quarter results for this year, marking a whopping 46 percent rise in profits. It’s the company’s most successful quarter since 2018 amid the Coronavirus-led pandemic.

Samsung made a profit of 9.4 trillion won (US$ 8.48 billion) in the January-March period, primarily due to healthy smartphone sales. In fact, according to Canalys, Samsung overtook Apple to ship the most phones in the first quarter, clocking more than 76 million units and a 22 percent market share. Apple trailed second with 52.4 million units and a 15 percent share.

The global market has an overwhelming demand for smartphones amid the pandemic as people shift to the work-from-home model. Phones, laptops, appliances, and accessories are among the most sought, and Samsung being an electronics giant, was uniquely able to take maximum advantage of it.

The smartphone department witnessed a standalone growth of 66 percent, thanks to kick-ass phones like the Galaxy S21 series and other affordable options in developing markets.

Chip shortage is an issue

Although, the company has warned that it’ll be difficult to continue the trend next quarter due to an acute shortage of semiconductors. Its chip-making business is severely hit as the facility in Austin, Texas, was done due to the winter storm. It’s facing similar challenges in the System LSI division, which is responsible for designing chips.

Samsung and Apple both perfectly grabbed the opportunity offered by the pandemic and are leading the race. The American phone maker also posted mind-boggling results for the quarter, raking in more than US$ 23 billion in profit.

Unfortunately, not all companies have been able to make a similar statement. Despite the sudden rise in demand, LG couldn’t sustain its dragging smartphone division and had to call the quits last month. Though, the company continues to make top-notch appliances that give Samsung’s products neck-to-neck competition.


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BlackBerry resurrection teased once again

It’s coming this time

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BlackBerry’s rumored comeback might finally happen soon. OnwardMobility, the current owner of BlackBerry’s licenses, has teased the upcoming smartphones once again. Since their last “departure” from the smartphone industry, BlackBerry has been passed on to new owners in hopes of a future resurrection.

Last year, BlackBerry’s previous owner TCL backed out from making BlackBerry devices. The departure signaled another end for BlackBerry. However, soon after the announcement, a few companies announced the purchase of BlackBerry’s licenses, potentially hinting at a return. Notably, Huawei supposedly bought 90 patents from the company. Nothing came of the announcement yet, though.

Besides Huawei, another tech company OnwardMobility announced the most substantial news surrounding BlackBerry’s potential return. Announcing a licensing deal with BlackBerry, the company also promised an upcoming device for the next generation of smartphones. Despite the promise, we still don’t have a new BlackBerry smartphone.

However, OnwardMobility wants to keep the hype train rolling. Recently, the company launched a new “pre-commitment program” wherein subscribers can get information about upcoming products, the actual products themselves, and updates first before non-subscribers. The program specifically lists a BlackBerry device as part of the program. A new smartphone is likely coming soon.

Once upon a time, BlackBerry was one of the most popular handsets for consumers, along with Nokia. However, as slab phones became the norm, the phones of yesteryear either died out or adopted the new norm. Whereas Nokia found its place in the current industry, BlackBerry is still struggling to find its niche.

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Netflix is reportedly producing a live-action Pokémon series

With Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson

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Pokémon remains one of the most popular franchises today. From the ever-popular video game series to the still-ongoing anime series, the creature collector franchise still going strong. Even then, the franchise is reportedly working on another addition to its repertoire: a live-action Netflix series.

According to Variety, Netflix is in the early stages of an upcoming Pokémon series on the platform. Much like the widely successful film Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds, the series will star actual humans in a live-action format. Beyond that, the report does not go into detail into how the creatures will look like for the series.

Likewise, the report does not indicate when the series will launch.

Lucifer’s Joe Henderson is reportedly helming the series. He is also known for adapting Stephen King’s 11.22.63 for Hulu.

Over the past few years, Pokémon has tapped various segments besides gaming and anime fans. The company has tapped lifestyle with branded accessories and lifestyle-oriented apps. Adding a live-action series will tap into the thriving Netflix market.

For Netflix’s part, the popular streaming platform has considerably increased the variety of genres it is producing. Besides the live-action Pokémon series, Netflix is also releasing an anime version of its popular original, The Witcher.

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Motorola Edge series might lose its (curved) edge

Is it coming soon?

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What becomes of a smartphone series once it loses its biggest feature? Motorola fans might have to contend with that question soon. According to a leak, Motorola will release a successor to the Motorola Edge series soon. However, it won’t come with its one defining feature: the edge display.

Leaked and rendered by OnLeaks and Pricebaba, the upcoming Edge sequel will sport a 6.7-inch screen without the curved display. To compensate, the series is getting a smoother 120Hz, 1080p resolution display to bring it to flagship standards.

Also depicted on the leaked renders, the sequel will have a triple rear camera setup: 108-megapixel main camera + 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel. The leak, however, doesn’t indicate how the cameras will be used. Inside, it will wield a Snapdragon 778G chipset, 8GB of RAM, up to 256 of internal storage, and a sizable 4000mAh battery.

If the render looks devastating for Motorola fans, there’s still a chance that the curved edge will still make an appearance in the next series. The renders don’t include the higher-tier Edge or what will likely be known as the Edge 20 Pro. The unknown model can still have the edge display once the series launches. Additionally, the company is also reportedly adding a Lite version to the lineup.

It’s been over a year since the original Edge series came out. Though we don’t know when the sequel will launch, the timing is right for it.

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