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Samsung, Xiaomi dominate Q1 2020 Android sales

And these are midrange phones!

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The latest research from Strategy Analytics is a sign that things are shaking up in the Android smartphone market. According to the research, midrange phones from Samsung and Xiaomi dominated the Q1 2020 sales for Android smartphones. Furthermore, only one flagship made it to the list, suggesting that more and more people are buying midrange phones.

Midrange phones dominate the market

Global smartphone shipment for Q1 2020 stands at 275 million units. The Android smartphone that sold the most during the Q1 2020 is Samsung’s Galaxy A51. It is a midrange device with a 6.5-inch display and a quad-camera setup. It was released last year and has become a popular device across Europe and Asia. Strategy Analytics estimated that the device sold 6 million units worldwide, accounting for 2.3 percent of the global market share.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s Redmi 8 managed to grab the second spot. The device grabbed 1.9 percent of the total market share in the first quarter. Strategy Analytics noted that the device is popular among Indian and Chinese consumers. And with Xiaomi making a splash in Europe, it is also becoming increasingly popular among Europeans.

The rest of the top six best-selling smartphones are dominated by other Samsung and Xiaomi midrange devices. Taking up the fourth and sixth spots are the Samsung Galaxy A10s and A20s. Meanwhile, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 grabbed the fifth spot.

Only one flagship made it to the top

Among the top six best-selling smartphones, only one is an Android flagship. Samsung’s Galaxy S20+ grabbed the third spot, accounting for 1.7% of the total smartphone market sales worldwide. It is also the lone super-premium device on the list, which is commendable on Samsung’s part since there are numerous flagships released from 2019 up to Q1 2020.

Midrange phones are more popular than ever

Midrange phones will only become more popular in the future due to the post-virus economic situation. More and more people will look for smartphones that offer more features for a much lesser asking price. As such, manufacturers may have to pivot once again on offering devices with decent specs at competitive price points. A recent example of this strategy is the iPhone SE (2020), which retails at USD 399 but offers flagship-class performance and camera.

SEE ALSO: Samsung launches online Store in the Philippines

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Globe has first-ever Eco-SIM in Asia

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Eco-SIM

Globe debuted the first-ever Eco-SIM cards in Asia for postpaid mobile customers made from recycled refrigerator waste.

The initiative is part of Globe’s contribution to environmental sustainability in time for January’s Zero Waste Month celebration.

The Eco-SIM card was first developed in 2020, in partnership with the Veolia company; it has a neutral carbon footprint.

100 percent recycled waste

The telecom provider partnered with Thales to employ the said Eco-SIM cards starting from November last year, made from 100 percent recycled materials.

The SIM cards are made from recycled polystyrene recovered from discarded refrigerator interiors.

Thales has a comprehensive carbon offset program that also ensures there is no further carbon footprint during the manufacturing process of the Eco-SIM cards.

SIM cards, while the smallest consumer items, equate to about 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers as about 4.5 billion cards are manufactured every year.

A global leader in advanced technologies, Thales has presence in the Philippines since 2010.

The company has been a strategic partner for consumers in the civil aviation, defense, digital security, air traffic management, and ground transportation sectors.

From eSIMs to Eco-SIMs

In 2018, Globe was also the first in the country to introduce electronic SIMs or eSIM, as another alternative to the physical SIM cards.

They are basically digital SIMS embedded in compatible mobile phone models, allowing users to manage multiple mobile numbers on just one device.

The eSIM also allows gadgets like smartphones and smartwatches to be connected under one mobile number.

More sustainability

Back in 2019, Globe became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, committing to implement universal sustainability principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption in its operations.

While in January 2021, Globe also formally expressed its support to the globally-recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), supporting the TCFD framework along with more than 1,800 companies worldwide.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 12, which highlights the roles of responsible consumption and production patterns.

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MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

Here’s what to expect

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We’ve come a long way from dial-up. Now, the name of the game is Wi-Fi 6. Amid the rise of 5G connectivity, the home internet sector is adopting the current standard for their devices. But, of course, the advance of technology is not stopping. As Wi-Fi 6 tries to take over the entire market, the industry is already working on Wi-Fi 7. With development well underway, what can you expect from the upcoming standard?

Naturally, better speeds. Recently, MediaTek showcased the world’s first live demo of the new technology. In an impressive show, the standard will reportedly achieve speeds 2.4 times faster than what Wi-Fi 6 can do. The technology can maximize uses for the current spectrums available for Wi-Fi at up to 6GHz. The technology can also reduce latency and interference using MLO and MRU features.

According to MediaTek, Wi-Fi 7 will support the ever-growing need for faster internet speeds brought on by emerging uses for online users. These needs include AR/VR applications, cloud gaming, 4K video calling, and 8K streaming. With technology advancing the way it is, high-speed internet — even faster than what’s available today — is turning into a necessity to cope with multi-user households.

MediaTek predicts that products that can support Wi-Fi 7 will start coming out in 2023.

SEE ALSO: Mediatek, AMD collaborate on new Wi-Fi 6E Modules

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Google is working on an AR headset called Project Iris

With its own processor and OS

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Understandably so, a good portion of the world is strongly resistant to Meta’s push for a metaverse based on virtual and augmented reality. However, though people are still hesitant to try on Facebook’s VR-tinted goggles, other companies are more than happy to take on the technology themselves. Google, joining Meta and Apple, is also working on its own AR headset called Project Iris.

According to sources from The Verge, Google is getting back into the augmented reality stage. The company is reportedly working on an AR headset with the current codename. The Project Iris headset is supposedly targeting a 2024 release date.

Inside the mysterious headset, the device will supposedly have its own processor and OS. Given Google’s feats recently, an in-house processor and operating system are within the realms of possibility. Google recently launched its first in-house chipset for smartphones, the Tensor chip. The company is, of course, still the thriving developers of Android, currently tailoring its latest Android version for different form factors.

Plus, it’s not Google’s first time with an augmented reality project. Remember the ill-fated Google Glass? The revolutionary wearable had all the potential but ultimately fizzled out into oblivion. At the time, analysts cited the device’s poor timing. Now, especially with other companies vying for dominance, Google does have more initiative to reestablish itself in the augmented reality market.

SEE ALSO: Facebook changes name to Meta

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