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The Philippines ranks 10th for 5G median download speeds in APEC region

With speeds of up to 182.50 Mbps

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The 5G rollout in the Philippines is off to a good start. The latest report by Ookla ranks the Philippines in the 10th spot for median 5G download speeds in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region for Q3 2020.

Considering that the Philippines always places last when it comes to mobile download speeds, this is a rather big improvement. For Q3 2020, the country has a median speed of 182.50 Mbps. This puts it firmly on the 10th spot behind Hong Kong (192.94 Mbps), and ahead of Singapore (92.65 Mbps), and even the US (64.11 Mbps).

In the same quarter also, the country’s median download speed over 4G was 9.36 Mbps. Doing the math, 5G speeds are almost 20 times faster than 4G in that quarter alone.

The Philippines, however, has the lowest time spent in 5G for the whole region. Overall, Filipinos only spent 1.1% in 5G which is a stark contrast to the US and South Korea’s 14.8%.

Ookla’s latest report came to be as a result of analyzing the aggregate speed measured in the 50th percentile of all tests taken with Speedtests on a 5G connection. In Q3 2020 alone, there were 4,324,788 Speedtest results over 5G.

Ookla also found that 5G downloads are 954% faster than 4G worldwide. Meanwhile, 5G upload speeds are 311% faster than that of 4G.

Continuing the lead

Ookla’s latest report represents a massive improvement for the Philippines which has always lagged in mobile speeds. Perhaps, 5G is the key to improving the overall Internet speed of the country which is one of the lowest in the region. It remains to be seen, however, if the country’s 5G speed ranking can be sustained for years to come.

Rest assured though, that major telcos in the country are investing heavily in 5G infrastructure. Globe — the first telco to offer 5G in the country — is continuing its rollout of 5G to more areas in Metro Manila and nearby areas. Meanwhile, Smart has recently rolled out its 5G service in key areas of Visayas and Mindanao.

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Xiaomi working on Mi Band with 360-degree display

Wraps around your wrist

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Xiaomi is enjoying quite a nice year so far. Recently, the Chinese company became the second largest smartphone maker in the world. Of course, besides its evidently popular smartphones, the company is also blooming with its slate of other devices including the successful Mi Bands. And, if this new leak comes to pass, Xiaomi isn’t done improving its other products. According to a new leak, Xiaomi is developing a new Mi Band with a 360-degree display.

Leaked on Weibo, a recent company presentation supposedly hints that the device — called the Mi Band X — is coming in the future. As the description implies, the wearable will not use the traditional screen + band system used by most wearable bands today.

Instead, the entire band is a flexible display. It won’t clasp with a buckle or notches either. It will reportedly use a magnetic system to fix itself on the user’s wrist. Though the description sounds complex, the leak states that the device will still be light and usable for a fitness band.

This isn’t the first wearable with a larger and more flexible display, though. Years ago, ZTE’s Nubia released the Nubia Alpha touted an elongated screen packed with smartphone-like features. At the time, it claimed to be the largest screen ever for a wearable. A 360-degree screen can easily upend this claim.

The leak does not indicate if or when the Mi Band X is coming. It doesn’t indicate how much the device will sell for either. However, if the Nubia Alpha’s EUR 449 price tag is anything to go by, the Mi Band X won’t be a cheap one, especially compared to other Mi Bands.

SEE ALSO: Redmi Note 10 Pro and Mi Band 6 are now in the Philippines

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Google is developing a Switch to Android app for iPhone users

Making it easier to switch

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Switching between mobile operating systems is one of the most tedious tasks for smartphone users. The task’s difficulty is often a big reason why Apple and Android users stick to their own lanes. To help ease this for switching users, Google is reportedly developing a Switch to Android app for iOS users.

Reported by 9to5Google, an upcoming APK supposedly reveals the existence of such an app. The unannounced app will help iOS users move their data to their new Android devices.

Data transfer apps have existed for quite some time now. Usually, smartphone makers have their own branded transfer apps. This is the first time that Google has its own app for the purpose. Currently (and without the aforementioned transfer apps), iOS owners have to back up their info on Google Drive (or elsewhere) then download them again on the new phone.

Compared to the current way to do it, the app’s data hints at more transferrable data between devices. The app can supposedly transfer messages and apps. Given how different iOS and Android operates, it’ll be interesting to know how Google transfers these data.

Currently, Google has not revealed when or if the Switch to Android app is coming. However, Apple already has a Move to iOS app, making it easier for those switchers to move. Google’s own take on the app has been a long time coming.

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No OnePlus 9T or 9T Pro, rumor says

Probably because of the chip shortage

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The past 12 months have been weird for the smartphone industry. Last year, Apple removed the free chargers from its new iPhone boxes, sparking a concerning trend throughout the entire smartphone industry. Recently, Samsung’s TM Roh confirmed that a Galaxy Note isn’t coming this year. Now, there’s a rumor swirling around that OnePlus will not launch a OnePlus 9T or a OnePlus 9T Pro.

Explicitly leaked through a tweet, Max Jambor states that OnePlus will not launch the premium models of its current flagship lineup this year. Instead, the company will focus on the standard OnePlus 9 models this year.

Traditionally, OnePlus has a two-in-one release schedule every year, launching a standard flagship model earlier in the year and a premium slate later on. The schedule follows the same setup that Samsung uses for the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note series.

It’s a strange coincidence that both Samsung and (potentially) OnePlus are foregoing their premium models this year. Both companies could be feeling the effects of the ongoing chip shortage that’s affecting the world right now. Without chips, smartphone makers won’t have an easy time making their devices.

Besides Samsung and OnePlus, Apple is reportedly cutting out its iPhone 12 mini and its successors — albeit replacing the model with a larger one. Consoles are also experiencing the crunch, experiencing shortages across the globe.

Though the current OnePlus report is still a rumor, current events do lend some credence to the sudden disappearance of the OnePlus 9T and 9T Pro this year.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus teases OnePlus Nord 2 on Instagram

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