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Xiaomi breaks into top 5 smartphone vendors of Europe

Rookie of the year!

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It wasn’t enough for Xiaomi to have the bestselling Android phone in the world. Now they want to take over Europe!

After breaking into the Western European market last November and vowing to make a stronger impact in that region, the Chinese company is finally seeing the fruits of its labor with an incredible showing in Canalys‘ latest data of smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2018.


While fourth place in smartphone shipments isn’t exactly market dominance, the fact that Xiaomi just started in Europe and already shipped 2.4 million units is astonishing.

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This led to a growth that’s — wait for it — off the charts! And with barely any footing this time last year, Xiaomi already has a respectable 5.3 percent market share in Europe.

Samsung is still at the top with a 33.1 percent share, but its reign might not last long with a 15.4 percent decline in growth. Apple, likewise, experienced a drop of 5.4 percent while managing to maintain its second-place position.

Fellow Chinese brand Huawei is in third with a 16.1 percent control of the market and positive growth for the quarter. The only European company on the list, Nokia, earned the fifth spot with 1.6 million units shipped and a 3.5 percent market share.

Xiaomi’s rise is even more impressive when you notice the steep overall decline of handset shipments in Western Europe. That part of the continent had to endure a 13.9 percent dip with only 30.1 million units shipped during the three-month period.

Europeans are clearly less in need of new gadgets, but have been loving the entry of Xiaomi. Canalys points out that flagship features have been trickling into the budget-friendly segment, which Xiaomi and Nokia have been capitalizing on. These two brands are also privately owned, meaning they can operate under a net loss in order to push as many shipments as possible.

Xiaomi is currently working on its Initial public offering (IPO) which would change the company’s market approach, but for now, it can enjoy the fantastic numbers and its successful push into yet another important region.

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Honor promises to deliver Android Q to its Honor 20 series

Existing phones will continue to receive updates

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Amid the issues surrounding its parent company, Huawei, Honor is confident to tell its users and those who are interested in getting an Honor phone that there’s nothing to worry about. The company would like to address the questions of the public about the effects of the imposed trade ban.

First and foremost, all Honor phones will continue to receive security patches and future Android updates. Anyone using an Honor phone will continue to access their apps like they normally would. Additionally, the existing warranties of purchased devices will still be honored for any required services.


Basically, Honor is following the footsteps of its parent company in making it clear for everyone that the trade ban won’t affect any of their current devices.

Moreover, Honor promises to deliver the upcoming version of Android, which is called Android Q for now, to its latest Honor 20 series. The list includes the Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20, and Honor 20 Lite devices. No news about the Android Q fate of other Honor phones, though.

While we’re at it, check out our Honor 20 Pro unboxing and hands-on to know more about Honor’s newest flagship phone:

SEE ALSO: Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

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Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 rolls out to Realme 1 and UI

Sticking to the schedule

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As promised, Realme has started rolling out the stable versions of ColorOS 6 for its older phones. The newest version of ColorOS brings in Android Pie and quite a number of features that’ll bring new life to Realme’s older devices.

The initial two recipients of the Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 is Realme’s first smartphone, the Realme 1, and also last year’s Realme U1. The update for the Realme 1 carries version number CPH1859EX_11_A.37, while the Realme U1’s update has version number RMX1831EX_11_A.10.


The ColorOS 6 update will make older Realme models on par with the newer releases software-wise. It’ll have a refreshed UI with an app drawer and gesture navigation. There are also improvements in the camera department including the Nightscape Mode. Of course, the update brings a new security patch level as well.

As always, the update will come to a few devices first before it reaches every Realme 1 and U1 phones available.

Based on Realme’s schedule, next in line are the Realme 2 and C1. ColorOS 6 should become available for the two in the coming days or weeks.

Via: Fonearena

SEE ALSO: Realme will update all phones to Android 9 Pie starting May

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Bill Gates believes Microsoft losing to Android is his ‘greatest mistake’

He regrets that Microsoft didn’t beat Google

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It’s no secret that Microsoft is enjoying the dominance of Windows on PCs, but its mobile counterpart didn’t do well while it was still alive. Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile failed to compete with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in the mobile scene. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates saw this as a missed opportunity.

During a talk with venture capital company Village Global, Bill Gates admitted that he regrets that Microsoft lost to Google in making a “standard non-Apple phone platform.”


The whole interview is available for viewing on YouTube and it’s more than an hour long. A lot of topics were discussed with useful insights about startups, investments, major world issues from Bill Gates himself.

One of the interesting answers from Gates was the revelation of his “greatest mistake ever,” which was Microsoft failing to take the opportunity Android had before.

In his own words, “In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? US$ 400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.

Gates’ owning the mistake is somewhat surprising because it was assumed that it was Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, who didn’t saw the touchscreen revolution coming. Ballmer even laughed at the iPhone and called it unappealing to business customers because it lacks a keyboard. Hence, the company stuck with phones with keyboards.

We all know it was a big mistake for Microsoft as a company to ignore the iPhone. Google, on the other hand, took the golden chance and now they are on top of the mobile operating system chain.

Microsoft eventually came up with Windows Phone and launched it in 2010. It was pretty good, although it lacks the apps people are already enjoying on an iPhone or any Android device.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service is coming in October

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