Samsung confirms One UI 2.5 update for Galaxy S10 series, Note 10 series and more

Samsung has begun rolling out their One UI 2.5 update their Galaxy line of smartphones. The update brings many of the features from the Galaxy Note20 series to older Galaxy phones, including improved pro video and audio controls, an updated Samsung Notes app with Audio Bookmarks, Wireless DeX support and more.

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India smartphone market records 50.6% YoY decline in Q2 2020, predicted to recover in 2H 2020:IDC

In Q2 2020, the Indian smartphone market shipped 18.2 million units, recording a decline of 50.6% YoY, according to a report by IDC. The decline was primarily caused by the COVID-19 and the top 5 smartphone sellers for the quarter were Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo, realme and OPPO.

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OnePlus leads Indian premium smartphone market in Q2 2020 with 29% market share: Report

The premium smartphone segment (above Rs. 30000) recorded an overall decline of about 32% YoY in Q2 2020, as the market continued to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. OnePlus took the first place in market share for this quarter, close followed by Samsung second place and Apple in third place.

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Worldwide smartphone shipments decline 16% YoY in Q2 2020, 278.4 million units shipped

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the smartphone market as IDC has reported that the worldwide smartphone market declined by 16% YoY in Q2 2020. Total shipments were recorded at 278.4 million smartphones and the top 5 manufacturers for the quarter were HUAWEI, Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi and OPPO.

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Global premium smartphone shipments declined 13% YoY in Q1 2020: Report

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect smartphone sales as a new report from Counterpoint Research states that the premium smartphone segment recorded a decline of 13% YoY globally. In the lead is Apple, contributing 4 out of the top 5 premium smartphones sold globally, followed by Samsung and then Huawei.

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India premium smartphone market records growth of 21% YoY in Q1 2020 with Samsung in the lead: Report

The premium smartphone market (>Rs. 30000) has been a competition between Samsung Apple and OnePlus for many quarters now. In the first quarter of 2020, the market saw a growth of 21% YoY, with Samsung managing to edge out Apple to take the lead as India’s current top premium smartphone manufacturer.

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India smartphone market saw 32.5 million shipments, up 1.5% YoY in Q1 2020: IDC

Being the only one among the top 3 to record a positive growth for the first quarter of 2020, the Indian smartphone market shipped 32.4 million units overall. This calculates to a growth of 1.5% YoY, whereas the Chinese and US markets saw a decline of 20.3% YoY and 16.0% YoY respectively. The top 5 manufacturers continue to be Xiaomi, Vivo, Samsung, realme and OPPO.

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China smartphone shipments decline 20.3% YoY in Q1 2020; largest decline ever: Report

The Q3 2019 reports released by IDC revealed a decline of 3.6% YoY in smartphone shipments in China during Q3 2019. Now, IDC has released the shipments report for Q1 2020 and it reveals the largest decline ever in China smartphone market.

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Worldwide smartphone shipments fall below 300 million, down 11.7% YoY in Q1 2020 due to COVID-19

Worldwide smartphone shipments decreased 11.7% year over year in Q2 2020, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. In total, companies shipped a 275.8 million smartphones during quarter making this is the largest annual (year over year) decline ever and the first time smartphone market has fallen below 300 million units in a quarter since Q2 2014. This is mainly due to COVID-19 pandemic and the peak of the lockdowns in China, which extended to the rest of the world by the end of the quarter. Continue reading “Worldwide smartphone shipments fall below 300 million, down 11.7% YoY in Q1 2020 due to COVID-19”

India smartphone shipments up 4% YoY in Q1 2020; Vivo surpasses Samsung: Report

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted several industries and business across the world including the smartphone industry. While the shipments increased 10% YoY during Q4 2019,  the Q1 2020 report shows a modest growth as COVID-19 impacted shipments late in the Quarter.

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Nokia 4.2 Android 10 update starts rolling out

 HMD Global has started rolling out Android 10 update for the Nokia 4.2 smartphone, which makes it the 10th Nokia phone to get the update after the  Nokia 8.1, Nokia 9 PureViewNokia 7.1Nokia 6.1 PlusNokia 7 PlusNokia 6.1Nokia 2.2, Nokia 7.2, and Nokia 3.2. It was launched last year running Android Pie. Android 10 brings a number of additional privacy and security features for users, as well as Dark Theme, Focus mode, dedicated ‘Privacy section’, and lots more.

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List of smartphone companies in India that offer warranty extension due to Coronavirus crisis

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, many companies are announcing special measures to help people and recently Uber, Google Maps, telecom operators announced their special measures. Smartphone companies in India have announced warranty extension due to the lockdown and in this post, we list the companies that are offering warranty extension for their products.

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GST Rate Hike: New Prices for Xiaomi, realme, Samsung, iQOO, OPPO, vivo smartphones

Last month, the GST Council in its 39th meeting increased GST rates for several products including mobile phones from 12% to 18% applicable from April 1st, 2020 and earlier today Apple, POCO announced the new prices. Now, Redmi, OPPO, vivo, realme, Samsung, and iQOO have announced the new prices of their smartphones and here’s a list of smartphones with new prices post-GST Rate Hike.

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Worldwide smartphone market predicted to decline by 2.3% in 2020 due to Coronavirus outbreak: IDC

The uncertainty in the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak is now starting to affect the worldwide smartphone shipment recovery for the year 2020, with IDC predicting a 2.3% decline, down to 1.3 billion shipments. The first half of 2020 will see a decline of 10.6% YoY, with the market predicted to only make up ground in the second half with accelerated 5G efforts.

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TECNO CAMON 15 and CAMON 15 Pro with Android 10, 48MP AI Quad rear cameras launched starting at Rs. 9999

Tecno, a budget smartphone brand has launched two new phones as part of its Camon series of photography focused phones called the 15 and 15 Pro. Differentiating between the two phones, the 15 Pro has a 32MP Pop-Up Selfie camera while the Camon 15 uses 16MP dot-in selfie Camera.

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