Smartphone sales in the US fell 6% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research reports, adding that this was due to a cooling of demand that had been generated by the pandemic.
Chinese smartphone brands OnePlus and Xiaomi have both been cited as wanting to aspire to the heights that Apple and Samsung have reached in the US, though the arguments mounted appear to be more in hope than anything else.
After one reviews a number of Android phones, it becomes difficult to pick points of difference that make a newer model better than something which was launched in the past.
Sales of smartphones with an average selling price of more than US$400 (A$533) — a category that has been labelled premium — increased by 24% year-on-year, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this outpaced by far the growth for the overall smartphone market last year.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer realme is being touted as the "fastest-growing major 5G grand globally", in the last quarter of 2021, but its shipments for the quarter are very small, coming in at about 5.3 million units.
India's Reliance Industries has launched the Jio Next, a cheap 4G smartphone that it hopes will give it dominance of the Indian market and overtake its Chinese competitors.
The OPPO A94 5G is the third low-budget model from this Chinese vendor released this year, and also the most expensive of the lot, the others being the A54 5G and A74 5G.
Component shortages have ensured that third-quarter global smartphone shipments would fall, with the technology analyst firm Canalys reporting a drop of 6% for the three months ending in September, according to preliminary figures issued on Friday. The second quarter had witnessed a drop of 20.4%.
Chinese smartphone maker OPPO has announced ColorOS 12, a new version of its modified Android mobile operating system, describing it as being closer to stock Android.
Sales of smartphones in the US grew by 19% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this growth was helped greatly by 5G offerings from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has announced a tie-up with Swedish camera maker Hasselblad to develop camera systems for its flagship devices, including the OnePlus 9 series which is to be launched later this month.
OPPO, one of three smartphone brands owned by giant B.B.K. Electronics, has become the number one smartphone brand in China for the first time, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this was achieved in January. OPPO was also the top 5G brand in the sub-US$600 (A$780) price segment.
The prices of 5G devices in the US are likely to drop as low as US$200 (A$257) this year, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says, adding that this could come about due to the expanding coverage and OEMs looking to meet demand at different prices.
Quest Payments, an Australian-owned and Melbourne-based technology provider, has received approval from the payments regulator Australian Payments Network (AusPayNet) for its Tap-to-Phone payments solution, Airpay TAP, which was launched in October last year.
The vivo Y70 was the last of the Android phones on my list for review last year, but unfortunately the test device reached me just before the holidays, due to logistical issues. Hence, this review has been delayed a fair bit.
Android smartphones which have Qualcomm SoCs from the new 888 mobile platform onwards will receive three operating system version updates in addition to the version that comes with the device, under a new arrangement with Google.
Samsung will be the lone name missing from the list of Android smartphone makers who have all pledged to use the latest silicon from Qualcomm, the 888 5G mobile platform, in smartphones next year.
For the second year running, Nokia smartphones, made by HMD Global, have topped the trust rankings of technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research. Software, security, build quality and enterprise-recommended devices were considered for the rankings. OnePlus was ranked second.
Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has applied for a patent for using a laser charging module to charge several phones within a room simultaneously.
Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus will launch its next model, the OnePlus Nord, on 21 July, the company has confirmed, after the news was leaked by Amazon's India outlet.
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