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Apple’s partners and Samsung apply for India’s $6.6 billion local smartphone production program – TechCrunch


South Korean giant Samsung, Apple’s contract manufacturing partners Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, and Indian smartphone vendors Micromax and Lava among others have applied for India’s $6.6 billion incentive program aimed at boosting the local smartphone manufacturing, New Delhi said on Saturday.

The scheme, called Production-Linked Incentive Scheme, will offer a range of incentives to companies including a 6% financial incentive on additional sales of goods produced locally over five years, with 2019-2020 set as the base year, India’s IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a press conference. Read More

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Engadget

Huawei tops worldwide smartphone market for the first time


“Amidst a period of unprecedented global economic slowdown and challenges, we’ve continued to grow and further our leadership position by providing innovative products and experience to consumers,” Huawei said in an statement to Engadget. “Our business has demonstrated exceptional resilience in these difficult times.”

Huawei can no longer sell new smartphone models with Google’s Play Store and apps installed because of the US government ban. It skirted that to a degree by re-releasing the P30 Pro, but newer models like the Mate 30 Pro are Google-free. Still, it did manage to ink a new global patent licensing deal with Qualcomm, which at least ensures that it can still build chips — if it can find a company to make them. Read More

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The Verge

Huawei overtakes Samsung as world’s biggest smartphone vendor, says report


For the first time ever, Huawei has shipped more smartphones worldwide over a quarter than any other company, according to a new report from analyst firm Canalys. Huawei has long harbored ambitions to overtake Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone seller, and going by the numbers from Canalys, that’s just what happened during the April-June period this year.

That doesn’t mean Huawei will hold onto the top spot for long, as the results were clearly influenced by the ongoing pandemic. Canalys’ figure of 55.8 million Huawei smartphones shipped is actually down 5 percent year-on-year, while Samsung slid 30 percent to 53.7 million. More than 70 percent of Huawei’s devices are now sold in China, which hasn’t been hit as hard by COVID-19 as many of Samsung’s major markets. Samsung, meanwhile, is a tiny player in China. Read More

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Tech Radar

Realme V5 5G confirmed to be the company’s next smartphone series


Update (July 24): The Realme V5 will be announced in early August. The launch date was confirmed by the spokesperson.

Realme’s growing smartphone portfolio is about to have a new series soon. Starting with the Realme V5, it will bring the awaited design refresh that was teased a few months ago.

Realme has a pretty wide smartphone lineup in the markets it serves. While that has helped it grow and have offerings at each price point, the portfolio is undoubtedly starting to get a little confusing. Joining the fray will be a new series of smartphones, starting with the Realme V5. Read More

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Tech Radar

Gorilla Glass Victus is Corning’s next leap for smartphone displays

Corning has long been the industry standard supplier of display protection technology. Today, it announced its next flagship offering for smartphones—Gorilla Glass Victus.

Ever since its inception, more than 8 billion devices spanning over 45 manufacturers have opted for Gorilla Glass protection. The portfolio even includes tablets, laptops and wearables. Corning’s internal surveys suggest that consumers prioritise durability over screen size, camera quality and device thinness. With these in mind, the Gorilla Glass Victus was developed. Read More

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Tech Radar

Huawei to overtake Apple and Samsung in 5G smartphone production this year


Huawei will lead the global 5G smartphone production despite Apple launching its devices later this year.

5G remains a hot topic in the smartphone market this year, as smartphone brands and mobile processor manufacturers, such as Qualcomm and MediaTek, strive to expand their shares in the 5G market.

Out of the forecast 1.24b smartphone production this year, 5G handset production is expected to reach 235m units, an 18.9% penetration rate, and it is expected to reach about 75% penetration rate in 2023, according to research firm TrendForce. Read More

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VentureBeat

Immervision uses AI for better wide-angle smartphone videos and photos


Immervision has announced real-time video distortion correction software to help create professional quality videos on smartphones. The Montreal company also revealed an off-the-shelf 125-degree wide-angle lens, enabling mobile phone makers to improve their next-generation smartphone cameras.

The software algorithms are available for mobile phone makers to license now from Immervision’s exclusive distribution partner Ceva and enhance images through artificial intelligence and machine learning (see example photos in this story). Read More

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Tech Radar

This cheap Linux smartphone can replace your PC


Pine64, a maker of Linux smartphones, has introduced its new PinePhone Convergence Package handset that can be used as a PC when plugged to an external display and a keyboard. The device costs just $199 and is aimed primarily at Linux enthusiasts.

The PinePhone Linux smartphone is based on the Alpine Linux-based PostmarketOS that can be used both in smartphone and desktop modes.

The smartphone mode works just like one comes to expect from a Linux-based handset, whereas the desktop mode currently acts like the second screen to the device, meaning there could be more features to come soon. Read More

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TechCrunch

India smartphone shipments slashed in half in Q2 2020 – TechCrunch


Even the world’s second largest smartphone market isn’t immune to Covid-19.

Smartphone shipments in India fell 48% in the second quarter compared with the same period a year ago, the most drastic drop one of the rare growing markets has seen in a decade, research firm Canalys reported Friday evening.

About 17.3 million smartphone units shipped in Q2 2020, down from 33 million in Q2 2019, and 33.5 million in Q1 2020, the research firm said.

You can blame coronavirus for it.

New Delhi ordered a nationwide lockdown in late March to contain the spread of the virus that saw all shops across the country — save for some of those that sell grocery items and pharmacies — temporarily cease operation. Even e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Flipkart were prohibited from selling smartphones and other items classified as “non-essential” by the government. Read More

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Tech Radar

iQoo unveils its cheapest smartphone – iQoo U1


After a promising demonstration of super-fast 120W charging, iQOO is back with yet another launch, this time done subtly. It has quietly launched a mid-range iQOO U1 with Snapdragon 720G SoC at a price tag of CNY1,198.

The iQOO U1 boasts a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. It covers 90.2% of the screen-body ratio. There is a single punch-hole at the top left to house the selfie snapper.

There is a fingerprint sensor etched onto the power button and volume rockers to the right. We have a vertical stack of cameras and an iQOO branding at the bottom of the rear. Read More