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Smartphone sales: Big drop for Apple and Samsung in Europe and Huawei at the top

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Huawei is poised to become #1 in the smartphone market in Europe if the current trend continues.

IDC has unveiled its latest smartphone sales numbers in Europe, giving insights into market developments. 53.5 million smartphones were sold in the first quarter of 2019, down from last year. The other interesting point is the trend is to Chinese brands.

European smartphone market leaves more and more room for Chinese brands

Every quarter, the research firm IDC unveils its latest figures on sales of smartphones, especially in Europe. In Europe, 53.5 million smartphones were sold for the first quarter of 2019. This is not as good as last year, which is not a surprise because the market appears more and more saturated.

The decline is 2.74% compared to 2018. But while some manufacturers suffered from this decline, this is not the case for Chinese manufacturers, which seem to be growing in Europe. The Chinese firm Huawei climbed 66% with 13.5 million smartphones sold, not far from the 15.7 million Samsung phones (-6.82%), which still remains the leader in the mobile phone segment. Apple has gone to third place.

Apple and Samsung lose momentum

Apple only sold 7.8 million iPhones, a decrease of 22.73% over last year. Xiaomi overtakes Nokia and is in fourth place with 2.9 million smartphones sold, a significant increase of 33.26%.

As for other manufacturers, sales fell overall by 21.86%. They did not sell more than 11 million smartphones altogether, less than Samsung or Huawei alone. These results are not too surprising.

Note that according to the forecasts of the institute IDC, it may well have a renewed growth in the smartphone market with the arrival of 5G. It remains to be seen how Huawei will face the commercial sling that the United States delivers.

Colin Moore

Colin worked as an Apple Genius for over a year before focusing his career efforts on web development. In addition, he is a keen machine learning enthusiast and has read many books on the subject. When it comes to tech, he was a regular reader of all the major tech news websites and blogs for years, and is now a valued contributor to Share Blog News.

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Purism launches Librem 5, a smartphone to protect privacy

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After years of developing a 100% free mobile OS, Purism is now shipping its new smartphones.

As scandals explode on the questionable practices of GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) that often flirt with the limits of legality, and as users desire devices that are fully transparent and easy to understand, solutions are emerging. Purism is known for its computers with the OS of the same name that share two sizes (13 and 15 inches) and more recently for its Librem Key, a security token and tamper detection tool. The company launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2017 to help build a smartphone for the protection of privacy and the public.

The answer to a public need

Mobile security solutions are geared towards professionals and governments, from Bull’s Hoox m2 to Sectera Edge from American General Dynamics, and Teorem from French Thales. By tackling the creation of a smartphone for the general public, Purism responds to a growing desire to regain control over data pulled, shared and monetized by the giants of the web. In just two weeks, the crowdfunding campaign had reached $1.5 million in donations and ended after two months with a total of $2.1 million. Just under two years later, the company has began shipping its product.

Neither Android nor iOS

Launched at $699, the mobile does not offer a high-end technical sheet, focusing instead on the protection of privacy. To do this, Purism has developed a free mobile OS and open source based on Gnome. Its call and messaging application is the first to rely on Matrix, an end-to-end and decentralized encrypted network. Everyday applications will all be launched and isolated through a “sandbox” browser to prevent them from communicating with each other. The mobile has a removable battery, a 3.5 mm audio jack and hardware kill switches that really cut off access to the camera, microphone, Wifi / Bluetooth and network. Plus, a lockdown mode will disable sensors (lights, accelerometer, gyrometer, magnetometer). Applications can be created by developers before appearing on the PureOS Store.

A light configuration

On the technical sheet side, the mobile sports a 5.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. Under the hood is an i.MX8M processor (Quad Core, max 1.5GHz), 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC memory. We can expand the storage space via a microSD card. For connectivity, it is based on a GPS chip Teseo LIV3F GNSS, a modem Gemalto PLS8 3G / 4G, has WiFi 802.11abgn 2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz and Bluetooth 4. The front photo sensor offers up to 8MP resolution; at the rear, there is a 13 MP main sensor with LED flash. The mobile has a 3500mA • h battery that charges via a Type C (3.0) USB port.

Colin Moore

Colin worked as an Apple Genius for over a year before focusing his career efforts on web development. In addition, he is a keen machine learning enthusiast and has read many books on the subject. When it comes to tech, he was a regular reader of all the major tech news websites and blogs for years, and is now a valued contributor to Share Blog News.

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Apple and Foxconn have broken labor laws in China for the latest iPhone

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The NGO Chinese Labor Watch reports that the two giants have exceeded Chinese labor legislation to be able to produce the latest range of iPhones.

Apple and Foxconn have been pinned for working conditions and the ratio of temporary employees in Zhengzhou factories in China, the day before an event to introduce the new iPhone. Chinese Labor Watch, an NGO, presented the findings of its investigation in the field and has now significantly undermined the reputation of both manufacturers. The organization particularly emphasizes the presence of 50% of a temporary workforce, when Chinese law allows only 10%. Other violations of the law were also noted, including the refusal of resignations during production peaks, overtime for trainees (though prohibited), and up to 100 overtime hours for employees when the limit is set at 36 hours per month.

Apple responds promptly

In order not to be tainted the day before a major event, Apple has launched an internal investigation and confirmed that “the percentage of temporary employees exceed our standards,” while being reassuring by saying that the company works hand in hand with Foxconn to “fix this problem.” Foxconn also confirmed the quota violations. Apple is known for pushing its manufacturing partners to improve the working conditions of employees. For its latest annual supply chain report, Apple says it has conducted 44,000 interviews with its partners’ employees to make sure they are able to express their concerns and be fully trained.

Colin Moore

Colin worked as an Apple Genius for over a year before focusing his career efforts on web development. In addition, he is a keen machine learning enthusiast and has read many books on the subject. When it comes to tech, he was a regular reader of all the major tech news websites and blogs for years, and is now a valued contributor to Share Blog News.

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Galaxy Fold: how Samsung solved its worries

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Samsung has presented the final version of its Galaxy Fold at IFA Berlin.

Last April, Samsung sent its testers a very advanced prototype of its foldable dual-screen phone, the Galaxy Fold. There were a number of issues. The concerned American journalists had various concerns with the material of the phone, and the software part was not even addressed. CNBC’s Steve Kovach and Brands “MKBHD” Brownlee had expressed concerns over the supposed protective film of AMOLED screens, which made the phone dysfunctional if removed. Samsung had quickly explained that the testers had attacked one of the 7 layers of protection of the dual-screen. As the testers were in possession of a non-commercial version, the box provided did not present the same instructions as that which will be presented to the public during the marketing of the smartphone.

Announced revision

The IFA 2019 in Berlin is an opportunity for Samsung to present the final model of the Galaxy Fold, reviewed and corrected for further testing. We were able to look into it and saw noticeable improvements. Recall that Samsung in July announced the following revisions: extending the protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display beyond the bevels, better protection of the device against external particles, reinforced protection hinges at both ends of the phone through new protective covers, additions of additional metal layers under the Infinity Flex Display and reduced space between the hinges and the chassis.

Tom Warren for The Verge finds that it is no longer possible to remove the screen protection. Even with nails, the journalist could not reach the film and is confident about the resolution of this problem by the Korean firm. Similarly, the hinges seem “more robust” according to Warren and the spacing between the two screens has been reduced when the phone is folded, thus blocking more debris. He regrets, however, with humor that he has not had time to “throw dust” on the mobile to ensure the effectiveness of these revisions.

Colin Moore

Colin worked as an Apple Genius for over a year before focusing his career efforts on web development. In addition, he is a keen machine learning enthusiast and has read many books on the subject. When it comes to tech, he was a regular reader of all the major tech news websites and blogs for years, and is now a valued contributor to Share Blog News.

3436 Counts Lane, West Hartford Connecticut, 06105
860-231-3230
[email protected]
Colin Moore
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