Apple sold more smartphones than Samsung in the last quarter of 2014 and no wonder the Korean brand is worried, because the Korean brand has been selling more phones than Apple since 2011. But the blue oval of tech still commands a large chunk of the smartphone market share (24.7% in 2014 over Apple’s 15.4%), according to Gartner.
However, Apple is not the only problem Samsung has in his hands. On the other end of the spectrum, you have Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo and Oppo, these Chinese brands are quickly winning customers over in the middle and lower end of the market segment — a segment that used to be a Samsung stronghold. If the trend continues, Samsung will have a major problem in its hands.
“Samsung’s performance in the smartphone market deteriorated further in the fourth quarter of 2014, when it lost nearly 10 percentage points in market share,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Samsung continues to struggle to control its falling smartphone share, which was at its highest in the third quarter of 2013. This downward trend shows that Samsung’s share of profitable premium smartphone users has come under significant pressure.”
This makes the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge the most important devices Samsung has ever produced. Announced at Mobile World Congress 2015, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will have to turn Samsung’s fortunes around and putting the brand back on top over arch rivals, Apple.
“iPhone 6 copy”, that’s a fairly popular way many will describe the Galaxy S6 but is it really an iPhone copy?
Samsung has a come a long way from its “challenger brand” position to become one of the biggest brands in mobile in the world. While the design similarities of earlier Galaxy S models with Apple’s iPhones are clearly evident, the Galaxy S6 can never be confused for an iPhone 6 — at least I don’t think so.
Samsung is working very hard to break the stigma of being a copycat brand, a brand that lacks ideas, one that is void of any creativity or purpose other than to blatantly copy its competitors and make tons of money from copycat products but can you really say that the Galaxy S6 is an iPhone 6 copy?.
To be honest, I fail to see where the similarities are. Some say that the Galaxy S6’s metal frame is similar to the iPhone 6 but that’s like saying, any car with four wheels is a blatant copy of the Model T Ford. The point I’m trying to make here is that, when you have such a short time to develop products, paths are going to cross and you will have elements that look similar or seem to look similar. I’m not trying to make a case for Samsung, but I fail to see where they copy is happening or am I not perceptive enough?
Let me know what you think. Is the Galaxy S6 an iPhone 6 copy or not?
Apple wants you to see the Apple Watch not as a smartwatch. Instead Apple wants you to see the Apple Watch as a fine piece of jewelry, a high fashion item. Just take a look at these pages taken from the the March issue of Vogue and you will know what we mean.
The 12-page spread is said to cost Apple “north of US$2.2 million” and it features all three versions of the soon to be released Apple Watch. This includes the ultra-chic 18-karat gold luxe edition, a rubber-strapped and brightly coloured sports edition and the leather-bound standard edition.
True to Apple style, the ad pages look appropriately stylish that resemble jewelry advertising more that an ad for a smartwatch, and perhaps it needs to be for Apple to really differentiate its wearable over the many others that are available in the market right now.
But is the Apple Watch a wearable the focuses too much on form that it sacrifices function? Or can it offer much more than just a stylish design?
This image is currently making the rounds from China shows how App Store manipulation farms could influence App Store ratings; with a giant rack of phones.
While there aren’t that many details about the lady and the photo itself, speculation has it that she does indeed work at one such farms and she is tasked to download, install and uninstall certain apps over and over again to boost their ratings. Like a human machine. This is probably due to Apple preventing bots from artificially boosting App Store ratings and this looks like the most ‘legit’ way to simulate actual users.
The original photo appeared on Weibo captioned “Hard-working App Store ranking manipulation employee.”
The table sports what looks like rows upon rows of iPhone 5Cs and even looks like it’s purpose built for the task. Apparently you can pay to get to the top 10 free apps by paying RMB 70,000 (about RM39,822) and keeping it in that spot will cost you another RMB 405,000 (about RM230,400) a week which is a pretty ungodly sum. You can find the service on Taobao, a popular China based C2C e-commerce site with dozens of vendors offering the service.
Just bear in mind that this is a viral image and until there is official confirmation that it is what it is, we can only speculate.
If there is one reason for us to get the iPhone 6, this is it.
This ultra-cool iPhone 6 cover is epic because it almost perfectly replicates, arguably, the best looking Batmobile created — the one that first appeared in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. If that’s not cool enough for you, the case features extendable wheels to reveal the iPhone 6 camera. There are four LEDs that light up when a call comes in. And in case your friends are not super impressed already, you can project the bat signal onto a nearby mamak table with the built in projector light.
This case is so awesome, it almost justifies getting the overpriced iPhone 6. And if you want one, the Crazy Case Batmobile is cost 5,940 Japanese Yen (about RM180) minus shipping, and should be available in May. Pre-orders start, end March.
Apple has pushed yet another new iOS software update bringing it to version 8.1.3. Available for both iPhone and iPads, the latest version reduces the amount of free space required during an update and it comes with the usual security and bug fixes as well. Some of the notable bugs include problems entering Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime, displaying Spotlight search results and multitasking gestures on the iPad.
The update is about 240MB depending on device and you can check for it under Settings > General > Software Updates.
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The Mi Note marks Xiaomi’s entry in the flagship phablet category and it is obvious that the iPhone 6 Plus is their primary target. With its thinner and more compact dimensions than the iPhone 6 Plus, they also pride themselves of having a flush camera design that doesn’t stick out like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Because of this, they had released a video starring its President and Co-Founder Bin Lin with a frying pan and an iPhone 6 Plus. This was showed during the Mi Note launch at Beijing last week. Watch the video after the break.
If you’re looking for a brand new iPhone on a budget, DiGi has an interesting offer that you might want to check out. The cheapest brand new iPhone available is the iPhone 5C which comes with just 8GB of storage at RM1,499. Instead of getting that, DiGi is now offering the iPhone 5C 32GB version at the same price with DiGi Easy Prepaid bundle. During its launch, the iPhone 5C 32GB was priced at RM2,399, which is the same price as the iPhone 5S 16GB (now at RM1,999) at that time.
Furthermore, there’s no contract and they are giving free 12 months 250MB/month internet with the SIM. The only limitation is that it is only available in white and you might want to hurry as this is quite a deal for its 32GB storage.
To recap on the specs, the iPhone 5C is pretty much an iPhone 5 underneath its plastic shell. It gets a 4″ IPS Retina display (1136×640) and it is powered by its dual-core A6 Chip with 1GB of RAM. It gets a 8MP f/2.4 iSight camera and a front facing 1.2MP HD shooter. Like the newer iPhones, it uses nano-SIM and lightning connector for chaging and data transfer.
For more information, head over to the iPhone 5C page on DiGi’s Online store.
The Xiaomi Mi Note is probably the best spec’ed device right now with its Pro version having a Quad HD 5.7″ display and it runs on the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core processor with 4GB of RAM. To find out how does it stand against today’s current flagship offering, we’ve compared it with 15 other devices that carries at least a 5.5″ screen.
This includes its direct rivals such as the iPhone 6 Plus, Nexus 6, Meizu MX4 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. At the moment, the Mi Note Pro is currently the 2nd smart phone to be announced with the latest Snapdragon 810 processor after the LG G Flex 2. It is also the 2nd device to offer 4GB of RAM, following the announcement of ASUS ZenFone 2.
In the dimensions department, the Mi Note aims directly at the iPhone 6 Plus where it is thinner, narrower and lighter despite having a bigger 5.7″ display than the iPhone 6 Plus’s 5.5″ screen. However the LG G3 is still the lightest in this comparison at just 149 grams.
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If your 64GB gold iPhone 6 Plus is not attention grabbing enough then you will need one of these — a protective case that turns your iPhone into a nunchaku! Now you can whip out your pride and joy and flap it about to your heart’s content.
From what we can decipher on the source website, the iPhone Trick Cover is made out of aluminium and there are versions for the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Trick Cover’s trick hinge and sliding mechanism allows the case to double up as a stand with adjustable angle and height. And naturally, things this crazy can only come from Japan, so the iPhone Trick Cover is made in Japan.
There’s a built in card slot as well, and the makers suggests you use the slot for an NFC-enabled like a TouchnGo card for fast and super-stylo access to the LRT and other places where you need TouchnGo.
If you’re keen, the people who are selling the Trick Cover can ship it worldwide, so might be able to get it delivered here as well. The case itself costs a reasonable 3,400 Yen or about RM100 excluding shipping. Not bad considering the many shenanigans you can pull with this wacky accessory.
Know more about the iPhone Trick Cover here.