According to market researcher Strategy Analytics, Apple‘s iOS lost ground last quarter as their market share for smartphones shipped in Q3 2016 dipped 1.5% to 12.1% compared to the year before. That means only a little more than 1 in every 10 smartphones shipped were iPhones.
More and more people are getting connected these days. The amount of time people spend on social media is also increasing exponentially. Social sites like Facebook and Twitter used to be for people, but now we’re finding pages for pets, cartoon characters and video game icons.
Social media is taking over human lives and Malaysians are at the forefront of this revolution.
In the wake of WhatsApp‘s announcement to cut all support for older mobile platforms, the Facebook-owned messenger has rolled out a feature that many have undoubtedly been wanting — the ability to send docs.
If it wasn’t clear before it will be now as popular messaging application WhatsApp is stopping support for several older operating systems, including one that had its latest phone launch in Malaysia less than a year ago.
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It seems to be a trend that ride-sharing applications come with single-word names. Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Via, and now the latest one to join their ranks: Grab. Yup, our very own MyTeksi has now rebranded to Grab.
WhatsApp has finally announced that their app is going to be completely free for everyone. This is because WhatsApp realises that many of their customers did not possess credit or debit cards and were afraid of losing their access to this service.
Pick up your phone, yes that one. The one that’s never more than an arm’s reach from you at all times. The one that has probably been in the bathroom with you more times than the toilet roll has. Yes, that one.
Of course, if you’re already reading this on your smartphone then I do apologise for being an idiot by choosing this intro, but I digress.
How does your smartphone feel? And no, I don’t mean this in a metaphorical out-of-body-experience sense, I mean this in a literal sense. We spend every waking moment (some sleeping) of our lives holding onto a little brick that probably weighs no more than a really heavy spoon at a posh restaurant, but most of us put little to no thought into how a device feels in the hand when deciding on a purchase. It’s all about specs and that’s rather unfortunate.
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It seems BlackBerry have gone back to its roots, design wise, with their upcoming device, the BlackBerry Vienna. Renders of what looks to be BlackBerry’s second Android device have found their way on the Internet and they are interesting, to say the least.
BlackBerry is struggling no doubt, but to be overtaken by an underdog platform is definitely surprising. Tizen, a Linux based mobile OS that supersedes Samsung’s Bada OS has finally overtaken BlackBerry as the 4th biggest smart phone platform. While we hardly see any Tizen smart phones in our market, Samsung has found significant success in the Indian market.
Touting privacy as a selling point for years, BlackBerry’s brand might be dangerously hanging off a very small edge with their revenues continually sliding. When asked about the company’s prospects by the Verge during the recent Code Mobile conference, their CEO said that failing to reach 5 million units sold, the company might abandon the mobile business.