Smartphone shipments in Malaysia had dropped by 5.9% in 2016 versus the previous year according to IDC Malaysia’s latest report. They reckon this was likely caused by negative economic factors which include our depreciating ringgit against the US dollar.
Despite the annual decline, smartphone shipments had picked up in the last quarter and the top 3 brands were still able to increase their respective market share.
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The Xiaomi Redmi 3 isn’t officially available in Malaysia yet but they have announced even more variants of the Redmi 3 series in China. Following the announcement of its higher-end Redmi 3 Pro, the Chinese company now has the Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3X. The Redmi 3S looks like an updated version of the Redmi 3 but it still maintains the same starting price of 699 CNY which is below RM500.
In a recent report by the IDC, it showed that in the recent quarter, about 400 million smartphones were sold and if you compare that to Microsoft’s earnings report, only 4.5 million of them were Lumia devices. That’s 1.1% of the market share. To contrast, Samsung moved around 85 million devices in that same quarter.
OPPO has taken the covers off its first smartphone of the year with Vietnam as their debut market. As teased previously, the OPPO F series is their new mid-range smartphone lineup that promises premium photography at a reasonable price.
In terms of appearance, it looks like an improved version of its OPPO R7 series with some minor tweaks on the unibody metal design. It resembles closely with the R7 Lite and it gets a couple of upgrades in the hardware department.
Not too long after its teaser went public, the OPPO F1 has finally appeared ahead of its launch. According to OPPO, this is their new mid-range device that focuses on producing premium-quality images.
As mentioned earlier, it looks like another OPPO R series that’s touched up with rounded edges along the sides. Now we finally have a clearer look thanks to a Vietnamese tech site that managed to get a proper hands-on.
OPPO is kickstarting 2016 with a brand new phone that’s going to be revealed in January. Having seen a barrage of R series smartphones (R7, R7 Plus, R7s), the Chinese smartphone maker will be introducing an all new F series that’s focused on “premium-quality mobile photography”.
With the Mobile World Congress and Samsung’s Unpacked just around the corner, rumours are beginning to stack up, especially regarding what is likely going to be their flagship device, the Galaxy S7.
Earlier, we reported that we could potentially see a bigger Samsung Galaxy S7 edge to better differentiate it from the regular S7, but now, it seems that the device could be even bigger than we initially thought.
Last week we announced that Snake Rewind, the game of classic Snake reborn for touchscreen devices, was on the way and now it’s finally available for download.
From the creators of the original Snake, Rumilus has made the game available as a freemium title with the game free to download and you can either collect or purchase Fruits to spend in the in game “Fruit Store” for power ups. The best part is, if you happen to crash you can just rewind and get back on the ball. Graphics are quite minimalist but up to date with a snazzy soundtrack to boot.
It also looks like there will be a healthy mix of old and new features, with missions you can complete in the game as well as visual modes that imitate Snake from past and present, so if you fancy playing Snake on a Cathode Tube screen or exactly the way it was on the Nokia 6110 you can do just that.
We’re sure most people still remember the old glory days of playing Snake on their Nokia phones, in all it’s monochrome glory. Those days are long behind us, the times when you were stuck with whatever software was on your feature phone, and almost always there would be Snake.
Now the game is making a comeback for touchscreen phones thanks to Nokia engineer Taneli Armanto who was originally responsible for putting the game on the Nokia 6110 and developer Rumilus Design for a fresh take on good ol’ Snake.
Nokia is actively denying rumours that it wants to return to the mobile phone arena, as the Finnish company has no plans to make or sell any new smartphones. They have essentially stated that they are ditching the market completely in favour of working on it’s networking assets on top of an agreement with Microsoft that it won’t produce any new phones till 2016.
It’s a little sad but it looks like Nokia neither has the resources nor permissions necessary to develop any new phones, but there are talks of Nokia licensing their brand to a third party smartphone maker so if that works out, you might be getting Nokia phones of a totally different flavour altogether.