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  • Prices likely to rise; Q4 smartphone sales may fall 10-15%.

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    The campaign which will juxtapose various activies on the Internet such as "Pehle Safety phir Banking" or "Pehle Safety phir Shopping" will walk people through specific actions they can take to lock down and protect their online presence.

    A team led by an Indian-origin scientist Saurabh Bagchi, a professor at Purdue University and an IIT, Kharagpur alumni has developed a new 'streaming' software that can reduce the space taken up by apps on a smartphone by at least 85 per cent. The software, Appstreamer seamlessly shuffles data between an app and a cloud server without stalling the game.

    Most Chinese factories had set Monday as their reopening day after an extended Chinese New Year holiday due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak that has so far affected 40,000 people and claimed 900 lives. However, with several cities still under lockdown many of them have extended their holidays till February 17.

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    The Chinese phonemaker topped the overall handset market with 16% share in the quarter, trailed by Samsung and Reliance Retail. Samsung also slips behind Apple in premium segment as smartphone shipments fall 2.8% YoY. Samsung’s smartphone shipments fell 2.8% on year — leaving it with 20.3% market share versus Xiaomi’s 28.6% for 2019 — as other Chinese brands, too, grew share.

    Huawei Technologies Ltd., along with every other smartphone brand except Apple Inc., relies on Google's Android operating system. So it's scouring the world for replacements. At events for developers from New Delhi to Warsaw to Sao Paulo, Huawei is promising cash rewards if they meet a deadline Friday to get apps onto its online store.

    The Galaxy S10 variant, with a new design, is a mighty competitor in the affordable flagship segment.

    The only product the brand has launched so far is Poco F1, a smartphone with high-end specifications launched in 2018 at around Rs 20,000.It will launch its second smartphone, Poco X2, on February 4.

    In 2019, worldwide smartphone sales declined 2%, the first time since 2008, as the global smartphone market experienced a decline. 2019 was a challenging year for smartphone vendors, primarily due to oversupply in the high-end sector in mature markets and longer replacement cycles overall.

    2019 saw some major innovations in the smartphone segment. After a happening year as far as smartphone launches were concerned, 2020 is expected to witness a lot more competition in innovation as well as on the design front. ET Wealth lists 5 such trends.

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