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Kantar Worldpanel: iPhone Sales Grow in Europe

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Kantar Worldpanel: iPhone Sales Grow in Europe

According to Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech Q2 2016 iPhone sales see a return to growth of 0.7% Y-o-Y in the Europe's 5 biggest markets, accounting for 18.2% of smartphone sales for the quarter.

The European big 5 in question are the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

The iPhone SE performed best in the UK, where it was the top selling smartphone at 9.2% sales share. Following is the iPhone 6s at 9.1%, and together the two devices contribute to iOS growth of 37.2% Y-o-Y in the country. iPhones are also still popular in France with 20.2% sales share, while German iPhone sales see growth of for the first time since Q3 2015.

Italy and Spain see "very slight declines" during the quarter, but either way iOS is still seeing the first growth according to the analyst since the 3 months ending November 2015.

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Statista on Smartphone Upgrade Fatigue

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Statista on Smartphone Upgrade Fatigue

A Greenpeace survey uncovers what is probably one of the biggest annoyances of the mobile phone-buying public in the US-- vendors are releasing too many upgrades, leading to the fatigue of potential customers.

As collated by Statista, the data shows 54% of survey respondents are willing to not change mobile phones in 2016, while 58% disagree with the statement "I cannot wait to buy the latest cell phone when it hits the market." Also relevant is 63% of respondents agreeing that vendors release too many new mobile models.

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Galaxy Note Reaches 7

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Galaxy Note Reaches 7

Samsung unveils the latest iteration of the Note phablet-- the Galaxy Note 7, a device feauring enterprise-style additions such as a stylus and an Knox security complete with iris scanner.

The Note 7 has a curved 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution Super AMOLED display similar to the one found in the Galaxy S7 Edge, and carries an identical octa-core Exynos processor paired with an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM. The body is IP68 water resistant, while the display is in Gorilla Glass 5 for extra protection.

Internal storage totals at 64GB, and is expandable to 256GB via microSD. In a Samsung first, the Galaxy Note 7 features a USB-C port for faster battery charging, especially when paired with the Power Management UX.

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LG Claims First Nougat Phone

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LG Claims First Nougat Phone

LG announces the upcoming V20, the flagship successor to 2015's V10, will be the first available running on Android 7.0 (aka Nougat) out of the box once it hits the market sometime on Q3 2016.

Such a revelation is perhaps unusual, since Google usually tends to debut the latest Android iteration with its own Nexus smartphones. Then again, LG is a long-time Google partner, having built the Nexus 4, 5 and 5X, and as such might have traded a few favours for Nougat honours.

That, or Google plans to release the next Nexus generation at around the same time.

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IDC: Smartphone Volumes Remain Flat in Q2

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IDC: Smartphone Volumes Remain Flat in Q2

Smartphones see a second straight quarter of essentially flat volumes on Q2 2016, IDC reports-- global shipments total 343.3 million, an increase of just 0.3% Y-o-Y. However some growth can be seen on a sequential basis, specifically 3.1% Q-o-Q.

"We continue to see a number of changing dynamics in the smartphone market and many vendors are readjusting their business strategy and portfolio to take advantage of these market movements," the analyst remarks. "Mature markets continue the transition away from pure subsidy and over to EIP programs and Apple is beginning to put more emphasis on 'Device as a Service' to try to prevent lengthening replacement cycles. This is a growing theme we have heard more about from PCs to smartphones."

When it comes to vendors, outside the Samsung-Apple duopoly the market appears to be leaning towards the more affordable end of the market. Interestingly, Chinese OEMs are finding success in non-China markets despite local low-end competition, while bigger names are driving shipments with more affordable handsets. However IDC insists vendors need to continue pushing "flagship-type" devices at lower prices in order to encourage more frequent upgardes-- a strategy employed successfully by the likes of Huawei, Oppo, vivo and Xiaomi.

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IHS: iPhone, OLED Game Changer?

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IHS: iPhone, OLED Game Changer?

The mobile phone display industry is set to reach a tipping point if rumours are correct, IHS says-- should Apple use OLED for the next iPhone's display it will bring about a game changer in an industry currently dominated by LCDs.

According to the analyst, if the next iPhone uses OLED then adoption of the technology will reach to nearly 40% of all smartphone displays by 2020, beating current leader LCD. Or, as the analyst puts it, “Apple’s upcoming adoption of OLED displays will be a milestone for OLED in the display industry.”

Currently OLED panels make less than 20% of the overall market, despite offering superior display capabilities through self-lit individual pixels. However it is ultimately more difficult to manufacture, and needs more complicated materials and chemical processes. Apple actually already uses OLED, but in the relatively limited capacities required for the Watch.

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ZTE Intros ZMax Pro Phablet

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ZTE Intros ZMax Pro Phablet

ZTE announces the ZMax Pro-- a 6-inch phablet featuring a fingerprint sensor, something the company says is unique for a device with a more affordable price tag.

The ZMax Pro carries a 1920x1080 resolution display together with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2GB RAM and 3GB storage inside a plastic body. The large size allows for a hefty 3400mAh battery, and dual-SIM slots are included.

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Japan's SoftBank Buys ARM

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Japan's SoftBank Buys ARM

SoftBank buys British chip designer ARM for £24.3 billion in cash-- an acquisition the Japanese telecommunications group hopes will turn it into a mobile industry leader.

The acquisition of the Cambridge-based ARM is the largest of a European technology business so far, and comes just a week after the UK voted to leave the EU. ARM is actually fairly well insulated against Brexit, being a global smartphone chip leader with earnings made in US dollar.

"This is one of the most important acquisitions we have ever made, and I expect ARM to be a key pillar of SoftBank's growth strategy going forward," SoftBank founder Masayashi Son says. The deal is the first since Son rescinded his retirement plans, pushing out heir apparent Nikesh Arora, a former Google exec.

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Qualcomm Presents Snapdragon 821

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Qualcomm Presents Snapdragon 821

Qualcomm announces an update on the flagship Snapdragon 820 mobile processor-- the cleverly named Snapdragon 821, a chip around 10% faster than its predecessor.

Described as "designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths" of current Qualcomm technology, the quad-core 821 is, essentially, an in-between option for high-end devices launched the company presents an actual next-gen processor. As such, it offers clock speeds of 2.4GHz (up from the 2.1GHz of the 820) while promising battery life and app performance.

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Win 10-Powered NuAns Neo Makes it Westward

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Win 10-Powered NuAns Neo Makes it Westward

Japanese smartphone maker NuAns announces the Neo, a unique-looking Windows 10 smartphone, will be available in European markets following a Kickstarter campaign.

Already available in its home Japan, Neo features a somewhat unusual chunky design, with an 11.3mm-thick frame users can customise with up to 64 different snap-on covers in materials such as wood, suede and even ostrich leather. Covers are split in half, meaning users can also mix-and-match colours and materials for an even more custom look.

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Google Working on Google-Branded Phone?

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Google Working on Google-Branded Phone?

Google plans to step directly into the smartphone wars, The Telegraph reports-- with a device possibly replacing the familiar Nexus branding with, well, the Google name.

According to unnamed sources the Google-banded phone will "extend the company's move into hardware," with the company controlling "design, manufacturing and software." As such one can expect the Nexus branding to go, since such devices are shaped in good part shaped by 3rd party manufacturing partners.

But why would Google want to make an own smartphone? Reason include tighter control on software, ensuring a future for services such as Google Search and the Play app store, and increased consistency on OS updates. And while the company refuses to comment on the story, it does have a hardware division lead by former Motorola president Rick Osterlogh.

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