Google Pixel and Pixel XL: Just 1 Million Units Sold in 8 Months?

 

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Google’s flagship Pixel smartphones have sold 1 million units
Its rivals Apple & Samsung have good sales number for their flagships
The Pixel and Pixel XL were launched last year
Google’s flagship Android device has now sold over 1 million units, media reported, saying the figure was reached based on downloads of an application exclusive to the device.

While this is a milestone in the eight-month history of Pixel seen as Google’s answer to the Apple iPhone, the number is overshadowed by its competition.

In comparison, Apple sold over 70 million iPhones (which included iPhone 7) in the last quarter of 2016 while Samsung is estimated to have sold 5 million units of Galaxy S8 in the first month of its release.
According to Arstechnica, Google doesn’t release sales data but the installs of the device-exclusive “Pixel Launcher” app has just passed the 1 million mark. The data includes pre-installed apps on new Pixel phones and doesn’t count installs on third-party devices and so can accurately estimate the number of Pixel phones sold, the report said.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL: Just 1 Million Units Sold in 8 Months?Launched last year, Pixel is the first smartphone that works as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. The 5-inch smartphone is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB of RAM and runs on Android Nougat 7.0 operating system. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, with two cores clocked at 1.6GHz, and two cores clocked at 2.15GHz, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The smartphone sports 12.3-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor, PDAF, a large f/2.0 aperture and 1.55-micron pixels. On the front, it sports an 8-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX179 sensor, an f/2.4 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels.

The device also has Pixel Imprint – a fingerprint scanner on the back of the smartphone for quick access to all apps, texts and e-mails.

 

Mobile devices help clinicians spend more time with patients in Auckland’s Waitemata

Waitemata DHB speech and language therapist Bridget Oliver says her job on the road is now much easier thanks to a new iPad.

Speech and language therapist Bridget Oliver used to lug around books, flash cards, forms and photocopied bits of paper as she visited patients in west and north Auckland.

But all that has changed, thanks to generous donations from the community, which funded iPads for Oliver and 121 of her colleagues.

A total of $122,000 was raised for the mobile devices last year by the Well Foundation, Waitemata District Health Board’s fundraising arm.

Bridget Oliver says the iPad enables her to spend more time with patients as a speech and language therapist, and less ...

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Bridget Oliver says the iPad enables her to spend more time with patients as a speech and language therapist, and less time doing administration.

Project manager Kelly Bohot said the iPads were rolled out to clinicians visiting patients in their homes, including dieticians, physiotherapists and social workers.

READ MORE: Well Foundation fundraising to benefit children with disabilities

The iPads were an important tool, giving clinicians remote access to DHB records, their emails, and pre-approved apps for therapy and education, Bohot said.

The main benefit was allowing clinicians to spend less time on administration and more time with patients.

Clinicians added three extra patient visits a fortnight, on average, after six months of mobile device use, Bohot said.

For Bridget Oliver, the iPad was “fantastic” for day-to-day use.

Oliver helped patients over 65 who had difficulty talking or swallowing, usually as the result of a stroke or a neurological condition like Parkinson’s disease.

The iPad was used to show patients things like 3D models of the swallowing mechanisms to help explain the process. Pictures found through Google also made good prompts, she said.

“For a patient from Fiji, I needed to start a conversation so we Google Mapped the island where he was from and he could see his church; it made it really relevant for him,” she said.

“Traditionally, we would use flash cards and have to print them off and laminate them.”Waitemata DHB speech and language therapist Bridget Oliver says her job on the road is now much easier thanks to a new iPad.

The iPad also meant Oliver didn’t have to go back to North Shore Hospital for administration tasks, meaning more time with patients doing the job she loved.

“For me, I just love working with patients and making a difference.”

Meanwhile, staff at North Shore and Waitakere hospitals are also taking to technology, with old paper charts being replaced with an electronic eVitals.

Waitemata was the first DHB in the country to fully roll-out electronic, real-time monitoring of hospital patients’ vitals, leading the way in Australasia.

Clinical lead Peter Groom said the electronic charts were easier to read and understand, and also easier to find, than the old paper charts.

 

BlackBerry taking action to fix ‘pop-out’ screen – namely more glue

 

BlackBerry Mobile reps have confirmed the manufacturing process for its KEYone flagship will be tweaked so the display doesn’t pop out so easily.

In June, the torture-testing YouTube channel JerryRigEverything found that the display popped out when the phone was being bent, with relatively little pressure.

“Most other screens, like Samsung’s, have so much adhesive behind them it takes a high-powered heat gun or an industrial hot plate to remove them,” noted YouTuber Zack Nelson. It was Nelson who found that the iPhone 7 display scratched more easily than it should, and that the “liquid cooling” boasted by Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL didn’t actually use any liquid (it used a conventional copper heat sink instead).

 BlackBerry KeyONE Android smartphone

BlackBerry Mobile – a new venture housed within TCL – responded that only a small handful of customers had been affected. The device had been widely praised for the robustness of its all-metal design, something your reporter can confirm, until the display separation issue arose.

However, TCL’s best brains have now stumped up for some glue.

“In a further effort to ensure all our BlackBerry Mobile customers and fans have an outstanding experience, we’re implementing additional measures that add even greater strength and adhesive to the BlackBerry KEYone display,” writes a rep at CrackBerry, which hosts the official user forums.

“These new measures are already being implemented on new KEYones and are beginning to hit our retailer and carrier inventories – and will continue to come in stock throughout the summer.”

Owners with problems will get a replacement while the unit is under warranty.

Read our 24-hour test here. We’ll post a long-term review in, um, the long term.

 

BlackBerry launches new Aurora smartphone – but here’s why you can’t get it

 

This is BlackBerry’s next phone – but you might not be able to get your hands on it
BlackBerry is back with its next smartphone release.Following the hype that surrounded the launch of the BlackBerry KEYOne at Mobile World Congress last month, the company has now revealed another new device.

The BlackBerry Aurora is the company’s first release in partnership with Indonesian firm BB Merah Putih, and looks to offer another affordable Android smartphone.

However for anyone based in the UK, getting the BlackBerry Aurora might not be as easy as expected.

At first glance, the BlackBerry Aurora looks like a fairly decent mid-range Android device.The device comes with a 5.5-inch 720p display, and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box alongside BlackBerry’s own software offerings, including the DTEK security suite and BlackBerry Hub.

Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 425, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot up to 2TB, and a 3,000 mAh battery that the company says will provide over 20 hours of battery life.

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The BlackBerry Aurora combines Android 7.0 Nougat with some interesting hardware

The phone is also available in black, silver, and gold, and will go on sale for around $260 – or Indonesian RP 3,499,000.That’s because the BlackBerry Aurora will initially only go on sale in Indonesia.

The move is due to Indonesia actually boasting the world’s largest population of BlackBerry users.

There’s no news on a wider launch for the device just yet, but if the device proves a success we may yet see the BlackBerry Aurora in other markets at some point.BlackBerry is gearing up to launch its latest smartphone - here's everything we know so far about the new BlackBerry Mercury

If you’re still keen to get a new BlackBerry handset, the company is still gearing up to launch its KEYOne device soon.Blending classic BlackBerry design with new influences, the KEYOne retains BlackBerry’s iconic physical QWERTY keyboard, which has been given a major intelligence upgrade, with a stunning touchscreen display and metal body.

Inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, with the device powered by a huge 3505mAh battery enhanced by Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 abilities that will allow the phone to go from flat to 50 per cent charge in just 36 minutes.

The BlackBerry KEYOne will cost £499 SIM-free. In the US, it’ll set you back $549, and in Europe, it’ll cost €599.

BlackBerry hasn’t confirmed an exact date in April for the launch just yet, so you’ve still got a few weeks to save up your pennies for the new device.

 

Nokia 6 Reportedly Receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update

 

As promised by HMD Global previously at MWC, the company’s first Nokia-branded smartphone, Nokia 6 is reportedly getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat via an over-the-air (OTA) update. In addition, it also brings a bunch of new features to Nokia 6, along with latest April 2017 Android security patch.

According to The Android Soul, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update has begun rolling out to Nokia 6, which is currently available only in China. The update is 369MB in size and bears a build name ’00CN_3_170′. With the arrival of latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat version, features like shortcut support on home screen, new and updated emojis will be supported on Nokia 6.Nokia 6 Reportedly Receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update

Additionally, Nokia has made some specific changes to the UI while retaining the stock Android experience. The Nokia-6 specific features include a power saving mode, background management, along with dual SIM-dual standby support on 4G and 3G networks. Also, the update adds new Nokia USB drivers and other preloaded apps have also been updated. As we mentioned, Google’s Android Security patch for April 2017 is also included in the update that will bring many bug fixes and system enhancements.

To recall, HMD Global, the Finland-based company that is now making smartphones under Nokia branding, revealed that it will launch Nokia 6 globally while announcing its other devices – Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3310 (2017). The company also made it clear that there will be fast and regular updates reaching all its smartphones. All of the devices are also reportedly claimed to reach Indian market with ‘Made in India’ markings.

New Blackberry Smartphone with 4GB RAM Spotted on GeekBench

 

Blackberry as a company is now more focused on its security services, and its hardware products are now manufactured by OEM partners like TCL and BB Merah Putih. While BB Merah Putih manufacturers and sells the Blackberry branded devices only in Indonesia, whereas TCL will selling the BB devices in most parts of the world expect India, Sri Lanka, and few others. Today, a new Blackberry device with the model number BBC100-1 was listed on the benchmarking website, GeekBench. This is the same device that was earlier spotted on the Indonesian regulator’s website in December.

Since BB Merah Putih will manufacture the BBC100-1, it will be exclusively sold in Indonesia. The device will be running on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with the stock UI on top and Blackberry customization including the Blackberry Hub. It runs on a Qualcomm quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, and we expect it to be the Snapdragon 425 SoC. The device also packs 4GB of RAM. Talking about the other specifications, it sports a 5.5-inch display with the HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. Based on the earlier leaks, the BBC100-1 includes 32GB of internal storage along with a MicroSD card slot.Image result for New Blackberry Smartphone with 4GB RAM Spotted on GeekBench

In the camera department, there is a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP selfie shooter on the front. It comes backed by a 3,000mAh battery that can give at least a day long battery life. Though there is no official confirmation, the BBC100-1 will be the same Blackberry Aurora that was earlier leaked in all glory. It will also be the first Blackberry smartphone to come with dual SIM dual standby support. The connectivity options on this device include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. It comes with a polycarbonate shell and lacks the fingerprint sensor.

We also have a newly launched Blackberry KEYone made by TCL that is yet to be made available in the Indian market. It comes with a touchscreen along with capacitive QWERTY keyboard. It comes with a 4.5-inch with Full HD (1620 x 1080 pixels) resolution offering 3:2 aspect ratio. It includes the best in class Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. There is 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The Spacebar on the fourth row of the QWERTY keyboard comes integrated with a fingerprint sensor.

The 3505mAh non-removable battery on this device might be good enough to give a day long battery life considering the smaller screen size. There is a 12MP Sony IMX378 sensor with auto-focus, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. It also includes an 8 MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens and a single LED flash. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details about the upcoming Blackberry smartphones.

 

Nokia’s Margins Rise as Revenue Slump Slows

 

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) reported its first-quarter results before the market opened on April 27. Total revenue declined, but at a slower pace compared to the fourth quarter. Non-international financial reporting standards (non-IFRS) profit soared, driven by cost-cutting and increased margins for the networks business. The networks business will continue to decline during the rest of the year, but Nokia expects margins to keep moving higher. Here’s what investors need to know about Nokia’s first-quarter results.

Nokia results: The raw numbers

Metric

Q1 2017

Q1 2016

Year-Over-Year Growth

Sales

5.34 billion euros

5.62 billion euros

(4%)

Profit

203 million euros

139 million euros

46%

Earnings per share

0.03 euros

0.03 euros

0%

Data source: Nokia. All figures non-IFRS.

Image source: Nokia.

What happened with Nokia this quarter?

  • Nokia’s networks revenue slumped 6% year over year to 4.9 billion euros; it was down 7% adjusted for currency. Ultra broadband networks revenue fell 4%, while IP networks and applications revenue dropped 10%.
  • Within ultra broadband networks, mobile networks revenue declined by 1% to 3.1 billion euros, while fixed networks revenue plunged 19% to 501 million euros.
  • Networks gross margin rose 90 basis points year over year to 39.5%, while operating margin rose 10 basis points to 6.6%.
  • Nokia technologies revenue grew by 25% year over year to 247 million euros. Gross margin fell 430 basis points to 94.7%, while operating margin fell 650 basis points to 47%.
  • HMD Global, Nokia’s exclusive brand licensee for mobile phones and tablets, will begin shipping three Nokia-branded smartphones during the second quarter. Nokia will receive a royalty on each unit sold.
  • On Feb. 9, Nokia announced that it was acquiring Comptel Corp. as part of its plan to build a stand-alone software business.

Nokia provided the following pieces of guidance for investors:

  • Annual cost savings of 1.2 billion euros from Nokia’s merger with Alcatel-Lucent by 2018, unchanged from previous guidance.
  • The networks business is expected to decline at a low-single-digit rate this year, in line with the primary addressable market. Operating margin is expected between 8% and 10%.
  • Nokia again provided no guidance for the technologies segment due to risks and uncertainties determining the timing and value of licensing agreements.Nokia's Margins Rise as Revenue Slump Slows

What management had to say

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri summed up the quarter:

Nokia’s first quarter 2017 results demonstrated our improving business momentum, even if some challenges remain. We slowed the rate of topline decline and generated healthy orders in what is typically a seasonally weak quarter for us. We also continued to see expansion of cross-selling across our full portfolio, delivered excellent gross margins and improved group-level profitability.

Suri is optimistic about Nokia’s performance in 2017: “Overall, given Nokia’s performance in the first quarter, I am optimistic about the year ahead, even if cautiously so. Our competitive position is strong, we are executing well, and, as a result, we are able to confirm our guidance for full-year 2017.”

Nokia’s guidance for the full year remains unchanged. The networks business is still in decline, but both gross and operating margins rose during the first quarter, and Nokia expects further improvements in profitability as the year goes on. Nokia’s cost savings program is helping to drive the bottom line higher, and that remains on track to be completed by the end of 2018.

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New update hitting unlocked HTC 10 in US

HTC has started pushing out a new update to its 10 smartphone in the United Sates. Hitting unlocked units, it’s a security update that arrives as version 2.50.617.2 and weighs in at around 277MB.

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It’s not exactly clear which month’s security update it is – the tweet clearly says July, but in the comments that follow, users report June update. Also, there’s no information on what other changes are included.Image result for New update hitting unlocked HTC 10 in US

Have you received the update? Share any changes you found with the rest of us in the comments section below.

 

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 3310 Price, Release Date Revealed as UK Pre-Orders Start

 

The new Nokia 3310 was launched alongside the eagerly-anticipated Nokia Android phones Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 at MWC 2017. Though the prices of the four Nokia phones were announced at the event, there was no concrete release date except the promise of a Q2 launch. In fact, most markets across the globe are still awaiting the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 3310 price and release dates to be official announced by HMD Global, the company behind the resurrection of Nokia’s smartphones. However, the wait might just end soon as the release date and price of new Nokia 3310 and three Nokia Android phones have been revealed in the UK by a retailer.

UK retailer Clove has listed HMD Global’s Nokia-branded Android phones – Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, – and Nokia 3310 (2017) on its website for pre-orders. While Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are going to be available on June 30 at a price of GBP 149.99 (roughly Rs. 12,490) and GBP 189.99 (roughly Rs. 15,820) respectively, Nokia 6 has an unspecified date with a time frame of just June, as listed on the website. Nokia 6 will sell for GBP 229.99 (roughly Rs. 19,150) and the Nokia 3310 (2017) is priced at GBP 59.99 (roughly Rs. 5,000) with a release date of mid-June.Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, Nokia 3310 Price, Release Date Revealed as UK Pre-Orders Start

To recall, Carphone Warehouse was the first store in UK to open pre-orders for the Nokia 3310 (2017), and it said that it saw ‘unprecedented’ demand for the phone. The feature phone was also set to release in Germany and Austria this week, but the retailer later changed the availability date. Interestingly, the device carried a higher price tag (around EUR 56) than company’s recommended price of EUR 49 (roughly Rs. 3,400) in the listings, and the price has further been increased since then. Guess we’ll have to wait for official word from HMD Global to have clarity on this subject.

HMD Global earlier this month confirmed that all new Nokia phones will hit 120 markets at an ‘affordable price’ in this quarter. It will be interesting to see whether the availability of Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 3310 (2017) in other markets will follow the UK launch, which is slated for the very end of this quarter.

 

Nokia 6 Silver Colour Variant With 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage Spotted Online

 

The Nokia 6 was first unveiled in China in a Black colour variant offering 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for the price of CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 16,750). Now, a Silver variant has been spotted on the Yahoo Taiwan online store with a price tag of TWD 7,790 (roughly Rs. 16,500), and the shipping date alongside it reads May 10.

The listing also suggests that the Silver variant is available in 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage option. This is new as the China variant sports 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the global variant was confirmed to pack 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage offering. This new listed variant brings another bundle option of the Nokia 6 into the mix. Some markets will also get the Arte Black special edition, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.Nokia 6 Silver Colour Variant With 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage Spotted Online

All the other specifications remain the same as HMD Global first announced in January. Of course, the Black variant is still available in Taiwan, and you can opt for that if this 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage Silver variant does not appease you. Nokia 6 is also offered in Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, and Copper in other regions.
Nokia 6 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass on top. It is powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC, and the dual-SIM Nokia 6 smartphone comes with a 3000mAh non-removable battery with fast-charging support.

On the camera front, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone has USB 2.0 port for connectivity, fingerprint sensor in the front, stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos audio enhancement.

HMD Global has also confirmed that it is entering the Indian market on May 8. The Nokia 3310 (2017), Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 reveal date is expected, but official details will be unveiled this Monday.