Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report Highlights Gaming’s Cultural Influence

 

Venture capitalist Mary Meeker released on Wednesday her highly anticipated annual report on Internet trends, capturing the tech world’s state of play. This year’s biggest insights include: the sprawling growth of the gaming industry, slowing mobile phone shipments, and online ad dollars surpassing that of TV.

Meeker considers gaming the most engaging form of social media, and suggests that early interactive gaming paved the way for much of the contemporary web. She points to how notable features of gaming, including interactive storytelling, messaging, and novel camera angles have been adopted by other forms of popular media and technology. Mobile messaging apps, car companies, streaming services, and sports media have all taken a page from the world of video games. Perhaps, she said, gaming has helped prime society for the development of human-computer interaction.

She tallies the global revenue for interactive gaming at $100 billion (6,44,962 crores) globally, with a 9 percent increase from 2015. And when gaming is compared to other digital media, it beats out other popular platforms in the amount of time users spend with it. People spend an average of 51 minutes playing console games every day, edging out Facebook (50 minutes), Snapchat ( 30 minutes), and Instagram (21 minutes), according to her report.

Like many other industries with an international presence, tech faces a shifting political landscape. Meeker seized on the national debate over immigration, where many of technology’s biggest names have clashed with the Trump administration over the president’s travel ban and broader immigration policy. Attracting talent from overseas is key to job creation in the tech industry, Meeker said. According to the report, 60 percent of the most highly valued tech companies in the US were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants. In 2016, those companies staffed 1.5 million employees.Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report Highlights Gaming's Cultural Influence

One notable first for the report came in the advertising section. The money spent on US mobile advertising has eclipsed that of the desktop, marking the flow of ad dollars and attention toward phones. Online advertising in general, which combines phones and computers, is up 22 percent from last year, totaling $73 billion (roughly Rs. 4,70,862 crores). The report pins the growth of online ads on improved methods to measure their efficacy, and more dollars chasing the rapid rise in phone usage.
Just as mobile has finally bested the desktop in advertising cash, Meeker predicts that in the next six months, the amount of money spent on online ads globally will surpass that of TV advertising. In 2016, TV and Internet advertising each totaled just under $200 billion.

Google and Facebook continue to dominate the US market for Internet advertising. Their combined revenue and growth tower above the rest of the industry. Google’s revenue for 2016 was over $35 billion (roughly Rs. 2,25,807 crores) and is up 22 percent from last year, the report said. Facebook took in roughly $14 billion (roughly Rs. 90,296 crores) from online ads in the US and saw a whopping 62 percent boost from 2015. Meanwhile, every other online advertiser, which Meeker lumped into a category called “others”, took in more than $20 billion, with a 9 percent increase, compared to last year. The report attributed the growth in Internet advertising to firms finding better ways of targeting audiences and measuring their engagement.

And while more of the world is coming online, something approaching universal connectivity remains elusive. The number of Internet users around the world, now at around 3.4 billion, continues to climb, but the level of growth remains flat, at 10 percent.

More smartphones are being shipped too, but growth is slowing down. Whereas global smartphone shipment numbers jumped by 24 percent in 2014, and 10 percent in 2015, that figure dwindled to 3 percent in 2016.

 

LG Q6’s promotional video highlights the FullVision display, camera capabilities

 

LG Q6 gets a 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision display with the same 18:9 aspect ration that we saw in LG G6.

LG Q6, a smaller version of company’s flagship G6 smartphone, was recently launched by the company. Now LG has put out an official promotional video highlighting FullVision display in Q6, its camera features, and the ability to use the device with one hand. LG Q6 is a part of company’s Q series, and the other two smartphones in the series are Q6+ and Q6α. The company has used the same FullVision display with  an aspect ratio of 18:9 in the Q6, like we saw in LG G6.

LG Q6 gets a 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision display with the same 18:9 aspect ration that we saw in LG G6. It comes with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 442ppi. The smartphone is being touted as a sleek phone that “comfortably fits in one hand.” The rear camera is 13MP, while the front shooter is 5MP with 100 degree wide-angle. The video highlights camera features such as Square Camera that divides the UI in two 1:1 squares, and Burst Mode that can be used to take multiple shots in sequence.LG Q6, LG Q6 features, LG Q6 specifications, LG Q6 price, LG Q6 launch

LG Q6 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 mobile platform. LG Q6+ packs 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, while the Q6 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. LG Q6α is the most affordable of the three smartphone, and it comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. The Q6 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

LG Q6’s promotional video also showcases durability of the smartphone. The company, in a press statement, said that metal frame surrounding the Q6 is constructed of ultra-strong 7000 series aluminum. According to LG, the smartphone has been subjected to over 20 battery tests which include heat, penetration and shock conditions.

LG Q6 measures 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm and weighs 149 grams. Connectivity options include: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB Type-B 2.0. LG Q6+ is available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum , and Marine Blue colour options. The Q6 comes in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White, and Terra Gold colour variants. LG Q6α can be bought in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Terra Gold colour options. Other features of the Q6 include face recognition, and Google Assistant.

 

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 Prices in India Announced: Event Highlights

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Nokia Android phone launch event scheduled to start at 12pm
  • Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 price in India and release date to be announced
  • Prices of all three phones have already leaked online

Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 India launch event is over, and all the details of the three smartphones have been officially announced. The prices in India of Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3, as well their respective release dates have been revealed by HMD Global. The company also revealed that all the Nokia phones in India will now be manufactured within the country. Notably, these are the first Nokia smartphones to hit the Indian market since the Lumia brand dropped the Nokia moniker under Microsoft’s ownership. Moreover, these are the first Nokia-branded phones with stock Android as the software, instead of a heavily tweaked version of the popular mobile OS.

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 price in India and release date

Nokia 6 price in India is Rs. 14,999, and the smartphone will be exclusively available on Amazon India. Registrations for the Nokia 6 sale will begin on July 14 on Amazon, and as a launch offer, those who purchase the phone from using their Amazon Pay balance will get a Rs. 1,000 discount.

On the other hand, Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are both offline-exclusive products, and will be available via over 80,000 retail stores that stock the company’s handsets. The Nokia 3 price in India is Rs. 9,499 and it will go on sale starting June 16, while the price in India of Nokia 5 is Rs. 12,899, and pre-bookings for the handset will begin on July 7.Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 Prices in India Announced: Event Highlights

These are highly competitive prices, and will mean the three Nokia Android phones will compete with the different variants of Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 in the highly competitive segment of affordable smartphones.

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 specifications and features

Nokia 6, the best-specced of the new Nokia-branded Android phones announced so far, features a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, and a fingerprint sensor below the display. The Nokia 6 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and was powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The handset will come with 32GB inbuilt storage, and will support microSD card support up to 128GB, and houses a 3000mAh battery. The Nokia 6 sports a 16-megapixel rear sensor, while the front camera’s resolution is 8-megapixel. Featuring body made using 6000 series aluminium, the smartphone comes with in-built dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support, and is aimed at those who want great design and specifications.

Nokia 5 has been targeted to those who want a compact smartphone, and features a fingerprint sensor. For specifications, it comes with a 5.2-inch HD display, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The Nokia 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB inbuilt storage. It also supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Nokia 5 packs a 13-megapixel sensor on the back and an 8-megapixel sensor at the front. Other features of the smartphone include Micro-USB 2.0, NFC, 3000mAh battery, and 4G LTE support.

Lastly, Nokia 3 is targeted at those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget. It comes with a polycarbonate body and metallic frame on the sides. For specifications, the Nokia 5 features a 5-inch HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC, 16GB storage, up to 128GB microSD card support, Micro-USB 2.0, NFC, 2650mAh battery, and 8-megapixel cameras on the front and back.

Video: LG Highlights Tips For The G6 Running On UX 6.0

 

LG Mobile has released a new video on YouTube, detailing a couple of tricks which can be used on the company’s latest flagship smartphone, the LG G6 running on the LG UX 6.0. The first trick happens to be the “Pinch In And Out” feature, whereby users can simply zoom in on the screen by pinching it and consequently change its font size. The font size can be scaled down to 78 percent of its original size, or up to 160 percent of the thereof. However, it seems that this only applies to system apps such as Call Log, Contacts, Gallery and Messaging. This feature is pretty useful especially if you have a hard time looking for a certain contact and can simply zoom in to look at the contacts more closely.

The second functionality unique to the UX 6.0 is the ability to edit a text message, one which hasn’t been sent to the recipient yet that is. In order to make use of this feature, all you have to do is to type out a message, and if there is a part which you would like to edit, just slide your finger over the spacebar to move the cursor. Once the cursor is at your desired position, simply edit the message. These two features are widely available on LG’s lineup of smartphones but the video below mainly serves as a tutorial for new LG G6 owners who might not know about all of its tricks

In terms of specs, the LG G6 is a feature-packed handset boasting a 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display. Under the hood, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with the Adreno 530 GPU for graphics rendering. Memory-wise, it packs 4GB of RAM with 32GB / 64GB of expandable storage. For optics, the LG G6 comes with a dual camera setup on its rear consisting of two 13-megapixel shooters. Selfies are handled by a 5-megapixel camera housed by the device’s slim top bezel. Keeping the lights on is a 3,300mAh non-removable battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The LG G6 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, enhanced with the LG UX 6.0 detailed below.