PUBG Mobile has finally announced the rollout date of the much-awaited PUBG Mobile v0.17.0 update. The update will be reaching your device next week on the 3rd of March.
PUBG Mobile took to Twitter to announce the release date of this new update. In the release date teaser, the company also confirmed that the update will bring death replay feature. Take a look at the tweet below.
COMING IN 0.17.0! Death Replays will be available for you to peruse the last few seconds before your untimely downfall! ☠️ pic.twitter.com/818Rr144Fv
Death Replay, or “kill cam” as gamers say, shows you how you were killed by the enemy. The feature has existed on the PC version of PUBG for a while now, and the company is finally bringing it to PUBG Mobile. Popular first-person shooter game Call of Duty: Mobile already has a kill cam to let you know how you were mercilessly killed by your opponents.
The addition of Death Replay is indeed an essential feature for PUBG Mobile. Ever since the advent of PUBG Mobile, gamers were constantly requesting and giving feedback to the developers to add this simple yet much-needed feature. This way, one can get to know how they got killed which in turn helps improve their tactics to play better and refrain from committing the same mistakes again.
The v0.17.0 update is slated to bring a whole lot of features and improvements including the much-awaited Erangel 2.0 map, Extreme Cold Mode, a new game icon, Season 12, a new character named Carlo, and more.
So, are you excited to get your hands on the new PUBG Mobile update? Do not forget to let us know in the comments.
Google has reportedly removed all Cheetah Mobile apps from the Play Store as part of its latest purge that saw the tech giant banning around 600 ‘disruptive’ apps from its Android app store. Believed to have been first spotted by Buzzfeed News, Cheetah Mobile was one of the most well-known developers hit by Google’s latest crackdown as part its ongoing efforts to clean up the Android eco-system and prevent publishers from bombarding users with obnoxious ads.
While there’s no official statement from Cheetah Mobile on this subject, the Chinese developer has often found itself in the midst of serious controversies for breaching Play Store policies with not only disruptive ads in its apps, but also for collecting private data without the explicit consent of users. While Google has often banned Cheetah apps from the Play Store, most of those bans have been short-lived, so it remains to be seen if the latest moratorium is here to stay.
Cheetah Mobile, in case you’re unaware, is a well-known, but controversial, developer in the Android ecosystem. Some of its most popular apps include the likes of Clean Master, CM Launcher 3D, Battery Doctor, CM Browser, QuickPic and more, with combined downloads running into billions. As things stand now, the controversial apps have all disappeared from the Play Store, but it’s not immediately clear as to whether the company itself has been banished from the platform for good.
The Android eco-system continues to face a perception problem when compared to iOS in terms of security, but Google will be hoping that its proactive actions in weeding out malicious apps from the Play Store will help it gain some goodwill going forward. Whether that happens any time soon remains to be seen, but less Cheetah Mobile apps on the Play Store is certainly good news whichever way you look at it.
Facebook has canceled its annual F8 developer conference citing the outbreak of coronavirus. The event was scheduled to be held on the 5th and 6th of May in San Jose, California.
“Every year, we look forward to connecting with our global developer community at F8 and sharing our vision for the future that we’re building together. But given the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of F8 2020.”, wrote the company in a blog post.
In the same blog post, Facebook’s director of developer platforms Konstantinos Papamiltiadis mentions that the company will be organizing a “combo of locally hosted events, videos and live streamed content” to make its announcements.
According to Papamiltiadis, the social media giant was exploring other ways to move forward with the in-person part of the F8 conference but didn’t proceed further as it “didn’t feel right to have F8 without international developers in attendance”.
This is the second Facebook event to be canceled because of coronavirus concerns. Last week, Facebook announced that PlayStation, Facebook Gaming, and Oculus will not be attending the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020.
F8 developer conference is not the only major tech event that got canceled lately due to coronavirus. GSMA was forced to cancel MWC 2020, the world’s biggest phone show earlier this month and from the looks of it, Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020 is likely to be canceled as well. For now, organizers of GDC 2020 are planning to move forward with the event despite major tech giants pulling out, the latest one being Microsoft.
In the Android world, there is no denial that Snapdragon chipsets are better than Exynos, Kirin or MediaTek SoCs in almost every aspect. Be it battery efficiency, graphics performance, or mobile connectivity — Qualcomm surpasses almost all the chipmakers and is only slightly behind Apple’s A-series chips. Qualcomm also has a solid modem business and that’s what makes this chip manufacturer distinct from others. In December last year, Qualcomm announced its flagship SoC Snapdragon 865 and the headline feature was predictably 5G connectivity. In addition, the Snapdragon 865 has seen almost 25% performance jump from the last-gen 855 SoC. So if you are someone who wants a top-tier smartphone with Snapdragon 865 then go through our list below.
Snapdragon 865 Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now
1. Realme X50 Pro
Realme X50 Pro is not only the first device to launch with Snapdragon 865, but also the first one to come with 5G capability in India. Along with that, it brings up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of dual-channel UFS 3.0 storage. So far, it seems X50 Pro is the most premium device released by Realme which has an AMOLED display and support for 90Hz refresh rate. Further, Realme X50 Pro features a primary 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor with an 80-degree FOV and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with a 105-degree FOV. In all aspects, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is top-notch and you can definitely rely on this hardware.
Just after the day Realme launched the X50 Pro, iQOO unveiled its flagship smartphone, iQOO 3 that packs the latest Snapdragon 865 by Qualcomm. However, iQOO has announced two variants of iQOO 3: one with 5G capability and another one without 5G support. Since 5G is not ready in India and will take at least two years to deploy the infrastructure, the non-5G variant is a far better value for money given that it’s much cheaper as well. So if you are looking for a Snapdragon 865 phone then iQOO 3 has you covered with both 5G and non-5G variants.
3. Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra (US Model)
If you are from the US and looking for the best Snapdragon 865 phone then I would recommend the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. Unlike the global variant that comes with Samsung’s homegrown Exynos chip, in the US, the Galaxy S20 series packs the Qualcomm processor due to patent issues. In addition, you will get 5G support on all the S20 variants and that is powered by Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem which is much better than Exynos’ 5123. Simply put, the Galaxy S20 series with Snapdragon 865 is a beastly combination and you simply can’t go wrong with it.
Just after Samsung’s launch, Xiaomi released its flagship duo Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro and both the devices come with Snapdragon 865. The duo has an AMOLED panel with a punch-hole display, 5G support, 108MP quad-cameras, and huge battery packs. On top of that, you also get a 90Hz refresh rate display so that is awesome. Having said that, it’s unlikely you will get Mi 10 in India, but if you are from China or Europe, you can easily grab this Snapdragon 865 phone.
While everyone seems to have written off Sony, the company is still releasing flagship-grade smartphones with top-of-the-line specs. Recently, Sony unveiled its Xperia 1 Mark II and it’s powered by the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset from Qualcomm. Do note that Xperia 1 II is also Sony’s first 5G smartphone and it includes Qualcomm’s X55 modem. The chipset is accompanied by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and it will be available for order this Spring starting in Europe.
With major smartphone makers like Samsung and Xiaomi releasing their flagship smartphones in February, LG couldn’t delay further and unveiled the V60 ThinQ. It goes without saying that the V series is LG’s flagship lineup so it comes with the latest and most powerful processor, the Snapdragon 865 by Qualcomm. Other than that, the smartphone also has support for 5G and is backward compatible with other legacy networks as well including 4G, 3G, and 2G. Further, you can make it a dual-screen device using the foldable case.
Axon 10s Pro by ZTE is another Snapdragon 865 smartphone that you can buy in the US. Similar to other flagship phones, Axos 10s Pro brings 5G support and is packed with Qualcomm’s Adreno 650 GPU for powerful graphics performance. The smartphone also packs a 48MP image sensor, 4000mAh battery, up to 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. Not to mention, you also get a microSD card slot for expandable memory just like Samsung devices.
If you are from Japan then Sharp has you covered with a Snapdragon 865 phone. The company recently introduced its latest flagship, the Aquos R5G. It packs the octa-core Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G on board. Since it’s Sharp, the 6.5-inch screen seems pretty good in QHD+ resolution. In addition, the Sharp Aquos R5G also brings 120Hz refresh rate display which is commendable. So if you want a flagship Android smartphone with the 865 processor, Sharp Aquos R5G is a decent option in the Japanese market.
One of the most anticipated smartphones of 2020 is undoubtedly the Redmi K30 Pro. According to some sources, the K30 Pro is going to be launched in China in early March and then it will make its way to Indian and Europe. Just yesterday, Qualcomm confirmed that K30 Pro will indeed come with the latest Snapdragon 865 processor. In addition to that, 5G has also been certified for K30 Pro, but it will be left to be seen if Redmi brings the 5G capability to India. In any case, the K30 Pro, similar to its predecessor will bring top-notch hardware at an affordable price. Who does not love that? So if you want an affordable flagship then hold your horses till late March or early April for an India launch.
10. OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
After the K30 Pro, if there is another device that evokes the same level of excitement then it’s the OnePlus 8 series. As always, both OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will come with the latest octa-core Snapdragon 865 SoC and it has been confirmed by Qualcomm itself. Other than that, both the devices will have a high refresh rate display supposedly 90Hz for the standard variant and 120Hz for the Pro model. Since the Adren650 GPU has gone through a lot of improvement, we expect OnePlus to strike a fine balance between high refresh rate and battery efficiency. So, if you are looking for a proper flagship that can give Samsung Galaxy S20 a run for the money then wait till late March.
11. Zenfone 7
After Asus released Zenfone 6 and Asus 6Z in India, the company is back into the mobile business. Earlier, there were rumors that Asus will not bring flagship smartphones in India and instead will focus on gaming phones like ROG I and II. However, Qualcomm confirmed that Asus is indeed working on a Snapdragon 865 phone and will soon launch the device in many markets. If we go by Asus’ earlier lineup, it’s certain that you are going to get a clean stock Android experience with powerful hardware, multiple-camera system and maybe this time, a higher refresh rate display.
12. Oppo Find X2
Oppo was all geared up to launch its flagship Find X2 at the MWC this year, but due to cancellation of the event, now the launch is moved to March 6. It goes without saying that you will get the flagship Snapdragon 865 processor packed in a huge 6.5-inch AMOLED screen. Further, the display has a refresh rate of 120Hz in 3K resolution which is simply phenomenal. If there is one thing that defines this device other than Snapdragon 865 SoC then it’s Oppo’s truly exceptional display technology. So wait till March 6 and I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
Last year, Nubia had launched itsRed Magic 3 and 3s in India and got a pretty good response from the mobile gaming community. On similar lines, we are expecting that the new Nubia Red Magic 5G will also come to India with all the bells and whistles. In its report, Qualcomm confirmed that Nubia Red Magic 5G is being developed on the Snapdragon 865 platform and it will launch soon since the device has passed the TENAA certification. Other than that, Nubia Red Magic 5G will be packing a 144Hz display which is excellent. So if you are a mobile gamer and want a gaming flagship with top-notch 865 processor then wait for a month or two for Nubia’s official launch.
14. Asus ROG Phone 3
After a considerable success of ROG Phone I and II in India, Asus is set to unveil the third successor ROG Phone in the next few months. And unsurprisingly, it’s equipped with the Snapdragon 865 processor which got confirmed by Qualcomm itself. Rumors also suggest that Google Stadia will come pre-loaded on Asus ROG Phone 3 so that is quite exciting for mobile gamers. Not to mention, the ROG Phone 3 will have a 120Hz refresh rate display just like its predecessors. Further, Asus will also introduce a slew of gaming accessories so that is great. To conclude, if you want a gaming phone, we recommend you to wait till early May and then decide between ROG Phone 3 and Nubia Red Magic 5G.
15. Black Shark 3
The Black Shark 3 is finally being launched on March 3 and it does come with the latest and powerful Snapdragon 865 SoC by Qualcomm. In fact, AnTuTu revealed that Black Shark 3 is, by far the most powerful 865 phone as it broke all previous records on the benchmarking app– surpassing the Realme X50 Pro and iQOO 3. In addition, it comes with 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage and a 120Hz refresh rate display with 3120×1440 pixel resolution. So from all aspects, Black Shark 3 seems a solid device, but it might just be limited to China and perhaps Europe only.
16. Lenovo Legion Gaming Phone
Smartphone makers have been creating sub-brands to project gaming-centric phones which include Black Shark by Xiaomi, ROG phone by Asus, Nubia by ZTE and so on. To tap this market, Lenovo is also launching the first gaming flagship under its Legion brand. And as expected, the device is powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC and comes with a host of new features and optimizations. Further, it’s rumored that Lenovo Legion phone will have faster charging over 55W which is simply crazy. Currently, the Realme X50 Pro holds the position of fastest charging smartphone with a 65W power rating. All in all, it’s going to be interesting to see how Lenovo shapes the Legion brand in the smartphone world with Snapdragon 865 on its back.
17. Sony Xperia Pro
While Sony unveiled the Xperia 1 Mark II, it also hinted at a possible Xperia Pro that is going to launch in the next few months. And similar to Mark II, it will come with the Snapdragon 865 SoC and Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem. The main difference between the two devices is that Xperia Pro will have support for both mmWave 5G and sub-6GHz 5G networks. On the other hand, Mark II is limited to just sub-6GHz 5G networks. In essence, the Xperia Pro will be the first device by Sony which will have support for real 5G networks. However, keep in mind, mmWave network is scarce at this point even in the US and 5G-ready regions. Nevertheless, if you want support for complete 5G bands, you can get the Sony Xperia Pro in the coming months.
Pick the Best Snapdragon 865 Phone
So that is our comprehensive list of smartphones with Snapdragon 865 onboard. After Qualcomm’s event in December, now we are seeing a high number of smartphone launches with the 865 SoC and it’s only going to increase in the coming months. If you want a top-tier smartphone, I would recommend you to wait till March or April as OnePlus and Redmi are going to unveil their flagship phones somewhere in the middle. Anyway, that is all from us. We will be continuously updating the list so stay tuned with us as we will keep updating the list with more Snapdragon 865 phones.
Alongside the Realme 6 series, the Chinese giant is also set to unveil its much-awaited fitness band on 5th March. It’s dubbed the Realme Band and the company has given a sneak peek at its design, colorways, and key features today.
Let’s start with the design. We were spot on when we said that the Realme Band looks similar to the Honor Band in our one-off sighting of the fitness band. It features a color AMOLED display with thick bezels and a circular button at the bottom, as shown in the official listing.
Realme Band will sport a heart rate sensor, much like any other budget fitness band. You will not only be able to track your heart rate in real-time but also assess your sleep quality using the Realme Link app that was unveiled alongside the Realme X50 Pro last week. The fitness band will have 9 sport modes including walk, run, yoga, bike, and an India-centric cricket mode. You will be able to see your notifications, reminders, and caller ID on the band.
The straps are detachable and will reveal the charging pins, which you can directly plug into a USB port to charge the fitness band. There’s currently no word on the battery life, but Realme Band has an IP68 water-resistant rating, as per the official listing.
Finally, you have already seen that the Realme Band will come in 3 color variants – Yellow, Black, and Olive Green. The feature set is very similar to what you may find on Xiaomi’s Mi Band 4 or Honor Band 5, so the only thing that’s currently unknown is the fitness band’s price tag.
We only need to wait another week to learn all of the official specs and features of the Realme Band, so stay tuned for more information.
The month of February has been quite an eventful one for India’s flagship smartphone market. Samsung may have kicked things off with the launch of its Galaxy S20 lineup, but brands such as iQOO (Vivo’s gaming-centric brand) and Realme have also cashed on the opportunity to be the first to bring 5G phones to India.
Samsung missed out on this title, which is okay, but what’s disappointing is that the Galaxy S20 series launched with Exynos chipsets in tow in India instead of the latest Snapdragon 865 that comes baked inside iQOO 3 and Realme X50 Pro. We expected the Korean giant to bring Snapdragon-laden flagships to India as Galaxy S10 Lite, which launched just weeks ago, packed a Snapdragon chipset. That wasn’t the case though.
Well, I recently managed to get my hands on the Galaxy S20 Plus and iQOO 3, one of the first Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865-powered smartphones respectively to find their way to India. With both the phones on me, I decided to go ahead and benchmark Samsung’s in-house Exynos 990 chipset and compare it to the Snapdragon 865. Let’s take a quick look at my Snapdragon 865 vs Exynos 990 benchmark test:
Snapdragon 865 vs Exynos 990: Specs
Before we take a look at the benchmark numbers, let’s quickly compare the technical specs of both the chipsets:
First up, we’ve got the AnTuTu benchmark comparison between the Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990. The result is as you would expect it to be. The Snapdragon 865 chipset has scored way higher than the Exynos 990. The iQOO 3’s AnTuTu score may not close to the 610,000 mark (which would be 100k more than Exynos 990’s score) as marketed by the company but it’s still one of the highest that I’ve seen to date.
The AnTuTu benchmark score of the Snapdragon 865 is 587,923 while that of the Exynos 990 is 512,675. This places the Exynos 990 closer to the Snapdragon 855 Plus instead of Snapdragon 865 even though both of them are based on the 7nm node. And thus, it has reinforced the long-running belief – Snapdragon chipsets are more powerful and efficient than their Exynos competitors. If you need any more confirmation, let us run a few more benchmarks tests.
Next up, we obviously ran the Geekbench 5 test on both phones to see which of the two chipsets performs better on a hardware level. The results are similar to what we’ve seen above. Snapdragon 865 places above the Exynos 990 in terms of both single- and multi-core scores in Geekbench, scoring 927 and 3388 compared to 849 and 2725 respectively.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the Kryo 585 cores (based on Cortex-A77 and Cortex-A55) in Snapdragon 865 are more efficient and powerful when compared to the cores (including a custom Mongoose core, Cortex-A76, and Cortex-A55) that make the Exynos 990. So yeah, users fretting over India getting the Exynos variants of Samsung flagship phones is justified.
Moving to graphics performance, we ran 3DMark’s Sling Shot Extreme test on both the iQOO 3 and Galaxy S20 Plus. As you can see in the screenshots, the Adreno 650 GPU aboard the Snapdragon 865 outperforms the Mali-G77 GPU in the Exynos 990 – only by a slight margin. Snapdragon 865 appears to handle OpenGL workloads slightly better than the Exynos 990. But, both the chipsets are on par when it comes to Vulkan graphics support.
We ran the PCMark benchmark app on both the iQOO 3 and Galaxy S20 Plus to reach a surprising conclusion. The Exynos 990 in the latter may lag behind the Snapdragon 865 chipset in every department. But, Samsung’s in-house chip surpassed Qualcomm’s chip when talking about performance figures.
We ran the Work 2.0 performance benchmark and saw the Snapdragon 865 score over 10,000 whereas Exynos 990 has managed to go past 12,000 here. It’s very surprising because iQOO 3 has UFS 3.1 storage while Galaxy S20 Plus has UFS 3.0 storage. Well, that’s intriguing, right?
The answer is simple. Samsung adopted a faster F2FS file system with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and that seems to have been used here as well. Most Android phones are using the EXT4 file system.
In comparison to the 5th-gen AI Engine and Hexagon 698 DSP aboard the Snapdragon 865, the Exynos 990 comes equipped only with a dual-core NPU. Qualcomm appears to have a substantial upper hand in this department, as seen from the AITuTu benchmark scores. While the Snapdragon 865 inside the QOO 3 scores 454,143 on AITuTu, Exynos 990’s score s under 100,000.
Snapdragon 865 does supremely well in both image classification and object detection benchmark tests, but the Exynos 990 fails to score any points in the latter.
Snapdragon 865 Is A Notch Above the Exynos 990
The aforementioned benchmark tests paint a picture we were already familiar with. I had high hopes from Samsung’s Exynos 990 chipset but it falters behind Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 865 chipset in almost every department, except one – the overall performance. The faster file system, coupled with UFS 3.0 storage, gives Samsung’s newest flagships an edge in this department otherwise, Snapdragon 865 should be a better performer among the two. Well, at least on paper.
Riding on 4G consumption, the overall data traffic in India increased by 47 per cent in 2019 while average monthly data usage per user surpassed 11GB in December last year, a new report said on Thursday.
4G constituted 96 per cent of the total data traffic consumed across the country while 3G data traffic registered its highest ever decline of 30 per cent.
“We believe the migration of subscribers to 4G will continue to drive broadband growth in the country. The Indian telcos will need to consider other connectivity solutions to leverage the new opportunities and to address the growing data consumption,” said Sanjay Malik, Sevior Vice President and Head of India Market, Nokia.
The video consumption was fueled by the increasing number of over-the-top (OTT) platforms with over 30 platforms in India, easy availability of regional content, aggressive distribution strategy, and innovations like sachet pricing and mobile-only packs by OTT players.
The average time spent on OTT platforms in India is 70 minutes/day.
“The upcoming 4K/8K videos and Industry 4.0 solutions that promises to enhance productivity and bring down expenses for the industries across different verticals, demand ultra high speed and extremely low latency,” Malik added.
The average monthly data usage grew 16 per cent annually due to increase in 4G network upgrade, low data prices, affordable smartphones, and the ever-increasing popularity of videos.
The number of 4G handsets devices grew 1.5 times to reach 501 million units due to the availability of a range of feature-rich models and competitive prices, said Nokia’s annual Mobile Broadband India Traffic Index (MBiT).
India data traffic recorded a growth of 44 times in the last four years, from 2015-19, which is one of the highest in the world.
“The number of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) smartphones grew to 432 million. Broadband penetration is 47 per cent, which is significantly lower than China (95 per cent) and other European nations at around 95-115 per cent,” the findings showed.
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman doesn’t seem to have a good opinion towards popular Chinese short-form video app TikTok. Huffman reportedly called the app “fundamentally parasitic” at a panel discussion held yesterday.
“Maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level of thinking with them. Because I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it’s always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone.”, said Huffman.
In addition, Huffman mentions the app as “spyware” and says he discourages people from installing the app. “I actively tell people, ‘Don’t install that spyware on your phone’”, he added.
As TechCrunch reports, Steve Huffman made these bold statements in front of multiple investors and entrepreneurs at the Social 2030 event, which is a one-day conference focused on identifying trends in social apps.
Reddit CEO’s point of view directly conflicts with Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel. Last month, Spiegel praised the app and admitted that he’s a big fan of TikTok. “Social media in its original construct is really about status, representing who you are, showing people that you’re cool, getting likes and comments, those sorts of things,” said Spiegel.
Despite the negative word of mouth, TikTok’s fame doesn’t seem to be falling anytime soon. As per fresh estimates from market analytics platform Sensor Tower, TikTok was the most downloaded app in January.
So, do you agree with Reddit CEO Steve Huffman’s views? Let us know in the comments.
Recovering a malfunctioning iPhone can be quite a pain because the process relies on connecting the iPhone to a laptop and restoring the firmware via a Mac or Windows computer. However, according to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple could be working on a OS Recovery feature for iPhones and iPads.
The hidden feature, spotted in the iOS 13.4 beta is named ‘OS Recovery’ which makes its purpose fairly clear. It appears to be something that will allow a user to re-flash iOS on their iPhones without having to connect the iPhone to a computer.
It’s noteworthy that an internet recovery has existed on the Mac for years. In macOS, users can download macOS over the internet in order to reformat their MacBooks without requiring any other computers for recovering the device. This new iOS feature could be a step in that same direction for iPhones and iPads.
As mentioned by 9to5Mac, the feature isn’t functional as of now since it’s under development, and the Cupertino giant might decide to never ship it after all, so don’t get your hopes up until we know more about the feature, or see it in action, even if it is on a beta version of iOS.
The feature, if it does get shipped, will also prove useful for devices like the Apple Watch, which don’t have any physical ports for troubleshooting in case something goes wrong, forcing users to seek official support. The timeline for the feature also fits in nicely with earlier rumours that Apple might be working on a port-less iPhone for the future. A device like that will definitely need something like OS Recovery to ensure that users have some recourse in case their phone starts malfunctioning.
Driven by ear-worn devices, India’s wearables market shipped a record 14.9 million units and witnessed an impressive 168.3 per cent year-over-year (YoY) growth in 2019, a new report by International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Thursday.
Basic wearables continue to dominate India’s wearables market with a 96.2 per cent category share, up 177 per cent YoY in 2019.
Smart wearables that can run third-party applications on the device itself, accounted for 3.8 per cent of the overall wearable shipments in 2019 and registered 49.5 per cent growth from the previous year.
“Ear-worn devices have found huge appeal with consumers, who are spoiled for choice with a variety of models at different price points. Affordable neckbands are leading the charge of migration from wired to wireless in this category.
“At the same time, truly wireless devices with improved battery life and connectivity are attracting users to spend more. As more vendors entered this segment with affordable options, the average selling price (ASP) of the category came down to $39 in 2019 from $63 a year ago, resulting in massive growth in this category,” Anisha Dumbre, Market Analyst, IDC India, said in a statement.
Accounting for most shipment volumes, the earwear category grew five-fold shipping 8.5 million units, watches grew 77.5 per cent while wrist bands ended the year as the second-largest wearable category.
Earwear grew multifold with 443.6 per cent during 2019, making it one of the fastest-growing consumer electronics categories in the country.
India based vendor BoAt Lifestyle was the leading brand with a 27.3 per cent market share in this category in 2019.
Multiple distribution partnerships with the leading e-commerce and retail channels, affordable pricing, and significant investment in marketing, helped BoAt Lifestyle to gain share in this category.
However, in the truly wireless segment, Apple continues to lead the segment with its AirPods range, thus, garnering 43.1 per cent market share in 2019.
“The wearables market is in a state of flux with new form factors and brands entering every few months. Vendors are recognising the growth potential of the wearable devices and unlocking new use cases for a holistic wearable experience,” said Jaipal Singh, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India.
Wrist bands continued to grow in higher double-digit as the year ended with 5.3 million units, up 52.6 per cent from the previous year.
Xiaomi remained the dominant leader with a 48.9 per cent category share and grew 54.7 per cent YoY in 2019.
Titan also maintained its second position with a 14.5 per cent category share as its shipments grew 24.1 per cent during the year. The category remains consolidated to the top five vendors, contributing 86.6 per cent share to the category in 2019.
A total of 933 thousand units of watches were shipped during the year with a 77.5 per cent YoY growth. Smartwatches continue to lead the watch category with 61.1 per cent share in 2019 and grew 53.6 per cent from the previous year.
In the smart watch category, Fossil was the leading vendor with 30.3 per cent share, followed by Apple with a 26.6 per cent share in 2019.
However, Huami with its Amazfit brand, was the leading player in the basic watch category.
Also, Huami’s aggressive pricing and well-diversified portfolio helped the brand to become the second largest brand in the overall watch category.