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Google starts Android 11 rollout - a taste of what's new
Android 11 is now live – but if you don’t have one of the ‘selected’ OnePlus, OPPO, Pixel, realme, or Xiaomi phones, you might be in for a bit of a wait.
Global 5G smartphone shipments to reach 278 million in 2020
“Smartphone vendors have relentlessly pushed new product launches, as well as online marketing and sales during the post-lockdown period."
LG embarks on mission to bring unique smartphone designs to life
The Explorer Project is both an initiative and a category of phone, and will include devices that deliver unexplored usability experiences, according to a statement from the company.
Hands-on review: The Nokia 2.3 smartphone
Your kids are going to love it (and you will too), writes Owen McCarthy.
COVID sees global smartphone sales plunge by 20%
New figures released by analyst firm Gartner showed Samsung experienced the largest decline in sales, while Apple’s smartphone sales were nearly flat year-over-year.
Smartphone shipments down but may make a comeback in 2022
"Although we expect year-over-year growth of 9% in 2021, that is only due to the large drop in 2020. The real recovery won't happen until 2022 when smartphone volumes return to pre-COVID levels."
Hands-on review: The Nokia 5.3 smartphone
The high-quality build means that each time I take it out of my pocket, I don’t put it into “Do not disturb” mode. Other Android users will know what I mean.
COVID-19 hits smartphone market hard, with all but Apple sales down
As a whole, in Q2 2020 the global smartphone market dropped 14%. The market fell to 285 million units, a second consecutive quarter of freefall, as lockdown orders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic persisted through April and May.
IDC: Huawei finally takes top spot in smartphone market
The Chinese vendor has managed to nab 20% of the market, taking out Apple and Samsung after years of trailing in second or third place.
LG VELVET smartphone lands in Australia
The company says the device ushers in a new era of user-centric design, innovative multi-media features and a 5G compatible user experience.
Hands-on review: Realme X3 SuperZoom
You will have fun customising your screen to your own preferences and adding those personal tweaks to make the Realme X3 truly your own.
Hands-on review: OPPO A72, the budget phone with killer cameras
I never expect budget phones to come with a fast charger, but this is another area where OPPO made sure to take care of the consumer.
Hands-on review: The Nokia 1.3 mobile phone
The Android 10 OS has proved to be a very stable and reliable system, meaning that even if you take a wrong turn, it’s not the end of the world.
Hands-on review: Google Nest Mini 2nd generation smart speaker
We take the brand new smart speaker from Google for a run
Android 11 Beta is here - here's what to expect
Android 11 is here - expect better communications, privacy and better ways to control connected devices.
Huawei takes out smartphone award, camera and battery life key driver
Huawei has been named the winner of the Canstar 2020 Most Satisfied Customers of Smartphones in New Zealand.
Vodafone launches OPPO 5G smartphones to NZ market
Vodafone has launched new affordable 5G smartphones into the New Zealand market, the OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G and the Find X2 Lite 5G
New Pixel features drop, with big focus on health and safety
Pixel has released new features with a specific focus on battery life, personal health and personal safety. These new features were covered off in a Google blog post by Pixel technical program manager Tok Tokuda.
Global smartphone sales decline 20% due to COVID-19, Samsung, Huawei see double-digit declines
“The coronavirus pandemic caused the global smartphone market to experience its worst decline ever."
LG to launch affordable K series smartphones in Aus
The K series includes quad camera functionality, FHD+ FullVision display and AI features across the range.
Global device shipments to plummet by 13.6% in 2020
New research from Gartner indicates that mobile phones, tablets and PCs will see reduced shipments globally this year, due mostly to economic turmoil as a result of COVID-19.
Hands-on review: Apple iPhone SE 2020
This phone doesn’t have Apple’s most advanced technologies and that’s okay because it also doesn’t cost a full fortnight’s paycheck.
IDC: No recovery in sight for semiconductor market
IDC forecasts that worldwide non-memory semiconductor revenue will decline by 7.2% in 2020.
Smartphone shipments take a pummelling in Q1 2020
Data from Canalys paints a grim picture for the worldwide smartphone industry, with more economic strife to come in Q2.