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Nearly 94% Mobile phones sold in the country are Made In India, says report

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With the rise of 4G networks, India has observed a significant boost in total number of smartphone sales. According the latest report from CyberMedia Research (CMR), almost 94% of smartphones sold in the nation are manufactured in India at CKD level, hinting at the increased domestic manufacturing in the third quarter of 2018.

As per CMR’s “India Mobile Handset Market Review Report”, the country’s mobile market recorded a sequential growth of 9% and following the same, the smartphones witnessed a constant growth of 29%.

Feature phone shipments during this time period improved by 24 percent while fusion phones witnessed a consequent decline of 41 percent.

Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR said “As of third quarter of 2018, local manufacturing has now seen a significant boost. Completely knocked down (CKD) level manufacturing constitutes almost half of the overall market. Smartphone brands like OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi have moved largely to surface-mount technology (SMT).”

He further added “Reliance Jiophone also entered into SMT production in this quarter. Among domestic players, Lava has the major share in SMT production.”

In the meanwhile, CKD level manufacturing has surpassed semi knocked down (SKD) manufacturing in the third quarter of 2018. If in case you are not aware of what CKD and SKD actually is, CKD is an abbreviation for Completely knocked Down form; meaning the goods or basically smartphone parts are imported from the manufacturer (usually from China) and assembled by the company here in India to reduce transportation charge on the basis of the space occupied by the item. Whereas, in SKD i.e. Semi knocked down, the good (smartphone here) is subsequently knocked down into a very limited number of parts for reducing the duty.

The current quarter has also witnessed growth due to festive season offers and sales, even brands like OPPO and Vivo are selling smartphones at a competitive price.

Adding to the same, Mr Narinder Kumar, Lead Analyst, IIG-CMR, mentioned, “Q3 2018 saw sharp growth in smartphones as well as feature phones, the highly competitive smartphone market witnessed traction towards online sales supported by online sales with attractive discounts, buy back offers and financing schemes in October.”

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Microsoft prepares to End support for Windows 10 Mobile this Year

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When Nokia launched the Lumia range of smartphones running on the Windows operating system years ago, they made quiet a wave. Later, Microsoft took over and continued the production of the Lumia from Nokia. The Lumia range of smartphones did find a lot of buyers and had some of the finest smartphones of the time.

But, Microsoft couldn’t keep up with the Android and iOS trends and eventually died out. Now reports states that Microsoft is preparing to end support for the Windows 10 Mobile by the end of this year.

Microsoft has asked the users of Windows 10 mobiles to switch to an Android or iOS device as it announced the end of support for Windows 10 Mobile. The news doesn’t come as a surprise as Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows 10, had made clear that they wont be focusing on new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile back in 2017.

In an “End of Support” page, the tech giant told users that Windows 10 Mobile will stop receiving new security updates after December 10. While the news was expected, it comes as a blow as several peoples are still using the windows mobile across the world, owing to its build quality and performance.

“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company wrote in the support page late on Friday.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) scrapped as many as 36,000 windows mobiles used by the law enforcers back in 2017 after Microsoft acknowledged that it’s support will be ending. In an other statement, Microsoft also made clear that their Virtual Assistant Cortana is no longer in direct competition with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

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Redmi Note 7 is almost Waterproof! Has Watertight Seals for all Ports & Buttons.

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Redmi Note 7, the first phone from the newly formed sub brand “Redmi” was launched 2 days ago. But they missed out announcing an important feature of the phone. Xiaomi President Lei Jun shared in his official weibo account that Redmi Note 7’s uses a design in which it’s buttons are waterproof and interfaces too.

According to Lei, the Redmi Note 7 supports dust and splash protection just like the OnePlus 6/6T. The R&D team did detailed work, including I/O port seal design, switch & USB waterproof seal, speaker double-layer dust-proof design, independent earpiece sealing, and front-facing sealing rubber sleeve.

However the Redmi Note 7 doesn’t come with an IP certification, but it will be able to provide basic water/splash resistance. If that does sound familiar, OnePlus 6 & 6T comes with similar splash resistance.

Lei said that the device has gone for quality test just like the same as Xiaomi’s Premium devices. They are also extending warranty from 12 months to 18 months to prove the same. The device comes in 3 variants 3GB + 32GB priced at 999 yuan ($147), the 4GB+64GB version which is at 1199 yuan ($176), and the 6GB+64GB version which is priced at 1399 yuan ($206). The smartphone will go officially for sale at 10:00 AM on January 15.

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Realme 3 is Coming this Quarter itself. A 48MP Camera Phone in the Works Too!

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According to the telephonic interview of Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth by indianexpress.com, they had got some information on the upcoming phone and plans of Realme in 2019.

Realme will soon launch a new device in India named Realme 3 in some what of Q1 2019. And Madhav also said that the brand is working on a 48MP camera phone, but there is no confirmation that the device is Realme 3 or which sensor they’re going to be using (Sony IMX586 or Samsung GM1).

Madhav shared some of their plans in 2019. He has confirmed the launch of Realme A1, which will be unveiled in early 2019 and stand between Realme C1 and Realme U1. They are going to open a retail store in India somewhat in middle of 2019. The location of the store not disclosed. The Relame 2 Pro is soon going to be offline.

Due to the revised policy of Indian Govt. on e-commerce, a vendor can’t sell more than 25% on a particular platform. An e-commerce platform can’t offer devices exclusively. Realme sells their phone through both i.e Amazon and Flipkart.

Madhav said that the brand is focusing in the 5000 – 20000 segment. He also added that the brand doesn’t see any values in launching smartphones with punch hole display or triple rear cameras. Going offline will increase the operational cost, but Madhav said they will continue to launch phones in very aggressive as earlier. He didn’t said anything about the development of their independent UI.

It is notable that the brand sold 4 Million smartphones in first 7 months in 2018. This rise may also continue in 2019.

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