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The ‘P’ Series wins the hearts of Pakistani Consumers – Achieves tremendous growth for half a decade now

The ‘P’ Series wins the hearts of Pakistani Consumers  – Achieves tremendous growth for half a decade now

Huawei P Series, one of the most popular range of smartphones has achieved tremendous growth for half a decade now. It has not only managed to generate massive buzz as a global high-end brand, but has also successfully won the hearts of millions of tech-savvy customers across the world. The P series has gone through an extensive revolutionary process, with various fascinating devices over the years; P6, P7, P8, P9, and now its latest flagship devices; P10 & P10 Plus . The first device in the P series was Huawei Ascend P6, powered by 1.5GHz quad-core Huawei Cortex A9 processor and equipped with 2GB of RAM, P6 was the slimmest-ever phone measuring 132.65 x 65.50 x 6.18 (height x width x thickness). Successor to the P6, Huawei Ascend P7 was equipped with a 5’inch touchscreen display and had a 1080×1920 pixel resolution at a PPI of 441 pixels per inch. P7 was the first-ever textured glass phone having the most innovative and sleek design. Boasting Kirin 930 Octa-Core 64-bit chipset, 4G technology, a 6.8-inch screen and a 13MP camera, the beautiful and powerful Huawei P8 was the first phone to have extraordinary light painting capabilities. Maintaining the standard of the P series, Huawei P9 was the first-ever phone enriched with two 12 MP rear lenses from ‘Leica’ – the ultimate high-end camera maker in the world. P9 also boasts dual-pixel technology and two apertures – 27mm, f/2.2, along with an RGB sensor for greater brightness and more detail in images, even in low-light conditions. Carrying on the legacy of the P series, Huawei P10 is not only is it equipped with a machine learning algorithm and Huawei Ultra Memory, but it is the first phone to have Leica lens in its front camera. The P10 also has an improved rear camera to make the photography experience better. Huawei is committed to delivering excellence in the pursuit of...

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Secret behind the smoothness of Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Secret behind the smoothness of Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Android has long been criticized for stuttering as time goes by. To tackle the problem, HUAWEI has joint hands with Google to conduct an in-depth optimization based on Android 7.0 by introducing AI. Meanwhile, EMUI5.1 and Kirin 960 have been further integrated and optimized to give full play to advantages of both software and hardware, thus delivering long-term smooth user experience. Machine Learning & Ultra Memory Technology, Guaranteeing P10& P10 plus Smooth Operation EMUI5.1 adopts AI in order to achieve intelligent perception through machine learning. By learning users habit, it will accurately predict users behavior, automatically allocates CPU, GPU, IO and other resources for apps. In this way, apps can be booted up rapidly with no more lag experience. By perceiving demands of apps for resources, EMUI 5.1 combined with Kirin 960 can allocate CPU, GPU, memory and other resources accordingly instead of fair competition between apps so that hardware resources are truly allocated based on priorities and experience demand. After 18 months of continuous use simulating heavy users, the phone still operates smoothly. Kirin 960 CPU, a perfect combination of high performance and low power consumption. ARM big.LITTLE “dual quad-core” architecture is adopted by equipping the phone with four Cortex-A73 high-powered cores and four A53 lower-powered cores, letting the two sets of cores dealing with computation tasks suitable for them separately. For example,booting up a navigation app will be the responsibility of the faster set of cores while minor tasks such as making phone calls and sending text messages will be done by the lower-powered set of cores. In this way, the two sets of cores work together for greater performance,faster speed and lower power consumption. HUAWEI has taken the lead in supporting new generation Vulkan standard graphics interfaces based on Android 7.0 so as to remove the limit of CPU on GPU and enhance GPU’s performance. Draw call overhead has been reduced remarkably and multi-thread performance improved for faster rendering, fully tapping the potential of octa-core GPU. GPU’s performance up by 180%, power efficiency by 40% and image processing speed by 400% EMUI5.1 system coupled with HUAWEI Ultra Memory technology supports real-time defragmentation, intelligent memory compression, automatic memory recovery, etc. As a result, apps are booted up 30% faster compared with the last generation. Memory compression ratio is over 50% and kernel algorithm is enhanced by 20%, delivering lasting smooth experience. Combined with Kirin 960, the overall performance is boosted by a large margin and the system is able to operate speedily even with multiple apps operating at the same...

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Android O – New Features revealed at Google I/O 2017

Android O – New Features revealed at Google I/O 2017

Google I/O 2017 comes to a close and as expected we got to know more about the upcoming Android O, though we still don’t know exactly what Google going to name its new Android operating system. At Google I/O, Android’s Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke took the stage to talk about some of the upcoming release’s biggest features. They’re user facing stuff falls under something they’re calling Fluid Experiences. Picture-in-Picture Because traditional multi-window techniques don’t translate to well to mobile devices (they’re clunky, hard to navigate, and not quick enough to enable on-the-go), Google is introducing Picture-in-Picture. Just like on your TV, videos on YouTube or even specific apps like Maps navigation or Google Duo will automatically be shrunken down into a tiny window when you press the home button. This allows you to still see what’s going on, while getting stuff done in other apps. Notification Dots Notifications on Android are about to get even better thanks to a feature Google is calling Notification Dots. They essentially work much the same way as Badge Icons on iOS (only they’re not numbered) and place a little dot on an app icon to let you know when you have a notification. Long pressing the app icon will show you the most recent notification and you can swipe it away in the notification tray to remove it. Autofill with Google Autofill now extends into apps themselves, with Google being able to populate text fields — be it passwords, addresses, or anything else — away from the Chrome web browser. For instance, if Google knows your login info on Twitter.com, it can also autofill this info in the Twitter app. It’s opt-in, so you its up to you to enable it. Smart Text Selection Copy & paste is getting supercharged in Android O. It’s now intelligent and can recognize phone numbers, addresses, or even the names of businesses, automatically highlighting them with a long press so you don’t have to fiddle around as much with those tiny handles. The best part is once highlighted, Smart Text Selection will suggest apps to use to open that information be it Google Maps for addresses, Dialer for a phone number, or Gmail for an email address. Since it’s all done on the device, so no data leaves your phone. Android O is faster This was more part of Vitals, Android features that look to keep your phone secure, healthy, and optimized for performance. Google says they’ve done a ton of stuff behind the scenes to ensure apps are 2x faster than they were in Nougat. This is thanks to extensive changes they’ve done to Android’s runtime. What’s more, you’ll...

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Xiaomi 4X is Launching on Yayvo Shopping Day

Xiaomi 4X is Launching on Yayvo Shopping Day

The wait is over; Pakistani’s buckle up and prepare to experience digital excellence like never before. The best of both worlds is coming to Pakistan! Yayvo, Pakistan’s leading online shopping store is proud to announce the launch of Xiaomi 4X on Shopping Day, 19th May 2017. In the past, value-conscious customers with a limited budget have had to settle for one of the two options. The first is to purchase an inexpensive smartphone which isn’t built to last or navigate through modern apps, video chat or even games. The second is to settle for a low cost version of top quality smartphones which were released a few years ago, therefore already being obsolete. Now is your chance to get the best of both worlds. A phone jo karai Yay Bhe Aur Vo Bhi! Xiaomi 4X, priced under Rs 20,000 offers an exceptional smartphone experience that comes at a much lower price than high-end phones in the market, but is at par with the best of them. Its battery is packed with a punch owing to its 4100 mAh tank, which ensures the phone works for 18 days on stand-by mode and stays functional for 2 days even for users who prefer hard multitasking. That alone makes it a must-buy for us. Redmi 4X is a synonym for endurance, fashion and speed. A sleek design paired with rounded edges promise a firm grip and a fashion forward look. The first launch is coming in the black color. It’s dressed in all-metal, passed through anodizing process, enhanced shine through diamond polishing and sand blasting to give a silky smooth surface for a velvety touch. The 5 inches screen fits your hand like a glove, it’s easy to glide and swipe through. This palm-friendly handset is covered with 2.5D glass, found typically in high-end smartphones, to handle serious drops even by the most notorious butter fingers. Octa-core Snapdragon 435 gives you unbeatable performance when you’re multitasking and running multiple apps simultaneously without consuming much power. So whether you like to play games, text a ton, video chat, browse the web or just watch videos, you can do it all and more without it lagging. A convenient fingerprint scanner renders Redmi 4X untouchable by everyone other than you! Reentering long codes to unlock your phone is so last year, finger printing works much faster and is that much convenient. Taking photos has never been better. Redmi 4X features a 13 megapixel camera integrated with high-end optical components. It gives you the freedom to capture 360-degree panorama views, shoot in low-light, and take brilliant photos even in the evening with its night image stabilization technology. Xiaomi makes ground breaking technology reachable for everyone with...

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Four Telenor Velocity Startups Acquire Substantial Funding

Four Telenor Velocity Startups Acquire Substantial Funding

Just recently, four Telenor Velocity startups have a raised sizeable funding. These startups span across the accelerator’s current Cohort, as well as its Alumni. They are: Shopsy.pk and MicroPower Labs from Cohort 2, and EcoEnergy and Fori Mazdoori from Cohort 1. The startups have successfully landed sizeable funding from a mix of local and international investors. “I congratulate the Velocity startups on this great achievement and thank the investors for recognizing and placing their trust in our young innovators,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan. “The development is a testament to Velocity’s serious potential as a launch pad for innovations from Pakistan’s highly gifted young minds. Being the country’s favorite telecom and digital lifestyle partner, Telenor places a special focus on scaling up entrepreneurial ventures so as to materialize our vision of social and youth empowerment. We have a long term commitment in Pakistan and work to promote a digital ecosystem in the country that changes lives through technology. I hope that our startups continue to make their mark on the global innovation map and inspire youth everywhere,” he added. Details of the funding raised for all four startups are as below: SHOPSY.PK Shopsy is an online price comparison search engine founded by Usama Arjumand who is also currently enrolled in cohort 2 of Telenor Velocity. Simply put, Shopsy presents a customer with various versions of a product they’re looking for available on multiple online stores in Pakistan. At the backend the website is essentially a web crawler which scrapes data from Shopsy’s partner sites and displays it to the user’s relevant search results. A customer can search a product, adjust the price range, compare products and then getdirected to the actual online store which sells the product they opted for. Shopsy has successfully raised investment at a valuation of $300,000 from Dot Zero Ventures. “Dot Zero Ventures is delighted to partner with Shopsy. The team brings exceptional talent coupled with strong prior commercial experience. Shopsy will add great value to customers looking to for a cross platform solution for on-line shopping.” Omer Ehtisham, Dot Zero MICROPOWER LABS MicroPower Labs, founded by Abdullah Soomro, is also currently enrolled in Cohort 2 of Telenor Velocity. Their startup focuses on creating next generation devices and gadgets for day-to-day use. Micropower Labs received a funding of $75,000 USD from independent investors based out of Singapore. The money will be used for the next product development and kickstarter campaign. “We are excited to be a part of Micropower labs as we see great potential in rapid charging space. With this partnership, we want help bring more products with a rapid charging technology, to the mainstream market”. The lead investors...

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Huawei continued to lead the Chinese smartphone market in Q1 as it became top vendor by shipments

Huawei continued to lead the Chinese smartphone market in Q1 as it became top vendor by shipments

According to the latest quarterly China mobile phone tracker report from International Data Corporation (IDC) on May 4, shipments in the Chinese smartphone market grew 0.8% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2017. Huawei delivered strong results with shipment of 20.8 million, up 25.5% from a year earlier and ranking No. 1 in the country. The data show that in addition to Huawei’s growth, shipments of OPPO and VIVO also increased but Apple, Xiaomi and other brands saw sales decline, among which Apple suffered the largest slump, down 26.7% year-over-year. IDC expects overall growth in the Chinese smartphone market in 2017 to be lower than in 2016, which saw growth of 8.6%. The first half of the year will see a flat trend and growth will pick up in the second half. IDC believes cyclical changes led to the slowdown in China’s smartphone market in the first quarter. Firstly, the overall market saw weakness in the quarter due to cyclicality, with the Spring Festival holiday season prompting a stagnation of shipments across channels. Secondly, as phone makers increased shipments in the fourth quarter of last year, pushing inventory to a higher level, in the first quarter they were actively cutting capacity and consequentially reduced new model launches. To clear inventory for upcoming Spring/Summer new product releases, vendors will digest existing models. Despite this, consumer demand for smartphones remains strong, especially for upgraded devices. Huawei, the world’s No.3 smartphone maker, maintained its dominance in the Chinese market with year-over-year growth of 25.5% thanks to the brand’s stronghold in the mid-tier and high-end segments: it has consolidated its position in the premium market with offerings including the P-series and Mate-series. The IDC report shows the Honor sub-brand also delivered strong results in the middle market, with market share posting double-digit growth. Against the backdrop of a slowdown in the smartphone market, the competitive landscape has seen competition intensify as consumers are showing robust demand for smartphones, especially for upgraded devices. To meet consumer demand, manufacturers are maintaining a rapid pace of product iterations and upgrades, continuing to step up marketing efforts, which are mainly reflected in the following aspects: First, Chinese vendors are striving to disrupt the extant competitive landscape in the higher-end segment. Although Apple has been dominating the high-end market, tier-one domestic smartphone brands are rapidly increasing their market share in the premium segment. Chinese players can only gain advantages in future competition after securing a stable position in the middle- and high-end market. Second, the rapid expansion of offline experience stores is now a key battleground. In the past year, top Chinese phone brands have paid more attention to offline channel expansion and...

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