Smartphone market shows Q1 strength

first_img Tags Smartphone shipments to ride 5G wave Michael doesn’t want to admit that he has been a journalist and editor for close to 20 years covering a diverse set of subjects including shipping and shipbuilding, fixed and mobile telecoms, and motorcycling…More Read more Previous ArticleVodafone NZ, Sky find alternative path to mergerNext ArticleSony mobile unit turns a profit despite unit sales slip Author KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Michael Carroll HomeDevicesNews Smartphone market shows Q1 strengthcenter_img Devices Related AppleHuaweiIDCOPPOSamsungVivo IDC analysts said the global smartphone market is “not dead”, as preliminary figures for Q1 showed better-than-expected global shipment growth.The research company noted shipments in the opening three months of 2017 bucked an apparent trend of slowing gains, following what Ryan Reith, VP of IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers programme, called a “pivotal year” in 2016 when “growth dipped to low single digits for the first time”.IDC said its initial Q1 2017 analysis shows consumer demand for smartphones remains strong, with flagship “hype” as strong as ever.“The first quarter smartphone results further prove that the smartphone industry is not dead and that growth still exists,” Reith said, adding the figures back an IDC prediction of further growth through 2017.Total global shipments in Q1 of 347.4 million units were 4.3 per cent higher than the same period in 2016. IDC previously forecast year-on-year growth of 3.6 per cent.Vendor breakdownWhile Reith noted flagship device announcements including Huawei’s P10 and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 (pictured) show innovation in the smartphone sector is still possible, IDC said Q1 shipments growth was mostly fueled by Chinese OEMs including Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, each of which maintained a trend of outpacing overall market growth.Research manager Anthony Scarsella explained IDC expects the majority of growth through the rest of 2017 to “come from more affordable models in a variety of markets”.“Despite all the popularity and media hype around premium devices, we continue to witness a shift in many companies’ portfolios geared towards affordable devices with premium-type styling compared to flagship models,” he added.IDC stated Samsung may have finally drawn a line under its Galaxy Note 7 problems following a positive initial response to its Galaxy S8, which was unveiled late in the opening quarter.The vendor maintained its position as the world’s largest smartphone vendor during Q1, despite shipments of 79.2 million units being flat year-on-year (see chart, click to enlarge).Apple’s shipments of 51.6 million units were also broadly flat year-on-year, while Huawei increased shipments 21.7 per cent to 34.2 million units. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 APR 2017 Huawei founder urges shift to softwarelast_img read more

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Smyrna Considers Body Cameras For Officers After Shooting

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Add to My List In My List For Whom The Bell Rings Police in Smyrna are considering equipping police with body cameras nearly a month after an officer fatally shot a man while delivering an arrest warrant.Officials have said Smyrna Police Sgt. Kenneth Owens shot 23-year-old Nicholas Taft Thomas on March 25 at a Goodyear store. Police say Thomas drove a Maserati toward officers as they tried to serve him a warrant for a parole violation. Owens has been placed on an administrative leave.The Marietta Daily Journal reports Smyrna Police Chief David Lee suggested buying body cameras at a work session in April. City Council members have expressed concerns about privacy and technical issues. The discussion about body cameras hasn’t reached a consensus.A City Council member says purchasing 75 cameras would cost the city $68,000.last_img read more

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2013 Felt Road, Mountain Bike Highlights – Details & Actual Weights

first_imgFelt’s 2013 bicycle lineup was formally introduced this summer, but we wanted some weights and a few more pics.The Nine FRD carbon fiber 29er hardtail (above) is their first bike under their new Felt Race Development program. It uses a 12k woven carbon outer layer with TeXtreme to increases toughness and save weight. It makes the frame just as strong and stiff a the 1000g standard Nine frame but lighter. This complete bike with Fox fork, XTR built and ENVE cockpit comes in at 18lb 10oz.Available as a frameset only, and more things are in the works…hopefully the Edict Nine is high on the list. Check the actual frame weights below, plus actual weights for the rest of their new bikes… This one had steel hardware, it ships with alloy hardware, so it’ll be a little lighter than the 1020g shown on the left. Just for fun, they wanted us to weigh it with only the alloy headset races and threaded inserts remaining, all other hardware removed. It came in at just 870g. This one’s an 18″ frame, as is the complete bike at the top.How particular were they about saving weight on the FRD? Jeff Soucek, director of R&D, says they used a direct mount rear dérailleur because it saves about 10 grams over a standard set up when you factor in the lack of the B-knuckle. The standard Nine frames also get their new cable guides, which bolt on. This actually adds just a few grams, but it’s a much more elegant looking solution than molded in curves that’d require unsightly zip ties.A standard Nine 1 comes in at 22lb 13oz with a much less expensive cockpit and XT/XTR drivetrain. Tires aren’t to spec, they wanted something beefier for rolling over the rocks at Bootleg Canyon.Moving into XC full suspension, the new Edict Nine 1 comes in at 26lb 4oz.The long travel Compulsion tips the scales at 31lb 9oz.It’s running a thru-axle on the alloy rear end. Depending on the spec level, the front triangle is either carbon fiber or alloy.The shock mount on the rocker arm has two positions, changing travel from 150mm to 160mm. Counterintuitively, it does actually steepen the head angle a bit in the longer travel mode. If you’re running  TALAS or other adjustable travel fork, you can overcome this.ROAD & TRIATHLONThe redesigned Z Series is their performance endurance bike. In testing, there’s a full 3cm of wheelbase compliance built into the frame. The fork and frame are designed to move in the proper ways throughout all the tubes to provide a comfortable ride without giving up stage race-able performance. The Ultegra Di2 equipped model comes in at 17lb flat.That includes a climber’s shifter pod mounted to the handlebar. Installation could be a bit cleaner than zip ties, but position is good.The Z3.The alloy Z bikes are redesigned, too, and look really good but lose some of the frame compliance. The Z85 shown here. Not shown, the ZW series is a women’s specific version of it.The B Series also gets redesigned to bring the cost of their Tri bikes down without giving up too much of the aerodynamic advantages of the more integrated DA bikes. Frame is UCI legal, the TorHans water bottle is not.They still make some of the coolest looking cruiser bikes, too. Despite pushing 50lbs for many models, we’ve been able to outsprint some friends on one.last_img read more

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Brian Berry

first_imgBrian Berry is chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the UK’s largest trade association in the building industry. Prior to his current appointment Brian was director of external affairs at the FMB, responsible for UK and EU policy, public affairs and media relations.  Before joining the FMB, he was head of UK public policy at the RICS. Brian is a regular commentator on construction issues in the media and is a Freeman of the City of London and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.last_img read more

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UPDATED: Expect Difficult Driving Conditions Due To Heavy Snowfall

first_imgSnow and blowing snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 15 inches are expected with the highest amounts near  Turnagain Pass. Blowing snow expected from Turnagain Pass to  Seward with north winds gusting to 30 mph near Seward. Drivers should jplan on slippery road conditions, and expect reduced visibilities to one half mile or less at times. The location has extended through to Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, and Moose Pass. The advisory remains in effect until 9pm on Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a special winter weather advisory for the Kenai Peninsula starting at 9am on Sunday. Original Post:  Blowing snow expected in Homer  beginning late Sunday evening with southwest winds gusting to 30 mph. The advisory is from 9am Sunday to 5am Monday. Heavy snow is expected in the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer,  and Cooper Landing. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches are expected, with highest amounts along the Sterling Highway  corridor from Homer up to Kenai. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Time and Location Extended:  A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov.last_img read more

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