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Huawei touts growth as smartphone shipments rise 26 percent

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The company says it was able to double the amount of shipments on the premium side of the market and that it shipped nearly 17 million units worldwide in the third quarter.

Mobile-telecommunications company Huawei saw smartphone shipments jump considerably in the last quarter.

Huawei’s worldwide smartphone shipments rose 26 percent year-over-year in the third quarter to land at 16.8 million units, the company confirmedto Reuters on Thursday. Huawei says that roughly 4 million of those smartphones were mid- to high-end models — double what the company shipped in that area during the same period last year.

Huawei has made great strides in building higher-end smartphones. The company offers the Ascend Mate 7, a device featuring a 6-inch display, fingerprint sensor, octa-core processor and fingerprint scanner all in a metal body. Earlier this month, CNET’s editors gave the device a score of “very good,” saying that it’s “a decent choice for those of you looking for movies and games on the go.”

Also last month, Huawei unveiled the Ascend P7, another high-end handset. That device comes with a 5-inch sapphire screen and ceramic back, so it’s more resistant to scratches.

Even with Huawei’s success to this point, the company has failed to break in to the biggest smartphone market: the US. Though consumers can pick up the company’s products in the US, few have. The vast majority of Huawei’s sales are in other major markets, like its home country of China. The company is also seeing growth in other foreign markets.

Looking ahead, Huawei says the good times should keep rolling. The company told Reuters that in the fourth quarter, shipments will be up 80 percent quarter-over-quarter.

Galaxy Note 4: Best Big-Screen Phone, Says Samsung; Analysts Believe Note 4 Unlikely To Beat iPhone 6 Plus


Samsung released a new promotional advertisement on YouTube recently showcasing the killer Galaxy Note 4 phablet’s features including the Quad HD display, improved and intelligent S Pen stylus, multitasking and better cameras, to name a few. At the end of the commercial, Samsung cheekily boasts the Galaxy Note 4 phablet is the best big-screen phone.

As with umpteen reviews, the Galaxy Note 4 has been praised for its humongous display complemented by Super AMOLED technology. Nevertheless, is Note 4 the epic large-screen phablet ever? The criteria for accrediting a smartphone as the best might vary for different sets of people. Some might find iOS-powered phones or even Windows Phone-based handsets better than the Android counterparts, opines Phone Arena. [Scroll down to watch the ad.]

For many buyers, display may not even be a criterion. Instead, how a handset performs with what is housed under the hood might be the make-or-break deal. Moreover, many would like to get stockAndroid experience and may not prefer Samsung’s TouchWiz UI interference. And there are some that would like to own a bigger screen than what Note 4 has to offer. Even though there is no clear-cut answer to the question of “which phone has the best display?,” Samsung seems to think Note 4 has it all.

Following this, Phone Arena conducted a poll to ascertain if the readers share the same feedback as Samsung. Roughly 80 percent of the voters agreed to Samsung’s claim that Note 4 is the best big-screen phone.

Moving on to the sales predictions, Samsung is banking on the Galaxy Note 4 to take the company back to growth trajectory. As readers might have heard, the company has been seeing a worrisome decline in profit over a period of time, pertaining to the global smartphone business unit, says NDTV.

With Note 4, Samsung has moved on to the premium-looking metal band instead of the typical plastic exterior, synonymous to Samsung products. Listening to customers’ feedback and analysing the consumer trend helped the company to improve the already favoured product. Nonetheless, it is too early to predict if Samsung’s declining trend would be given a life-line with the new Galaxy Note 4. Notably, the Note 4 hit the store shelves in the U.S. markets last week.

The silver lining, however, is that the reviews have been positive but analysts feel otherwise. According to reports, the redesigned Note 4 is unlikely to trump Apple iPhone 6 Plus. In the words of Lee Sei-chul, an analyst at Woori Investment and Securities, “It will not be easy. The Note 4 is a nice product but response to the iPhone 6 Plus has been good.”


Steps to Install CyanogenMod Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M11 on Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100


A new version of CyanogenMod CM11 M11 milestone version has been made available to the Samsung’s 2011 flagship smartphone Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100).

The new CM11 M11 series custom ROM is based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) v4.4.4 KitKat OS and is said to bring bug fixes, customisation options to boost device performance, new visual interface, shortcut for easy access to key apps and loads of personalisation options such as:

  • Adjustments to ‘Glove Mode’ (High Touch Sensitivity)
  • Translations updates from CyanogenMod CrowdIn team
  • Various security updates
  • Lockscreen: Do not play sounds while a phone call is active & MSIM updates
  • Show devices connected to your Wi-Fi (tethering) Hotspot
  • General bug fixes
  • Fixes signal strength showing ‘2147483647′ on certain devices
  • Fixes bug related to ‘switch to last app’ action while in Recent view
  • Fixes Navigation Bar arrow keys in RTL locales
  • Frameworks: Add base & MSIM APIs for SEEK (Secure Element Evaluation Kit) support
  • Frameworks: Fix volume button changing two ‘steps’ per click
  • Frameworks: Add ‘Screen Off’ action for double-tap/long-press configuration options
  • Frameworks & Core Apps: CAF and other upstream updates
  • Camera: Adds support for all available Slow Shutter speeds (hardware dependent); Improve shutter button
  • APN Updates for various regions
  • Dialer/InCallUI: Fixes smartcover always showing answer fragment
  • Performance tweaks and many more improvements to enhance user experience.
    • Though installing custom ROM improve the device’s performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
    • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation
    • This new CyanogenMod CM11 M11 Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware has to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9100 model only; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
    • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
    • Users make sure you have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100) will not be recognised by the computer.
    • Make sure your device has more than 80 percent battery, or else there is chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted mid-way.

    [Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

  • Step 1: Download CyanogenMod Android v4.4.4 KitKat custom firmware (HERE) and Google Apps (HERE) in to your PC.

    Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 to PC via USB cord.

    [Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware]

    Step 3: Then, place Android 4.4.4 KitKat zip file and Google Apps .zip file into the phone’s SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

    [Note: Before installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have been rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery tool.]

    Step 4: Now, turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

    Step 5: Then perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding ‘Volume (up)’, ‘Home’ and ‘Power’ buttons.

    Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by choosing ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option.

    [Note: use ‘Volume’ keys to navigate and ‘Power’ button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

    Step 7: Now, clear the cache memory by selecting ‘wipe cache partition’

    Step 8: Then to go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select ‘advanced’ and tap ‘wipe dalvik cache’ [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

    Step 9: Again come back to main recovery screen and then tap ‘install zip from SD card’

    Step 10: Then tap ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and go to Android 4.4.4 ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process.  Repaeat the same procedure to install Google Apps[Note: use ‘Volume’ keys to navigate and ‘Power’ button to select options]

    Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to ‘+++++Go Back+++++’ and re-start the device by opting ‘reboot system now’ seen in the recovery menu.

    Now, your device (Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

    Users then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of CyanogenMod Android 4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M11 custom ROM.

Android 5.0 Lollipop to Have Security Feature Kill Switch: Stolen Phones to Go Useless


Google unveiled the much speculated and written about handsets the Motorola Nexus 6 and the HTC Nexus 9 alongside the Asus Nexus Player and the next version of Android5.0 Lollipop.

The Android Lollipop will power the all the devices unveiled by Google. The Android Lollipop is packed with new features and also caters to business users. The Lollipop interface has a common look across all devices like cars, watches, TV along with phones and tablets, Hiroshi Lockheimer the Vice-President of Engineering said in aninterview to Re/code.

There is a law in California that requires all smartphones manufactured by the beginning of July 2015 to have a feature called the “kill switch”. This is to discourage thieves from stealing phones. Google has incorporated the kill switch into the Android 5.0 Lollipop. The new Android version includes a feature called “Factory Reset Protection”. When the phone is being reset to factory settings this feature would require a password entered before the reset. This can make the phone useless when stolen, according to Lockheimer.

The Verge reported San Francisco District Attorney General Gascon andNew York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stated that majority of the smartphone owners now have access to a theft deterrent solution. According to both of them, there is still work to be done as they want to see that all smartphones are enabled by default with this feature so that it will keep criminals at bay from stealing phones.

Apple iOS too has different theft protection features that have reduced the theft of iPhones considerably according to Gascon and Schneiderman. The move to inculcate a protection feature like the kill switch in the Android L will make a big difference to Android phones. Another feature in the new version of Android is data encryption. Users data will be automatically encrypted which adds to the security of the smartphone.

But this may not happen immediately because of the reason that being a user need to update their phones to the new version of Android and this would take some time. But, it would eventually happen. Microsoft is also gearing up to include the kill switch feature into the Windows phone.

What makes Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus desirable

Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be launched in India on October 17.


Ever since the launch of Apple Inc’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the global demand for the new phones has set new records. Both models will launch in India on October 17, and already the pre-booking orders show that it may be the most popular iPhone yet.

The response to the launch of a new Apple product continues to baffle the competition. Apple products have great software, eye-catching design and a powerful ecosystem of content, apps and services which power the company’s success. However, there are other models of mobile phones and tablets that offer similar levels of software, apps and design, and are also cheaper, yet they lack the kind of market response that greets an Apple product. What makes an iPhone so desirable across gender, age and cultures?

Brand developers put it down to something called ‘Sensory Branding’. Brands forge emotional associations in the customers’ minds by appealing to their senses. A multi-sensory brand experience generates certain beliefs, feelings, thoughts and opinions to create a brand image in the consumer’s mind, more personal and intimate than traditional mass marketing.

Although sensory techniques are used in relation to food and drink, it can also have a significant effect in other sectors. It can do what traditional forms of advertising cannot—appeal to two or more of the five senses.

Brands like Ferrari and Moet & Chandon meet the criteria of multi-sensory branding, but for a consumer product like a phone, tablet or music player, it is unusual.

Sensory marketing builds on the experiences lived by the consumers and his feelings in the process. These experiences have sensorial, emotional, cognitive, behavioural and relational dimensions, not just functional. What Apple does is stimulate the senses, to do with sight, hearing, touch and sound, and thereby create an image of Apple as ‘state-of-the-art’ lifestyle.