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By Usman Khan Lodhi
Google Assistant adds deep integration for some third-party apps
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Voice commands for Google Assistant are about to get smarter, as the Mountain View firm is adding the ability to directly interact with third-party Android apps, which means users can now search apps and even use voice commands for popular tasks. The integration will let users ask for news on Twitter, send messages, browse their shopping cart, and more. Here are some of the things that you can say to Assistant:
While the feature isn't available for every single Android just yet, Google said that Assistant will work with the top 30 apps on the Play Store for now, and support for more apps will come soon.
The feature is rolling out today on all Assistant-supported Android devices and works with apps like Twitter, Snapchat, Discord, MyFitnessPal, Nike Run Club, and more. To see a list of commands that you can use, say "Hey Google, show my shortcuts." You can also set up personalized shortcuts on this page.
This capability helps Assistant be a much more powerful digital helper, as users will be able to interact with third-party apps when their hands are full or they don't want to touch their phone. Additionally, this feature could provide accessibility to people with visual impairments.
By Jefferson Mangubat
Samsung Galaxy M31 is available to purchase in the Netherlands for €279
by Jefferson Mangubat
Samsung has launched the Galaxy M31 in the Netherlands. The smartphone was originally announced in India last February as a successor of the Galaxy M30s.
The mid-range phone features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity U display with FHD+ resolution. It also has a massive battery at 6000mAh, which Samsung says can make the phone last up to 48 hours for various tasks such as watching videos or playing games. The battery also has support for 15W charging.
Its quad-camera setup at the back rocks a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle camera, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 5MP macro shooter. For selfie addicts, the Galaxy M31 boasts a 32MP front camera. Its camera also supports 4K video recording, with a couple of nifty features like hyperlapse and slow-mo. Other camera features include super-steady and special night modes.
Inside the device is an Exynos 9611 processor paired with a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It comes in blue, black and red color options. The phone can be purchased via Samsung's partner retailers including Coolblue and Bol.com for €279.
By Ather Fawaz
Apple is now selling refurbished models of the iPhone XR for $499
by Ather Fawaz
Announced back in 2018 and starting at $749, the iPhone XR borrowed design principles from Apple's higher-end offerings while coming in at a lower price point. According to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of product marketing, the iPhone XR was the "best-selling iPhone each and every day that it’s been on sale.”
Now, as spotted by MacRumours, just under two years after its initial launch, Apple started selling unlocked, refurbished iPhone XR handsets on its official website. The lowest price is $499 for a Black or Yellow refurbished iPhone XR with 64 GB of storage, saving you $100. At a higher price of $539, Coral, White, Yellow, Black variants of the handsets are also available, saving you $110. For $639, you can the highest available storage at 256 GB, and this will save you $120, though it is only available in Black color, unlike the rest of the options.
As noted before, these handsets are unlocked so you can put in a SIM card of your preferred carrier right out of the box. Apple claims that all refurbished iPhone models are repackaged in a new box with new accessories and manuals. They also come with a new battery and are thoroughly inspected, tested, and cleaned.
At $499, the refurbished 64GB iPhone XR is just $100 over the newly launched iPhone SE. Though the latter boasts faster performance and a better camera, the former has a bigger display and a larger battery. It will be interesting to see how this affects the decisions of any customers looking to upgrade their older iPhones.
By News Staff
This Unlocked Teracube 6GB RAM/128GB Smartphone is 14% off for $298.99
by Steven Parker
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Smartphone shipments fell by 13% in Q1 2020 due to coronavirus outbreak and lockdown
by Rajesh Pandey
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to worldwide smartphone shipments to fall by 13% to 272 million units in Q1 2020. For comparison, 313.9 million smartphones were shipped in Q1 2019. The smartphone market had grown continuously in Q3 and Q4 2019 before the coronavirus outbreak led to a dramatic fall in sales worldwide in the first quarter of 2020.
Samsung continued to lead the market with 21.9% market share as it shipped 59.6 million smartphones -- a noticeable drop from 71.5 million smartphones that it shipped in the same quarter a year ago. Huawei came in close second and shipped 49 million smartphones and captured 18% of the smartphone market in Q1 2020. It registered a 17% decline in its annual growth and shipped 10.1 million fewer smartphones when compared to the same quarter in 2019. The company has been focusing hard on the Chinese market as the US Entity ban ensures it cannot ship smartphones with Google Play suite pre-loaded worldwide.
Source: Canalys Apple shipped 37.1 million iPhones in Q1 2020 and took the third position. Despite the decline in shipments from 40.2 million units in Q1 2019, the company's market share increased from 12.8% to 13.6%. Xiaomi and Vivo came in fourth and fifth respectively and both companies managed to ship more smartphones in Q1 2020 than they did in the same quarter in 2019. Xiaomi shipped 30.2 million smartphones while Vivo shipped 24.2 million smartphones.
Things are looking bleak in Q2 2020 for the smartphone market as well since the lockdown in most countries has been extended until at least the end of May. As per analyst Ben Stanton, this "will test the mettle of the industry, and some companies, especially offline retailers, will fail without government support." A number of smartphone companies will have to revisit their strategy once the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown are fully realized.