Driven by the success of Chinese brands in the country, the Indian smartphone market has surpassed the US market annually for the first time and has developed into the second-largest market in the world. China still comes first.
According to a report by Counterpoint Research, deliveries from India reached 158 million in the calendar year 2019, with an annual growth of 7% (year on year).
Xiaomi continued to be the best player with a 28% market share in 2019. Samsung was in second place with 21% and Vivo in third place with 16%, according to the Market Monitor Service from Kontrapunkt
“Although the growth rate for the smartphone market reached a single-digit figure for the first time in the year, India is below average compared to many other markets with a 4G penetration of subscribers of around 55 percent,” said Tarun Pathak, associate director, Counterpoint said towards IANS.
“The participation of Chinese brands reached a record of 72% in 2019, compared to 60% in the previous year. This year all major Chinese companies have expanded their presence in offline and online channels to gain market share. For example, Xiaomi, Realme, and OnePlus have expanded their out-of-line outlets, while brands like Vivo have expanded their reach in line with the Z and U series, “said Anshika Jain, a counterpoint research analyst with IANS.
In the past four years, Xiaomi, Vivo, and OnePlus have grown 15 times, 24 times and 18 times.
“This underlines that OEMs are mature enough to take advantage of the next wave of growth and expand their business in India,” added Jain.
Samsung deliveries decreased by 5% in 2019 (year over year).
“This is the first time that Samsung has switched to a completely new portfolio for different channels (which does not correspond to the A series and the M series). However, it must redouble its efforts to keep the momentum going, ”the report said.
While the smartphone market saw growth over the previous year, the feature phone market saw a sharp decline in 2019 of almost 42% year-on-year and 38% (year-on-year) in the fourth quarter of 2019.
“This is due to the slowdown in new Reliance Jio deliveries. However, players like itel, Lava, Nokia and Micromax saw positive annual growth despite the general segment shrinking and showing the untapped potential of the market, “the report said. According to the report, itel became the phone brand in the fourth quarter of 2019 one followed by Samsung and Lava.
Xiaomi Mi A3 receives permanent price reduction in India
Xiaomi’s Android One smartphone, Mi A3, received a permanent price cut in India. The Xiaomi Mi A3 is now available for an entry-level price of 11,999 rupees on all platforms. The 6 GB variant of the Mi A3 also received a price reduction.
Xiaomi launched the Mi A3 in India last summer for the base model with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The Xiaomi Mi A3 with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage now costs 14,999 rupees. The smartphone was previously sold for 15,999 rupees. The new reduced price for Mi A3 also applies to mi.com, Amazon India, Flipkart and retail stores. The smartphone is available in three colors: white, blue and gray.
In terms of specifications, the Xiaomi Mi A3 has a 6.88-inch full HD + screen with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The smartphone works with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor and the graphics GPU Adreno 610. My A3 is operated with 4,030 mAh with support for 18 W charging. The smartphone is equipped with a USB Type-C port for charging.
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For photography, the Xiaomi Mi A3 comes with a triple configuration on the back with a 48-megapixel primary sensor (Sony IMX586), an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor (119-degree field of view) and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is a 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
Take 3D photos on your iPhone or Android phone with this application
Whether you have a new phone like the iPhone 11 or an older phone like the Motorola Moto G6 or the iPhone 6S, you can now take 3D photos with your camera. All thanks to a new application called LucidPix. Instead of requiring a special accessory or two rear-facing cameras, the application uses artificial intelligence (AI) to render 3D photos that move as the phone flips and moves.
LucidPix captures 3D photos with your phone’s normal camera and can also convert your existing 2D photos to 3D. Finished images can be released in the application community or on other platforms such as Facebook, which supports the display of 3D images. By adding this social aspect to the application, users can share and view 3D images like people with 2D images on Instagram or Snapchat. In fact, there are several large groups on Facebook that deal with 3D photos. At the moment, LucidPix seems to be the easiest way to create and customize your own 3D snapshots. If you want further adjustments to your photos, you can also add a variety of 3D frames with LucidPix.
Lucid, the company behind the application, showed its magic of images at CES from January 6-10. LucidPix doesn’t use special hardware like the Red Hydrogen phone for $ 1300 (2019 USD), but takes 3D photos with software that mimics how humans process the depth of the brain. The software was launched on the company’s LucidCam VR180 camera and used by Red on the hydrogen phone and on the unpublished Red 8K 3D Lithium 3D film camera.
When the term “3D” appears, you usually think of faulty products such as 3D TVs and 3D phones. Part of the problem with 3D is that it is often promoted as the start of a new product category rather than being viewed as a new expression tool. Lucid intelligently takes on the role of 3D as a creative tool.
“The way consumers express themselves digitally and visually has increasingly become what we naturally see with our own eyes,” said Han Jin, founder and CEO of Lucid. “As a result, the visual medium has become multi-dimensional in recent years, which has led to the creation of more pictures of portraits, 3D content and the creation of AR and VR.”
LucidPix will be available for iOS and Android later this year, although you can now register for early access on the LucidPix website. The application will be free with a watermark embedded in your photo, but you can delete it for $ 1 per photo. The free version is aimed at casual users and allows users to test the application before paying for the “Pro” version. The Pro version includes unlimited use of the application for $ 6 a month or $ 52 a year.