Global smartphone sales tumbled 14 percent in February as the coronavirus spread in China and overseas, Counterpoint Research said on Thursday, a likely harbinger of more declines as outbreaks worsen in many parts of the world.
The outbreak prompted Apple and other smartphone makers to shut their China stores in February and government data suggests Apple sold less than 500,000 smartphones in the mainland Chinese market during the month.
China, which saw sales drop 38 percent in February from a year earlier, is now showing signs of recovery with many stores re-opening in mid-March.
There are also signs of recovery in South Korea, but for other parts of the world, “the worst is yet to come,” said Jean Park, a senior analyst at Counterpoint.
Smartphone makers are facing new supply chain disruptions as more countries impose lockdown orders. On Tuesday, Foxconn, one of Apple’s key suppliers, said it would suspend operations in India in compliance with government orders.
© Thomson Reuters 2019
OnePlus to announce OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, April 14 – CNET
Chinese phone maker OnePlus will announce its latest flagship phones for the year, known as theand the 8 Pro, on April 14. Known for selling premium Android phones at hundreds of dollars less than its competitors like Samsung and Google, OnePlus will unveil the devices through a digital event.
As follow-ups to theand , the phones are confirmed to have and , a step up from 2019’s 90Hz screens. Because of these features, the phones are likely to be pricier than last year’s, something OnePlus CEO Pete Lau anticipated.
“We’ve always had a position in creating the best product possible at the best price point,” said Lau in a. “The new technology does add costs so costs have risen in comparison to 4G products.”
Other rumors includefor the front-facing camera, and a new teal color. A possible budget-minded variant called the has been floated as well.
For more information, check back with CNET on April 14 as we will be covering the announcement and let us know if you’re planning to get a OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro.
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Microsoft says Skype users surge amid coronavirus outbreak – Financial Post
Microsoft Corp said on Monday its video calling platform Skype saw a 70% jump in usage in March from a month earlier, as more people shift to working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The platform is being used by 40 million people, the company said in a blog post, adding that Skype-to-Skype calling minutes jumped 220% from a month earlier.
(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)
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