Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker on the planet, but Apple’s tight reigns on the US market give the company a run for its money. Now, a report on last year’s numbers reveals that Apple absolutely dominated the US market while Samsung had the most successful Android phones of 2019.
Counterpoint Research today published numbers on the smartphone market for 2019 and the numbers are actually a bit surprising. Through the year on the global stage, Apple iPhone models took up six of the top ten spots for the year with the iPhone XR, 11, 8, 11 Pro Max, 7, and XS Max in that order.
On the Android side of things, the most successful smartphone of 2019 was Samsung’s Galaxy A50, closely followed by the Galaxy A10. Then, the OPPO A5 and Galaxy A20 rounded out the top ten smartphones of the year. Now, it’s important to note here that these top 10 models only made up 15% of total smartphone sales. While they all had high concentrations, the sheer number of models from Samsung, Huawei, and other brands leaves them with higher market share overall.
Samsung saw especially high success in Latin America, Europe, and Africa.
It’s Apple, though, which is the most impressive part of this report. The company’s more-affordable iPhone XR was the top-selling smartphone globally in 2019, followed closely by the iPhone 11 which was only on the market for 4 months of the entire year. Apple also absolutely dominated the US market with all of the top five models being iPhones.
Clearly, Apple had some massive hits on its hands that any Android maker can only dream of.
A few more interesting numbers are revealed in this report. Huawei, which spent most of 2019 dealing with bans from the US Entity List, only had its Huawei P30 appear in a single country’s top 5 list, specifically in fifth place for China. Motorola also managed to crack the top 5 in Latin America with its affordable Moto E5 Play.
Zoom Video stock slides as much as 15% after analyst joins in backlash on valuation fears – MarketWatch
Zoom Video Communications Inc. shares stumbled Monday after one analyst downgraded the stock, joining a backlash against the videoconferencing company as it deals with an unprecedented surge of users stuck at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
shares fell as much as 15% Monday to an intraday low of $108.53, while the broader market rallied more than 5%. Shares, however, pared losses to finish down 4.1% at $122.94, following a 15% decline last week that tied for the stock’s worst week in its nearly yearlong history.
Credit Suisse analyst Brad Zelnick downgraded Zoom to an underperform rating from neutral Monday and raised his price target to $105 from $95, on the basis that “the current share price embeds significantly greater conversion of free users than our upside model scenario.”
“We commend Zoom for being a superhero of the current health crisis, though our responsibility as equity analysts compels us to distinguish great companies from great stocks,” Zelnick said. In the long term, Zelnick said he believes Microsoft Corp.’s
Teams video service “remains the most significant competitive threat.”
In a note titled “No good deed goes unpunished,” Bernstein analyst Zane Chrane, who has an outperform rating and a target price of $125, said Zoom’s shortcomings are getting disproportionate attention given the surge with which the company has had to deal.
Chrane said “it’s to be expected that any company that has a 20x increase in demand in 90 days will inevitably have some growing pains, if they can even provide the service at all, so it’s worth considering the full context of Zoom’s oversights and alleged transgressions.”
Zoom shares started dropping from their March 23 record close of $159.56 as the COVID-19-fueled rise in the service’s popularity exposed security concerns. Back in January, Check Point Software Technologies Inc.
identified a flaw in Zoom that let intruders eavesdrop on meetings. While the flaw had been fixed, Check Point recently published guidelines on how Zoom users could better protect themselves while they used the service.
“Zoom’s exponential growth in usage has resulted in additional scrutiny of its technology, leading to a recent spike in security concerns,” Credit Suisse’s Zelnick said. “While many of these issues, especially those stemming from user error, will likely be resolved in short order, we anticipate others may linger for some time.”
On Friday, Zoom Chief Executive Eric Yuan responded to concerns that certain meetings had been allowed to connect to systems in China and that the company had failed to “fully implement our usual geofencing best practices.”
Those security concerns prompted New York City’s Department of Education to tell principal to stop using Zoom, suggesting they use Microsoft Teams or video services through Alphabet Inc.’s
Google Hangouts, according to a CNBC report.
Of the 25 analysts who cover Zoom, nine have overweight or buy ratings, 12 have hold ratings, and four have sell ratings, with an average price target of $118.90, according to FactSet data.
LRT's winter testing was done indoors, not on the tracks – Ottawa Citizen
Cold-weather testing on the LRT system did high-tech lab work, but never actually drove the trains in an Ottawa winter.
Indoor lab tests by the National Research Council featured cold, wind, snow and ice that tested the Citadis Spirit’s ability to keep running.
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But when they began real service, the trains ran into unforeseen factors — power losses, frozen switches and more — that caused breakdowns and a winter of discontent for passengers.
Rideau Transit Group has refused a councillor’s request to make public the details of its cold-weather testing.
The city clerk’s office will let individual councillors view the test results, but not have copies, so the public will never see either the results or even the testing methods.
City officials say the tests went well and issued a brief summary. But this summary indicates there was no actual driving involved.
And the summary makes no mention of testing for the effects of salt and dirt — factors that crippled LRT fleet by causing electrical arcing.
Hashtag Trending – Schools ban Zoom; Skype introduces video meetings; Video chat tips – IT World Canada
Schools in New York get cold feet about Zoom, Skype introduces video meetings with no sign-up, and ways to make video chats let’s painful for those who don’t like staring at their own mug.
Teachers in New York City are once again scrambling to find a videoconferencing service after the city’s Department of Education announced that it was banning Zoom, citing security and privacy issues with the platform like the recent cases of Zoombombings. The department encouraged teachers to turn to Microsoft Teams. which is compliant with FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. According to Chalkbeat, the DOE has started training teachers and staff in using Microsoft Teams, and will continue those trainings in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Skype has brought in a new type of video call that doesn’t require you to sign up for an account to join the chat, similar to Zoom. There’s one important difference though – the host doesn’t needs to sign up for the service, or install anything. Skype describes its new Meet Now feature as a “hassle-free way to connect” with others. The service can be accessed with the click of a few bottoms through Skype’s website.
And lastly, video chats are crucial during these strange times, but let’s face it, many of us hate them because it involves looking at your own mug on camera while talking to others. Thousands of LinkedIn users are talking about ways to get used to looking at ourselves, citing reports that indicate 72 per cent of employees feel distracted by their own appearance during video chats, while 58 per cent worry about looking tired or washed out. Another 2016 study from video-conferencing company Highfive found that 59% of employees feel more self-conscious onscreen than they do in real life. But remember, a few simple adjustments with lighting, room selection and laptop placement can lift you out from the land of the shadows — and ultimately help you come across as your best self.
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