Moto Makes a Strong Comeback in the US, Enters Top 5: Counterpoint

Moto Makes a Strong Comeback in the US, Enters Top 5: Counterpoint

Lenovo brand Moto made a significant comeback in the US in the third quarter this year, almost doubling its volumes and market share annually and was the fastest growing brand, Counterpoint Research said on Saturday.

The US smartphone shipments remained flat during the third quarter. Moto, ZTE, and LG registered strong gains and Verizon remained the largest smartphone sales channel, revealed Counterpoint’s Market Monitor programme.

“Motorola jumped back into the top five rankings after a long time. Motorola’s focus on affordable devices for prepaid/unlocked market and breaking out from Verizon’s shadows helped drive growth during the quarter,” said Research Analyst Archana Srinivasan.

Motorola also benefited in terms of visibility with presence across all four of the major carriers with its Moto Z2 Force Edition in premium segment.

“The Moto E series was actually the key volume driver for Motorola during the quarter across prepaid and open channels,” Srinivasan added.

Verizon had a good quarter and remained the biggest channel for smartphone sales, followed by T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint.

“LG had a strong quarter recording highest ever volume for the third quarter closing on Samsung volumes, especially at T-Mobile & Sprint,” said Research Director Neil Shah.

Apple iPhone 7 was the most popular smartphone in the US. The Moto E4 and LG Stylo 3 were also solid performers. LG grew its share to 17.6 percent.

ZTE grew its smartphone volumes 34 percent (year-on-year).

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Moto X4 India Launch Set for Today, Watch Live Stream Here

Moto X4 India Launch Set for Today, Watch Live Stream Here

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moto X4 price in India is expected to start from Rs. 23,999
  • The smartphone was originally unveiled at IFA 2017
  • Moto X4 was originally planned for an October 3 India launch

Moto X4 India launch is scheduled for Monday, at a New Delhi event scheduled to begin at 2:30pm IST. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for more details from the Moto X4 India launch event, as they happen. The smartphone was one of the first to come with inbuilt support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, and based on Android 7.1 Nougat, it of course also supports Google Assistant. Other highlights include IP68 water and dust resistance. So far, the expected Moto X4 price in India has been leaked – Rs. 23,999. This is significantly lower than the EUR 399 (roughly Rs. 30,300) price tag given to it at its launch during IFA 2017. To note, the Moto X4 was originally supposed to launch on October 3, before being delayed. We also know the smartphone will be a Flipkart exclusive. You can watch the live stream of the Moto X4 launch below.

 

Moto X4 specifications, features

The Moto X4 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box and sports a single-SIM slot (Nano) – however, the India variant can be expected to come with dual-SIM card support. It bears a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS IPS display with 424ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The smartphone is powered by the 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core SoC paired with Adreno 508 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Inbuilt storage is at 32GB, but there is scope for further expansion using the microSD card slot (up to 2TB).

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Another highlight of the Moto X4 is its dual rear camera setup, with one 12-megapixel dual autofocus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels, and one 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor with 120-degree field of view, f/2.2 aperture, and 1.12-micron pixels. The setup features a colour correlated temperature (CCT) dual-LED flash and PDAF. It brings a host of features like ultra-wide angle shot, professional mode, depth detection and depth effects, selective Focus, selective Black & White (beta), background replacement (beta), spot colour, landmark/object recognition, scan barcodes/QR codes/Business cards, panorama mode, slo-motion video, and best shot.

 

The Moto X4 has a 16-megapixel front camera with flash support, f/2.0 aperture, and 1-micron pixels. It comes with features like adaptive low light mode, selfie panorama, face filters, beautification mode, and professional mode.

Connectivity options on the Moto X4 include NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), GPS, GLONASS, 4G LTE, and FM radio support. The dimensions of the Moto X4 are at 148.35×73.4×7.99mm, and the smartphone weighs 163 grams. The smartphone sports an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. The Moto X4 packs a 3000mAh battery that claims to last all day, and even supports fast charging (six hours of power in 15 minutes).

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The Moto X4 has a new three-finger screenshot gesture (along with other Moto experiences), and comes with an inbuilt password manager called Moto Key. The latest Bluetooth support brings the ability to allow it to sync with four speakers or headphones at one time. Notably, the Moto X4 doesn’t offer Moto Mods support.

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Motorola Moto X4

Motorola Moto X4

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Display

5.20-inch

Processor

2.2GHz octa-core

Front Camera

16-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 7.1.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Updates Now Available to Download: What’s New

iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Updates Now Available to Download: What's New

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The iOS 11.1 update has 70 new emoji characters
  • The update brings back 3D Touch App Switcher that was live until iOS 11
  • Apple has also released new watchOS and tvOS updates

Weeks after rolling out three minor updates to iOS 11, Apple has released iOS 11.1 as the first major point release of its latest platform. The new update is available for all iOS 11-compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. The company has added a bunch of new emoji models as well as brought back the gesture-enabled 3D Touch App Switch through the newest update. Separately, it has released watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1 updates.

You can download the iOS 11.1 update on iPhone 5s and above models, iPad Air and above models, iPad mini 2 and above models, or the sixth generation iPod touch. To download the update, you need to go to Settings > General > Software Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. Your device should be running on a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air (OTA) update. Also, it is advisable to back up your data before beginning the update process.

The first major change that comes with the iOS 11.1 update is the range of over 70 new emoji characters that include new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, some more expressive smiley faces and gender-neutral characters. You would notice ten Unicode emoji models such as a crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head and face vomiting among others. Similarly, there are improvements to existing creatures like dolphin, bee, snail, and whale to enhance your messaging experience.

In addition to the new emoji characters, the iOS 11.1 update has tons of fixes and improvements for Photos and VoiceOver. The update has also brought back support for accessing the app switcher using 3D Touch. This means you can now press the left edge of the 3D Touch-enabled display of your iPhone to access the multitasking App Switcher interface – without using the home button. The feature was well present until the release of iOS 11, but Apple disabled its existence supposedly to promote the button-less gestures of the iPhone X.

The iOS update also includes a list of security improvements. Notably, it patches the widespread vulnerability that was recently spotted in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol and was letting attackers use a key reinstallation attack (KRACK) to decrypt network traffic and gain access to personal data.

watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1

Alongside the release of iOS 11.1, Apple has brought watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1. The new watchOS version is compatible with all the Apple Watch models, including the Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3, while the new tvOS is available for the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV devices.

The watchOS 4.1 update brings access to iCloud Music Library within the native Music app. There is also support for streaming music from both Apple Music and Radio. You leverage the LTE support of your Apple Watch Series 3 or connect your older Watch model to an active Wi-Fi network to stream your favourite tracks. Additionally, Apple has enabled GymKit support that will let you share your workout data through advanced gym equipment.

Here’s how you update to watchOS 4.1. First, you need to have at least 50 percent charge on the Apple Watch before you start the update – it is also recommended to keep it charging while updating. Your iPhone will to be in close proximity to the Apple Watch, and will need to be on Wi-Fi. After this, users will need to launch the Watch app on their iPhone and head to the My Watch tab and then General > Software Update. Enter the Watch passcode if prompted and then follow the prompts from your iPhone. The Apple Watch should restart twice before the update is completed.

Unlike the feature-rich watchOS 4.1, the tvOS 11.1 update doesn’t include any noticeable upgrades. The new version, however, fixes the WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability. Apple is also set to bring more settings control to Apple TV 4K users, but through tvOS 11.2, as spotted from the first developer beta of the next update.

To update to tvOS 11.1, users need to open the Settings app on their Apple TV, and then navigate to Settings > Systems > Software Update. Once this is done, the Apple TV will search for the update and you can proceed to download tvOS 11.1 following the on-screen prompts.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.1

Apple on Tuesday also released macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update, which brings new features apart from security and stability fixes. To start with, it supports 70 new emoji, including food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, and more. It fixes a bug where Bluetooth appeared as unavailable during Apple Pay transactions. It also improves the reliability of Microsoft Exchange message sync in Mail. Finaly, it fixes an issue where Spotlight does not accept keyboard input.

There are several changes for the enterprise crowd, but what’s more interesting are the number of security fixes, including a fix for WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol vulnerability that exposes it to KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks). To install the macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update, users need to open to the Mac App Store and navigate to the Updates tab to find the update.

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Microsoft HoloLens Is Headed to 29 New Markets

Microsoft HoloLens Is Headed to 29 New Markets

As demand for mixed reality grows in the modern workplace, Microsoft has announced that it has brought its mixed reality smart-glass HoloLens to 29 new European markets.

At the Future Decoded event in London on Wednesday, Microsoft outlined its vision for mixed reality in front of over 15,000 IT and business decision makers who came to talk about current and emerging trends happening at the intersection of business and technology.

“We shared how technologies like Microsoft 365, Microsoft HoloLens, Windows Mixed Reality, and 3D are helping companies, Firstline Workers, and Information Workers become agents of change in the modern workplace and digital transformation,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences, in a blogpost.

She said that mixed reality empowers people and organisations to achieve more and the experiences would help businesses and their employees complete crucial tasks faster, safer, more efficiently, and create new ways to connect to customers and partners.

“The era of mixed reality will serve as a catalyst for innovations in the workplace and we expect ‘Firstline Workers’ and ‘Information Workers’ to benefit significantly from solutions that blend our physical and digital reality,” she said.

With mixed reality, workers can change the content, the people, or even the location of a meeting, in a matter of seconds.

Mixed reality delivers interfaces that help workers act upon data generated from instrumented/intelligence devices, and connect seamlessly with others across physical space.

To make innovation easy and address growing demand for mixed reality solutions around the world, Microsoft said HoloLens is now coming to 29 new European markets, bringing the total number of HoloLens markets to 39.

“We are also working to bring some of the most-asked-for software updates for HoloLens to our existing customers. We are committed to delivering an update to existing customers sometime early next year,” she said.

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