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I'm late with this news, but WTF +OnePlus?? The people who work at the company must have some form of mental sickness if they thought this was a good idea. Then again, OnePlus does have a history of very controversial marketing campaigns, so I guess this is right in their wheelhouse.

Bunch of sickos.

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In Q4 2016, Samsung and Apple led the Malaysian market taking first and second place respectively, but Oppo is the biggest gainer this quarter, with a 109% increase in shipments compared to Q4 last year.

As for the whole of 2016, Samsung still remains top dog with Oppo, Huawei, Asus, and Apple trailing behind. Oppo again enjoyed the largest growth, with 67% more shipments than 2015.

The Note 7 debacle didn't affect Samsung in Malaysia, as their sales come largely from the more affordable midrange segment of the market. Apple is suffering with 17% fewer shipments in 2016 compared to the previous year, no doubt thanks to the higher prices of the iPhone.

Other major brands like HTC, LG, Motorola, and Sony are all categorised under "Others", showing that these brands are just not making a dent in the Malaysian market. Surprisingly too, Xiaomi is no longer a top 5 OEM in Malaysia. I wonder why that is.

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After detailing the work that went into designing the Pixel [1], Google is now asking for feedback and suggestions on the design for the next generation Pixel. How many of these suggestions will be taken into consideration though, is another question.

[1] https://plus.google.com/+JazliAziz/posts/13hNTBp6ez8

#madebygoogle #Pixel 

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Here's a very detailed article on the design decisions that went into the Pixel.

Joann Eckstut, a color consultant and coauthor of "The Secret Language of Color" says that blue is unique in its polarity. It can represent both the working class ("blue collar") and the very rich ("blue blooded"). It’s omnipresent in the sky and seas, but is still rare to find in nature. And though it’s largely considered a masculine color today, blue was more of a feminine color up until the 1940s.

#madebygoogle #Pixel #PixelXL 

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Is Google's "Pixelation" of the Google Assistant forcing OEMs to look elsewhere?

I missed this bit of news last month. The Huawei Mate 9 is the first smartphone to launch with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. That's right, an Android phone with Amazon's voice assistant, not Google's. It's not Huawei's fault though. Like other OEMs, Huawei doesn't have access to the Google Assistant, forcing the company to look elsewhere for an AI voice assistant.

Huawei is also rumoured to be developing its own voice assistant [1], just like Samsung [2]. This will probably add to the fragmentation of Android, as different manufacturers offer different voice assistants. I don't mind the Pixel having exclusive features, but I never agreed with Google's decision to make the Google Assistant one of them. As we can see now, it seems to be forcing OEMs away from Google, as far as AI voice assistants go.

[1] http://pocketnow.com/2017/02/16/huawei-own-voice-assistant-domestic-smartphones

[2] https://plus.google.com/+JazliAziz/posts/9Rf5mSsLNEY

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I have this personal opinion on feature parity, that if a midrange smartphone has a particular feature, a flagship must have it as well, or better. There might be certain exceptions, but more often than not I think this is how it should be.

If a midrange device has a 1080p display, a flagship must have a 1440p display. If a midrange device has 2GB of RAM, a flagship must have at least 3GB. And if a midrange device has IP68 resistance, a flagship must as well. It's a very simplistic approach, and I know balancing features and cost is tough for manufacturers, but it just won't make sense if your flagship doesn't have the same features as your midrange devices do.

The same can be applied when comparing OEMs as well. If a Samsung midrange device offers IP68 resistance, you should expect competing OEMs to have the same feature on their flagships. If a midrange Moto device has a 1080p display, OEM flagships should have a 1440p display, so on and so forth.
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It's great to see Lenovo outlets in Malaysia actively marketing the Moto brand, but outside of their outlets marketing is still very sparse. I've still only seen one Motorola ad in public, a billboard on a major highway.

Related: https://plus.google.com/+JazliAziz/posts/5Tz44ooMhbC

#Lenovorola #Motorola #Lenovo 
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Social media will be flooded with "Apple invents wireless charging" once the new iPhone is out.

How many of you wanna bet that Apple will somehow restrict wireless charging on the new iPhone to only work with Apple-branded wireless chargers? Something similar to how NFC on the iPhone only works for Apple Pay.

#Apple #iPhone 

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I don't think many people were excited about Bixby to begin with. This will probably quell any excitement that did exist anyway.

#Samsung #S8 

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This is great. No more fugly flat tires made infamous by the Moto 360.

#Smartwatches   #LG  
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