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Android 11 officially kills Daydream and the dream of smartphone VR

It was, like Thanos, inevitable but some might still get some feels with the revelation that Daydream VR is truly no more. At least not as far as Google is concerned. The writing on the wall has been there since last year so it was really only a matter of time before Android officially dropped support for Google’s remaining VR platform and with it goes the last remaining bastion of smartphone-powered VR headsets.

It may have sounded ingenious back then, especially when all you practically needed was some cardboard and specialized lenses. At least that was the appeal of Google Cardboard, what would eventually grow up to be Daydream, and it gave birth to a market of phone-powered VR headsets, many of them cheap and still available in markets.

Daydream, unfortunately, never reached its full potential, partly due to technical limitations and partly from lack of industry push and guidance.

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Smartphone Market will Showcase Neutral Impact during 2020-2024|Growing Adoption of AI in Smartphones to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the smartphone market and it is poised to grow by 64.05 mn units during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 1% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Smartphone Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

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Google’s Smartphone Retreat Follows Missed Opportunities

Following several years of battling Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report and Samsung  (SSNLF)  in the high-end smartphone market with very mixed results, Google  (GOOG) – Get Report appears to be throwing in the towel. And one has to wonder here what could have been.

As many others have pointed out, Google’s $699 Pixel 5 phone, which was officially unveiled on Wednesday, has specs that fall short of those of many high-end Android phones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S20 line or the OnePlus 8 Pro. To wit:

  • The Pixel 5 uses Qualcomm’s  (QCOM) – Get Report Snapdragon 765G processor, rather than its flagship Snapdragon 865G.
  • Whereas many high-end Android phones now have 6.5-inch or larger displays with 120Hz refresh rates, the Pixel 5 has a 6-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate.
  • The Pixel 5 (like the Pixel 4) has only two rear
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Online Smartphone Sales Sustain Growth in UK, Germany, Spain

While a cheaper deal is important, UK smartphone consumers are looking at convenience most, even after COVID-19

Just as in other parts of the world, European countries have been hit hard by COVID-19 when it comes to smartphone sales. Our latest Consumer Lens surveys reveal that many consumers here have opted for reduction in budget for the next smartphone and extension of ownership period before the next purchase. In a silver lining of sorts, a higher than normal growth has been witnessed in online smartphone purchases.

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Reasons for Choosing a Purchase Source (Graphic: Counterpoint Consumer Lens)

In this article, we cover three big markets in Europe — United Kingdom, Germany and Spain — to understand consumer preferences for the modes of next purchase, based on the Consumer Lens surveys.

Offline vs Online

With ~35% of smartphone sales in the

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Smartphone sales to dip 20%

Mr Chanon, centre, promotes three new Oppo models of 5G-enabled smartphones.
Mr Chanon, centre, promotes three new Oppo models of 5G-enabled smartphones.

Thailand’s smartphone market is expected to decline 20% this year as the pandemic takes a toll on customer sentiment and 5G-enabled smartphone adoption, says Chinese smartphone maker Oppo.

5G-compatible handsets are expected to gain momentum by the first quarter next year, driven by devices priced lower than 10,000 baht, affordable 5G data packages and users’ demand for a rich experience.

Korean smartphone giant Samsung last month rolled out Galaxy S20 FE5G with a base price of 23,900 baht for its flagship S20 model. Apple is expected to unveil a 5G-compatible iPhone 12 this month.

“Smartphones have seen less impact from the pandemic than other sectors,” said Chanon Jirayukul, senior executive vice-president of Oppo Thailand.

“The smartphone market is likely to see a drop of 20% in 2020 from 14 million units in 2019, assuming there is not a second

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Google Expands Smartphone Presence With New Pixel Phones

Alphabet’s GOOGL division Google is firing on all cylinders to expand presence in the world of electronic gadgets, backed by innovative skills and advanced technologies.

Google’s unveiling of the latest Pixel smartphones, Pixel 4a and Pixel 5, has intensified competition in the smartphone space. Both the models have 5G capabilities.

The latest move is in line with the company’s persistent focus on expansion of the portfolio of smartphones that comprises Pixel phones. The latest to join the queue is Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.

Priced at $499, Pixel 4a comes with ultrawide lens, 6.2-inch Full HD and OLED display, 3.5mm headphone jack and a Snapdragon 765G processor. The Pixel 4a offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, along with 612MP dual pixel and 16MP ultrawide rear camera.

On the contrary, Pixel 5 comes in a 100% recycled aluminum body and is priced at $699. It offers 8GB

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Apple lovers alert! iPhone is the most popular pre-owned smartphone brand in India

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India, as a smartphone market, is one of the last bastions of growth available for smartphone OEMs as market saturation is below 50% for smartphone ownership while internet penetration for 91% of the states is below 50% as well, as per Statista. The overall demand for pre-owned phones has jumped by 61% and supply has increased by 76% during the period of lockdown 1 and post the unlock while demand has jumped by 44% post unlock vs pre-COVID lockdown period, as per OLX.

With over 500mn internet and smartphone users, India now has about half the population accessing the internet. With 700mn users yet to be connected, smartphones, especially pre-owned ones will play an important role in driving India’s internet population to over a billion in the coming years.

In order to further understand the consumer behaviour towards pre-owned phones during COVID19, OLX for the

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